Two beachcombers with a yacht join woman-with-a-past Rita on a quest for black pearls on a secret island. Arrived, they find another white man has made himself high priest; but George, the latter’s handome son, is fair game for Rita, who lands in the guise of a missionary! The inevitable conflict over the pearls brings violence and corruption to the quiet island.
711 Ocean Drive (1950) Joseph M. Newman, Edmond O’Brien, Joanne Dru, Otto Kruger, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A telephone repairman in Los Angeles uses his knowledge of electronics to help a bookie set up a betting operation. When the bookie is murdered, the greedy technician takes over his business. He ruthlessly climbs his way to the top of the local crime syndicate, but then gangsters from a big East Coast mob show up wanting a piece of his action.
Mark of the Tortoise / Wartezimmer zum Jenseits (1964) Alfred Vohrer, Hildegard Knef, Götz George, Richard Münch, Crime, Action, Thriller
The nephew of a murdered millionaire decides to track down his uncle’s killer. He faces many life-threatening dangers as he tries to break into the inner circle of the sinister criminal “The Tortoise.”
Sessomatto / How Funny Can Sex Be? (1973) Dino Risi, Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Alberto Lionello, Comedy
The life of Irish politician Charles Stewart Parnell, following from 1880 onward his struggle to free his country from English rule, pursued in prison, Parliament, and elsewhere. Emphasis is on the relationship with married Katie O’Shea which threatens to bring all Parnell’s plans to ruin. Moderately accurate historically.
Rembrandt fecit 1669 / Rembrandt – 1669 (1977) Jos Stelling, Frans Stelling, Ton de Koff, Lucie Singeling, Drama
In the final year of his life, Rembrandt painted a series of self-portraits that show him in a dark, lonely state of mind. Stelling has painstakingly recreated the pathetic end of a genius with an authenticity that allows viewers to infer their own conclusions about the relationship between Rembrandt’s life and art.
An intense and bizarre study of obsession that is by turns lyrical and disconcerting, Duffer tells the deranged story of a teenage boy torn between the womanly charms of a kindly prostitute, and the relentless, sadistic attentions of an older man.
Another Thin Man (1939) W.S. Van Dyke, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey, Comedy, Mystery, Drama
In this adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s “The Farewell Murder”, Nick and Nora (and their dog Asta) visit the estate of Col. MacFay, who is being threatened by a mysterious man wanting revenge for a past injustice. When MacFay is murdered, that man is the obvious suspect- maybe too obvious…
Nóz w wodzie / The Knife in the Water (1962) Roman Polanski, Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Drama
Well off Andrzej and Krystyna’s marriage is at a stage where familiarity breeds contempt, that contempt which is outwardly shown only behind closed doors and only when an incident of some sort sets off one or the other. While driving through the countryside on a Sunday on their way to the lake to embark on an overnight sailing excursion, they almost run over a young male hitchhiker. Despite the antagonism between Andrzej and the hitchhiker, Andrzej offers him a ride as far as the marina. By the time they reach the lake, their antagonism has dissipated enough that Andrzej asks if he would like to join them on their sailing trip. The hitchhiker accepts despite knowing nothing about sailing. As the sailing trip progresses, the antagonism between the two men begins to increase again, fueled on both sides as each strives to be the alpha male. Andrzej needs to show his superiority, while the hitchhiker needs to show that his young age and inexperience, not only with sailing but with life in…
It’s the 1930s, the Depression era, and the Board of Directors of Thomas Dickson’s bank want Dickson to merge with New York Trust and resign. He refuses. One night, Dickson’s bank is robbed of $100,000. The suspect is Matt Brown, an ex-convict whom Dickson hired and appointed Chief Teller. Brown, who’s very loyal to Dickson, refuses to say where he was that night. He actually has two witnesses for his alibi, Mrs. Dickson and fellow worker Cyril Cluett, but Brown is protecting Dickson from finding out that Mrs. Dickson was with Cluett having a romantic evening. Cluett, who has a $50,000 gambling debt, is actually responsible for the robbery, but lets Brown take the rap. Will Brown’s loyalty to Mr. Dickson pay off, or send him back to prison?