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  • Our Daily Bread

    A marvelously clearheaded bit of Depression-era agitprop, King Vidor's independently financed and produced 1934 fable, about an ordinary young couple who establish a communal society and lick the problems of social strife, hunger, and unemployment, is saved from excessive sentimentality by the straightforward presentation of Vidor's utopian notions and by the stylishness of his mise-en-scene. more...
  • The Official Story

    A middle-class Argentinean woman (Norma Aleandro) discovers that her beloved adopted daughter may actually be the child of desaparecidos—political activists spirited away by Argentina's military dictatorship. more...
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  • Only Angels Have Wings

    Howard Hawks's 1939 film represents the equilibrium point of his career: the themes he was developing throughout the 30s here reach a perfect clarity and confidence of expression, without yet confronting the darker intimations that would haunt his films of the 40s and 50s. more...
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  • Odds Against Tomorrow

    This ambitious but mainly unsuccessful 1959 black-and-white heist thriller—a loose adaptation of a John P. McGivern novel, credited to John O. Killens and Nelson Gidding but written by the blacklisted Abraham Polonsky—founders on allegorical positioning, although the location photography of Manhattan and upstate New York has its moments. more...
  • On the Bowery
  • On the Bowery (NR)

    Inspired by The Bicycle Thief, New York filmmaker Lionel Rogosin set out to make a neo-realist drama on the city's skid row, and his 1957 film is a priceless time capsule, though its images of addiction and despair have barely aged. more...
  • On the Waterfront

    Not as good as its reputation would suggest, this Elia Kazan-directed 1954 melodrama about union corruption on the New York docks gets pretty pretentious in spots—and Leonard Bernstein's tortured score doesn't help. more...
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  • The Outlaw

    One of the weirdest westerns of all time, reflecting the eccentricities of its producer and credited director, Howard Hughes, who completed it only after firing Howard Hawks. more...