The Oxford professor of philosophy Stephen has two favorite pupils, the athletic aristocrat William and the Austrian Anna von Graz. Stephen is a frustrated man, with a negligent wife, ... See full summary »
An ex-con who's taken part in the robbery of a racetrack is caught and sent back to prison, but he won't tell his fellow gang members where he's stashed the loot. The gang kidnaps his ... See full summary »
Frederique (Huppert) leaves her family's small-town trout farm to embark on an journey taking her to Japan and into the arms of a man. Irritations concerning her actions and present state ... See full summary »
Paris, 1942. Robert Klein cannot find any fault with the state of affairs in German-occupied France. He has a well-furnished flat, a mistress, and business is booming. Jews facing ... See full summary »
This bio-pic is about Galileo, the 17th century Italian who laid the foundations of modern science. Galileo made himself one of the world's first telescopes and discovered the moons of ... See full summary »
In Southern Spain with a U.S. team, skydiver Fathom Harvill is approached by a Scottish colonel working for a top-secret Western agency. He's after a vital lost atomic device, and wants her... See full summary »
Leslie H. Martinson
Modesty Blaise, a secret agent whose hair color, hair style, and mod clothing change at a snap of her fingers is being used by the British government as a decoy in an effort to thwart a diamond heist. She is being set up by the feds but is wise to the plot and calls in sidekick Willie Garvin and a few other friends to outsmart them. Meanwhile, at his island hideaway, Gabriel, the diamond thief has his own plans for Blaise and Garvin. Written by
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Although Dirk Bogarde was very complimentary about Monica Vitti when this film was being made, he also claimed, in a radio interview of twenty-five years or so later, that she was the only one of his leading ladies whom he had disliked, saying that she was "beastly". See more »
The body of the mime killed by Mrs. Fothergill and thrown off the cliff is an obvious dummy. See more »
Many people consider Monica Vitti to have been the most appealing movie actress of the 60s-70s. Some of us would consider her to be the most radiantly beautiful, magnetically winsome film actress of all time. Modesty Blaise was her only English-language movie and it's a wonderful romp through the swinging-London era of the 60s. I don't believe there has been a film with more exuberant pop-art set decor and the movie would be worth seeing for the sets alone. L'Eclisse is considered to be her overall best film, but (1) it is in b/w, and (2) it is not currently available on DVD. Modesty Blaise is in gorgeous color and is very well transferred to DVD. Dirk Bogarde is also very good as the suave, James-Bond type villain.
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