Ben Gazzara

  • Jack Garfein – The Strange One (1957)

    1951-1960DramaFilm NoirJack GarfeinQueer Cinema(s)USA

    Legendary actor Ben Gazzara made his feature film debut in The Strange One, recreating his Broadway role in Calder Willingham’s gripping “End as a Man”. Gazzara stars as Cadet Sgt. Jocko De Paris, a sadomasochistic bully in a Southern military academy who uses his magnetism and the school’s own military code to manipulate his fellow cadets and officers. When he engineers the expulsion of a hated rival, his reign of terror begins to unravel.Read More »

  • Philip Leacock – When Michael Calls (1972)

    1971-1980HorrorPhilip LeacockThrillerUSA

    Helen keeps on receiving phone calls from a child, who claims being her nephew Michael – but Michael died 15 years ago…Read More »

  • Daniel Petrie – The Neptune Factor (1973)

    1971-1980AdventureCanadaDaniel PetrieSci-Fi

    When an underwater ocean lab is lost in a earthquake, an advanced submarine is sent down to find it and encounters terrible danger.

    Aboard the R/V Triton, the Project Neptune team is doing oceanographic research. Director Andrews (Walter Pidgeon) is trying to keep the research going in spite of opposition from Foundation Head Sheppard. Below on the ocean floor, in the Sealab, the team led by Hamilton is about to return to the surface when the Sealab is ripped loose from it’s moorings and sent careening into a trench. Trapped too deep for divers, the only chance is rescue by a new US Navy mini-sub, piloted by the arrogant Cdr Blake (Ben Gazzara) USN. Blake, Chief Diver MacKay (Ernest Borgnine), Diver Cousins & Dr. Jansen (Yvette Mimieux) (Hamilton’s fiance) dive in the mini sub to attempt the rescue of the trapped Hamilton & crew.Read More »

  • Tinto Brass – Ça ira, il fiume della rivolta (1964)

    Tinto Brass1961-1970DocumentaryItalyPolitics

    This is a compilation film consisting exclusivley of archive footage. Rather not the usual sort of film you get from Tinto Brass.

    Trivia from IMDB:
    “This film was scheduled for the second New York Film Festival (1964), but was withheld by authorities in Italy and thus deprived of a showing. In 1971, the film was re-titled and released in the USA as “Thermidor” (after the 11th month of the French Revolutionary calendar), with a new English narration, and with some attempt at updating made by its American distributor.”Read More »

  • Michael Crichton – Pursuit (1972)

    1971-1980DramaMichael CrichtonThrillerUSA

    A political extremist plans to spread stolen nerve gas in a city where a political convention is being held. Government agents are sent to catch him.Read More »

  • John Cassavetes – The Killing of a Chinese Bookie [108 minute cut] (1976)

    1971-1980CrimeDramaJohn CassavetesUSA

    The killing of a Chinese Bookie was released in 1976 after what Cassavetes
    described as a very rushed editing period. The film was a commercial failure
    and was pulled from the theaters after seven days. Two years later after the
    completion of Opening Night, Cassavets re-edited the film-cutting nearly
    thirty minutes-and re-released it in the version presented here.Read More »

  • Otto Preminger – Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

    1951-1960CrimeDramaOtto PremingerUSA

    In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?Read More »

  • Vincent Gallo – Buffalo ’66 (1998)

    Drama1991-2000ArthouseUSAVincent Gallo

    After being released from prison, Billy is set to visit his parents with his wife, whom he does not actually have. This provokes Billy to act out, as he kidnaps a girl and forces her to act as his wife for the visit.Read More »

  • Peter Bogdanovich – They All Laughed (1981)

    1981-1990ComedyPeter BogdanovichRomanceUSA

    Description: They All Laughed is less a comedy than an extended love letter—there’s a rambling, awkward tone to the film, and in places it’s so unabashedly personal that certain viewers may flinch from the self-exposure. Ritter’s character is openly a Bogdanovich surrogate—he even wears the director’s trademark horn-rimmed glasses, and he helps Stratten escape an overbearing, jealous husband. The romance between Hepburn and Gazzara is rooted in their real-life affair, and the regret felt by Hepburn’s character references her own status as an aging star. And though the humor in the film is squarely in the neo-screwball style of What’s Up Doc—lightning-quick dialogue, pratfalls, double-takes, blink-and-you-missed it innuendo—They All Laughed, with its sudden shifts in tone and lack of conventional narrative, moves that style into the realm of the European art film.Read More »

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