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The Essential Movie Library #31: Weekend (1968)

A couple who secretly plot each other’s demise head off in their car to claim an inheritance and instead find, out on the highway, the end of civilization.

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 #28: The Passenger (1975)

Not for those who need their riddles answered but rather for those haunted by the beauty of what can’t be answered

The Essential Movie Library #27: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

A stealth masterpiece on first release, within 20 years it would be regarded as the greatest American musical ever made.

The Essential Movie Library #26: Heat (1995)

Heat prowls a city that has no respect for either interiors or exteriors, where walls are as transient as everything else.

The Essential Movie Library #25: L’Atalante (1934)

This movie would be regarded as an utter failure for more than a decade until subsequent generations of filmmakers including Francois Truffaut and Jim Jarmusch fell under its spell.

The Essential Movie Library #24: Sunrise (1927)

The silent era’s pinnacle of what film could be.

The Essential Movie Library #23: His Girl Friday (1940)

Rosalind Russell brought no small attitude to the picture, and no one else could better have kept up with the careening velocity of the dialog.

The Essential Movie Library #22: Black Narcissus (1947)

The story of nuns running a monastery in the thin air of the high Himalayas and swept up in the throes of sexual hysteria.

The Essential Movie Library #21: Blade Runner (1982)

Dismissed by critics and the public it became to movies what The Velvet Underground & Nico was to music.