The latest streaming platform has arrived in Brazil with all its might, already conquering a legion of fans. Operating for over a year in the United States, HBO Max recently debuted in our country, bringing a lot of news such as brand new and hot blockbusters (Wonder Woman 1984 and Godzilla vs Kong), beloved series (Friends and Soprano Family), shows and recent promises. a very small window in relation to the cinema. In other words, the films, shortly after the big screen, will already be available on the platform – like the case of the horror Summoning of Evil 3.
With the entire Warner Bros. Cinematheque collection, DC blockbusters and prestigious HBO series (still the market champion of quality TV production, see Game of Thrones, Westworld, Big Little Lies and Mare of Easttown), HBO Max enters on the market with the proposal to face the giants that dominate it, Netflix and Amazon. If it depends on what cards you have up your sleeve, it won’t be just a promise. In addition to all of the aforementioned attractions, one of the most notable is the Classic Platform Collection. And when I say classics, I am referring to some of the most iconic productions in the history of the seventh art, still cited by specialists today as some of the best works in cinema. This is exactly what many moviegoers are looking for, a place to find such films that anyone who claims to love movies cannot do without another day. Check out 10 absolute classics below to watch on HBO Max.
One of cinema’s most famous love stories, Casablanca is so iconic for Warner that the studio uses the film’s music as its logo presentation at the start of every house movie. In the plot, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) is the owner of a coffee shop in Casablanca, Morocco, during the days of the Nazi regime. In his establishment one day appears his lost love from the past, the beautiful Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), with whom he is still in love. It turns out that the woman asks him for a favor, to help her escape the place with her husband, as they are being pursued by the Germans, considered to be traitors. Winner of the Oscar for best picture and two other statuettes, Casablanca received 8 nominations in total and is ranked among the 48 best films of all time on the IMDB.
What about this masterpiece that has yet to be said? Mandatory screening for film students and film critics, the film was very important at the time of its release as it broke several technical barriers, being considered revolutionary. At the time, it was the ultimate in cinema, comparable to today’s Marvel films in terms of investment. The story is the classic “man who has everything but has nothing” dilemma, and tells the story of a media mogul who, after his death, begins to be investigated. The plot is told in a flashback to his life. Show by Orson Welles who, at only 26 years old, produced, wrote, performed and directed. Citizen Kane was nominated for Best Picture and 8 other categories, winning Best Screenplay. The film is among the 94 best of all time on IMDB and is considered by many to be the best ever produced.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
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The most recent “canceled” by historical revisionism, Gone with the Wind depicts a tragic time for mankind: the conflict known as the Civil War, which divided the United States between slavers and abolitionists. The problem is that the overproduction precisely addresses the point of view of the protagonists of the south of the country, such as the slavers and the “drama” they have experienced to maintain their lifestyle. From a technical point of view, the film is revolutionary, creating visuals and scenarios unimaginable for the time. A true epic, Gone with the Wind may have a very old-fashioned and distorted view of today. However, HBO Max did well not to sweep the film under the rug, on the contrary, they very aptly included a note at the start of the film. After all, it is necessary to know and study history and the past in order to learn from it. Winner of 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, and still in the top 200 on IMDB.
1939 was a very good year for the cinema. From there at least two unforgettable works came out and are still very much in vogue today, being commented on (albeit for their controversies) more than 80 years after their premieres. In the same year that Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz came out, possibly the most beloved family fantasy in the seventh art. Even without wanting to, you probably know the story of the girl Dorothy (Judy Garland), coming from a farm in a rural area, who, along with the little dog Totó, is transported to a new world, a magical, ruled world. by the Wizard of Oz. There she meets and befriends a brainless scarecrow, a heartless tin man, and a courageous lion. Together they will have to face the wicked witch of the West. The Wizard of Oz was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars and 4 other nominations, bringing a soundtrack and song to the iconic “Over the Rainbow”.
We finally come to the 50s for what is probably the favorite musical of 9 out of 10 moviegoers and lovers of the seventh art. Released in 1952, at the height of the genre’s fever, Singing in the Rain stars the eternal Gene Kelly as Don Lockwood, a star of Hollywood’s silent era, who must readjust to the new times. spoken cinema. Same subject treated in the Oscar O Artista (2011). Alongside Kelly is Debbie Reynolds, mother of eternal Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher. Cantando na Chuva received two Oscar nominations and is among the top 98 on IMDB.
Godzilla vs Kong has become one of the biggest hits of this first half of 2021, generating the biggest box office possible in these times of pandemic. But the film owes a lot and must thank its success to a film that is no less than 88 years since its release. Shot in black and white, and using the best stop-motion technique at the time, this is another film that brings a timeless story, which still bears fruit today. The sad journey of the giant gorilla removed from its habitat and taken to New York City to be shown in a show for cash has been told time and time again. But at HBO Max, you can see where it all started.
Today we are even further back in time, in the subversive years of the 1960s. It is here that a movement began that would forever change world culture and Hollywood. The way of making films moved from the conservative side to a more subversive and real side, tackling subjects considered controversial. The “new Hollywood” movement got its start here, and one of the strongest representatives was the story of the real thief and murderer couple named Bonnie & Clyde. In A Blast of Bullets, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway became superstars, and their actual characters were also considered celebrities, even though they were on the wrong side of the law. Bonnie & Clyde was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and emerged victorious with two statuettes – the photography and the supporting actress.
In the HBO Max collection, we have a few productions from the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock, and something tells me that soon we will have some more. It is one of the most famous and unmissable. Extremely influential, history has inspired and continues to influence many narratives in film and audiovisual. As usual, Hitchcock uses the crime as the trigger for the film’s starting point. Here, a guy beyond debt plans to murder his wife to inherit his fortune. The plan is also conceived because the wife intended to leave her husband to be with her lover. However, something goes terribly wrong when it comes to performing the deed. This is one of three films the director has made alongside his muse Grace Kelly (who plays his wife). Dial M to Kill is in the top 154 on IMDB. Ah, for those who are curious and want to do a double, a remake came out in 1998, with Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow, being one of the few remakes to match the original. The remake is also on the platform and is called A Perfect Crime.
Speaking of remakes, Ben-Hur got his in 2016, but let’s say it’s better to forget and focus on the late 1950s original. Well, if we go even more literal we can say that the original itself is a 1925 production of the silent movie era. The 1959 version, by William Wyler, is a true epic of 3h32min of projection, owner of unforgettable and grandiose moments like the chariot race. The plot is borrowed from Alexandre Dumas’ classic Le Comte de Monte-Cristo, released in 1844, transporting it into a biblical story. Charlton Heston plays Jewish Prince Judah Ben-Hur, betrayed by a noble Roman friend and turned into a slave. After gaining his freedom, he plans to take revenge. Ben-Hur has won 11 of the 12 Oscars he’s been nominated for, including Best Picture, and is in the top 207 on IMDB.
Another epic that revolutionized and forever transformed Hollywood. In the midst of the Cold War in force in the 1960s between the United States and Russia (then the Soviet Union), Hollywood decided to produce a work that sounded like a love letter to the “enemy” country. Directed by David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, 1962), Doctor Zhivago is inspired by a bestselling book and becomes a grandiose epic, 3h17min of projection. The story follows the main character (played by the Egyptian Omar Sharif), a successful and prominent Russian physician in society at the time. He inadvertently falls in love with a revolutionary, played by the beautiful Julie Christie, and ends up feeling the consequences of her actions, during World War I and the Russian Revolution. Doctor Zhivago was nominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Film, and emerged victorious with 5 statuettes, including an adapted screenplay.
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