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Grimm’s Fairy Tales for Adults / Grimms Märchen von lüsternen Pärchen (1969) Rolf Thiele, Marie Liljedahl, Eva Reuber-Staier, Ingrid van Bergen, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

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The characters from the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales engaged in activities the Grimm Brothers probably wouldn’t approve of. Imagine the classic fairy tales Cindarella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty. Now imagine these stories set to a bad knock-off of the soundtrack to Hair. Now imagine that they’re set in a magical kingdom where the women are typically unencumbered by clothing. Now imagine that this magical kingdom is populated by mushrooms that turn into dwarves, men in bear suits with tiny golden crowns, and witches with neon-blue hair.
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Murder on the Blackboard (1934) George Archainbaud, Edna May Oliver, James Gleason, Bruce Cabot, Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Murder on the Blackboard (1934)
There are plenty of guilty secrets at the school where Hildegarde Withers teaches. When she finds the body of the pretty music teacher, she calls in her old friend Inspector Piper, who promptly arrests the obvious suspect. Clues multiply and everyone looks suspicious as Piper and Miss Withers continue their battle of the sexes.
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Le violon rouge / The Red Violin (1998) François Girard, Carlo Cecchi, Jean-Luc Bideau, Christoph Koncz, Drama, Romance, Mystery

Le violon rouge (Francois Girard, 1998)
Spans 300 years in the life of one famed musical instrument that winds up in present-day Montreal on the auction block. Crafted by the Italian master Bussotti (Cecchi) in 1681, the red violin derives its unusual color from the human blood mixed into the finish. With this legacy, the violin travels to Austria, England, China, and Canada, leaving both beauty and tragedy in its wake.
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Bureau of Missing Persons (1933) Roy Del Ruth, Bette Davis, Lewis Stone, Pat O’Brien, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Bureau of Missing Persons (Roy Del Ruth, 1933)
Butch Saunders has been transferred to Missing Persons because he was too brutal in other police work. He regards the assignment as “kindergarten” work. When a young woman asks him to help locate her husband, Therme, he learns that she is really Norma Phillips, wanted by Chicago police for murder of her husband. She escapes, but Saunders borrows a corpse from the morgue to arrange her fake funeral. The trap brings the woman and Therme to the mortuary out of curiosity.
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Gothika (2003) Mathieu Kassovitz, Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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Dr. Miranda Grey is a psychiatrist who works in a penitentiary, in the mental institution sector. She is married with Dr. Douglas Grey, the chief of department where Dr. Pete Graham also works. Chloe Sava, a patient of Dr. Miranda formerly abused by her stepfather, claims that she is frequently raped by the devil in her cell. After leaving the asylum in a stormy night, Dr. Miranda has a car accident, and when she wakes up, she is an inmate of the institution, being accused of an horrible crime and having no memory of the incident.
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The Fortune (1975) Mike Nichols, Stockard Channing, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Comedy, Crime, Romance

The Fortune (1975)
The early 1900’s with its Mann-Act (disallowing women to be transported across State lines for immoral reasons) brings a married man to devise a scheme for taking his upper-class girlfriend away with him… he simply has her marry his unmarried buddy. However, it doesn’t take very long before both men start laying claim to her affection… until, that is, she’s about to be cut out of her parent’s fortune. So, a new scheme is devised, which only adds to their problems, as well as to the sly whimsy of this film.
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Berlin Correspondent (1942) Eugene Forde, Virginia Gilmore, Dana Andrews, Mona Maris, Drama, Thriller

Berlin Correspondent (Eugene Forde, 1942)
American correspondent Bill Roberts is a thorn in the side of the Nazis, as his paper always scoops the world with the truth about Germany. Gestapo Captain Carl Von Rau means to plug the leak and assigns Karen Hauen, who he attends to wed, to the case. Roberts is obtaining his information for his stories and broadcasts from an elderly stamp collector who, defiantly opposed to the Nazis, sells the “proper” stamps to Roberts, giving him the information. Attracted to Karen, Roberts invites her to his apartment where she learns his secret. The old philatelist is sent to a concentration camp, and then Karen learns that he is her father. She appeals to Roberts for help and he, in loyalty to the old man and now in love with Karen, agrees to help.
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The Wraith (1986) Mike Marvin, Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Sherilyn Fenn, Action, Horror, Romance

The Wraith (1986)
Packard Walsh and his motorized gang control and terrorize an Arizona desert town where they force drivers to drag-race so they can ‘win’ their vehicles. After Walsh stabs the decent teenager Jamie Hankins to death for being intimate with a girl whom Walsh wants for himself, the mysterious Jake Kesey arrives, an extremely cool motor-biker with an invincible car. Jake befriends Jamie’s girlfriend Keri Johnson, takes Jamie’s sweet brother Billy under his wing and manages what Sheriff Loomis can not – the methodical and otherworldly elimination of Packard’s criminal gang.
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Pope Joan (1972) Michael Anderson, Liv Ullmann, Jeremy Kemp, Natasa Nicolescu, Drama

Pope Joan (Michael Anderson, 1972)
A present-day female evangelist strongly feels that she resembles the legendary Pope Joan and goes to see her psychiatrist in hopes of discovering that she’s Pope Joan incarnate. Suddenly, she’s transported back 1,000 years, when Joan is the mistress of artistic monk Adrian. What follows is a series of frightening instances that force Joan to alter her identity to appear as if she’s a man
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Strange Cargo (1940) Frank Borzage, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Ian Hunter, Drama, Romance

Strange Cargo (Frank Borzage, 1940)
Verne wants nothing more than to escape from a penal colony located off the northern coast of South America. He tries to involve Julie, a saloon girl, in his plans but she turns him in to the authorities. On Verne’s next try, he piggybacks on the escape of six other convicts and runs into Julie again in the process. One of the convicts is a spiritual figure who seems to know what will happen before anyone else. The group attempts to travel through the jungle, board a boat, and make it to the mainland.
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