Lawrence of Arabia
The film that inspired Steven Spielberg to make movies, that has more versions than some directors have films, and one of the most enduring and undeniable classics of all time, Lawrence of Arabia is one of the best ways to spend an afternoon. Directed by David Lean and the greatest Epic film ever put to celluloid, Lawrence of Arabia follows Peter O’Toole as T. E. Lawrence fighting on the Arabian front in the First World War. Whilst I’m a bit cautious suggesting you watch this film on Netflix rather than getting to the Astor to see it, I can’t pass up any opportunity to recommend this film.
Barefoot in the Park
Neil Simon is a writer who doesn’t seem to be talked about much anymore. Once upon a time he was one of the biggest names on Broadway and in Hollywood. One of the finest comic writers of the era, Neil Simon penned The Odd Couple, The Goodbye Girl and Lost In Yonkers, for which he won the Pulitzer for Drama. Starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford, Barefoot in the Park has, like The Odd Couple, a sense of fun that Neil Simon contemporary Mel Brooks shared but today is rarer than a Black Rhino.
In the Line of Fire
You don’t need me pointing out that Clint Eastwood is one of the most enduring Hollywood stars of all time, perhaps the most enduring. Actually no, he is, no question. In the Line of Fire came relatively late in his career as an action film star but it’s one of his best. As the last Secret Service agent on active-duty who was with JFK in Dallas, Clint Eastwood must track down a former CIA agent bent on killing the President.
The Way We Were
One of the best romance films of the 1970’s, The Way We Were stars Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand in the era of How To Spot A Communist McCarthyism. Written by Arthur Laurents and directed by Sydney Pollack, The Way We Were is one of those special films that sees some of the most talented artists in many different films converge to make something truly memorable.
Let There Be Light
Completed in 1946 yet not released to the public until 1981, Let There Be Light is a war documentary directed by Hollywood legend John Huston. Expecting more a piece of propaganda, Let There Be Light’s uncompromising look at soldiers suffering post-traumatic stress disorder was suppressed by the U.S. Government for close to forty years. A short yet haunting film, this documentary was a big influence on Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 film The Master.