La Belle et la Bête
Jean Cocteau’s much-loved gothic fantasy La Belle et la Bête has been digitally restored to 4K to mark the 50th anniversary of the director’s death.
Arthur Ripley’s original and intriguing film noir breaks the rules of the genre as its returning soldier hero defies his gangster boss.
Delmer Daves’ restored western portrays an epic cattle-drive, with tough Glenn Ford teaching tenderfoot Jack Lemmon the ropes on the trail to self-knowledge.
The Doorway to Hell
There was never a better match between studio and contract artist than Warner Bros. and brash James Cagney in the so-called Pre-Code era of 1930s Hollywood. Actor/dancer Cagney steals his scenes in The Doorway to Hell, playing second banana to Lew Ayres’ lead gangster.
The Lady from Shanghai
Dazzlingly restored, Orson Welles’ celebrated noir-thriller has femme fatale Rita Hayworth famously reflected in a surreal hall of mirrors.
The Lusty Men
Nicholas Ray’s subtle, evocative portrayal of the lives and modest dreams of proud rodeo performers features one of Robert Mitchum’s greatest performances.
Jacques Demy’s only American film is a stylish late-1960s exploration of superficiality and voyeurism with Anouk Aimée.
James Cagney’s energy and magnetism took him rapidly to the top of the cast list in pugnacious tough-guy roles such as his turn here as a gangster-turned-newspaper photographer, simply exchanging his handgun for a camera.
Credit: BFI National Archive
Basil Dearden’s brave, sober exposé of England’s repressive homosexual laws launched Dirk Bogarde’s career change as a serious international actor.