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Hitchcock’s 1954 brilliant thriller Rear Window—considered by many to be a masterpiece—is an exquisitely disturbing study of voyeurism. The iconic film dissects human curiosity and obsessive behaviors, immersing the viewers in the act of voyeurism and making them feel complicit. Set in New York’s Greenwich Village, the main character confined to a wheelchair peeps from his apartment into the courtyard, invading the privacy of a dozen lives. A suspense-filled picture, it is also an intriguing love story intertwined with noncommittal feelings and an exception to marriage. ⁠

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Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 To Catch a Thief stars the dashing Cary Grant and stunning Grace Kelly in a jewel-heist caper set in the spectacular, tourist-filled French Riviera. A thrilling and glamorous love story between a beautiful American heiress and a retired cat burglar trying to catch a thief emulating his old infamous ways, it is filled with suspense, intrigue and dashes of razzle-dazzle.⁠

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An Alfred Hitchcock tour de force, Vertigo is a terrifying and hypnotic movie. The 1958 film noir, based on Boileau-Narcejac’s D`entre les morts, tackles fear, mental illness, lust and guilt, creating some of the most memorable and haunting movie scenes in the last century. A psychological thriller highlighting the brutal “The Male Gaze”—deeply unsettling with dream sequences and dizzying voyeuristic obsessions—that is a true classic in the genre. ⁠

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Pedro Almodovar’s highly acclaimed 1991 melodrama Tacones Lejanos (also known as High Heels) features a languid, incredible rendition by Luz Casal of the 1935 Spanish song “Piensa En Mi.” Referred to as “a painting or a graphic design, creating a world that exists only in its own terms,” Tacones Lejanos is a sharp, audacious and memorable film peppered with mystery and laughter.⁠

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La Mala Educación (also known as Bad Education) is a Pedro Almodovar melodrama par excellence; it takes on the heart-wrenching realities of Franco-era religious schooling, sexual abuse, transsexuality and the remarkable story of two childhood friends. With a powerful cast that renders the dizzying film-noir exciting and rapturous, Almodovar delivers a fantastical, outrageous and complex film. Gael García Bernal lip-synching the legendary Sara Montiel’s "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás" is a gloriously memorable scene in this sensuous meta-movie.⁠

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One of the greatest shots of the silver screen––and possibly one of the most titillating moonlit scenes forever etched in viewers’ and non-viewers’ minds alike––Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain is the iconic image associated with La Dolce Vita. A masterpiece, Frederico Fellini’s 1960 tragicomedy is a visual feast presenting the virtues and vices of a life in pursuit of happiness and decadence to a Nino Rota score that accentuates the dark nuances. ⁠

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Considered to be cinema’s most successful partnership, British director Michael Powell and Hungarian writer Emeric Pressburger made for a stellar duo. Their 1946 film, Stairway to Heaven–known also as A Matter of Life and Death in England–is set against the backdrop of the Second World War, and it depicts a fantastical story of love that transcends mortality.⁠

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A dark drama, and a ballet film, The Red Shoes by the award-winning British-Hungarian duo, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a lush and rapturous romp and a definite dance classic. Released in 1948, the movie cast renowned dancers, a prima ballerina and a famed choreographer for an astonishing, heady and memorable result. The elegant ballet masterpiece at its heart questions the place of artistic expression alongside emotional desires leading to a dramatic crescendo and a bruising conclusion.⁠

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Pedro Almodovar’s 1991 melodrama Tacones lejanos (High Heels) follows the dramatic relationship between a flamboyant actress mother and a distraught and stunted daughter. The tale–cheeky and quintessentially Almodovar– is electric, peppered with unforgettable scenes that are often comedic and yet instilled with genuine emotion and energy. The interpretation of the ballad Un Año de Amor by Spain’s María Luz Casal, lip-synched by Miguel Bosé in the movie, remains one of the most memorable musical acts.⁠⠀
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Ever sensual and quite dark, Black Narcissus is an award-winning film of exquisite cinematography and considered to be Michael Powell’s and Emeric Pressburger’s oeuvre. Adapted from Rumer Godden’s novel of the same name, the 1947 erotic masterpiece, packed with stunning performances, is famed for portraying the struggle between the alluring sins of the flesh and religious calling.⁠

Directed and produced by Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger.
Cinematography by Jack Cardiff
Edited by Reginald Mills
Music by Brian Easdale


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Jacques Tati, French filmmaker, actor and writer, was famed for his mime performances and his alter-ego, Monsieur Hulot. Mon Oncle, his 1958 comedy and his first film in color, features the loveable, clumsy, pipe-smoking character in a hilarious parody of French society’s obsession with consumerism and modern living. His delightful satire won him the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and became a trope for the relentless, fast-paced world we live in.⁠

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Jean Vigo’s only feature film, L’atalante, is a passionate love story and an ode to the world of lovers. The French writer and filmmaker passed away at a very young age from tuberculosis and his tale of newlyweds is the only oeuvre he left behind; a poetic work teetering between the surreal and the ordinary, it was lauded as masterpiece long after his death. ⁠

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