500 Barren Lives (1963)
499. The Sting (1973) Dir. George Roy Hill, 129 mins.
The Sting is set in September 1936 and involves a complicated plot by two professional grifters (Paul Newman and Robert Redford) to con a mob boss (Robert Shaw).
498 Cremator (1969)
497. Late Autumn (1960) Dir. Yasujiro Ozu, 128 mins.
Late Autumn follows the attempts of three older men to help the widow of a late friend to marry off her daughter. The daughter is less than happy at the proposals, mainly because of her reluctance to leave her mother alone.
496 The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987)
495 4 Little Girls (1997)
494. Ninotchka (1939) Dir. Ernst Lubitsch, 110 mins.
Frivolous perhaps, but Lubitsch’s satirical romance was acclaimed at the time of release as a poignantly balanced comedy. The film opens in Paris during the aftermath of the Russian revolution. A trio of Russian delegates (Sig Rumann, Felix Bressart, and Alexander Granach) are sent to the French capital to sell the Imperial Jewels for ready cash. After some problems the Russians dispatch no-nonsense diplomat, Nina Ivanovna “Ninotchka” Yakushova (Greta Garbo) to ensure the sale of the jewels. While still notable for its wit and the marvellous performance of Garbo, for some the film now looks contrived and surprisingly heavy-handed for a director such as Lubitsch.
493 Threads (1984)
492. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Dir. David Lean, 161 mins.
Based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai by Pierre Boulle, the film is a work of fiction, but borrows the construction of the Burma Railway in 1942–1943 for its historical setting.
491. Let the Right One In (2008) Dir. Tomas Alfredson, 115 mins.
The story centres on the relationship between a 12-year-old boy, Oskar, and a vampire child, Eli.
490. Red River (1948) Dir. Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson, 133 mins.
John Wayne revealed unsuspected depths in his portrayal of stoic patriarchal Texas rancher Tom Dunson. The film follows Dunson and his adopted adult son (Montgomery Clift), who are on the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas along the Chisholm Trail. Directed and produced by Howard Hawks, the film’s dramatic tension stems from a growing feud over the management of the drive, between Wayne’s character and Clift’s.
489 The Big Parade (1925)
488. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) Dir, Quentin Tarantino, 111 mins.
The film stars Uma Thurman as the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of assassins and their leader Bill (David Carradine) after they try to kill her and her unborn child.
487 Syndromes and a Century (2006)
486 Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (1967)
485. Love Me Tonight (1932) Dir. Rouben Mamoulian, 104 mins.
It stars Maurice Chevalier as a tailor who poses as a nobleman and Jeanette MacDonald as a princess with whom he falls in love.
484 The Hunt (2012)
483. Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) Dir. Terence Davies, 85 mins.
The first section, ‘Distant Voices’, chronicles the early life of a working-class Catholic family living under a domineering father. The second section, ‘Still Lives’, sees the children grown up and emerging into a brighter 1950s Britain, only a few years from rock and roll and The Beatles, yet somehow still a lifetime away.
482. Eraserhead (1977) Dir. David Lynch, 89 mins.
It tells the story of Henry Spencer (Jack Nance), who is left to care for his grossly deformed child in a desolate industrial landscape. Throughout the film, Spencer experiences dreams or hallucinations, featuring his child and the Lady in the Radiator.
481 Pain and Glory (2019)