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The Essential Movie Library #20: Persona (1966)

Ingmar Bergman’s story about two women locked in a symbiotically destructive relationship remains radical half a century later.

The Essential Movie Library #19: The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Lovers in Budapest don’t know they love each other but in fact imagine they may well despise each other, revealing themselves only in secret.

The Essential Movie Library #18: Lost Highway (1997)

Our collective nightmare and the most depraved home-movie ever

The Essential Movie Library #17: Tokyo Story (1953)

In Tokyo Story an older couple travels to the big city to visit grown children who can’t find the time for them.

The Essential Movie Library #16: 8 1/2 (1963)

Creative impotence becomes a metaphor for emotional and sexual impotence, or maybe it’s the other way around in one of Federico Fellini's most personal films.

The Essential Movie Library #15: City Lights (1931)

Charlie Chaplin’s little tramp conspires to give a blind flower girl back her sight and also to give the movies back their hush after they irrevocably had entered the era of sound.

The Essential Movie Library #13: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

As megalomaniac T. E. Lawrence, the British intelligence officer who united the Arab tribes against the Turks during the WWI and went insanely native in the process, the 29-year-old Peter O’Toole is exasperating, preposterous, and impossible not to watch

The Essential Movie Library #12: Citizen Kane (1941)

The story of a newspaper tycoon told after his death by those who knew him or thought they did, and just a gunshot short of noir.

The Essential Movie Library #11: Jules and Jim (1962)

The most enduring of the pictures to come out of France's nouvelle vague in the late 1950s and early '60s, reflecting the influence of the new movement and then transcending it.

Ask Chris’s Tour Guide Book Binge: The Three Stooges Hollywood Filming Locations

Take your out-of-town guests on a tour with these 2012 guidebooks.