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The Essential Movie Library #55: Sunset Boulevard (1950)

For all of Gloria Swanson's sturm und drang the movie's secret weapon is William Holden.

The Essential Movie Library #30: Some Like It Hot (1959)

With her unsung skills as a comedienne tethered to her vulnerability Marilyn Monroe steals every scene she's in.

The Essential Movie Library #9: Double Indemnity (1944)

Barbara Stanwyck is the golden dominatrix lashing schlub Fred MacMurray—cast over tough guys George Raft and Alan Ladd in a brilliantly counter-intuitive coup—to the service of her homicidal machinations.