Germany in the early 1930s. Against the backdrop of the Nazis' rise, Hermann Hermann, a Russian émigré and chocolate magnate, goes slowly mad. It begins with his seating himself in a chair ... See full summary »
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Ghost is an ideological musician who would rather play his blues in the park to the birds than compromise himself. However, when he meets and falls in love with beautiful singer Jess ... See full summary »
Anthology film from three European directors based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe: a cruel princess haunted by a ghostly horse, a sadistic young man haunted by his double, and a alcoholic actor haunted by the Devil.
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 »
A spy satire from Joseph Losey? Losey's films are always rich in texture but are completely alienating. His askewed vision--usually defended by the intelligentsia set--leaves viewers out of the mix, and one is left to ponder what the hell he was trying to say. "Modesty Blaise" is, sadly, no different. Loosely-structured (to say the least), the plot has something to do with curvy thief-turned-secret agent protecting diamond shipment from a mama's boy villain. James Bond fanatics won't find much to bond with here: film's trick cuts and mod settings cannot detract from limply-staged, perplexing puzzle of a "comedy". In the lead, Monica Vitti is an intriguing presence but she has no music in her voice (in fact, she sounds dubbed). Director Losey was in way over his head here, and he drags everyone down with the ship. * from ****
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