Sergio Martino – I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale AKA Torso (1973)

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SYNOPSIS
A fetishistic killer is on the loose, a madman in a balaclava who enjoys murdering young women (and occasionally men, if they happen to get in the way). When two university students drop dead, Jane (Suzy Kendall) and her three friends, Daniela (Tina Aumont), Katia (Angela Covello) and Ursula (Carla Brait), decide to high-tail it to a villa in the countryside until the whole thing blows over. Unbeknownst to them, however, the killer has decided to tag along and proceeds to stalk them before launching into a blood-thirsty orgy of death. It feels great to be a student! Read More »

H. Tjut Djalil – Dangerous Seductress (1995)

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The Evil Queen returns to possess an American girl who she orders to go out and claim victims to sate her blood lust.
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Marco Ferreri – Break up AKA The Man with the Balloons (Uncut) (1965)

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Plot Synopsis by Dan Pavlides

Mario (Marcello Mastroianni) is a Milan industrialist who is constantly testing balloons to see how much air one can take before busting. His principle romantic interest in this feature is played by Catherine Spaak. The majority of the film seems to come from previous efforts from 1964 and 1965 which additional footage was added to, to insure an 85-minute full-length movie. A new soundtrack has been added as well. Read More »

Daniel Clowes – Ghost World (1997)

from the Fantagraphics website:
“Ghost World avoids all the clichés of the gen-X genre, presenting a melancholy, affecting portrait of two teen-age girls, best friends whose intertwined lives afford them a certain sanity, while the threat of separation brings home the tenuousnes of their shared reality.”

“[Clowes] demonstrates that the medium, in the hands of an expert, can generate narratives as complex and textured as any work of fiction”
—SPIN ONLINE

“Clowes’s comics unsettlingly combine scathing hilarity and queasy, misanthropic nastiness.”
—WORLD ART

“Clowes creates serious dramatic work that happens to be in comics form… It could well make him the famous artist that he might not want to be.”
—PRINT

“[Clowes] spells out the realities of teen angst as powerfully and authentically as Salinger did in Catcher and the Rye for an earlier generation.”
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Charles Burns – Black Hole (1995 – 2005)

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Quote:
November 7, 2005 | “Everything’s either concave or -vex,” the Danish poet Piet Hein once wrote, “so whatever you dream will be something with sex.” In Charles Burns’ decade-in-the-making graphic novel “Black Hole,” the natural concavity and -vexity of everything leaps out at you: Nearly every image is a sexual metaphor, with the distorted clarity and mutability of a nightmare. And sex in “Black Hole” also means body horror, sickening transformations and loss. The first page’s abstraction — a thin, wobbling slit of light on a black background — opens up to become wider and fleshier, then to become a blatantly vaginal gash in a frog on a dissecting pan (surrounded by pools and pearls of liquid). That’s only the beginning of the book’s array of weenie roasts and clumsy tongues and trees leaning away from each other like spread legs. Read More »

Claude Sautet – Vincent, François, Paul… et les autres AKA Vincent, François, Paul and the Others (1974)

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Description: Three friends face mid-life crises. Paul is a writer who’s blocked. François has lost his ideals and practices medicine for the money; his wife grows distant, even hostile. The charming Vincent, everyone’s favorite, faces bankruptcy, his mistress leaves him, and his wife, from whom he’s separated, wants a divorce. The strains on the men begin to show particularly in François and Paul’s friendship and in Vincent’s health. A younger man, Jack, becomes attractive to Lucie, François’s wife. Another young friend, the boxer Jean, who’s like a son to Vincent and whose girlfriend is pregnant, has taken a bout with a merciless slugger. Has happiness eluded this circle of friends?

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Yasujiro Ozu – Banshun aka Late Spring (1949)

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Plot from allmovie by Hal Erickson

Veteran Japanese writer/director Yasujiro Ozu’s second postwar production was 1949’s Late Spring or Banshun. Chisu Ryu plays another of Ozu’s realistic middle-class types, this time a widower with a marriageable daughter. Not wishing to see the girl resign herself to spinsterhood, Ryu pretends that he himself is about to be married. The game plan is to convince the daughter that they’ll be no room for her at home, thus forcing her to seek comfort and joy elsewhere. What makes this homey little domestic episode work is the rapport between Chisu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, who plays the daughter. Late Spring is no facile Hollywood farce; we like these people, believe in them, and wish them the best. Read More »