Mystery

Haut bas fragile / Up, Down, Fragile (1995) Jacques Rivette, Marianne Denicourt, Nathalie Richard, Laurence Côte, Comedy, Musical, Mystery

Haut bas fragile AKA Up, Down, Fragile (1995)
The film follows the story of three girls in contemporary Paris. One searches for her lost mother since she knows she’s adopted. The other has come out of a coma and needs to have a love relationship aside from his mysterious father. The third one is a crook who redeems herself through love. The action is commented by songs and dance routines.
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AmnesiA (2001) Martin Koolhoven, Fedja van Huêt, Carice van Houten, Theo Maassen, Drama, Comedy, Mystery

AmnesiA (2001)
Alex, a 28 year-old photographer, is no longer able to photograph people, for some mysterious reason. Every time he focuses his camera on someone, the same woman appears in his viewfinder – an image he cannot bear. When his brother Aram, whom he has not seen or spoke to for years, unexpectedly phones him and asks him to come to their parental home because their mother is severely ill and may not have long to live, he panics. The thought of a confrontation with the area where he grew up and the renewed encounter with his family makes him feel nervous. Nevertheless, that evening he leaves for AmnesiA: the estate of his parents, the spot where he spent his youth
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Una lucertola con la pelle di donna / A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971) Lucio Fulci, Florinda Bolkan, Stanley Baker, Jean Sorel, Mystery, Thriller

Una lucertola con la pelle di donna AKA A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)
Florinda Bolkan plays the daughter of a prominant English politician who keeps having recurring “nightmares” in which she makes love to a bisexual nympho who lives downstairs and conducts all-night LSD orgies. When the nocturnal wet dreams become murderous, the neighbor turns up dead, and Florinda is the main suspect. Did she actually commit the murder she dreamt about? Is she being framed by her philandering husband? Did Florinda actually make nightly visits downstairs aside from borrowing the occasional cup of sugar? How DID Florinda’s letter opener end up stuck in the dead neighbor’s chest anyway? The complex plot unfolds amidst red herrings, outlandish dream sequences, lesbian hanky panky, and ominous close-ups of Florinda Bolkan’s guilt-ridden facial expressions every time someone mentions the murder. All this takes place in swinging late-1960’s London.
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Vivement dimanche! / Confidentially Yours (1983) François Truffaut, Fanny Ardant, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Vivement dimanche! AKA Confidentially Yours (1983)
Claude Massoulier is murdered while hunting at the same place as Julien Vercel (Jean-Louis Trintignant), an estate agent who knew him and whose fingerprints are found on Massoulier’s car. As the police discover that Marie-Christine Vercel (Caroline Sihol), Julien’s wife, was Massoulier’s mistress, Julien is the prime suspect. But his secretary, Barbara Becker (Fanny Ardant), while not quite convinced he is innocent, defends him and leads her private investigations.
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Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962) Albert Zugsmith, Vincent Price, Linda Ho, Richard Loo, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Confessions of an Opium Eater (Albert Zugsmith, 1962)
Gilbert de Quincey is an early 19th-century adventurer involved with helping runaway slave girls and victims of a tong war in San Francisco. Garbed in black from head to toe, de Quincey narrates his adventures. At the slave auction where beautiful Oriental girls are displayed in hanging bamboo cages, de Quincey befriends a tiny wisecracking female Oriental dwarf.
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Silver City (2004) John Sayles, Chris Cooper, Thora Birch, Maria Bello, Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Silver City (John Sayles, 2004)
Set against the backdrop of a mythic “New West,” a satire that follows grammatically-challenged, “user-friendly” candidate Dicky Pilager, scapegrace scion of Colorado’s venerable Senator Jud Pilager, during his gubernatorial campaign. When Pilager finds that he’s reeled in a corpse during the taping of an environmental political ad, his ferocious campaign manager, Chuck Raven, hires former idealistic journalist turned rumpled private detective Danny O’Brien to investigate potential links between the corpse and the Pilager family’s enemies. Danny’s investigation pulls him deeper and deeper into a complex web of influence and corruption, involving high stakes lobbyists, media conglomerates, environmental plunderers, and undocumented migrant workers.
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La ley de Herodes / Herod’s Law (1999) Luis Estrada, Damián Alcázar, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Delia Casanova, Comedy, Crime, Mystery

La ley de Herodes (Luis Estrada, 1999)
After the corrupt former Mayor is killed by the peasants, poor janitor Juan Vargas is appointed new Mayor of a desert town in central Mexico. Although he tries to bring the motto of the ruling party to town (modernity, peace and progress) he realizes soon that there’s nothing to do against corruption… except to become corrupt. Step by step, helped by his pistol, Juan Vargas becomes the law and the worst Major in the town’s history.
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Signé: Arsène Lupin / Signed, Arsene Lupin (1959) Yves Robert, Robert Lamoureux, Alida Valli, Jacques Dufilho, Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Signed, Arsene Lupin (1959)
1919: le lieutenant André Laroche est en convalescence pour une blessure qu’il a essuyée alors qu’il était aviateur pendant la guerre mondiale. A l’hôpital, il fit la connaissance de la belle Aurélia Valéano, une roumaine, et entre les deux une sympathie naît. Puisqu’il estime d’être guéri, André s’en va et La Ballu arrive à le convaincre à reprendre son ancienne profession. Laroche, en effet, est le célèbre Arsène Lupin. Mais Lupin est utilisé par La Ballu et il se retrouve impliqué malgré lui dans la recherche du trésor de l’ordre de la toison d’or, disputé entre France et Empire austro-hongrois.
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The Florentine Dagger (1935) Robert Florey, Donald Woods, Margaret Lindsay, C. Aubrey Smith, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Florentine Dagger 1935
Juan Cesare, a descendant of the Borgia’s of Vienna, thinks he may have a murder streak in him acquired from his long-dead relatives, is is love with Florence Ballau, but her father lodges a strong protest. Papa Ballau is later found dead with a Florentine dagger of the Borgia type stuck firmly in him. Juan is all wrought up and tortured by thoughts he may have been the killer. But there is also a disfigured housekeeper on the premises who may or may not have had a motive.
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Fingers at the Window (1942) Charles Lederer, Lew Ayres, Laraine Day, Basil Rathbone, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

Fingers at the Window 1942
The City of Chicago is gripped by an Axe Murderer. The streets are empty at night as there has been six murders and six people have been caught, but they are lunatics. Only one person has lived to tell about it and that was Edwina, who is as dumb as a brick. If it were not for Oliver, she would be number seven. When there is a second attempt on Edwina, Oliver figures that the crimes are not random and that someone is hypnotizing these people to do his bidding, but the police and Edwina are skeptical.
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