This is the story of Mama, a.k.a. Keiko, a middle-aged bar hostess who must choose to either get married or buy a bar of her own. Her family hounds her for money, her customers for her attention, and she is continually in debt. The life of a bar hostess is examined as well as the way in which the system traps and sometimes kills those in it.
Tag Archives: 1960s
Der Würger von Schloß Blackmoor / The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle (1963) Harald Reinl, Karin Dor, Harry Riebauer, Rudolf Fernau, Crime, Horror, Mystery
Blast of Silence (1961) Allen Baron, Molly McCarthy, Allen Baron, Larry Tucker, Crime, Thriller, Drama
Having been ‘away’ for some time, professional killer Frankie Bono returns to New York to do another job: assassinate some mid-level mobster. Although intending to avoid unnecessary ‘contact’ while carefully stalking his victim, Bono is recognized by an old fellow from the orphanage, whose calm and unambitious citizen’s life and happy marriage contrast heavily with Bono’s solitary and haunted existence. Exhausted and distracted, Bono makes another mistake, but his contract is not one to back out of.
Sotto il segno dello scorpione / Under the Sign of Scorpio (1969) Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani, Gian Maria Volonté, Lucia Bosé, Giulio Brogi, Drama
An island has been decimated by a volcanic eruption and the few survivors escape to a nearby island. Led by Giulio Brogi, they know that their new home is equally susceptible to such a catastrophe via its own volcano, but they are unable to convince the current inhabitants of Island #2 to flee with them to a mainland.
During civil war, two musicians retreat to a rural island to farm. They are apolitical; a neighbor sometimes gives them a fish; wine is a luxury. They love each other, but there are problems: the war upsets Jan, he is weepy, too sensitive; Eva wants children, he does not. The war suddenly arrives: rebels attack, neighbors die. When the other side restores order, Jan and Eva are arrested as collaborators. After frightening and roughing them up, the local colonel releases them; then he begins appearing at their farmhouse: to talk or to pursue Eva? He gives her money. The rebels return; chaos ensues. Jan becomes violent and murderous; they flee. Can they escape? If so, to what?
Via Margutta / Run with the Devil (1960) Mario Camerini, Antonella Lualdi, Gérard Blain, Franco Fabrizi
Paris nous appartient / Paris Belongs to Us (1961) Jacques Rivette, Betty Schneider, Giani Esposito, Françoise Prévost, Mystery
Anne Goupil is a literature student in Paris in 1957. Her elder brother, Pierre, takes her to a friend’s party where the guests include Philip Kaufman, an expatriate American escaping McCarthyism, and Gerard Lenz, a theatre director who arrives with the mysterious woman Terry. The talk at the party is about the apparent suicide of their friend Juan, a Spanish activist who had recently broken up with Terry. Philip warns Anne that the forces that killed Juan will soon do the same to Gerard. Gerard is trying to rehearse Shakespeare’s “Pericles”, although he has no financial backing. Anne takes a part in the play to help Gerard, and to try to discover why Juan died.
Le soleil des voyous / Action Man (1967) Jean Delannoy, Jean Gabin, Robert Stack, Margaret Lee, Crime, Drama
Maigret voit rouge / Maigret Sees Red (1963) Gilles Grangier, Jean Gabin, Françoise Fabian, Roland Armontel, Crime, Drama
Gangsters from the United States try to kill a key government witness whose testimony could help land an influential mobster in jail. It’s up to detective Maigret to deal with the FBI and a series of underworld figures to save the life of the witness…