Tag Archives: 1960s

Charles, Dead or Alive / Charles mort ou vif (1969) Alain Tanner, François Simon, Marcel Robert, Marie-Claire Dufour, Drama

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On the 100th anniversary of the founding of a watchmaking company in Geneva, Charles Dé the founder’s 50-year-old grandson has had it: he speaks eccentrically to a reporter, recognizing his grandfather as a craftsman and his son as a businessman, but is evasive about himself. He gives his family the slip and moves in with a young couple he meets by chance, doing the cooking, reading, drinking, and engaging in philosophical discussions with them. The young couple comes to love Charles. In secret, he stays in touch with a daughter, and the rest of the family hires a private investigator to find him, setting in motion a business take-over that threatens his Bohemian happiness.
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Twisted Nerve (1968) Roy Boulting, Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, Billie Whitelaw, Drama, Thriller

Twisted Nerve (Roy Boulting, 1968)
Martin is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can’t wait to see the back of him, and a brother with Down’s Syndrome shut away in an institution, is it any wonder he retreats into an alternate personality – that of six-year-old Georgie? It is Georgie who befriends Susan Harper, but friendship soon turns into obsession. When Susan begins to distance herself, something inside Georgie snaps and he embarks on a killing spree, with Susan as the next target.
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Bedtime Story (1964) Ralph Levy, Marlon Brando, David Niven, Shirley Jones, Comedy

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Benson, is a Casanova who despises women and invents all sorts of tricks to bed them and leave them. His favorite one is going through Germany posing as an American GI of Teunonic extraction. Whenever he spots a girl he likes, he takes a Polarod picture of her house, knocks on the door waving the photo and pretending to be on a pilgrimage to this very cottage his grandmother so vividly described. It is an infallible system for a hit-and-run seduction. Benson seems content with his game until he meets Jamison, a real operator who has learned to combine sex with money. Jamison poses as an exiled prince and not only gets women to share his bed but also to bestow their jewels on him for the sake of the counterrevolution. Benson decides to corner Jamison’s market on sex plus finance. A contest develops, and whoever wins will dominate a small Riviera resort as “King of the Mountain,” the film’s original title. Remade in 1988 as “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”
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Hot Millions (1968) Eric Till, Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith, Karl Malden, Comedy, Crime

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Marcus is just out of prison for embezelment but discovers that it is no longer a world of ledgers but has become one of computers. Looking for an angle, he convinces Caesar Smith, noted computer whiz to follow his life long desire, to hunt butterflies in the Amazon. Using Caesar’s resume, he finds employment in the corporate world and begins a very large operation under the noses of his superiors. On this journey, he meets Patty, who seems to have no real tallents at all. Marcus marries her, as Ceasar and now has the problem of hiding his hot cash.
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La montagna di luce / Temple of a Thousand Lights (1965) Umberto Lenzi, Richard Harrison, Luciana Gilli, Wilbert Bradley, Adventure

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Here is an interesting variation of the popular heist flick genre. Richard Harrison stars as Alan Foster, a notorious bank robber from NYC hiding out in India. He get the bright idea to steal the “Mountain of Light,” a large diamond encased in the forehead of a 20 foot religious Buddha (which is currently stuck on the crown of the Queen of England in real life). This is an adequate adventure that is notable for Harrison’s extremely harsh words he throws at his Indian helper and the scenes where Harrison dons make up to blend it flawlessly with the Indians. Seriously, he passes by without a second glance from anyone even though he is standing out like Anna Nicole Smith at a Mensa function. The film was directed without much style by Umberto Lenzi but does feature some stunning sets and locations (it was shot in Malaysia)
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