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October 14, 2016

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Howards End & 7 Other Classic Films to See in Theatres

Twenty five years after it was nominated for nine Oscars (and won three), Howards End has been restored in 4K and is returning to theatres across Canada. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter and Emma Thompson, the film is a Merchant Ivory classic not to be missed on the big screen! In honour of the Howards End re-release on October 21, here are seven other classic films we’d love to see return to theatres.

1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Often called one of the best movies of all time, Lawrence of Arabia is the story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

From master director Stanley Kubrick, the film tells the story of when humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, whith the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

3. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

Directed by Norman Jewison and with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this classic film presents the last few weeks of Jesus’ life in full 70s rock opera style.

4. Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Best foreign film Oscar-winner Cinema Paradiso is the story of a filmmaker who recalls his childhood when he fell in love with the movies at his village’s theatre and formed a deep friendship with the theatre’s projectionist.

5. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, this film asks if sex makes it impossible for men and women to be true friends. The film chronicles this dilemma through the eleven year relationship between Harry and Sally who meet in college, then pursue their own lives until they reconnect ten years later.

6. The Princess Bride (1987) 

Starring a young Robin Wright, The Princess Bride centres on Buttercup, a former farm girl who has been chosen as the princess bride to Prince Humperdinck of Florian. Buttercup does not love him, and still laments the death of her one true love, Westley, five years ago.

7. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring him and Meryl Streep, The Bridges of Madison County tells the story of photographer Robert Kincaid, who wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson for four days in the 1960s.

Which classic films would you add to this list?