A horse opera with an unusual perspective, The Ballad of Little Jo combines a gritty visual realism with a contemporary feminist sensibility to tell the tale of a woman who survived on the frontier by masquerading as a man.
The Grand Illusion, an anti-war film in which combat is never depicted, effectively dissects the nationalism behind virtually every war. President Franklin Roosevelt declared, “Everyone who believes in democracy should see this film.”
The subject of The Great Caruso is, of course, the legendary operatic tenor Enrico Caruso. But for today’s moviegoers, the real subject is Mario Lanza, the charismatic American singer who portrayed Caruso on film.
Rhapsody in Blue, the 1945 biopic on the life of composer George Gershwin, is lightweight drama. But when it comes to Gershwin’s music, it's very serious indeed – a superb celebration of musical genius.