Deep Red is one of only two 1970s movies in the Internet Archive Top 100. (The other is at #99.) It’s an Italian giallo thriller starring Macha Meril as a medium and David Hemmings as a pianist who investigates a series of murders performed by a mysterious figure wearing black leather gloves.
The Internet Archive version is the US release, which cut 22 minutes including the most graphic violence. Deep Red is still not my favorite kind of movie, but its strong critical reception, especially from tens of thousands of IMDb voters, boosted it to this list.
Holiday is a romantic comedy about a young man who decides to get married after a whirlwind courtship, then has to reconcile his free-thinking lifestyle with the tradition of his wealthy fiancée’s family. Ann Harding was nominated for a best actress Oscar for her performance as the fiancée’s sister.
Holiday was based on a Broadway play by the same name which ran for over 200 performances in 1928-29. Katherine Hepburn understudied for the main female role in the play, then co-starred with Cary Grant in the 1938 movie remake. Edward Everett Horton played the same role in both film versions. I’m always happy to see another comedy in the Internet Archive Top 100.
A Stranger in Town is an odd little dramatic comedy, or is it a message movie with laughs? It’s about a Supreme Court justice who goes fishing incognito in a small town, only to land in the middle of its corrupt legal structure. He backs an honest lawyer who’s running for mayor to clean up the place.
Frank Morgan, who played The Wizard of Oz just a few years earlier, stars as the wise old judge who guides the town to a better conclusion. The film is a bit of fluff, but a pretty good one, earning its place on the Internet Archive Top 100.
The star power of Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, and Adolphe Menjou, plus the original semi-autobiographical story from Ernest Hemingway, make A Farewell To Arms a lot more than a simple romance. It was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Sound.
The movie is about an ill-fated love affair between an American ambulance driver and an English nurse in Italy during World War I. Leonard Maltin gave it 3 (of 4) stars, but a relatively tepid reception from IMDb voters, perhaps reflecting that this 1932 version is a bit dated, kept it from ranking higher in the Internet Archive Top 100.
Broken Arrow is another one of the movies in the Internet Archive Top 100 that was ground-breaking. It was one of the first major Westerns to give a sympathetic portrayal of Native Americans. James Stewart starred as an ex-Army man trying to make peace between Indians and settlers.
Based on the novel Blood Brother by Elliott Arnold, the movie was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay; its author was listed as Michael Blankfort but was actually the blacklisted Albert Maltz. It won a Golden Globe for Best Film Promoting International Understanding. And here it is in all its Technicolor glory for you to enjoy.