1957. Anthony Quayle & Sylvia Syms star in this British drama about marital strife. Fed up with his wife Amy (Yvonne Mitchell)'s frumpy appearance, long-married Jim begins an affair.
A gambler becomes the sheriff of a frontier town, planning to use his position to avenge his brother's murderers - but the arrival of a face from the past muddies the water, and leaves him doubting the identity of the killer. Western, starring Joel McCrea, Julie Adams, John McIntire, Nancy Gates and Richard Anderson.
This unflinching depiction of the attraction and brutal reality of the Mafia lifestyle from Martin Scorsese is a masterwork on every artistic level. Direction, script - based on Nicholas Pileggi's non-fiction book Wiseguy - photography, ensemble acting (Joe Pesci won a deserved Oscar, but he's matched by Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta) and driving pop and rock soundtrack seamlessly combine to dazzling effect in this instant classic. Crackling with raw energy, Scorsese's fascinating new take on themes explored in his earlier Mean Streets enthrals from the first violent frames to the stunning final sequence. Be prepared to be completely bowled over by a director at the peak of his talents and in full control of top-notch material.
Leonardo DiCaprio's fourth collaboration with director Martin Scorsese finds him playing a federal marshal investigating the disappearance of a patient at an isolated mental asylum. Adapted from the Dennis Lehane bestseller, this 1950s-set puzzle movie has a psychodrama twist in the tale that some may see coming early on, but there is still fun to be had as Scorsese weaves his operatic thrills in the distinctly gothic surroundings. The director's fevered imagination draws on the creepiness of Val Lewton's 1940s horrors, the expressionistic Cabinet of Dr Caligari, and the dark glamour of Douglas Sirk's 1950s melodramas, packaging them up with his consummate film-making skill. It may be overlong and overly explained, while the heightened theatricality also works against it, but as an exercise in pure style over clichéd content Shutter Island weaves an impressive and gripping spell.
Jack Nicholson here gives one of his best performances, playing a private eye called Jake Gittes, who pokes his nose rather too deeply into the lives of Faye Dunaway and her father, John Huston, a corrupt Los Angeles tycoon. Writer Robert Towne planned a trilogy about LA, and this first part, set in the 1930s, deals with the city's water supply and how that source of life leads to death and profit. The script - the best original work since Citizen Kane - is brilliantly organised, though the ending was changed when Roman Polanski arrived as director: Towne's story never got to Chinatown; Polanski insisted the climax was set there. The result was acrimony behind the scenes and genius on the screen in a masterpiece that repays any number of viewings.