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William Wyler – How to Steal a Million (1966)

Based on the short story “Venus Rising” by George Bradshaw, How to Steal a Million features a rather contrived plot about a wealthy art forger (Academy Award winner Hugh Griffith, Ben Hur) and his beautiful daughter (Hepburn) who are about to be exposed as frauds after they allow one of their fake statues to be displayed in a major art exhibition. In a desperate attempt to save face, Hepburn solicits help from a dashing society burglar (Peter O’Toole, Lawrence of Arabia) to steal the statue before tests can be made to reveal its true origin. The “burglar” isn’t exactly what he appears to be, however, and as they plot their haphazard heist, the two inevitably begin to fall in love. Read More »

Anthony Mann – Man of the West (1958)

Western auteur Anthony Mann and aging Western icon Gary Cooper team up in this stark tale of a trio of train passengers stranded in the middle of the desert after a railway holdup. Taking responsibility for his helpless compatriots (Julie London as a sad-eyed prostitute and Arthur O’Connell as a garrulous but cowardly banker), craggy-faced Link Jones (Cooper) takes them into a veritable viper’s nest in a desperate gamble. It turns out the respected town elder is a former member of the outlaw gang that robbed them, and he’s welcomed back by patriarchal gang leader Dock Tobin (Lee J. Cobb) like the prodigal son. Read More »

Werner Herzog – Ode to the Dawn of Man (2011)

Documentary by Werner Herzog on the Making of the Music to CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS
recorded July 2010 at Protestant Church of Haarlem, The Netherlands
With composer and musician Ernst Reijseger and music producer Stefan Winter
2010, 40 min. Read More »

Fletcher Markle – A Talk With Hitchcock (1964)

Time to stretch… Swap from fiction to documentary. Enjoy the master of suspense!

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A rare glimpse into the mind of the notorious cagey master filmmaker, this documentary was shot on the set of Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie. With remarkable candor Hitchcock discusses his career and his passion for movies. — Jonathan Crow Read More »

Peter Bogdanovich – Targets [+Extras] (1968)

Variety.com wrote:
Saticoy. Director Peter Bogdanovich; Producer Peter Bogdanovich; Screenplay Peter Bogdanovich; Camera Laszlo Kovacs; Editor [uncredited]; Art Director Polly Platt

Boris Karloff
Tim O’Kelly
Nancy Hsueh
James Brown
Peter Bogdanovich

A good programmer, within low budget limitations, about a sniper and his innocent victims. A separate, concurrent sub-plot features Boris Karloff as a horror film star who feels he is washed up. Both plot lines converge in an exciting climax. Read More »

David Robert Mitchell – The Myth of the American Sleepover (2010)

An official selection of Cannes Critics Week and winner of the Special Jury Prize at SXSW, THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER is a youthful and tender coming-of-age drama from first-time writer/director David Robert Mitchell.
In the tradition of free-wheeling tributes to adolescence like DAZED & CONFUSED, the film follows four young people (a cast of brilliant young newcomers in their feature film debuts) on the last night of summer – their final night of freedom before the new school year starts. The teenagers cross paths as they explore the suburban wonderland they inhabit in search of love and adventure – chasing first kisses, elusive crushes, popularity and parties – and discover the quiet moments that will later resonate as the best in their youth. Read More »

Delbert Mann – Separate Tables (1958)

Description: It’s the off-season at the lonely Beauregard Hotel in Bournemoth, and only the long-term tenants are still in residence. Life at the Beauregard is stirred up, however, when the beautiful Ann Shankland arrives to see her alcoholic ex-husband, John Malcolm, who is secretly engaged to Pat Cooper, the woman who runs the hotel. Meanwhile, snobbish Mrs Railton-Bell discovers that the kindly if rather doddering Major Pollock is not what he appears to be. The news is particularly shocking for her frail daughter, Sibyl, who is secretly in love with the Major. Read More »