Tag Archives: 1960s

Clarence the Cross Eyed Lion (1965) Andrew Marton, Marshall Thompson, Betsy Drake, Richard Haydn, Adventure, Comedy, Family

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When a native village is apparently terrorized by a Lion, the local sergeant enlists the help of a veterinarian working at a nearby animal study center. It is soon discovered that the Lion has a unique problem, it has double vision due to the fact that it is cross eyed and therefore cannot hunt. The Lion is taken back to the study center and is soon adopted by the vet’s daughter. Meanwhile, a dangerous criminal is planning to capture young Gorillas and sell them on the black market.
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Wild 90 (1968) Norman Mailer, Buzz Farber, Mickey Knox, Crime, Drama

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This improvisational film is the first effort by author Norman Mailer. Wild 90 refers to the length of this talkative exposé wherein three mobsters are the only remnants of a once-powerful gang of crooks. The Prince (Mailer) and his two cohorts Cameo (Buzz Farber) and 20 Years (Mickey Knox) are holed up in a Brooklyn warehouse hiding out from the police. They are visited by Kid Cha Cha (ex-prize fighter Jose Torres) and a police Lieutenant (magazine publisher Dick Adler). Mailer does an excellent job of acting, adding non-acting friends from real life to give the film an art-house flavor. In between the inactivity are some genuinely comedic passages and dialogue. Mailer, as do many independent filmmakers, owes a debt of gratitude to John Cassavetes who pioneered this style of film. Mailer, Farber and Knox would often spend time in local New York coffee shops where they would pretend to be gangsters, hence the idea for the story and film.
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Et Satan conduit le bal / And Satan Calls the Turns (1962) Grisha Dabat, Françoise Brion, Catherine Deneuve, Bernadette Lafont , Drama

Et Satan conduit le bal (Grisha Dabat, 1962)
On a sun-kissed beach, six people linger lazily, each confident of fulfilling his or her desires before the day is out. A wealthy heiress, Emmanuelle, has designs on a handsome adolescent, Ivan, but his interests lie elsewhere. Having gratified Emmanuelle’s womanly needs, Ivan immediately sets out to make his next conquest, the mistress of a well-known writer…
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Deux fois / Twice Upon a Time (1968) Jackie Raynal, Francisco Viader, Oscar, Drama, Experimental

Deux fois (Jackie Raynal, 1968)
Deux fois is a 1968 experimental film by Jackie Raynal. Raynal stars in the film, her first as a director; she had previously worked for several years as a film editor, most notably for films in Éric Rohmer’s “Six Moral Tales” series (she was, reportedly, the youngest professional editor in France at the time). The film’s title, which literally translates as Twice and is sometimes translated into English as Twice Upon a Time, refers to the occasional repetition of scenes or actions.
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Gamperaliya / Changes in the Village (1963) Lester James Peries, Punya Hiendeniya, Henry Jayasena, Wickrema Bogoda, Drama

Gamperaliya (Lester James Peries, 1963)
Piyal (Henry Jayasena) is a handsome young teacher who is hired to teach English to Nanda (Punya Heendeniya), a member of a high class family. They fall in love, but can’t elope because Piyal is of a lower class. Nanda’s parents instead push her into a marriage with Jinadasa (Gamini Fonseka), who is of the same class as them. With economic downturn in Sri Lanka, both families lose their status and Jinadasa leaves to try to make a better life for himself; he never achieves his goal and dies penniless. Piyal and Nanda can now finally come together. They have changed however, and the earlier idylic nature of their relationship is not recaptured.
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Les Félins / Joy House (1964) René Clément, Alain Delon, Jane Fonda, Lola Albright, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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French filmmaker Rene Clement presents Alan Delon as a petty criminal on the run from the underground. On the Rivera, he seeks refuge in a flophouse whose soup line is served by Jane Fonda and Lola Albright. The two women move him to a Gothic mansion owned by Albright, a millionaires with a Salvation Army complex. Fonda, her cousin, is hot for him and repeatedly attempts to seduce him while someone is attempting to poison him; and his murderous former associates have got wind of his whereabouts.
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