1951-1960

Ray Enright & Edoardo Anton – Dramma nella Kasbah AKA The Man from Cairo (1953)

“The Man from Cairo”, a Michaeldavid production for distribution by Lippert, with Ray Enright the only credited director on the film print, finds Mike Canelli, the man from Cairo, nosing around Algiers with mystery surrounding the people he meets and the things he does and has done to him, all deriving from the war-time theft of $100,000,000 in gold which lies somewhere in the adjacent desert. People representing many nationalities and reasons are also seeking the gold. It boils down to a battle between Canelli and the original looter aboard a speeding train. Read More »

Samuel Fuller – Hell and High Water (1954)

Synopsis:
During the Cold War, a scientific team refits a Japanese submarine and hires an ex-Navy officer to find a secret Chinese atomic island base and prevent a Communist plot against America that could trigger WW3. Read More »

Erik Blomberg – Valkoinen peura AKA The White Reindeer (1952)

Blending the vampire and werewolf mythology into a fascinatingly unique and inspired synthesis which also adds elements from pre-Christian folklore, filmmaker Erik Blomberg’s simple, lyrical parable about how all actions have consequences has the immediacy, intimacy and potency of an eloquently spun scary campfire yarn. Skillfully directed, produced, edited, co-written and shot in gorgeous monochromatic black and white by Blomberg, who began photographing movies back in the 30’s and made only four other films before spending the rest of his career doing documentaries for television, this plainly done and elegantly understated debut feature benefits greatly from not only its powerfully direct and unpretentious story, but also from its highly unusual and intriguing period setting. Read More »

Sacha Guitry – Assassins et voleurs AKA Murderers and Thieves (1956)

Synopsis:
Surprised by a burglar (Michel Serrault), the doleful Philippe (Jean Poiret) regains his composure, then asks the thief for his assistance. It seems that Philippe wants to commit suicide but hasn’t the nerve to pull off the deed himself. In flashback, Philippe recounts the events that led up to this critical and anxious moment. As it turns out, our “hero” is a bigger criminal, both actual and moral, than the nonplused burglar could ever be. Read More »

Various – Questa è la vita AKA Of Life and Love (1954)

Movie in 4 episodes, taken from as many short stories by Luigi Pirandello.

1) “La giara”: in order to repair the jar of quarrelsome Don Lolò, zi ‘Dima remains locked inside it;

2) “Il ventaglino”: an unwed mother spends the first money received in charity to buy a fan;

3) “La patente”: a jinx requires that he be officially recognized, with a licence, his ability to bring bad luck;

4) “Marsina stretta”: the anger for a too tight tailcoat induces a best man to make celebrate a wedding that the groom’s rich parents were trying to avoid. Read More »

Jean-Pierre Mocky – Un couple AKA A Couple (1960)

Synopsis:
‘Pierre, a humble employee in a toy factory, has been married to Anne for just three years, but already he senses they may be drifting apart. To avoid an acrimonious break-up later on, the couple agree to separate. Try as he might, Pierre seems to be incapable of starting an affair with another woman, not even with Véronique, one of his colleagues. At a party given by their friends, Pierre and Anne meet up and settle their differences. They decide to go on an alpine holiday together but their truce proves shortlived…’
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Jack Clayton – Room at the Top (1959) (HD)

In late 1940s Yorkshire, England, an ambitious young accountant schemes to wed a wealthy factory owner’s daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman. Read More »