1961-1970

Zdenek Podskalský – Bílá paní AKA The White Lady (1965)

Synopsis:
This castle has its own ghost – a mysterious White lady. She emerges from the painting on the wall when someone speaks out magic formula. White lady is a good ghost, she can make someone’s wishes true. Even if it is a new duct. But a miracle is not the thing that Communist leaders want in the town. Read More »

Ishirô Honda – Furankenshutain tai chitei kaijû Baragon AKA Frankenstein Conquers The World (1965)

With Berlin falling, Nazi doctors ship the beating heart of the Frankenstein monster to Tokyo by U-boat. A Japanese military scientistin Hiroshima intends to use the heart, which cannot die, to create an army of invincible soldiers. Unfortunately, the heart is barely unpacked when the U.S. Air Force A-bombs the city. Nothing more is heard of the matter until a feral boy with a strange brow shows up fifteen years later… Read More »

Hajrudin Krvavac – Diverzanti AKA The Demolition Squad (1967)

Yugoslavian resistance fighters send out eight men on a suicide mission to bomb the airport in this World War II action drama. The locals have successfully kept the Nazis at bay on the ground, but the German Luftwaffe looms as a bigger and more dangerous threat. The film was popular at the box office in Yugoslavia and was well received by the audience at the 1967 Pula Film Festival. Read More »

Luigi Bazzoni & Franco Rossellini – La donna del lago AKA The Possessed (1965)

Quote:
When a visitor arrives in a small Italian village, he discovers that the residents are acting like soul-less zombies–and he begins to suspect that they may be under the influence of a mysterious local woman. Read More »

Andrey Konchalovskiy – Istoriya Asi Klyachinoy, kotoraya lyubila, da ne vyshla zamuzh AKA Asya’s Happiness (1966)

From Senses of Cinema:
Istoriya Asi Klyachinoy, kotoraya lyubila, da ne vyshla zamuzh (Asya’s Happiness) is a seminal film, a film that suffered numerous title changes and edits by edict. It is a rediscovered classic that was shelved for 20 years and now stands as a testament to the paranoid absurdity of Soviet censorship. It is a film that provided a powerful start for some careers and stunted others. With its natural lightness and exploration of femininity it broke the genre of the collective farm-worker movie and introduced a deeply Russian neo-realism that celebrated the rural, spiritual environment through stunning black-and-white cinematography and breathtakingly authentic performances by non-professional actors that captured the sounds, stories and pace of life in the village of Bezvodnoye. Read More »

Wei Lo – Duan hun gu AKA Death Valley (1968)

Synopsis:
Lo Wei was twenty years into his notable career when he wrote, directed, and co-starred in this tale of a murdered lord, a hired killer who unknowingly becomes friends with his intended victim, a vicious bandit chief, a kind blind woman, and a death duel which explodes into an ambush and then a slaughter. Star Yueh Hua would go on to an exceptional acting career, while Lo himself would give both Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan their “big breaks.” Read More »

Kazuo Ikehiro – Zatôichi senryô-kubi AKA Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)

Synopsis:
After paying his respects at the grave of a man he accidentally killed, the legendary blind swordsman Zatoichi (played in top form as always by Shintaro Katsu) arrives at a village where the impoverished locals are in mid-celebration. It seems they’ve finally gathered enough money to pay off their heavy tax burden – a great relief to everyone in this drought-stricken area. At first, they invite Ichi to join in their fun. When the money is stolen by a group of samurai thugs, however, the villagers blame Ichi too, thinking that he’s in on the heist. Desperate to clear his name, Ichi swears to find those responsible and return the money. But it won’t be easy. First, Ichi has to investigate a local and much loved boss, who has gone into hiding. Then he’ll have to tangle with those thugs… including one of his toughest adversaries yet – a samurai by the name of Jushiro who wields a dangerous bullwhip as skillfully as a sword. Read More »