Mystery

Rembrandt’s J’Accuse…! (2008) Peter Greenaway, Martin Freeman, Eva Birthistle, Jodhi May, Documentary, Mystery

Rembrandt's J'Accuse...! (2008)
An ‘essayistic’ documentary in which Greenaway’s fierce criticism of today’s visual illiteracy is argued by means of a forensic search of Rembrandt’s Nightwatch. Greenaway explains the background, the context, the conspiracy, the murder and the motives of all its thirty-four painted characters who have conspired to kill for their combined self-advantage. Greenaway leads us through Rembrandt’s paintings into seventeenth-century Amsterdam. He paints a world that is democratic in principle, but is almost entirely ruled by twelve families. The notion exists of these regents as charitable and compassionate entities. However, reality was different.
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Man in the Attic (1953) Hugo Fregonese, Jack Palance, Constance Smith, Byron Palmer, Mystery, Thriller

Man in the Attic (1953)
London, 1888: on the night of the third Jack the Ripper killing, soft-spoken Mr. Slade, a research pathologist, takes lodgings with the Harleys, including a gloomy attic room for “experiments.” Mrs. Harley finds Slade odd and increasingly suspects the worst; her niece Lily (star of a decidedly Parisian stage revue) finds him interesting and increasingly attractive. Is Lily in danger, or are her aunt’s suspicions merely a red herring?
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La boîte noire / The Black Box (2005) Richard Berry, José Garcia, Marion Cotillard, Michel Duchaussoy, Mystery, Thriller

La boite noire (2005)
Images flash through Arthur’s brain, voices buzz in his mind, uttering disjointed words and sentences. Arthur Seligman seems to have had an accident but did he run over a little boy or not? And what was he doing near Cherbourg while he lives in Paris? When he regains consciousness (but does he really?) Isabelle Kruger, a nurse, tells him that he had lapsed into a coma after his accident and that she wrote down all of what he said while he was delirious. She gives him the notebook and Arthur starts investigating…HIMSELF!
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The Scapegoat (1959) Robert Hamer

The Scapegoat (1959)
On a vacation in France from his nondescript job and life, John Barratt encounters a titled but impoverished French nobleman who looks exactly like him. The nobleman gets John drunk, and switches places with him to take a breather from his failing business and too-complicated life. John tries to convince everyone he is not who they think he is, but he begins to get more and more involved with the count’s family, including an unhappy wife, domineering mother, lonely but talented young daughter, bitter spinster sister and the expected mistress. As John gets to know them he feels he can help them with their problems, but is also becoming used to his borrowed life, which has given him a purpose for the first time.
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Naufragio / Shipwreck (1978) Jaime Humberto Hermosillo

Naufragio (1978)
One woman (Murguía) lives waiting for his son (Alonso) who is a sailor. She hasn’t seen him for years although he writes to her a lot. The woman shares the letters and her grief with a co-worker and friend (Rojo). This last woman begins to idealize her friend’s son. One day, the mother gets sick and falls into a coma. Her son arrives but she is unconscious. He has a brief but passionate affair with her mother’s friend and then disappears, as quickly as he came back from the sea.
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Julie (1956) Andrew L. Stone

Julie (1956)
Her new husband’s behaviour convinces Julie Benton that his jealousy is dangerous, and when he admits he killed her first husband she realises she has to get away. A long-time friend helps all he can, but even in a town the size of San Francisco, Benton seems able to track them down. The police can do nothing despite a death threat, so the next move is up to Julie.
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Insomnia (1997) Erik Skjoldbjærg

Insomnia (1997)
In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle, a Swedish murder investigator is brought in to find an elusive killer. But when the officer accidentally kills his own partner and covers it up, a double sided game of cat-and-mouse ensues.
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Diplomatic Courier (1952) Henry Hathaway

Diplomatic Courier (1952)
Department of State courier Mike Kells ends up in postwar hotbed Trieste after failing to collect a package from a colleague. The Military Police are happy for him to get more involved, but things get a bit tough. After all, he is just a postman.
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