Classic Films

Vintage: Behind the Scenes from To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Vintage: Behind the Scenes from To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

The story takes place during three years (1933–35) of the Great Depression in the fictional “tired old town” of Maycomb, Alabama, the seat of Maycomb County. It focuses on six-year-old Jean Louise Finch (Scout), who lives with her older brother, Jem, and their widowed father, Atticus, a middle-aged lawyer. Jem and Scout befriend a boy named Dill, who visits Maycomb…
Behind the Scenes: Alfred Hitchcock at Work

Behind the Scenes: Alfred Hitchcock at Work

Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades and is often regarded as the greatest British filmmaker. He came first in a 2007 poll of film critics in Britain’s Daily Telegraph, which said: “Unquestionably the greatest filmmaker to emerge from these islands, Hitchcock did more than any director to shape modern cinema, which would be…
Vintage: The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Vintage: The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

The Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 American horror film, the first sequel to Frankenstein (1931). Bride of Frankenstein was directed by James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as The Monster, Elsa Lanchester in the dual role of his mate and Mary Shelley, Colin Clive as Henry Frankenstein, and Ernest Thesiger as Doctor Septimus Pretorius.
Vintage Behind the Scenes: Funny Face (1956)

Vintage Behind the Scenes: Funny Face (1956)

Funny Face is a 1957 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Stanley Donen and written by Leonard Gershe, containing assorted songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Although having the same title as the 1927 Broadway musical Funny Face by the Gershwin brothers, and featuring the same male star (Fred Astaire), the plot is totally different and only four of…
Vintage: Behind the Scenes: Rear Window (1954)

Vintage: Behind the Scenes: Rear Window (1954)

Rear Window is a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 short story “It Had to Be Murder”. Originally released by Paramount Pictures, the film stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr.
Vintage – Behind the Scenes: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Vintage – Behind the Scenes: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Financed and distributed by American studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2001: A Space Odyssey was filmed and edited almost entirely in England, using the studio facilities of the MGM-British Studios and those of Shepperton Studios, mostly because of the availability of much larger sound stages than in the United States. Production was subcontracted to Kubrick’s production company and care was taken that the…
Vintage: Behind the Scenes from Return Of The Jedi (1983)

Vintage: Behind the Scenes from Return Of The Jedi (1983)

The Galactic Empire, under the direction of the ruthless Emperor, is constructing a second Death Star in order to crush the Rebel Alliance once and for all. Since the Emperor plans to personally oversee the final stages of its construction, the Rebel Fleet launches a full-scale attack on the Death Star in order to prevent its completion and kill the…
Vintage: Behind the Scenes of Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Vintage: Behind the Scenes of Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the USSR and the USA. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick, stars Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, and features Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, and Slim Pickens. Production took place in the United Kingdom. The…
Vintage: Behind the Scenes of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Vintage: Behind the Scenes of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a 1975 American comedy-drama film directed by Miloš Forman, based on the 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. The film stars Jack Nicholson and features a supporting cast of Louise Fletcher, William Redfield, Will Sampson, and Brad Dourif. In 1963 Oregon, Randle Patrick “Mac” McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), a…
Vintage: The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Vintage: The Philadelphia Story (1940)

The Philadelphia Story is a 1940 American romantic comedy film directed by George Cukor, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart and featuring Ruth Hussey. Based on the Broadway play of the same name by Philip Barry, the film is about a socialite whose wedding plans are complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband and a tabloid magazine…
Vintage: It Happened One Night (1934)

Vintage: It Happened One Night (1934)

It Happened One Night is a 1934 American romantic comedy film with elements of screwball comedy directed by Frank Capra, in which a pampered socialite (Claudette Colbert) tries to get out from under her father’s thumb, and falls in love with a roguish reporter (Clark Gable).
Vintage: Behind the Scenes from Scarface (1983)

Vintage: Behind the Scenes from Scarface (1983)

Scarface was released on December 9, 1983 and was a box office success, grossing $44 million. Initial critical reception was mixed, with criticism over excessive violence and profanity and graphic drug usage. Some Cuban expatriates in Miami objected to the film’s portrayal of Cubans as criminals and drug traffickers. In the years that followed, the film has received reappraisal from…
Vintage: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Vintage: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

The Adventures of Robin Hood is a 1938 American swashbuckler film directed by Michael Curtiz. The film is about a Saxon knight who, in King Richard’s absence in the Holy Land during the Crusades, fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army against Prince John and the Norman lords oppressing the Saxon commoners.
Vintage: Laura (1944)

Vintage: Laura (1944)

Laura is a 1944 American film noir produced and directed by Otto Preminger. It stars Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, and Clifton Webb along with Vincent Price and Judith Anderson. The screenplay by Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, and Betty Reinhardt is based on the 1943 novel of the same title by Vera Caspary.
Vintage: Modern Times (1936)

Vintage: Modern Times (1936)

Modern Times is a 1936 comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin in which his iconic Little Tramp character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world. The film is a comment on the desperate employment and fiscal conditions many people faced during the Great Depression, conditions created, in Chaplin’s view, by the efficiencies of modern industrialization.
Vintage: The Gold Rush (1925)

Vintage: The Gold Rush (1925)

The Gold Rush is a 1925 American silent comedy film written, produced, and directed by Charlie Chaplin. Though it was a silent film, it received Academy Award nominations for Best Music and Best Sound Recording upon its re-release in 1942.
Behind the Scenes: Zulu (1964)

Behind the Scenes: Zulu (1964)

Zulu is a 1964 epic war film depicting the Battle of Rorke’s Drift between the British Army and the Zulus in January 1879, during the Anglo-Zulu War. It depicts 150 British soldiers, many of whom were sick and wounded patients in a field hospital, who successfully held off a force of 4,000 Zulu warriors.  
Vintage: The Third Man (1949)

Vintage: The Third Man (1949)

The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. It is considered one of the greatest films of all time, celebrated for its atmospheric cinematography, performances, and musical score.