Best Picture Collection (1941)
|In this five disc collection, 20th Century Fox has brought together five films that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The Best Picture Collection includes the films GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT, THE FRENCH CONNECTION, ALL ABOUT EVE, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, and HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY!|
GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT: Director Elia Kazan and producer Darryl F. Zanuck caused a sensation with "the most spellbinding story ever put on celluloid" (Hollywood Reporter), which won three Academy Awards including Best Picture. One of the first films to directly tackle racial prejudice, this acclaimed adaptation of Laura Z. Hobson's bestseller stars Gregory Peck in an Oscar nominated role as a journalist assigned to write a series on anti-Semitism. Searching for an angle, he decides to pose as a Jew- and soon discovers what it is to be a victim of religious intolerance. Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Dean Stockwell and June Havoc also star in this riveting World War II classic.
THE FRENCH CONNECTION: New York City detectives "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) hope to break a narcotics smuggling ring and ultimately uncover THE FRENCH CONNECTION. But when one of the criminals tries to kill Doyle, he begins a deadly pursuit that takes him far outside the city limits. Based on a true story, this action-filled thriller, with its renowned chase scene, won five Academy Awards in 1971, including Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin) and Best Actor for Hackman.
ALL ABOUT EVE: Joseph Mankiewicz's "captivating" (Variety) 1950 Best Picture Academy Award-winning film about backstage backstabbing earned an Oscar nomination for star Bette Davis in the performance many consider her finest. Nominated for a record 14 awards, the scintillating film also led to Oscars for Mankiewicz as Director and Writer, the honors also went to Sound Recording and Costume Design, and George Sanders was named Best Supporting Actor. From the moment she glimpses her idol on Broadway, Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) strives relentlessly to upstage Margo Channing (Bette Davis). Cunningly stealing Margo's role, Eve then disrupts the lives of Margo's director boyfriend (Gary Merrill), and her other friends in this juicy, witty drama.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC: Share the magical, heartwarming true-life story that has become the most popular family film of all time- Rodgers and Hammerstein's THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, the spirited young woman who leaves the convent to become governess to the seven children of Captain Von Trapp, an autocratic widower whose strict household rules leave no room for music or entertainment. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this timeless classic features some of the world's best-loved songs.
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY: Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor (Donald Crisp), this "Hollywood milestone" (Halliwell's Film Guide) from producer Darryl F. Zanuck and director John Ford is "one of the finest" pictures ever made (Variety). Seen through the eyes of a boy (Roddy McDowall), HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY is the inspiring yet heartbreaking story of young parents (Donald Crisp and Sara Allgood) struggling to keep their family together as they endure severe hardship in a small Welsh mining town. Co-starring Maureen O'Hara and Walter Pidgeon, this acclaimed classic captures the sentiments and issues of its time while reminding us of the dreams, struggles and triumphs every family that can touch every family.
"[Eve] Brilliantly sophisticated...witty dialogue to spare... Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"[Gentleman's] One of the most noteworthy pictures. Los Angeles Times
"[Gentleman's] Excellent...daring...an important motion picture. New York Daily News
"[Valley] Possesses great beauty, great charm and character. The New York Times
"[French] ...[a] tough, brilliant crime film... TV Guide
"[Sound] ...lovely to hear and see. VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
Editor's NoteThis collection contains the following award-winning features: GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT, THE FRENCH CONNECTION, ALL ABOUT EVE, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, and HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY. Please see individual titles for synopsis information.
|Tony Lo Bianco|
|Elia Kazan - [Gentleman's] Director|
|John Ford - [Valley] Director|
|Joseph L. Mankiewicz - [Eve] Director|
|Robert Wise - [Sound] Director|
|William Friedkin - [French] Director|
|Oscar, Philip D'Antoni, [French] Best Picture|
|Oscar, William Friedkin, [French] Best Director|
|Oscar, Gene Hackman, [French] Best Actor in a Leading Role|
|Oscar, Gerald B. Greenberg, [French] Best Film Editing|
|Oscar, Ernest Tidyman, [French] Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium|
|Oscar, Robert Wise, [Sound] Best Picture|
|Oscar, Robert Wise, [Sound] Best Director|
|Oscar, William Reynolds, [Sound] Best Film Editing|
|Oscar, Irwin Kostal, [Sound] Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment|
|Oscar, James Corcoran, Fred Hynes, [Sound] Best Sound|
|Oscar, All About Eve, [Eve] Best Picture|
|Oscar, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, [Eve] Best Director|
|Oscar, George Sanders, [Eve] Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|Oscar, Edith Head, Charles Le Maire, [Eve] Best Costume Design, Black-and-White|
|Oscar, All About Eve, [Eve] Best Sound, Recording|
|Oscar, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, [Eve] Best Writing, Screenplay|
|Oscar, Gentleman's Agreement, [Gentleman's] Best Picture|
|Oscar, Elia Kazan, [Gentleman's] Best Director|
|Oscar, Celeste Holm, [Gentleman's] Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
|Oscar, How Green was My Valley, [Valley] Best Picture|
|Oscar, John Ford, [Valley] Best Director|
|Oscar, Donald Crisp, [Valley] Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|Oscar, Richard Day, et. al., [Valley] Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White|
|Oscar, Arthur C. Miller, [Valley] Best Cinematography, Black-and-White|