Classic Cinema

Exodus

About the Film 

The birth of modern Israel gets the big-budget, Hollywood treatment in this exhilarating epic featuring an all-star ensemble. Paul Newman is Israeli resistance leader Ari Ben Canaan, who defies a British blockade to smuggle Jewish refugees to Palestine. Once ashore, he falls for an American nurse, Kitty (Eva Marie Saint), as they risk their lives for the Zionist cause. Otto Preminger’s lavish production includes standout supporting performances from Lee J. Cobb and Sal Mineo, as well as Ernest Gold’s Academy Award-winning score.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
208 minutes

The Great Dictator

About the Film 
The silver screen’s biggest star savagely mocks the 20th century’s worst monster in this bold, satirical tour-de-force. A personal takedown of Hitler even before America’s entry into WWII, Chaplin makes no bones about his utter contempt for the fascist leader. His first true talkie, an audacious amalgam of slapstick, politics, tragedy and romance, culminates in one of cinema’s starkest scenes: the comic actor’s deadly-serious, character-breaking speech pleading for tolerance. Chaplin’s hit is ranked among the all-time greatest comedies.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
125 minutes

Keeping the Faith

About the Film 
Edward Norton helms and co-stars in this sweet, spiritual comedy about an unusual love triangle: a rabbi and priest fall for the same woman. Friends since childhood, Brian (Norton) and Jake (Ben Stiller) are now servants of God. Their lives are upended with the return of Anna (Jenna Elfman), who’s become a high-powered workaholic beauty. Both are enchanted by her, sparking rivalry and dilemmas, in this fresh and funny date movie with a stellar supporting cast: Anne Bancroft, Milos Forman, Ron Rifkin, and Eli Wallach.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
128 minutes