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Premarital sex could ruin a girl’s chances of marriage. Or, it could actually precipitate marriage if the girl finds herself ‘in trouble’. In 1928 rural Kansas, both contradictory messages still had currency. Wilma Dean ‘Deanie’ Loomis (Natalie Wood) and Bud Stamper (Warren Beatty) are high school sweethearts whose romance is mired by both sexual repression and oppression.
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Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief (1955) sees American expatriate and former resistance hero, John Robie (Cary Grant), fall in love with the impossibly beautiful Jessie Stevens (Grace Kelly) in the French Riviera. Robie is a reformed burglar who is being suspected of a new wave of jewellery thefts in the South of France.
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There are certain films which are almost universally praised by critics. Sometimes, even people who haven’t seen them would consider these films masterpieces. Although still a comparatively very young art form, cinema has already produced scores of films considered canonical by some and, generally, accepted as so by most people. This is what is sometimes called the masterpiece tradition because its proponents are mainly preoccupied with creating a canon of films that are worth seeing…Continue