Tag Archives: 1960s

Jack Lee – A Circle of Deception (1960)

I looked out for this movie way back then because it starred Bradford Dillman who had made such a big impression as the charismatically cheerful but murderous Artie Strauss in “Compulsion”.”Circle of Deception” proved something of a letdown because Dillman, as a man taken to drink through self-hatred was hardly sympathetic and his costar, the ex-model Suzy Parker was no less unemotive than she had been before. As it happened I think this was Dillmans last gasp at starring roles, but he became an extremely busy TV and film supporting player for many years thereafter. The film itself predated the downbeat spy genre in which our spymasters were portrayed for once as being as devious and viscious as their spymasters, but it was barely noticed, and it was later that “the Ipcress File” got the genre going. What “Circle of Deception” did have going for it for me was the shock revelation that, well, Dillman had been disgracefully set up. I remember it for that,if nothing else.
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Elia Kazan – Splendor in the Grass [+Extras] (1961)

It’s 1928 in oil rich southeast Kansas. High school seniors Bud Stamper and Deanie Loomis are in love with each other. Bud, the popular football captain, and Deanie, the sensitive soul, are “good” kids who have only gone as far as kissing. Unspoken to each other, they expect to get married to each other one day. But both face pressures within the relationship, Bud who has the urges to go farther despite knowing in his heart that if they do that Deanie will end up with a reputation like his own sister, Ginny Stamper, known as the loose, immoral party girl, and Deanie who will do anything to hold onto Bud regardless of the consequences. Read More »

Lucio Fulci – Beatrice Cenci AKA The Conspiracy of Torture (1969)

Synopsis:
In 1599 Italy, Beatrice Cenci is the teenage daughter of the crazy landowner and nobleman Francesco Cenci whom he keeps his daughter locked up in the dungeon of his castle for his plaything, sexually abusing her when he feels like it. Beatrice then plots with her stepmother, her besotted servant Olimpio, as well as a local bandit, named Catalano, to plan Francesco’s murder. Read More »

Delbert Mann – That Touch of Mink (1962)

Quote:
A rich businessman and a young woman are attracted to each other, but he only wants an affair while she wants to save herself for marriage. Read More »

Frank Beyer – Spur der Steine AKA Trace of Stones (1966)

Synopsis:
‘Hannes Balla is the foreman of a group of building construction workers at the large construction site “Schkona” in the GDR. They spend most of their time working hard and drinking harder – to some they are fun, to some they are a public nuisance. Things get more complicated when the good-looking Kati Klee is employed as a young technician, and the ambitious new Party Secretary, Werner Horrath, aims to boost work efficiency and downsize Balla’s ego. Kati slowly warms up to Werner, but is also attracted to Balla’s nonconformity. A contemporary movie about work, love, and everything in between.’
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Florestano Vancini – Le stagioni del nostro amore AKA Seasons of Our Love (1966)

Storyline
Vittorio Borghi, a middle-aged journalist torn between young mistress and wife he no longer loves, returns to his hometown Mantua. There he remembers childhood in the era of fascism, war and ghost of another woman he never forgot. Read More »

Hajime Satô – Kaidan semushi otoko AKA The Ghost of the Hunchback (1965)

A hunchbacked caretaker presides over a forlorn mansion inhabited by the ghosts of his previous masters.An unbelieving trio(a doctor,his assistant and his niece)fail to heed the caretaker’s warnings and are slaughtered horribly by the jealous occupants.”The Ghost of the Hunchback” is one of the few Japanese haunted house movies made during 60’s.The film clearly resembles Italian Gothic horror films made by Mario Bava and Antonio Margheriti.The acting is solid,the atmosphere is wonderfully spooky and foggy and there are some gruesome scenes.”The Ghost of the Hunchback” was released on tape in Italy under the title “Il Pozzo di Satana”. Read More »