DVD: Epic Movies

EPIC MOVIES. War, romance and battles of will were the sure-fire ingredients that ensure the longevity of these legendary flicks

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GONE WITH THE WIND
Stars: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland
Director: Victor Fleming

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An epic tale of romance and class conflict, “Gone with the Wind” followed characters caught up in the American Civil War. Lead character Scarlett was gradually transformed from a demanding, self-centered individual to a strong-willed, independent woman after enduring endless tribulations.

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
Stars: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness, Geraldine Chaplin
Director: David Lean

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Set in 1940s Russia amidst World War I and the Russian Revolution, “Doctor Zhivago” was packed with gunfights, sword slashing and multiple conspiracies. Among it all bloomed a tragic love affair between a noble doctor and a depressive blonde, played by blue-eyed Julie Christie.

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
Stars: Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn
Director: David Lean

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This 1962 British epic is hard to beat in terms of cinematography. Shot across Middle Eastern deserts, Peter O’Toole shone as the frivolous misfit lieutenant T.E. Lawrence, who fell in the love with the desert before leading an Arab revolution. Though his main purpose was to assist the leader of Iraq by driving away invading Turks, inner personal conflict led him astray in this tense and ambitious plot.

CASABLANCA
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Humphrey Bogart, Paul Henreid
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

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Never has a black-andwhite film catapulted a Middle Eastern city to stardom like “Casablanca.” Starring a suave Humphrey Bogart and a demure Ingrid Bergman, the Moroccan city’s exoticism amid World War II chaos makes for a truly captivating cinematic experience which can be enjoyed right from the beginning to the unexpected end.

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