Cinderella - comes to life in this silent film from 1911 directed by George O. Nichols. It stars Florence La Badie as the title character - a daughter forced to work in her own house as an abused servant who wishes to attend the royal ball.
Though only 14 minutes long, you would still take it with you on the island when you want a simple and short story. It's a brief respite from your island woes; you can quickly return to your hut-making, chopping wood, or whatever it is you're doing to survive.
Click here to watch Cinderella (1911).
2. An Epic - Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
Moving up a decade to a bigger budget and a longer running time, we have Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925). The Lew Wallace novel roars on to the screen with Ramon Novarro as a young man who seeks revenge on a childhood friend (Francis X. Bushman) who has betrayed his family.
This is another silent film, it runs for over 2 hours. The pageantry, the action, the epic-ness of it all bears repeat viewings, making it perfect to have on rotation.
Gaumont British Picture is a romantic comedy, a film about time, stage craft and aspiring actors. Above all, it's an Art Deco extravaganza!
Evergreen (1934) so encapsulates 1930s films it almost seems a parody of its own modernity. Starring Jessie Matthews in a dual role, we find a young actress who pretends to be her late mother coming out of retirement.
Evergreen is a story about time - savoring time, stopping time, changes over time, similarities over time, the trends of the day, the music of an era, the ultimate dominance of time, fighting time.
Great for a deserted island because you'll have some time on your hands to be nostalgic.
A Paramount Pictures adaptation of a Broadway play that is based on a Henry James novel cannot help but have layers.
In this taut drama, Olivia De Havilland stars as a wealthy young lady who does not know whether her new beau (Montgomery Clift) loves her (as she believes he does) or her money (as her father, Ralph Richardson, believes he does).
Discovering all the lights and shadows of the characters would be like unwinding the inside of a baseball; you'll never run out of concepts to explore within this film.
5. A Musical - A Star is Born (1954)
And why not one of the most massive, well-acted, well-choreographed musicals in the English language? I'm talking about A Star is Born (1954) with Judy Garland in her Oscar-nominated role as an aspiring film actor whose career ascends as that of her husband (James Mason) descends.
It's a long film with a variety of great moments and musical numbers which you could treat as their own little movies within a movie. This is a film you can watch again and again
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