Adventure

Ziniu Wu – Huo hu AKA Sparkling Fox (1994)

In this metaphysical adventure two very different men come to the same mountain to hunt a special fox and end up hunting each other. Read More »

Jacques Feyder – Knight Without Armour (1937)

Because he can pass as a Russian, A.J. Fothergill is recruited to spy on the revolutionary movement in Russia in 1913. He becomes imprisoned in Siberia, as a revolutionary, until the 1917 uprisings. Amid the turmoil of the civil war between the red and white armies, he tries to flee Russia along with the beautiful Countess Alexandra. Read More »

Byron Haskin – Conquest of Space (1955)

Dramatic Effects Never Before Equalled – Or Even Imagined!

From a space wheel 500 miles above the Earth, commander Samuel Merritt (Walter Brooke) and his men (including Eric Fleming and Benson Fong) construct a sleek robot, then receive orders providing their new craft’s destination: Mars!

Five-time Oscar Winner George Pal (The War of the Worlds) produced this adventure rooted in the ’50s understanding of space exploration… and heightened by the awareness that no matter how advanced science becomes, human weaknesses remain. Read More »

Jesús Franco – La esclava blanca (1985)

Robert Monell wrote:
Of the eight other films Franco made in 1985 (half of them hardcore porno features), this very low budget adventure stands out because of an absorbing, multi-layered script by ace Spanish screenwriter Santiago Moncada. Beside writing Mario Bava’s HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON, Claudio Guerin Hill’s THE BELL FROM HELL and Juan Antonio Bardem’s THE CORRUPTION OF CHRIS MILLER, Moncada has written and produced screenplays for a variety of European genre directors. Manuel Cano’s SWAMP OF THE RAVENS, TARZAN’S GREATEST CHALLENGE and VOODOO BLACK EXORCIST were all based on Moncada screenplays, not to mention the ultra-violent Spanish western CUTTHROATS NINE. This film was co-produced by Moncada and Franco’s Manacoa company. Read More »

Irving Pichel – Destination Moon (1950)

After their their latest rocket fails, Dr. Charles Cargraves and retired General Thayer have to start over again. this time, Gen. Thayer approaches Jim Barnes, the head of his own aviation construction firms to help build a rocket that will take them to the moon. Together they gather the captains of industry and all pledge to support the goals of having the united States be the first to put a man on the moon. They build their rocket and successfully leave the Earth’s gravitational pull and make the landing as scheduled. Barnes has miscalculated their fuel consumption however and after stripping the ship bare, they are still 100 lbs too heavy meaning that one of them will have to stay behind. Read More »

Joseph Pevney – Istanbul (1957)

Review Summary
In this adventure, a remake of Singapore (1947), a hero finds a bracelet containing 13 precious gems while visiting Istanbul. He soon finds himself pursued by covetous crooks who want those jewels. He is then deported by the Turkish authorities, but not before he has time to hide the bracelet in a hotel. Five years later, the man returns to seek out the stones. Again he is pursued by both authorities and criminals. He must also contend with the reappearance of his wife whom he thought had burned to death on their wedding night. She lived but suffered amnesia. She then remarried. Nat “King” Cole sings “When I Fall in Love”. Read More »

Yakov Protazanov – Nasreddin v Bukhare AKA Nasreddin in Bukhara (1943)

Quote:
Nasreddin, the Robin Hood of the East! Those who read the Leonid Solovyov’s brilliant book “Povest’ of Hodzhe Nasreddine” (The Tale of Nasreddin the Hajji) will surely value this treasure of Jakob Protazanov for it is the only faithful screen version that has approached the mischievous spirit of the book that close. Also it’s hard to imagine a better Nasreddin than Leo Sverdlin with his ever-glittering cunning eyes and radiant smile. Read More »