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Edward Dmytryk – The Sniper (1952)

Synopsis:
Apparently rejected by women all his life, a loner with a high-power rifle starts on a trail of murder. The police are baffled by the apparently random killings until their psychologist comes up with some ideas. Read More »

Andrew Kotting – This Filthy Earth (2001)

From The Guardian
Filthy is right. This is a film to counter-balance any lingering misapprehension that the countryside is a place of picturesque tranquillity – and, thank heavens, it is not your everyday Britpic. Andrew Kötting’s second feature, adapted from Zola, is a gallery of bucolic grotesques set in a remote rural community in the early 20th century, long before EU subsidies, mad cows and agribusiness (but not before foot and mouth). The screenplay was written by Kötting and comic Sean Lock. Read More »

Esodo Pratelli – A che servono questi quattrini? (1942)

PLOT:
An elderly Marquis, having squandered all his fortune, begins a life as a vagabond philosopher and collects a small group of disciples to whom he teaches his thesis on the futility of work and of money.
Citing Socrates, Plato and Diogenes in his own way, according to his philosophy of life, money is useless and it is a sort of disease that afflicts humanity; moreover men should not work but devote themselves to contemplation and rest. Read More »

Eisuke Naitô – Sensei wo ryûzan saseru-kai AKA Let’s Make the Teacher Have a Miscarriage Club (2011)

Let’s Make the Teacher Have a Miscarriage Club is a Japanese movie written and directed by Eisuke Naito. It was screened at the Nippon Connection Film Festival on April 30, 2011 and released by Spotted Productions in Japan on May 26, 2012.

Based on true events, the movie revolves around a group of junior high school students who attempt to make their pregnant teacher suffer a miscarriage. Mizuki (Kaori Kobayashi) is the ringleader of the group as she and her friends come up with a bunch of sadistic “pranks” to play against their homeroom teacher Sawako. Read More »

Boris Barnet – Podvig razvedchika aka Secrets of Counter-Espionage (1947)

Quote:
Soviet agent Fedotov is air-dropped into Nazi occupied land. He changes over into Mr. Eckert, a German entrepreneur wishing to take advantage of eastern worker slave labor in occupied Ukraine. Eckert (Fedotov) enters into a partnership with a German entrepreneur whose son, Willy, is a high ranking Nazi. Together they go to Vinnitsa, Ukraine and start a factory. Fedotov begins seeking contacts with headquarters, but faces problems when a Ukrainian Nazi collaborator manages to infiltrate the Soviet partisans. Read More »

Les Blank – Gap-Toothed Women (1987)

Quote:
A charming valentine to women born with a space between their teeth, ranging from lighthearted whimsy to a deeper look at issues like self-esteem and societal attitudes toward standards of beauty. Interviews were conducted with over one hundred women, including model Lauren Hutton and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Read More »

Saul J. Turell – Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (1979)

An examination of the life of actor and singer Paul Robeson, from his first major triumphs on the stage in the 1920s through his gradually increasing social activism in the 1930s and 1940s, leading to his controversial performances in Eastern Europe in the 1940s in which he performed communist anthems and criticized American social conditions. Read More »