USA

Mitchell Leisen – Remember the Night (1940)

Synopsis:
Just before Christmas, Lee Leander is caught shoplifting. It is her third offense. She is prosecuted by John Sargent. He postpones the trial because it is hard to get a conviction at Christmas time. But he feels sorry for her and arranges for her bail, and ends up taking her home to his mother for Christmas. Surrounded by a loving family (in stark contrast to Lee’s own family background) they fall in love. This creates a new problem: how do they handle the upcoming trial? Read More »

Michael Wadleigh – Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music [Director’s Cut] (1970) (HD)

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In 1969, 500,000 people descended on a small patch of field in a little-known town in upstate New York called Woodstock. In this documentary, the iconic event is chronicled in unflinching detail, from the event’s inception all the way through to the unexpected air-delivery of food and medical supplies by the National Guard. The film contains performances, interviews with the artists and candid footage of the fans in a defining portrait of 1960s America. Read More »

Curtis Harrington – Fragment of Seeking (1946)

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Harrington plays a young man desperately seeking out the fleeting image of a female companion, and though he never quite catches her, he discovers much more through the surreal explorations of his own sexuality. Made a year before Kenneth Anger’s Fireworks, the films contain some similarities in their treatment of homoerotic themes, though Fragment is more restrained and subtle. Read More »

Phil Karlson – 99 River Street (1953)

Synopsis:
Having lost his heavyweight championship match, boxer Ernie Driscoll now drives a taxi for a living and earns the scorn of his nagging wife, Pauline, who blames him for her lack of social status. Involved with jewel thief Victor Rawlins, Pauline is murdered by him when she impedes his ability to fence the jewels. Blamed for his wife’s murder, Ernie must track down Rawlins before he leaves the country. Read More »

Walter Hill – The Long Riders (1980)

Walter Hill’s first attempt at revisiting the history of the West… Here he retells the story of the James brothers in their raids with the Younger brothers without the romantic aura of the films of Henry King and Nicholas Ray. The parts of the brothers are played by the Carradine brothers and the Keach brothers (who also co-produced and co-scripted the movie) Read More »

George Fitzmaurice & Harry d’Abbadie d’Arrast – Raffles (1930)

Synopsis:
A distinguished English gentleman has a secret life–he is the notorious jewel thief the press has dubbed “The Amateur Cracksman”. When he meets a woman and falls in love he decides to “retire” from that life, but an old friend comes to him with a predicament that entails him committing one last job. Read More »

Vincente Minnelli & Busby Berkeley – Cabin in the Sky (1943)

Synopsis:
Chronic gambler and carouser “Little” Joe Jackson is shot by Domino Johnson at Jim Henry’s gambling club over an outstanding gambling debt. Little Joe’s wife, the God-fearing Petunia Jackson, prays not only for her husband’s mortal life, but also his eternal soul as she’s afraid that if he dies now, he, despite not being an evil man, won’t make it into heaven. As Little Joe is close to death, he is visited by agents of both the Lord and of Lucifer. They make a deal with him: they will give him six months to atone for the errors of his human life. Read More »