Several months after its launch, the French subscription streaming platform Salto is gradually expanding its offer. Initially sold as an alternative to Netflix or Disney+, and as the destination of choice for accessing French programs neglected by American platforms, Salto has since proven that it is capable of offering successful programs, such as the complete cult series. such as “ER” or “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”.
On the cinema side too, Salto offers a varied selection that spans the ages. We can thus discover some cult films, both French and American. From classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood, like “Casablanca”, to blockbusters from the 2000s such as “Spider-Man”. From family comedies like the “Goonies” to French auteur films such as “La Vie d’Adèle”.
Here are 15 cult films to see on Salto:
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are one of cinema’s most iconic couples in this three-time Oscar-winning feature film by Michael Curtiz. Filmed and released in the middle of World War II, the film tells the life of American expatriates in Casablanca under the Vichy regime.
William Wyler’s extraordinary peplum accumulates superlatives: it lasts more than 3h30, its shooting required the participation of more than 10,000 extras and an unprecedented budget of 15 million dollars. He also collected the record number of 11 Oscars. The film has gone down in history in particular for its impressive chariot race.
‘2001, a space odyssey’ (1968)
Stanley Kubrick’s film is considered groundbreaking for the science fiction genre, paving the way for several generations of blockbusters, from “Star Wars” to “Interstellar” to “Alien” and “Encounters of the Third Kind.” . The themes of space exploration, extraterrestrial life or even artificial intelligence that he explores are still relevant today.
‘Taxi Driver’ (1976)
Martin Scorsese, one of the leaders of the “new Hollywood”, signs here one of his most emblematic feature films, with Robert De Niro in one of his leading roles. This dark and violent dive into the New York of the 70s earned the director the Palme d’Or. His influence is still felt in cinema today, especially in “Joker”.
‘The Goonies’ (1985)
This adventure film, produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Chris Columbus (director of “Mommy, I missed the plane” and of the first “Harry Potter”), is one of the cult family films of the 80s, like “Gremlins”, and “ET”. We follow a group of teenagers in search of a pirate treasure that will save their neighborhood from the hands of a real estate developer.
‘Lethal Weapon’ (1987)
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover form a duo of police officers from Los Angeles who will mark the history of cinema and will give rise to three sequels and a remake in the form of a TV series. In this first opus, the two cops, former soldiers in Vietnam, are responsible for dismantling a heroin trafficking network organized by other veterans. ‘Lethal Weapon’ would inspire other successful buddy movie franchises like ‘Rush Hour’ and ‘Bad Boys’.
Tim Burton’s “Batman” remains one of the most cult superhero movies to this day, thanks to the director’s gothic aesthetic, Michael Keaton’s play as the masked vigilante and especially Jack Nicholson in that of the Joker. It will give rise to three sequels before the franchise is rebooted by Christopher Nolan in the 2000s.
‘The Silence of the Lambs’ (1991)
Jonathan Demme’s horror film remains one of the most iconic thrillers in cinema history to this day. It is only the third film to have won the 5 major Oscars: best film, best director, best actor for Anthony Hopkins, best actress for Jodie Foster and best screenplay. Although not Hannibal Lecter’s first film appearance, “The Silence of the Lambs” is the film that made the character into legend.
A film as well known for its soundtrack as for its star duo, Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, at the top of the bill, “Bodyguard” is one of the flagship feature films of the 90s. Criticized by the press at the Released, it was a huge box office success, becoming the second-grossing film of 1992 worldwide, behind Disney’s “Aladdin”. Not to mention that its soundtrack has sold 45 million copies.
In his first film as a director, Alain Chabat stages himself in the role of Didier, a dog who will take on a human appearance while he is temporarily guarded by Jean-Pierre, played by Jean-Pierre Bacri. A football agent, the latter will realize Didier’s footballing abilities and use him to replace injured players. This comedy won the César for first film for its director.
Like “X-Men”, released two years earlier, “Spider-Man” by Sam Raimi relaunched the superhero film genre in cinema, which is now ultra-dominant at the box office. The feature film, starring Tobey Maguire as high school student Peter Parker, who, bitten by a spider, will end up with superpowers, also features Willem Dafoe as the villainous Green Goblin and Kirsten Dunst as the of Mary-Jane, Peter’s girlfriend.
‘Gangs of New York’ (2002)
Martin Scorsese’s epic historical film is known as much for the war between the two gangs on screen as for the conflict between the director and producer Harvey Weinstein behind the camera. Shot at the Cinecittà studios in Rome, where an entire neighborhood of New York was recreated, the film had a complicated production, falling behind schedule and exceeding its initial budget by 25%. Its release has been postponed for a year, in particular because the opposing visions of Martin Scorsese (more artistic) and Harvey Weinstein (more commercial) have struggled to agree. In the end, the film still received 10 Oscar nominations.
‘Million Dollar Baby’ (2004)
Clint Eastwood received his second Oscars for best film and best director, ten years after “Ruthless”, for this drama where Hilary Swank plays the role of a woman who leaves her old life behind to become a boxer. We follow her journey until the tragic accident that makes her quadriplegic.
‘The Life of Adele’ (2013)
This love film between two young women played by Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux is memorable for several reasons. First for the dithyrambic reception it received in the press and during its presentation at the Cannes Film Festival, from where it left with the Palme d’Or. Then for the controversy that surrounded its shooting, its director Abdellatif Kechiche being accused by certain technicians and the two main actresses of toxic behavior, too demanding and close to moral harassment.
Spike Jonze’s latest film, starring Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role and the memorable voiceover of Scarlett Johansson as an intelligent voice assistant, is a modern and highly realistic take on the subject of human-computer relations. . The filmmaker received his first Oscar for this feature film, that of the best screenplay.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider France
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