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Brian Desmond Hurst – Sensation (1936)

John Lodge plays a reporter who is one of what is known as the Murder Gang.As soon as a murder occurs he and journalists from other papers descend on the town where the homicide occurred and prey like vultures on the surrounding populace in order to feed their editors the scraps of information.Lodge professes to dislike his ocucpation but nevertheless participates in it fully.He goes to the wife of one of the suspects and manages to extort love letters out of her in return for legal assistance.He witholds evidence from the police. Read More »

Arthur Lubin – Footsteps in the Fog (1955)

Synopsis:
To his Victorian London friends, Stephen Lowry is a heartbroken widower. Only his housemaid Lily knows that far from dying of gastroenteritis his wife was slowly poisoned by her husband – information she is happy to use to improve her position in the household and to make sure she stays close to Stephen. As his own prospects improve with a business partnership and a romance more of his own class, Stephen decides that Lily must go. Unfortunately for him, his first attempt gives her even more of a hold over him. Read More »

Albert de Courville – There Goes the Bride (1932)

A businessman’s daughter runs away from an arranged marriage, only to find herself penniless and suspected of theft after she becomes the victim of a bag thief in the train. When she refuses to tell him who she really is, her accuser decides to take her home where he can keep an eye on her until 12 o’clock the next day, the time at which she has calculated that it will be safe to tell the truth! But when his fiancée arrives unexpectedly and then his ‘guest’ is mistaken for her, it all gets rather embarrassing… Read More »

The Otolith Group – Otolith II (2009)

Quote:
In 2006 The Otolith were commissioned by the Dutch curatorial platform If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution, Kunsten Festival Des Arts and Argos in Brussels, and Casco Projects in Utrecht to develop the next episode in the Otolith Trilogy. The work was developed over one year with a series of events that explored our research and methodology. The Video was filmed in Dharavi in Mumbai, in the state of Maharashtra, in Chandigargh in the state of Punjab and in London. Read More »

Freddie Francis – The Skull (1965)

From Allmovie:
Adapted from the Robert Bloch short story “The Skull of the Marquis de Sade,” this inventive gothic chiller from Amicus stars Peter Cushing as Professor Maitland, a collector obsessed with obtaining artifacts reputed to have occult powers — including the title object, believed to be from the crypt of the notorious French nobleman. Shortly after the Professor brings home his latest find, the skull begins making nightly rounds (the gliding camera peers through the eye sockets for the nifty “skull-cam” point-of-view shots) before eventally dominating Maitland’s will. Despite the potentially cheesy premise (which sounds better suited to a William Castle project), the film is remarkably subtle and spooky thanks to the deft hand of director Freddie Francis and an excellent performance from Cushing. Read More »

Brian Desmond Hurst – Scrooge AKA A Christmas Carol [+Commentary] (1951)

Synopsis:
Stubbornly refusing to believe in Christmas and to be separated from his inexhaustible wealth, the Victorian money lender and parsimonious recluse, Ebenezer Scrooge, can’t be bothered with the poor and destitute at the most festive time of the year. Intent on spending the holy night alone, instead, the sceptical curmudgeon is visited by an unexpected and sympathetic friend, who will pave the way for the inevitable visitation of the otherworldly spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. But, what do the pale ghosts want? Can a wicked old miser admit the error in his ways, and embrace change? In the end, is Scrooge ready to love and be loved? Read More »

John Glenister & Robin Phillips – Miss Julie (1972)

IMDB:
A televised Royal Shakespeare Company production of August Strindberg’s classic play. Miss Julie (Helen Mirren), a 19th century aristocrat’s daughter, is attracted to one of the servants in her father’s house. Read More »