THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE… (1953)

A story of the dynamics between the sexes in Belle Epoque France, highlighted by the spectacular visuals of director Max Ophuls.

MY FAIR LADY (1964)

Its reputation is as the most intellectual of musicals, lacking big musical production numbers in favor of lines like “The Rain in Spain is Mostly on the Plain.”

THE DUELLISTS (1977)

The first film from director Ridley Scott was also about some very American actors fighting duels while dressed up as historical French guys.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (1984)

A nearly four-hour period gangster movie that represented the culmination of director Sergio Leone’s career. It is also a super weird movie.

DR. NO (1962)

With the 25th James Bond movie releasing today, we revisit the very first, which is much slower but does find the character himself fully formed.

SCENER UR ETT ÄKTENSAP (1973)

HBO is currently airing an English-language remake of this very intimate take by Ingmar Bergman on the dissolution of a marriage, originally a Swedish TV miniseries that was successfully edited down for an international release.

PORTRAIT OF JASON (1967)

A very influential documentary that was far ahead of its time in both its talking head approach and its LGBT themes, though for few films am I more confident saying “your mileage may vary.”