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The Essential Movie Library #10: My Darling Clementine (1946)

The most understated of director John Ford's pictures with the exception of Dust Bowl drama 'The Grapes of Wrath.'

The Essential Movie Library #8: That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)

Spanish director Luis Buñuel’s final manifesto about love, chaos, and the way the tumult of our desires scrambles the order of our lives.

The Essential Movie Library #7: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Few major movies so split perfectly intelligent people between those who think it’s visionary and those who think it’s claptrap; but even the visionary camp acknowledges a certain amount of claptrap and even the claptrap camp can spot the visionary.

The Essential Movie Library #6: Casablanca (1942)

The story of exiles, nomads, Nazis, and resistance fighters caught in limbo during WWII is familiar, but when exactly did you last watch it?

The Essential Movie Library #3: The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

At once majestic and unbearable, The Passion of Joan of Arc quickly became a legend. Its star Renee Falconetti (often credted as Maria), whose performance as Joan has been called by some the greatest in film history, never made another movie and allegedly went mad.

The Essential Movie Library #2: Vertigo (1958)

As every buff knows, on its theatrical release Vertigo was a failure; only over the subsequent two decades when it mostly was unseen did its reputation go through a radical reassessment.

The Essential Movie Library #1: The Godfather Trilogy (1972, 1974, 1990)

The great American film epic, its first two parts are mostly perfect, and when they aren’t, the whole overwhelms the sum.