Crime

Lina Wertmüller – Un complicato intrigo di donne, vicoli e delitti AKA Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime) (1985)

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The vicious drug-related killings of young pre-teen boys are the fuel that moves this mystery-actioner into high gear.
After Annunziata (Angela Molina) opens up a hostel with her friend Antonio (Daniel Ezralow), she is saved from being raped by a Camorra boss because the gangster gets suddenly killed. The killer escapes before Annunziata is able to see who it was. Following this murder are several others, and always with the same “signature” — a syringe in one of the testicles of the victims. Everyone suspects a drug war is on because the slain men are cocaine-heroin pushers. In a subplot, Annunziata’s young son is forced to run drugs (underage children cannot be prosecuted), making him the next candidate for murder. As the drug dealers continue to be killed off, the identity of the killer – or killers – slowly becomes obvious. Read More »

Michael Cimino – The Sicilian [Director’s Cut] (1987)

From Mario Puzo, the best-selling author of The Godfather, comes the riveting saga of the life, loves and dreams of the infamous Sicilian bandit, Salvatore Giuliano. Directed by the Academy Award winning director of The Deer Hunter, Michael Cimino, this epic motion picture stars Christopher Lambert (Highlander) in the most powerful performance of his career. Read More »

Ágúst Guðmundsson – Útlaginn AKA Outlaw: The Saga of Gisli (1981)

From an authentic Viking saga, Outlaw tells the story of a family blood feud, set in 10th century Iceland.

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After decades of phony Hollywood Vikings, you can finally see the real thing if this film ever makes it to video or DVD. It is made in Iceland, with Icelandic dialog, and captures the authentic speech and flavor of the sagas: the understatement, occasional grim humor, and slow nursing of grudges over the long winters until they flower into blood feuds. The film also shows the strong bonds of loyalty and affection that held families and clans together, and the painfully developed methods of negotiating settlements that prevented the medieval Icelanders from wiping each other out completely. Indispensable for those who love the Icelandic sagas. Read More »

Werner Herzog – The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans (2009)

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Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.
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D.W. Griffith – The Burglar’s Dilemma (1912)

In this latter day Cain and Abel story, a jealous brother strikes down his sibling just as a young burglar is about to enter the house. The jealous brother summons police, who then charge the young intruder with murder. How can the burglar prove his innocence? Read More »

D.W. Griffith – The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)

A tender young woman and her husband (a musician) attempt to eke out a living in the slums of New York City, but find themselves caught in the crossfires of gang violence. Read More »

D.W. Griffith – The Miser’s Heart (1911)

Thieves decide to steal the money an old miser has hidden away. He refuses to open the safe for them, so they threaten to kill a girl who lives in his building. Read More »