Classicsby peter_holford | created - 06 Nov 2011 | updated - 21 Dec 2011 | Public
Fiction, Film and Other Texts (BOS) In addition to films that have been included in the annotated list, teachers may want to introduce students to some classic films from particular genres. "Metropolis", the Marx Brothers’ "A Night at the Opera", "Casablanca" and "The Maltese Falcon" are classic films that have a place in a film study unit. Students’ understanding of the Gothic thriller could be enhanced by a study of Hitchcock’s film "Rebecca", or of the contemporary Western by such classics as "Shane". A classic film musical such as "West Side Story" may provide a link with Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet" and with the Baz Luhrmann adaptation, "Romeo + Juliet" (M). An examination of such Australian classics as Charles Chauvel’s "Jedda" and Phil Noyces’ "Newsfront" could illustrate the significant contribution of Australian films to the medium. The relationship between literature and film is illuminated by David Lean’s film version of Charles Dickens’ classic novel "Great Expectations", or Robert Mulligan’s film of "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.
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1. Jedda the Uncivilized (1955)
101 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Set against the harsh natural surrounds of outback Northern Territory, Jedda captures a rare and honest glimpse into the heart and history of indigenous Australia. Young Jedda is caught ... See full summary »
2. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
3. Metropolis (1927)
Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
Votes: 128,177 | Gross: $0.03M
5. A Night at the Opera (1935)
Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Music, Musical
A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies.
11. West Side Story (1961)
Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
Votes: 80,609 | Gross: $43.66M
13. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.