GRAND HOTEL
1932, Warner Bros., 113 min, USA, Dir: Edmund Goulding

Director Edmund Goulding orchestrates a dazzling parade of iconographic stars and intersecting subplots. Ballerina Greta Garbo, aristocrat John Barrymore, secretary Joan Crawford and cutthroat mogul Wallace Beery are just a few of the legends who make their way through this classic ensemble drama, a film whose influence can be seen in later films by Robert Altman and P.T. Anderson, among many others. Cedric Gibbons’ stunning Art Deco art direction gives the players an opulent setting for their personal melodramas.


FOOLISH WIVES
1922, 142 min, USA, Dir: Erich Von Stroheim

Billed by Universal as the "first million-dollar movie," Erich Von Stroheim's monumental FOOLISH WIVES was the most expensive film to have been made at the time, and one of the most controversial. Von Stroheim, billed as "The Man You Love to Hate," stars as the impostor who calls himself “Count Karamzin” in order to seduce and exploit aristocratic women. Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2008.


THE GLENN MILLER STORY
1954, Universal, 115 min, Dir: Anthony Mann

James Stewart stars in this involving biopic of the influential swing band leader, who rose to fame with such hits as “Moonlight Serenade” before joining the Army Air Force Band and perishing in a plane crash during WWII. An Oscar winner for Best Sound (and a nominee for Best Screenplay and Score), the film features June Allyson as Miller’s supportive wife, with cameos from such musical luminaries as Louis Armstrong and Gene Krupa.


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