APPENDIX 1

ROBERT ENGLUND’S MUST–SEE MOVIES

ON THE WATERFRONT

Director - Elia Kazan

Starring - Marlon Brando

One of the greatest American movies ever made. Check out the scene when Brando picks up Eva Marie Saint’s glove.

THE BAND WAGON

Director - Vincente Minnelli

Starring - Fred Astaire

Terrific musical-theater spoof. The last dance number, a Mickey Spillane/Raymond Chandler detective story take-off with Cyd Charisse, is worth the price of admission by itself.

ROMAN HOLIDAY

Director - William Wyler

Starring - Audrey Hepburn

Classic contemporary fairy tale. You will fall in love with Rome and Audrey Hepburn in her debut. Makes me want to go out and buy a Vespa.

EAST OF EDEN

Director - Elia Kazan

Starring - James Dean

James Dean’s greatest physical performance. Check out the scene with his mother, and the stalled-merry-go-round exchange with Julie Harris.

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS

Director - Alexander Mackendrick

Starring - Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis

Wonderful performances. Gritty James Wong Howe location cinematography. You’ll never look at Tony Curtis the same way again.

ANATOMY OF A MURDER

Director - Otto Preminger

Starring - James Stewart

Extraordinary cast. Riveting story. Terrific courtroom scenes. Lee Remick in tight sweaters and Ray-Bans, George C. Scott’s debut.

TOUCH OF EVIL

Directed by and Starring - Orson Welles

Kinky, strange, over-the-top film noir. Welles doubles fifties Venice, California, for a Mexican border town. Brilliant use of overlapping dialogue.

THE FUGITIVE KIND

Director - Sidney Lumet

Starring - Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani

Brando meets southern-Gothic Tennessee Williams again! I want his leather jacket. Watch Joanne Woodward’s spoiled-rich-girl turn.

HUD

Director - Martin Ritt

Starring - Paul Newman, Patricia Neal

Newman at his best.

CHARADE

Director - Stanley Donen

Starring - Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn

Sophisticated thriller, Paris locations, amazing supporting cast: Walter Matthau, George Kennedy, James Coburn.

LORD JIM

Director - Richard Brooks

Starring - Peter O’Toole

Classic boys’ adventure film. Exotic locations.

THE PROFESSIONALS

Director - Richard Brooks

Starring - Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin

Best example of heightened “purple prose.” I prefer it to The Magnificent Seven.

IN COLD BLOOD

Director - Richard Brooks

Starring - Scott Wilson, Robert Blake

Poetic, haunting serial-killer docudrama. Would make a good double bill with Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

TWO FOR THE ROAD

Director - Stanley Donen

Starring - Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney

Best dissection of a relationship on film. Funny and sad. And you get to travel the back roads of Europe in the sixties.

CHARLEY VARRICK

Director - Don Siegel

Starring - Walter Matthau

Brutal contemporary western.

MURMUR OF THE HEART

Director - Louis Malle

Starring - Lea Massari

Wise film about coming of age in a French middle-class family during the Vietnam era.

HAPPY NEW YEAR (LA BONNE ANNÉE)

Director - Claude Lelouch

Starring - Lino Ventura

One of my favorite caper films. And a philosophical one at that.

AND NOW MY LOVE (TOUTE UNE VIE)

Director - Claude Lelouch

Starring - Marthe Keller

Best use of parallel story lines I’ve ever seen in the cinema.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

Director - Mel Brooks

Starring - Gene Wilder

My favorite comedy. Improves with age.

1900 (NOVECENTO)

Director - Bernardo Bertolucci

Starring - Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu

Epic film storytelling. Brilliant use of a single location as it changes with the seasons and the years. De Niro and Depardieu in the flower of their youth. Plus Dominique Sanda. And a Grand Guignol performance by Donald Sutherland.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

Director - Steven Spielberg

Starring - Richard Dreyfuss

Look for the slightly darker uncut version.

NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS (LA NOTTE DI SAN LORENZO)

Directors - Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani

Starring - Omero Antonutti

An Italian village survives Nazis at the end of World War II. An awkward shoot-out toward the end among family members and towns people divided over the war is as startling and real as anything I’ve seen in the cinema. Soul-wrenching, offhand violence.

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