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.
The Red Violin is an epic yarn, a bit of fiction inspired by real events and personalities, the 300-year story of a musical instrument described by one character as “The single most perfect acoustic machine I have ever seen.”
The Great Waltz is terrible history. But if you’re a lover of classical music – heck, even if you aren’t – it’s a pretty stupendous experience, a prime example of a vintage MGM musical with melodies that will be swirling around in your head for days after a viewing.