A band of hooded men have formed a court and they are exacting justice upon the criminals who have escaped the reach of the law. The sentence they exact is death by hanging. Using the hangman’s rope from the Scotland Yard Museum they leave their victims hanging from various locations with a file detailing the case against them pinned to the body. Scotland Yard is stumped and have assigned their best man to break the case. Meanwhile another fiend is on the loose, one who is neatly severing the heads of young women. The bodies are found the heads are not.
Tag Archives: 1960s
Un homme et une femme / A Man and a Woman (1966) Claude Lelouch, Anouk Aimée, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Pierre Barouh, Drama, Romance
A man and a woman meet by accident on a Sunday evening at their childrens’ boarding school. Slowly they reveal themselves to each other, finding that each is a widow/widower. Each is slow to reveal anything personal so that each revelation is hidden by a misperception. They become friends, then close friends, and then she reveals that she can’t have a lover because, for her, her husband’s memory is still too strong. Much of the film is told wordlessly in action, or through hearing one of their thoughts as they go about their day.
A federal judge is sent to a town to preside in a murder trial. He discovers that the defendant, a poor Mexican, is accused of killing the brother of a powerful landowner, and the townspeople are in no mood for the niceties of a trial. The judge, who has come to believe the accused is innocent of the murder, has to find the real killer before the defendant is railroaded to the gallows.
Nightmare (1964) Freddie Francis, David Knight, Moira Redmond, Jennie Linden, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Janet is a young student at a private school; her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother, who is in fact locked in an insane asylum, haunting her. Expelled because of her persistent nightmares, Janet is sent home where the nightmares continue.
The Falcon Fighters / Rikugun hayabusa sentotai (1969) Mitsuo Murayama, Makoto Satô, Shiho Fujimura, Sei Hiraizumi, Drama, War
In the days leading up to the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937, head flight instructor Kato Tateo of the Imperial Japanese Army-Air Corps trains new crop of volunteers from the Amry’s Infantry to become Japan’s next generation of fighter pilots. Flying early biplane’s, Kato will train both friend and future foe alike. But as war in China breaks out, Kato (played by Makoto Sato) will take his untested men flying antiquated planes into aerial combat against the Chinese Air Force who is now headed by Lt. Cho (played by Jun Fujimaki) who Kato had both earlier befriended and personally trained.
Charulata (1964) Satyajit Ray, Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee, Drama, Romance
Charu lives a lonely and idle life in 1870s India. Although her husband Bhupati devotes more time to his newspaper than to their marriage, he sees her loneliness and asks his brother-in-law,Umapada to keep her company. At the same time Bhupati’s own brother, Amal, a would-be writer comes home finishing his college education. However, after several months, Charu and Amal’s feelings for each other move beyond literary friendship.
The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963) Norman Maurer, Joe DeRita, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Comedy
Phileas Fogg III, great grandson of the original Phileas Fogg, accepts a bet to duplicate his great grandfather’s famous trip around the world in response to a challenge made by Randolph Stuart III, the descendant of the original Fogg’s nemesis. Unbeknownst to anyone, However, “Stuart” is the infamous con man Vicker Cavendish who made the bet in order to cover up his robbing the bank of England by framing Fogg for the crime. This makes for a dangerous journey for Fogg and his servants (the stooges) and Amelia Carter, whom they rescue from thugs during a train ride. Can they make it back to England in time?
Italian Secret Service (1968) Luigi Comencini, Nino Manfredi, Françoise Prévost, Clive Revill, Comedy
Durante la seconda guerra mondiale Natalino, col nome in codice di Cappellone, salva la vita ad un agente britannico, Harrison. Venti anni dopo quando si trova in cattive acque, Natalino accetta da Harrison di compiere un’ultima missione contro i nazisti: uccidere uno di loro dietro compenso di 100.000 dollari. Ma i tempi sono cambiati e Natalino non se la sente più di uccidere, così passa l’incarico a Ottone che a sua volta lo cede all’avvocato Ramirez che a sua volta… e così via. Con tanti passaggi sembra che l’incarico non debba venir eseguito. Ma un’auto con un morto carbonizzato risolve tutto. Natalino vola a Londra, seguito dai suoi complici, per reclamare il pagamento e qua scopre che il morto era incinta… E il vero nazista che fine ha fatto? Ed era veramente un nazista?
Madame Sans Gêne / Madame (1961) Christian-Jaque, Sophia Loren, Robert Hossein, Renaud Mary, Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Catherine, an out-spoken Parisian laundress follows Napoleon’s army to the battlefront to be near her Sergeant Lefevre. The couple perform a deed of heroism which abets Napoleon’s victory, so that after the war the grateful Emperor bestows on the now married couple the title of Duke and Duchess. Catherine squabbles with Napoleon’s haughty sisters, scandalizes the nobility with her lack of courtly manners, flirts with the men – and consistently creates havoc as she remains true to her earthy background.
West Side Story (1961) Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise, Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Crime, Drama, Musical
Musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set in New York City, where rival street gangs (the Jets and the Sharks) battle for territory and respect. Is the love affair between former Jets leader Tony, and Maria, sister to Sharks’ leader Bernardo, doomed to failure?