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The Essential Movie Library #80: A Place in the Sun (1951)

By savvy or luck A Place in the Sun becomes a movie of mounting delirium verging on quiet hysteria

The Essential Movie Library #79: Boogie Nights (1997)

Paul Thomas Anderson’s warmest and most affectionate work, Boogie Nights views its auteurs of the forbidden as a dysfunctional family, a tribe of lost boys and girls trying to make a home

The Essential Movie Library #78: Le Samouraï (1967)

American filmgoers and critics would worry a little too much whether Le Samouraï is an American tough guy homage or parody, when the beauty of Jean-Pierre Melville’s quintessential film is that it never has to choose

The Essential Movie Library #77: The Wild Bunch (1969)

William Holden leads his gang of desperadoes deeper into a no-man’s land that doesn’t care if it’s America or Mexico but just knows it’s the West

The Essential Movie Library #76: Barton Fink (1991)

Filmakers Joel and Ethan Coen pick on someone their own size in Barton Fink: the movie business and maybe even themselves, as represented by a pretentious lefty playwright of the 1930s who loves the People as a concept but despises the real thing

The Essential Movie Library #75: The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

Infused by a six year-old girl's perspective, this film is distinguished by the secrets it keeps from us: affairs, eternity and faith quandaries, and the exhaustion of innocence

The Essential Movie Library #74: Sexy Beast (2000)

This film tells the story of a retired gangster living the dream in Spain, sunbathing by his pool when an unexpected disruption from his criminal past comes rolling through

The Essential Movie Library #73: Groundhog Day (1993)

Bill Murray plays a misanthropic weatherman who finds himself caught in the loop of a single day lived over and over and over in a small town he despises until he gets his life right

The Essential Movie Library #72: Rear Window (1954)

An immobile photographer spies on his neighbors and discovers that sometimes watching will get you in a lot of trouble in this Hitchcock classic

The Essential Movie Library #71: The 400 Blows (1959)

Francois Truffaut's revelatory film creates the perfect union of a personal statement and the French Nouvelle Vague’s conceptual considerations