In this 1957 feel-good musical set in the world of high fashion, mousey and intellectual bookstore assistant Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn) finds her store overrun by fashion magazine Quality for a photo shoot. Editor-in-chief (Kay Thompson) and photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire), on the hunt for the next supermodel, are intrigued by Jo’s unique appearance. They convince the reluctant salesgirl to come to Paris with them, where she starts to enjoy her new line of work, is turned into the world’s most in-demand model, falls in love with Dick and has to deal with other amorous complications.
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This period drama, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants during the reign of King George V. In this splendid home, the Earl and Countess of Grantham and their three daughters of marriageable age live under the watchful eye of the Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith). Their secure and ordered world, and the social hierarchy are rocked as their lives are shaped by the great events in history, romance, heartbreak and ambition. The first series spans the two years before World War I beginning with news of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. The second series covers the years 1916 to 1919.
Director Wong Kar-Wai’s poetic film set in 1962 Hong Kong tells the story of newspaper editor Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) and secretary Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) who move into neighbouring apartments on the same day. Soon they discover their spouses are having an affair. “Hurt and angry they find comfort in their growing friendship”, but while trying to piece together the circumstances behind the affair, they realize they now need to come to terms with their own mutual attraction.
It’s the early 1970s, the Cold War is in full swing, and MI6 has reason to believe there is a Soviet mole in the highest echelon of the British Secret Intelligence Service. His treachery has already blown some of their vital operations and their best networks. “Brought out of retirement to expose the potential mole, veteran spy George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is the only one who can be trusted to expose one of their own. Or can he? As the emotional and physical stress take their toll on the high-ranking suspects, Smiley is forced into the ultimate international spy game where everyone’s motives are in question.”
This Double Take DVD contains both versions of romantic caper The Thomas Crown Affair. In the 1968 original – with lots of split screen scenes – the always cool and composed millionaire Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen) is robbing banks for kicks. Pretty soon sassy insurance investigator Vicki Anderson (Faye Dunaway) is hot on his trail, determined to get her man no matter what. In the 1999 remake debonair Mr. Crown (Pierce Brosnan) strikes again. This time he specializes in art theft, stealing a valuable Monet from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in broad daylight. When self-assured investigator Catherine Banning (Rene Russo) enters the scene the two quickly become involved in a seductive game of cat-and-mouse, in which both players equally enjoy the thrill of the hunt.