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Best Movies by Farr: The Graduate

January 1, 2014 | John Farr

John Farr discusses one of the signature films of the 1960s, directed by Mike Nichols. The Graduate (1967) What It's About: A model son and newly minted college graduate, Ben Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) is proudly paraded around his parents' friends, who congratulate him heartily. But inside, Ben feels numb. He soon gets ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Swing Time

November 17, 2013 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses the best Astaire-Rogers movie, directed by George Stevens. The Americanization of Emily (1964) What It's About: John "Lucky" Garnett (Fred Astaire) isn't so lucky in matters of love. He's late to his own wedding, and his perturbed would-be father-in-law won't give him a return engagement until Lucky raises ...

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Best Movies by Farr: The Americanization of Emily

October 27, 2013 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses Julie Andrews' war film, directed by Arthur Hiller. The Americanization of Emily (1964) What It's About: Officer Charlie Madison (James Garner) has a dream job in World War II catering to the luxurious needs of a two-star admiral (Melvyn Douglas). He advocates for cowardice and survival, but when ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Crucial Cage

October 20, 2013 | John Farr

by John Farr Although his reputation has faded somewhat due to questionable role choices, Nic Cage was once one of Hollywood's brightest stars. John Farr recommends you revisit three crucial Cage classics. Leaving Las Vegas (1995) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Depressed Hollywood screenwriter Ben (Nicolas Cage) arrives in Las Vegas with one goal: to drink ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Sabrina

October 13, 2013 | John Farr

by John Farr You will fall in love with Audrey Hepburn once again after watching this film. John Farr explains why. Sabrina (1954) What It's About: Shipped off to Paris for lessons in cooking and refinement, charming Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn)-the daughter of a chauffeur for the wealthy Long Island Larrabee clan-returns a sophisticated woman. ...

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Best Movies by Farr: A Face in the Crowd

October 6, 2013 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses Andy Griffith's first and best film, directed by Elia Kazan. A Face in the Crowd (1957) What It's About: Local radio interviewer Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal) decides to interview transients at the local jail for a human-interest story. There, she spots a drunken Arkansas hayseed named Larry “Lonesome” ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Brilliant Burt Lancaster

September 30, 2013 | John Farr

by John Farr Burt Lancaster understood the importance of choosing the right roles. John Farr covers three of his finest. The Train (1964) What It's About: In the waning days of the Nazi occupation, cold-blooded Colonel Von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) pushes through a plan to transport a sizeable shipment of priceless art from Paris ...

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Best Movies by Farr: The Lady Vanishes

September 22, 2013 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses one of the great train movies directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The Lady Vanishes (1938) What It's About: When elderly Miss Froy (May Whitty) disappears without a trace on a train en route to England, her acquaintance Iris (Margaret Lockwood) searches every cabin and corner-without success. Stranger still, the ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Need-to-Watch Norman Jewison

September 15, 2013 | John Farr

by John Farr Prolific director Norman Jewison has hemled dozens of films, many of them considered classics. John Farr delves into Jewison's middle 1980s output to recommend three need-to-see films. A Soldier's Story (1984) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In the rigidly segregated military of the American South during the 1940s, a highly unpopular black sergeant ...

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