1961-1970

Hajime Satô – Kaidan semushi otoko AKA The Ghost of the Hunchback (1965)

A hunchbacked caretaker presides over a forlorn mansion inhabited by the ghosts of his previous masters.An unbelieving trio(a doctor,his assistant and his niece)fail to heed the caretaker’s warnings and are slaughtered horribly by the jealous occupants.”The Ghost of the Hunchback” is one of the few Japanese haunted house movies made during 60’s.The film clearly resembles Italian Gothic horror films made by Mario Bava and Antonio Margheriti.The acting is solid,the atmosphere is wonderfully spooky and foggy and there are some gruesome scenes.”The Ghost of the Hunchback” was released on tape in Italy under the title “Il Pozzo di Satana”. Read More »

Jean-Luc Magneron – Mai 68, la belle ouvrage (1969)

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Mostly talking heads interviewed about the state violence they witnessed or endured during the month of May and June 68 in Paris. Nurses, students in medicine or else, passers-by, journalists, a psychiatrist, etc… Read More »

Denis Héroux – Valérie (1969)

Synopsis
A seminal Quebec erotic film about a curious girl who leaves her convent to explore the Montréal hippy scene, becomes a prostitute and meets her true love who doesn’t know she’s a hooker, that started erotic film genre in Canada. Read More »

Tom Gries – The Hawaiians AKA Master of the Islands (1970)

The intertwined lives of two kindred souls with ambition begins when Captain Whip Hoxworth discovers that Nyuk Tsin has been smuggled aboard as part of cargo on The Carthaginian, which he captains, a cargo supposed to consist of only male Chinese workers bound for Hawaii. Nyuk Tsin was kidnapped from her Haaka village to be sold to a Honolulu brothel. She is spared when Mun Ki claims she is his wife, and Hoxworth goes along with his wife’s suggestion that they can work in the Hoxworth household as domestic servants. Nyuk Tsin becomes known to all as Wu Chow’s Auntie (Aunt of Five Continents) when her five sons are named after continents (with Mun Ki’s wife in China regarded as their official mother). Whip founds an empire in pineapples, using Japanese laborers, after smuggling his first seed crop from French Guiana as Wu Chow’s Auntie grows a family business in Honolulu around her sons. Read More »

Walter Grauman – I Deal in Danger (1966)

Storyline
During World War II, an American who sympathizes with the Nazi cause defects to Germany, where he is greeted as a hero and given a job broadcasting propaganda to the West. What the Nazis don’t know is that he is actually a double agent. Read More »

Basilio Martín Patino – Nueve cartas a Berta AKA Nine Letters to Berta (1966)

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Lorenzo, a student at Salamanca in the late 1950s, has just spent a summer in England where he has discovered new ways of life and other horizons as well as meeting and falling in love Berta, the daughter of an exile who has never seen Spain. Upon his return, the traditional atmosphere of his family, routine relations with his friends and his girlfriend, and the tedium of life in the city become more and more overwhelming. He writes to his idealized Berta, still living in England, in a series of letters to try to convey to her what life is like in Spain and his desire to leave his provincial family behind and discover life on his own. Although the lure to break free is foremost on his mind, he decides to marry a young woman from a similar background to live the life of a country squire. However, a trip to Madrid opens up other possibilities. Read More »

Ralph Nelson – Once a Thief (1965)

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Eddie Pedak, a convicted criminal, has a steady job, a wife and daughter and he puts a down payment on a boat. He also has a police detective and brother after him, the first believes Eddie shot him, the second wants him for one last heist. Read More »