What makes a film a classic? It can be old fashioned charm, its lasting impact on our culture, and a showcase of the highest standards in filmmaking. Classic films stand the test of time to remain as loved today as they were way back when. This month, JB Hi-Fi bring you the very best in quality cinema with a curation of quintessential classics, including these eight perennial favourites…  

KING KONG (1933)
Cinematically revolutionary for its time, the original Kong is still king. Beauty may have killed the beast, but his legacy lives on. The film’s central theme of man as the real monster continues to resonate in the decades since the “Eighth Wonder of the World” was introduced to awestruck moviegoers. And the groundbreaking work of effects supervisor Willis O’Brien has inspired a legion of filmmakers.

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VERTIGO
James Stewart plays a police detective afflicted by the titular condition. When an old friend appeals for help with a most unusual case, Stewart is led down a path that leads to obsession. Considered one of Alfred Hitchcock’s finest films, Vertigo is also frequently cited as a rival to Citizen Kane as the greatest American film. Yes, that’s a big call. Judge for yourself.

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THE GREAT ESCAPE
A galaxy of stars – including Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Richard Attenborough, James Garner and Donald Pleasance – headline this chronicle of one of the largest prison breaks in WWII history. This stirring epic is more than a classic – it’s a part of pop culture, not least for the iconic motorcyle chase sequence and a theme tune that’s impossible not to whistle along to.

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12 ANGRY MEN
The title of this courtroom drama refers to a jury charged with deciding the fate of a Puerto Rican youth, on trial for the murder of his father. Henry Fonda is the solitary holdout with ‘reasonable doubt’, despite increasing pressure from his peers. From five-time Oscar-nominated director Sidney Lumet, 12 Angry Men stands as one of his finest alongside 1975’s Dog Day Afternoon.

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MY FAIR LADY
George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion made its debut in 1913, and although his most widely appealing play, it remains a biting social critique on the class system. This remarkable 1964 musical reimagination remains just as poignant, and has become a sing-along sensation for generations. Winner of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, this fair lady continues to enchant.

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VIVA LAS VEGAS
Elvis, Vegas, fast cars, and Ann-Margret. What’s not to like? Sin city’s golden era provides the perfect backdrop for the effervescent on-screen chemistry between the two stars. Plot be damned, watch it for the great dance routines, thrilling racing sequences, and great music, including What’d I Say, C’mon Everybody, and of course, the rousing title track.

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ALL ABOUT EVE
Bette Davis delivers a performance for the ages as embittered, fading Broadway star Margo Channing. There’s backstabbing that would make the couples on Married at First Sight blush, and the superb cast delivers the lines with the kind of verve that’s made All About Eve both a classic and a camp classic of the highest order. Nominated for a whopping 14 Academy Awards, and winner of six.

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AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER
Cary Grant is a celebrity playboy embarking on a cruise to meet fiancée Neva Patterson. On the same ship is Deborah Kerr, a singer who’s leaving a life in smoky bars behind to start afresh with her betrothed (Richard Denning). When Grant and Kerr meet on the voyage, sparks fly. They make plans to meet in six months to marry – but will they?

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Check out the Classics Curation in-store at JB Hi-Fi until 29th April 2018.