A ruthless gang led by private detective Joseph Plender is extorting rich people and famous fashion photographer Vincent Mandel seems the next victim. He is married to Hélène, daughter of one of the richest people in Europe, but not quite happily. In fact the marriage is on the brink of a divorce and a judge is deciding who will take the two children. Can Hélène take them to Germany or will they stay with Vincent? Vincent has a lot on his mind and he improvises when model Sofia Kippiani comes to his studio, but his makeup crew doesn’t show up. Before he knows it, he is accused of a rape. Things go worse and worse for Vincent, he sees his entire life slipping away and, most importantly, he might lose his children. But why does his former schoolmate Joseph Plender seek contact with Vincent and even solve a nasty problem for him? Does Plender want something more than money?
The Great Moment (1944) Preston Sturges, Joel McCrea, Betty Field, Harry Carey, Biography, Comedy, Drama
In the winter of 1868, Eben Frost goes to a Boston pawnshop and redeems a silver medal, inscribed to “Dr. W.T.G. Morton, the Benefactor of Mankind, with the Gratitude of Humanity.” Frost drives to a country farmhouse and gives the medal to Morton’s widow, Elizabeth Morton who explains to her daughter, Betty, that Frost was the first person given anesthesia by her father, Boston dentist Dr. W.T.G. Morton. The story flashes back 20 years to find Morton being wildly acclaimed by medical students as the man whose discovery of “letheon” had forever ended pain as, before that day, even amputations were performed with the patient fully conscious. “Letheron”, unknown to everybody but Morton and Elizabeth, is simply highly rectified sulfuric ether – cleaning fluid – easily obtainable at a pharmacy. By keeping the secret, Dr. Morton could be rich, but he had rather be poor than see a girl strapped to an operating table under the knife of Dr. Warren, and he reveals his secret to a group of …
In Prison Awaiting Trial / Detenuto in attesa di giudizio (1971) Nanni Loy, Alberto Sordi, Elga Andersen, Andrea Aureli, Comedy, Drama
Giuseppe Di Noi, an Italian land surveyor who has lived in Sweden for the past seven years, goes to his native country with his Swedish wife and children for his holidays. At the border he is however jailed for no apparent reason. He thus begins a nightmarish kafkian experience while he’s moved from one prison to another, subject to any humiliation and violence.
Pearl of the South Pacific (1955) Allan Dwan, Virginia Mayo, Dennis Morgan, David Farrar, Action, Adventure
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.