Beyond the Classics is a recurring column in which Emily Kubincanek highlights lesser-known old movies and examines what makes them memorable.
Even as a professional working woman in a man’s world, Kay Francis was able to be the feminine, approachable gateway into evolving gender roles.
Peter Bogdanovich’s first film (and Boris Karloff’s final film) should be looked at as more than a stepping stone to greatness. It was also genre-changing.
100 years has passed since Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino worked together, but the story of their production is still fascinating today.
The best holiday movies take on the realistic struggles of our lives and turn them into heartwarming stories, including ‘I’ll Be Seeing You.’
While critics and audiences thought it was untimely in 1940, the themes it explores have proved to be timeless as years have passed.
This lesser-known film noir starring Joan Bennett depicts how overwhelming being a woman and a mother was during the mid-20th century — and within a genre usually reserved for men.
Sidney Poitier’s first big role was also the film that finally showed America just how ugly their racist ideals really were.
Everyone loves a good ghost story. You have this film to thank for their popularity in cinema today.
We look at the 1930 film ‘Madam Satan’ — where it fails and where it accidentally succeeds.