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Robert Hossein – Le vampire de Düsseldorf AKA The Vampire of Dusseldorf (1965)

In the 1930s, chaos and misery reign over Düsseldorf as the Nazis begin their campaign of terror. But the city is afflicted by another menace, a serial killer who writes a letter to the police every time he murders a young woman. Who would suspect Peter Kuerten, a man who is so mild and unassuming? His only passion is Anna, a singer in a café, but she ignores him and makes fun of him. One day, Peter meets two young country girls, Paula and Rosa. Not long afterwards, Paula is found dead and Rosa, the prime witness to this murder, is herself killed a few days later. Unaware of Peter’s dark exploits, Anna becomes his lover. But then she finds one of the messages he sends to the police… Read More »

Yannick Bellon – Les enfants du désordre (1989)

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ne of Emmanuelle Beart’s less known part but one of her most emotionally intense ,”Les Enfants Du Desordre” is a work by Yannick Bellon,once nicknamed the female Andre Cayatte (which ,IMHO ,is no insult for Cayatte paved a reliable way to activist directors ),who was the first in France to tackle the burning subject of rape ,just like a woman would do (she was preceded by American Ida Lupino ).Her work dealing with cancer (“L’Amour Nu”) was not as convincing,taking place in privileged milieus whereas her “La Triche” about homosexuality was downright embarrassing :killing the gay at the end of her movie is not an improvement on the American works of the sixties such as “the fox” or “children’s hour” ! Read More »

Sergio Gobbi – Maldonne (1969)

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In this thrilling mystery of mistaken identity, Jacques (Pierre Vaneck) is a piano player in a nightclub who is approached by a man he never met before. The stranger offers him a job posing as the husband of a mentally challenged woman. He will be rewarded for taking care of the woman. Since his contract has expired at the club, he readily accepts the proposition. The stranger turns out to be the valet of the woman, who other than playing with decapitated dolls, seems quite normal. Jacques and the woman end up falling in love. He looks just like her husband who disappeared during an African safari. It turns out the missing man is a former Nazi hiding out from the international police. Soon agents converge on the house along with the man who had supposedly vanished, leading to an inevitable showdown. Read More »

Christian Marquand – Les grands chemins / F.L.A.S.H. (1963)

On a road in Haute-Provence, Francis meets up with a young musician, Samuel. They strike up a friendship and decide to stay at a mountain hotel, managed by an attractive young woman called Anna. Whilst Francis takes Anna as his mistress, Samuel organises card games with the locals. When they realise he has been cheating, his fellow gamblers break his hands. After he has been driven to kill an old woman, Samuel flees…. Read More »

André Hunebelle – OSS 117 se déchaîne AKA OSS 117 Is Unleashed (1963)

The story of [OSS 117 se déchaîne] follows secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath AKA OSS 117, as he investigates the recent death of fellow agent Roos who had an unfortunate accident off the shores of Bonifacio, France while scuba diving. Smelling foul play, Hubert flies into the coastal town of Bonifacio, interrogating all who had interacted with his late friend just before his death. His investigations eventually take him to a remote location, where a new submarine detector has been developed on. This new device could tip the fragile peace between warring factions and cast the earth into another world war, so obviously OSS 117 has to put a monkey wrench in their plans. This classy effort is as fun as it sounds, provided by some beautiful photography and an interesting and engaging cast. Read More »

André Hunebelle – Banco à Bangkok pour OSS 117 AKA Panic in Bangkok (1964)

An evil Indian doctor, Dr.Guna Sinn […] working in Thailand has developed a biological weapon that will reduce the world’s population in accordance with his eugenicist beliefs. OSS 117 has to stop him with the help of a Thai sidekick and seduce the Indian doctor’s sister Lila while he is at it.’ Read More »