Classic Award Winners

10/10/2005
  |  Buy to Own: 10/10/2005
  |  635 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Box set containing five classic award-winning films. 'All About Eve' (1950) follows the story of Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter), the biggest fan of actress Margo Channing (Bette Davis). When by chance she gets to meet the great lady she quickly ingratiates herself into her life. Before long, however, she has become a bitter rival, stealing Margo's Broadway role and causing turmoil in her personal life. Joseph Mankiewicz's scathing satire on Hollywood won Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Supporting Actor (George Sanders). 'How Green Was My Valley' (1941) is the classic tale of a childhood spent in a turn-of-the-century Welsh mining village. Focusing on one family and their six sons, the action is seen through the eyes of young Huw (Roddy McDowall), and charts the everyday struggles of the local community. Nominated in the same year as 'Citizen Kane', 'The Maltese Falcon', 'The Little Foxes' and 'Suspicion', 'How Green Was My Valley' won the Oscar for Best Picture and also earned Ford the award for Best Director. In 'Gentleman's Agreement' (1947), journalist Phil Green (Gregory Peck) is researching a piece on discrimination against Jews. Dissatisfied with his efforts, Green decides to masquerade as a Jew in order to build up first-hand experience of prejudice. As well as Academy recognition for the film and director, Celeste Holm carried home an Oscar for her supporting role. In 'Zorba the Greek' (1964), an Englishman goes to Crete in order to open a family mine, and while there he comes across Zorba, a man with a sad past but a marvellous enthusiasm for life, which he tries to instill in the rather stuffy Englishman. Finally, 'The Grapes of Wrath' (1940) is John Ford's adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novel which follows the traumatic journey made by the Joads, a dispossesed Oklahoma family who head towards California to begin a new life. Henry Fonda stars as Tom Joad, struggling against the forces of nature and the Depression to set down roots for the future.