Peter's Classic Movie Picks
Peter, our resident film buff, has compiled a list of some of his favorite classic films available right now on Kanopy and also available to request from the library on DVD.
This often-overlooked, moody thriller by Francis Ford Coppolla about a surveillance expert and the moral dilemma he faces when his recordings reveal a potential murder, with a wonderful lead performance by Gene Hackman, was Coppolla's pet project that the studio only allowed him to make if he agreed to direct The Godfather first. (1974)
One of the most influential socio-political films in history, The Battle of Algiers vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous and bloody Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. It was shot in documentary style on the streets of Algiers with mostly non-professional actors who had lived through the real battle. (1966)
Orson Welles had a lifelong obsession with Shakespeare's ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff. Usually a comic supporting figure, Falstaff--the loyal, often soused friend of King Henry IV's wayward son Prince Hal--here becomes the focus: a robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero played by Welles with looming, lumbering grace. (1966)
A landmark surrealist comedy/drama from Federico Fellini starring Marcello Mastroianni as a famous Italian film director who suffers from stifled creativity as he attempts to direct an epic science fiction film and struggles to find personal happiness in a difficult, fragmented life. (1963)
With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary on class struggle during the Great Depression, this film is a timeless showcase of Chaplin's untouchable genius as a director of silent comedy and features the final portrayal of The Tramp, his signature character. (1936)