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THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940) -Following a prison term he served for manslaughter, Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) returns to find his family homestead overwhelmed by weather and the greed of the banking industry. With little work potential on the horizon of the
CITIZEN KANE (1941) -Arguably the greatest of American films, Orson Welles’s 1941 masterpiece, made when he was only 26. The film is basically about a group of reporters who are trying to decipher the last word ever spoke by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: “Rosebud.” The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane’s life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane’s life. As the reporters investigate further, the viewers see a display of a fascinating man’s rise to fame, and how he eventually fell off the “top of the world.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) -George Bailey (James Stewart) has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all of his good deeds over the years. Will Clarence be able to convince George to return to his family and forget suicide?
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1957) -Agatha Christie tale of a man on trial for murder: a trial featuring surprise after surprise.
12 ANGRY MEN (1957) -The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case of murder soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors’ prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. Based on the play, all of the action takes place on the stage of the jury room.
TOUCH OF EVIL (1958) -Generally considered as the ultimate Film Noir (and the last film of the genre), Touch of Evil is certainly one of the most macabre, bizarre poignant films ever produced in