• Doris Wishman – Double Agent 73 (1974)

    Doris Wishman1971-1980CultExploitationUSA

    Synopsis:
    Underworld drug king Toplar is flooding the market with low-grade heroin. Agent 99 gets a bit too close to the truth, but manages to gasp out a clue as to the identity of Toplar: he has a scar. Jane (Agent 73) is called in to find Toplar, and gets a camera implanted in her breast in order to photograph the bad guys she dispatches so headquarters will be able to identify Toplar when she finds him. Meanwhile she begins falling in love with fellow agent Jim.Read More »

  • Amanda Kramer – Give Me Pity! (2022)

    Amanda Kramer2021-2030MusicalThrillerUSA

    Sissy St. Claire graces the small screen for her first ever television special, an evening full of music and laughter, glamour and entertainment. But Sissy’s live event quickly begins to curdle into a psychedelic nightmare.Read More »

  • Reinhard Hauff – Endstation Freiheit AKA Slow Attack (1980)

    Reinhard Hauff1971-1980DramaGermany

    Quote:
    Nik, a released prisoner who started writing in prison, wants to leave his past behind, but refuses to contact his former girlfriend and her family. Under the name of his jail buddy Henry, he moves in with his pen pal–who has never seen him–and is always watched suspiciously by their roommate. Nik seeks contact with the literary culture, although he feels disgusted by the pompous fuss of this society. He is not without talent and works on a novel in which he minutely describes the abduction of an industrialist. Henry gets shot at the prison breakout and visits Nik to get help from him. He likes his novel plot and wants to put it into action.Read More »

  • Veit Harlan – Jugend (1938)

    Drama1931-1940GermanyThird Reich CinemaVeit Harlan

    Though it was accepted as standard entertainment upon its first release, the German Jugend (Youth) has in recent years been perceived as an implicitly pro-Nazi tract. Adapted by Thea Von Harbou from a controversial 19th century play by Max Hulls, the story concerns a young girl named Annchen (Kristina Soderbaum), who from childhood onward has had her judgment warped by the self-righteous proclamations of a fanatical priest (Eugene Klopfer). After her first sexual experience, Annchen is so overwhelmed by guilt that she commits suicide, profoundly affecting the lives of those closest to her. Some critics have suggested that the film advises its audience to beware false prophets-except those wearing brown shirts and armbands, who will lead the populace from the opiate of religion to the glories of National Socialism. The fact that Jugend was directed by Kristina Soderbaum’s husband Viet Harlan, one of the German film industry’s leading torch-bearers for the Third Reich, has not been a point in its favor. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie GuideRead More »

  • Roger Grolimund – Deuteronomium – Der Tag des jüngsten Gerichts (2004)

    2001-2010HorrorRoger GrolimundSwitzerland

    A loser for whom everything always goes wrong finds purpose in life when an entity claiming to be an angel begins ordering him to smite sinners.Read More »

  • Takeshi Kitano – Kantoku · Banzai! AKA Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)

    Takeshi Kitano2001-2010ArthouseComedyJapan
    Kantoku · Banzai! (2007)
    Kantoku · Banzai! (2007)

    Takeshi Kitano plays a version of himself in which he’s a struggling director cycling through a number of different genres in an effort to complete his latest project.Read More »

  • Sándor Sára – Feldobott kö AKA The Upthrown Stone (1969)

    1961-1970ArthouseDramaHungarySándor Sára
    Feldobott kö (1969)
    Feldobott kö (1969)

    Synopsis: An aspiring film student is denied a scholarship to the state-funded university when his father is thrown in jail. The man had stopped a train in order to facilitate the union between two old friends. The son then takes a job as a land surveyor and meets a Greek man who works towards the collective benefits of the peasants. The man is killed in a peasant uprising prompted by a bureaucratic boondoggle. The surveyor looks after the man’s widow as his emerging political and social awareness leads him take a stand against government injustice. Another incident, in which gypsies are rounded up by state hygiene workers, further galvanizes the man’s beliefs. He photographs the incident, and his work allows him to be accepted into the school from which he was previously denied admission.Read More »

  • Doris Wishman – Deadly Weapons (1974)

    Doris Wishman1971-1980CultExploitationUSA
    Deadly Weapons (1974)
    Deadly Weapons (1974)

    Synopsis:
    After the mob hits a guy with a list, one of the hoods keeps the list for himself to blackmail the people on it. When the mobsters find out he’s a double-crosser, they off him, which angers his busty girlfriend. She goes after them using the only two weapons she has.Read More »

  • Lutz Dammbeck – Overgames (2015)

    2001-2010DocumentaryExperimentalGermanyLutz Dammbeck

    Summary
    Joachim “Blacky” Fuchsberger provided the starting point for “Overgames”: In 2005, he stated in a talk show that the content of his TV game show “Nur nicht nervös werden”, which first aired in 1960, was originally developed in US-American psychiatric institutions with the aim to re-educate the Germans, a “psychologically disturbed nation”. Director Lutz Dammbeck sets out on a global research that leads to important questions: In which regard may games change the world? Can a person be re-educated? And what is the idea of a permanent revolution?Read More »

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