Tag Archives: 1960s

Julien Duvivier – Diaboliquement vôtre AKA Diabolically Yours [+commentary] (1967)

A provocative French thriller places a wealthy man (Delon) at the center of an extraordinary plot after a car crash leaves him unable to remember who he is. With his wife (Senta Berger) convinced he is faking amnesia, he sets out to discover who and why someone wants him to believe he is going crazy and should end his life. Read More »

Seijun Suzuki – Hyakuman Doru O Tatakidase AKA Million Dollar Smash-And-Grab (1961)

A boxing melodrama. Two friends become boxers and begin training for the championship. The two boys eventually face each other in the ring. Read More »

Wladyslaw Slesicki – Ruchome piaski AKA Shifting Sands (1969)

Autotranslated from Filmpolski:
A lyrical story about a holiday adventure of a man camping with his son at a lake: the unexpected appearance of a girl shatters the previously carefree mood. Father and son are vacationing on a deserted beach. The appearance of the girl shatters their peace and harmony. The father becomes more and more interested and affectionate towards the girl.. Read More »

Kinji Fukasaku – Odoshi AKA The Threat (1966)

IMDb comments:
You can watch this crime drama as a sort of Japanese DESPERATE HOURS. A just married ordinary man has his family held as hostage by three hoodlums who want him to do something for them. Get a big package of money from his boss, and not a Yakuza. This is not a yakuza movie, folks, but a true suspense film, a bit far from what Kinji Fukasaku used to show us. A tale told with a terrific nick of time pace, with splendid editing and simple filming skills. The main lead character, the poor man who is lost in the city because he knows that he must obey to what the gangsters ordered him to do, this man’s play is so convincing. I was not lucky enough to see it with subtitles, and I am sure I unfortunately missed a lot. But I followed the basic scheme anyway. I would have imagined Koji Tsuruta as the husband’s character. A golden gem that deserves to be seen at all costs. Read More »

John Lemont – Konga (1961)

Synopsis:
Dr.Decker comes back from Africa after a year, presumed dead. During that year, he came across a way of growing plants and animals to an enormous size. He brings back a baby chimpanzee to test out his theory. As he has many enemies at home, he decides to use his chimp, ‘Konga’ to ‘get rid of them’. Then Konga grows to gigantic proportions and reaks havoc all over the city of London!! Read More »

Seijun Suzuki – Hana to dotô AKA The Flower and the Angry Waves (1964)

Synopsis:
It’s 1964 and Seijun Suzuki continues to work harder than any other director doing the rounds. Working from a novel by Aoyama Koji he tells the story of Ogata Kikuji (Kobayashi Akira) – a former Yakuza member, now on the straight and narrow. One year ago he rescued a woman named Oshige (Matsubara Chieko) from the clutches of his Yakuza boss and shortly after they wed; for his insolent behaviour a quiet assassin called Yoshimura (Kawaji Tamio) is sent to take care of Kikuji, who is now living under the roof of reformed gangster and innkeeper Ihei (Takashina Kaku). Meanwhile, Kikuji keeps his relationship with Oshige a secret, even shielding his marriage from Manryu (Kubo Naoko) – who has taken quite a liking to him and wishes to escape her depressing situation, brought on by years of having to put up with unscrupulous men. Read More »

Shinsuke Ogawa – Seinen no umi AKA Sea of Youth (1966)

Quote:
SEA OF YOUTH was Ogawa’s first directorial effort. After leaving Iwanami Productions along with most of his cohort, he struck an unusual path. He gathered young activists together to make an independent documentary on the plight of correspondence students. The film features the group itself as they plot their activism. Many of the onscreen personalities would become core members of Ogawa Productions. The film met only mild success in fundraising, so they completed it by selling off books and blood. Read More »