HAMLET (1996)
1996, Warner Bros., 242 min, UK, USA, Dir: Kenneth Branagh

Director Kenneth Branagh updates Shakespeare's classic to the second half of the 19th century and presents it in all its unedited glory in this epic treatment, one of the last films to be shot in 70mm. Actor Branagh shines in the title role, but director Branagh wisely surrounds himself with an astonishing supporting cast that includes Julie Christie, Sir Derek Jacobi, Kate Winslet, Rufus Sewell, Charlton Heston, John Gielgud ... and even Robin Williams and Billy Crystal! Not to be missed on the big screen.


DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
1965, Warner Brothers, 193 min, Dir: David Lean

This story of Czarists, revolutionaries, two beautiful women in love with the same man, a nation in upheaval - and, above all, the poet-physician (Omar Sharif) who witnesses and remembers it all - is one of the most lyrical, visually breathtaking films in the history of the medium. Co-starring Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Tom Courtenay and Alec Guinness, with sublime music by Maurice Jarre.


MCCABE & MRS. MILLER
1971, Warner Bros., 120 min, Dir: Robert Altman

Director Robert Altman spins fresh variations on archetypal themes and characters in a film that set the mood for 1970s revisionist Westerns. Memorable opening images of an unlikely hero riding toward town, accompanied by the music of Leonard Cohen, introduce this opium dream of a Western, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, with superb cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.


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