Ryuji Nagami’s script mandates a fairly straightforward comedy of nonconformism and antisocial behavior, and also tends to lean too hard on its comic contrivances. Most of the film is low-key and digressive, and Naruse does some nice, relaxed character work with the supporting players, a few of whom are suspended between comic relief and villainy….
Jobless, homeless and starving Freddie Joyzelle is saved by Mike Fall from the clutches of a masher, and is then invited to stay with him and his musician partners for at least two weeks. The four men call themselves The Four Seasons because of their surnames: there is also Joe Spring, Happy Winter and Pete Summer. Besides joining their group as a violinist, Freddie cooks and cleans for them and even gets them a gig at the Little Aregon restaurant after they are fired for asking for a raise at their old job. She is from the country of Aregon and knows the owner, Mr. Keppel, also from Aregon. When Prince Nicholaus of Aregon pays a visit to the restaurant and recognizes Freddie, he kisses her on the forehead, creating front page news that makes the restaurant famous. Keppel decides to open a larger restaurant because of the increase in business.
Love Affair (1939) Leo McCarey, Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Le journal de Lady M / The Diary of Lady M (1992) Alain Tanner, Myriam Mézières, Juanjo Puigcorbé, Félicité Wouassi, Drama, Erotic
She’s a beautiful gifted performer, but her work is not the sort that invites popular acclaim. Despite the fact that she is unlikely to become famous, she enjoys her life as a performer who lives just outside the mainstream. Awaiting her backstage one evening is a Spanish painter who has seen her show and wants to make her acquaintance. They walk around Paris getting to know one another, and then the painter returns to Spain. Something about the man has moved Lady M to passion: she flies to meet him in Barcelona and he shows her his beloved Catalonia. This time, however, their relationship is as much about passionate lovemaking as it is about compatibility. So smitten is Lady M with her new man that when she discovers that the painter has a black wife and child, she is only a little bit taken aback and she invites his whole family to join her in Paris. Surprisingly, they do, and the number of people sharing their love and sexual appetites changes from two to three.
Native Americans in Los Angeles. For 12 hours one Friday night, from late afternoon until dawn, we follow a handful of urban Indians. Yvonne is pregnant, commenting on her life and dreams as she shops, walks home, cooks dinner, and watches her husband Homer leave with his friends. Homer and his pals go bar hopping, play some poker, and end up, bottles in hand, with other Indians on a hilltop. During the night, the men pick up women, there are fights, there’s camaraderie, and Homer reflects on life in the city versus life on the reservation. At dawn, Yvonne watches Hector from a window as he and two pals and two women head somewhere. “Let’s do it again tonight,” says one.
The Bed Sitting Room (1969) Richard Lester, Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Set in post-nuclear-holocaust England, where a handful of bizarre characters struggle on with their lives in the ruins, amongst endless heaps of ash, piles of broken crockery and brick, muddy plains, and heaps of dentures and old boots. Patriotically singing “God Save Mrs. Etheyl Shroake, Long Live Mrs. Etheyl Shroake”, they wander through this surrealistic landscape, forever being warned by the police to “keep moving”, and prone to the occasional mutation into a parrot, cupboard, or even, yes, a bed sitting room with “No Wogs” scrawled in the grime on it’s windows. In particular, this story revolves around the odd “love story” of a girl who lives with her parents in one compartment of a London Underground train, the commuter in the next compartment, and the doctor they meet after returning above ground in search of a nurse for the heavily pregnant girl.
The Eyes of Annie Jones (1964) Reginald Le Borg, Richard Conte, Francesca Annis, Joyce Carey, Mystery, Drama
The Country Doctor (1936) Henry King, The Dionne Quintuplets, Yvonne Dionne, Cecile Dionne, Drama, Romance
The Bedford Incident (1965) James B. Harris, Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, James MacArthur, Drama, Thriller
Richard Widmark plays a hardened cold-warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. Sidney Poitier is a reporter given permission to interview the captain during a routine patrol. Poitier gets more than he bargained for when the Bedford discovers a Soviet sub in the depths and the captain begins a relentless pursuit, pushing his crew to the breaking point. This one’s grim tension to the end.