The Shawshank Redemption tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a man charged with the murder of his wife and her lover based on circumstantial evidence; he claims he is innocent, yet he is sent to Shawshank State Prison where he tries to go on with his life and manages to make a few friends and enemies in the process.
While being considered one of the greatest films in the history of cinema due to its self-referential nature, snappy and comprehensive dialogue, nonlinear storyline and quirky characters, critics and fans still don’t agree on the exact genre of the movie; some call it a black comedy, other a parody, a “neo-noir” or others.
While the original teleplay wasn’t much of a success, the big screen dramatization of 12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose received critical acclaim, was Oscar-nominated, Golden Bear-awarded and liked by the public, yet financially it was a disaster; another remakes starring Jack Lemmon as Juror 8 was made in 1997, but it passed unnoticed.
The Dark Knight retells the conflict between Batman and the Joker, here beautifully and magnificently interpreted by the departed actor Heath Ledger, who even received a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor; director Christopher Nolan gathered other great actors as well, such as Michael Caine, Gary Oldman or Morgan Freeman.
Admirers of The Godfather will be pleased to hear that the film was considered deemed for preservation by the United States National Film Registry, who decided to preserve it for posterity in 1990, while the American Film Institute ranked it as the second greatest film in American cinema and a great influence on gangster movies everywhere.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is the most famous Spaghetti western in the history of cinematography, and rightly so considering the great work of director Sergio Leone, the amazing musical score by Ennio Morricone and the spectacular interpretations of Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef, which made it a cult classic.