THE LAVENDER HILL MOB
1951, Rialto Pictures, 81 min, UK, Dir: Charles Crichton

The distinctive blend of comedy and crime that made Ealing one of Britain’s most revered studios is on full display in this tale of a bank clerk (Alec Guinness) and a foundry owner (Stanley Holloway) who concoct a nearly perfect plot to steal a fortune in gold bullion. The film struck some gold at the Academy Awards, with a Best Actor nomination for Guinness (his first) and a Best Original Screenplay award for writer T.E.B. Clarke. Keep your eyes peeled for young Audrey Hepburn and Robert Shaw in minor roles.


MY FAIR LADY
1964, Hollywood Classics, 170 min, USA, Dir: George Cukor

Domineering speech expert Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison, in his finest performance) transforms 19th-century Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (the never-lovelier Audrey Hepburn) into a beautiful, swanlike lady, in director George Cukor’s sumptuous adaptation of the Lerner & Loewe musical classic. Winner of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and Actor. Co-starring Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Theodore Bikel and Jeremy Brett. With the song favorites "Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?," "The Rain in Spain," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Get Me to the Church on Time" and more!


TWO FOR THE ROAD
1967, 20th Century Fox, 111 min, USA, Dir: Stanley Donen

Stanley Donen and screenwriter Frederic Raphael relate the ups and downs of a marriage via vignettes that go back and forth in time, focusing on various road trips through Europe at different stages of a relationship in this ultra-'60s, offbeat romantic comedy. In career-highlight performances, Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn are a husband and wife who can't stand each other yet can't stand to be apart. With mod fashions by Mary Quant and Paco Rabanne among other hip designers of the day.


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