Alfred Hitchcock – Psycho (1960)

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In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock was already famous as the screen’s master of suspense (and perhaps the best-known film director in the world) when he released Psycho and forever changed the shape and tone of the screen thriller. From its first scene, in which an unmarried couple balances pleasure and guilt in a lunchtime liaison in a cheap hotel (hardly a common moment in a major studio film in 1960), Psycho announced that it was taking the audience to places it had never been before, and on that score what followed would hardly disappoint. Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is unhappy in her job at a Phoenix, Arizona real estate office and frustrated in her romance with hardware store manager Sam Loomis (John Gavin). Read More »

Alfred Hitchcock – Strangers on a Train (1951)

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‘Strangers on a Train,’ Another Hitchcock Venture, Arrives at the Warner Theatre
It appears that Alfred Hitchcock is fascinated with the Svengali theme, as well as with his own dexterity in performing macabre tricks. His last picture, “Rope,” will be remembered as a stunt (which didn’t succeed) involving a psychopathic murderer who induced another young man to kill for thrills. Now, in his latest effort, called “Strangers on a Train,” which served to reopen the Strand Theatre last night under its new name, the Warner, Mr. Hitchcock again is tossing a crazy murder story in the air and trying to con us into thinking that it will stand up without support. Read More »

Nikola Tanhofer – H-8 (1958)

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A bus and a truck are moving towards each other along a two-way traffic highway on a rainy day. At the very beginning we learn that a reckless driver of another car will cause them to collide while trying to pass the bus; we even learn what seats will spell doom for their occupants. The rest of the movie follows two streams of events on the bus and on the truck, getting us to know and like a wide variety of characters, wondering which ones will end up being casualties and holding breath for our favourites. The epilogue brings some more surprises… Read More »

Georg Tressler – Sukkubus – den Teufel im Leib (1989)

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A Swiss legend tells of three shepherds and their privations, “weiberlosen” time in the mountains. And as her wicked doings will be severely punished – by a bare Wurzelhexe …
REVIEW:

A former classmate, let’s call him Fred, looks at the happy Sepp Forcher – with sound turned off. Namely Fred loves the beauty of the local mountains. But not the accompanying volksdümmliche Gedudel.

Succubus – the devil in him would also be a film for Fred. For the beauty of the Alpine mountains is captured very atmospheric. And instead of folk music here sounds very consistent, Spaghetti Western-inspired score.

Succubus – THE DEVIL IN THE BODY is also a film for fans of the lower instincts. Von wegen “on pastures, there’s no sin”: One of our Senner is a nasty Saubartl who had pushed for dinner hand in his pants and lunged after the crisp boys in bed next to him.

Just a boy has no interest in the said strong men gripping hands, but he longs for the warm, wet tongue, his favorite. Which he then “herumkriegt. How he hires, the It beggars … Read More »

Gary Tarn – Black Sun (2005)

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Black Sun tells the story of Hugues de Montalembert, a French artist and filmmaker living in New York, who was blinded during a violent assault in 1978.
In telling the story of this unique man and his extraordinary reaction to a life-changing trauma, Tarn has created an expressionist film whose power lies in visualising a world from the perspective of the blind de Montalembert.
Part- survivor’s testimony, part- philosophical meditation on the nature of perception, BLACK SUN is a celebration of life that makes us see the world anew. Read More »

Jürgen Reble – Passion (1990)

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“PASSION is a personal film-journey in which Reble accompanies his unborn child through a ritual, following the seasons until his birth. Reble’s unfamiliar chemistry generates slowly pulsating structures and colors. Micro- and macroscopic imagery build a near-abstract, hypnotic landscape — an intimate perception of creation..”
Jurgen Reble, former member of the German filmmaking group “Schmelzdahin” (dissolved in 1989), focuses on exploring the film material through bacterial processes, weathering and chemical treatment during and after development.
“The basic idea is that it is impossible to fix film. Film is something which is always in a state of flux… The images, “real” in the beginning, gradually disintegrate and the gelatine layer — where the chemicals are embedded — dissolves. All that’s left in the end is the ‘raging of the elements’..” Read More »

Michael Tuchner – Fear Is the Key (1972)

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Following the death of his family in an aeroplane crash, a man plots an elaborate revenge scheme on those responsible. By setting himself up as a criminal, he plans to get close to a certain tycoon who has been approached by the culprits to help them retrieve the cargo of the lost plane. Written by Jonathon Dabell Read More »