Charlie Chaplin’s skewering of Adolf Hitler was ahead of its time, then stood the test of time.
A movie of black and white paranoia that to me is one of the all-time classics, perfectly capturing a very specific time and place.
An extremely stupid movie, but in an enjoyable way. It teams up the famous comedy duo with the most famous Universal monsters, including Bela Lugosi’s last appearance as Dracula.
This “comedy of murders” starring Charlie Chaplin as a serial killer was a scandalous flop in the US but has since been re-evaluated.
A truly amazing movie that takes a negative stereotype and helps us understand him, in beautiful technicolor, with some of the most interesting performances I’ve seen, all made in England during the Blitz.
Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” follow-up was cut-up by the studio but remains extremely impressive technically. I found myself mostly annoyed at the characters.
Perhaps the most campy and nonsensical of all 1940s murder mysteries, I love it so much.
An aggressively minimalist postwar Japanese family drama from Yasujiro Ozu, about a daughter who just wants to take care of her aging father, even though everyone else wants her to get married to literally anyone.
Bing Crosby plays a laid-back, musical priest in this very laid-back musical that was a huge hit in the middle of World War II but mostly forgotten today.
Perhaps the definitive “neorealist” film, shot in the rubble of Occupied Rome just after the Nazis had left.