Tag Archives: USA

Butterfield 8 (1960) Daniel Mann

Butterfield 8 (1960)
Beautiful Gloria Wandrous, a New York fashion model engages in an illicit affair with married socialite Weston Liggett. However, Gloria’s desire for respectability causes her to reconsider her lifestyle.

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Moonfleet (1955) Fritz Lang

Moonfleet (1955)
Somewhere in the 18th century Great Britain, noble but penniless young boy John Mohune is sent by his dying mother to Moonfleet, to put himself under the protection of a certain Jeremy Fox. The boy discovers that Fox is both a former lover of his mother and the leader of a gang of buccaneers. A strange friendship grows as their adventures go on.

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Housekeeping (1987) Bill Forsyth

Housekeeping (1987)
In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950’s, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don’t quite live up the most people’s expectations.

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The Limey (1999) Steven Soderbergh, Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Lesley Ann Warren, Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Limey (1999)
An ex-con, fresh out of prison, goes to L.A. to try to learn who murdered his daughter. However, he quickly finds that he is completely out of place with no understanding of the culture he finds. His investigations are helped by another ex-con. Together they learn that his daughter had been having an affair with a record producer, who is presently having an affair with another young woman. An aging actress, who also knew his daughter, forces him to look at his own failures as a father. The movie does focus on the drama of the situation and the inter-relationships of the characters and seldom slips into an action piece.

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The Driller Killer (1979) Abel Ferrara, Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day, Horror, Thriller

The Driller Killer (1979)
Reno is an artist struggling to survive in NYC. He draws inspiration from scenes of daily street life and occasional random violence. Under pressure to finish his oft-delayed grand masterpiece, his psychotic alter-ego takes over and he begins killing random vagrants to boost his creativity, not quite realizing that it is happening in reality. When an art dealer grimly rejects Reno’s finished masterpiece, Reno’s mental condition quickly deteriorates.

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Ciao! Manhattan (1972) John Palmer, David Weisman, Edie Sedgwick, Wesley Hayes, Isabel Jewell, Biography, Drama, Romance

Ciao! Manhattan (1972)
Ciao! Manhattan is the semi-biographical tale of 1960s counterculture icon Edie Sedgwick. Ciao! follows young Susan Superstar (Sedgwick) through her tumultuous party years in Manhattan as one of Warhol’s Superstars. Through actual audio recordings of Sedgwick’s account of her time in Warhol’s Factory in New York City, paired with clips from the original unfinished script started in 1967, Ciao! captures the complete deterioration of Sedgwick’s fictional alter-ego. The striking similarities between Sedgwick and Susan’s life story, especially when recounted by Sedgwick in the midst of drug-induced audio interviews, make the film’s candid depiction of excess and celebrity especially haunting. The film is dedicated to the memory of Sedgwick and ends with the actual headlines announcing Sedgwick’s (not Susan Superstar’s) death, thus inseparably associating the fictional and the genuine figure.

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The World’s Greatest Lover (1977) Gene Wilder, Gene Wilder, Carol Kane, Dom DeLuise, Comedy

The World's Greatest Lover (1977)
In the early 1920s Hollywood, Adolph Zitz, who surrounds himself with yes men, wants his movie studio, Rainbow, to be the greatest in town by making a movie called the “World’s Greatest Lover” and finding that next star to outshine Rudolph Valentino as the renowned screen lover of his time. Mild mannered and somewhat hapless Rudy Hickman dreams of being such a movie star, he daydreaming about it so much that he is unable to hold onto his bakery jobs. With his supportive but highly hysterical wife Annie Hickman by his side, Rudy, using the stage name Rudy Valentine, pulls up stakes from Milwaukee and heads to Hollywood to try out for that part. He ends up getting a screen test like the thousands of other hopefuls flooding Hollywood for the chance. Annie, who loves the movies herself but who is naive from not having had much exposure to the world, has ulterior motives for going to Hollywood.

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