The great hypnotist Professor Montserrat has developed a technique for controlling the minds, and sharing the sensations, of his subjects. He and his wife Estelle test the technique on Mike... See full summary »
In Paris, a down and out medical student Johann Radek (Franchot Tone) is paid by Bill Kirby (Robert Hutton) to murder his wealthy aunt. A knife grinder (Burgess Meredith) is suspected, but ... See full summary »
A man occupies a position of trust with a merchant in an East Asian port. He's sacked when he's caught stealing, but he pretends to commit suicide and a captain he befriended agrees to take him to a secret trading post.
Greed, corruption, ignorance, and disease. Midsummer, 1349: the Black Death reaches northern Germany. Minstrels go to Hamelin for the Mayor's daughter's wedding to the Baron's son. He wants... See full summary »
Peter Cushing stars as a former priest who harbors a dark and horrible secret in his attic. The locked room serves as a prison cell for his crazed, cannibalistic adult son, who acquired his... See full summary »
Hugh Grant stars as a British engineer who becomes entangled in a forbidden romance with his Indian employer's eldest daughter. As their passion ignites, the East-meets-West clash of ... See full summary »
England, mid-1980s: Bill embarks on a dream-like odyssey around rural England, breaking into country houses, taking photos of anything that interests him, until he meets a mysterious woman ... See full summary »
Poland is under communist rule. An exiled Polish theater director is in England, enthusiastically preparing an abstract play which will criticize the authoritarian Polish government. His sons might not share his political views, though.
An obvious but unreined adaptation of Somerset Maugham's play "The Letter", directed in far more satisfactory fashion by William Wyler in 1940, this film features John Hurt as a First Secretary to the British Embassy in an unnamed East Asian British colony of 1948, manifestly patterned after post-war Malaya with its massive rubber plantations of that era. Hurt plays Nash, a randy office holder whose ruth for the King's misused Colonial subjects is hailed with a deafening thud by the plantation elite, chiefly embodied by Harry Rawlins (Jeremy Kemp), and who in addition finds time to languorously woo the young wife (Judy Bowker) of another plantation owner (simultaneously keeping a native mistress), all of which leads to murder and other unpleasantness. A strong impression is given that this is a work in progress, with director Don Boyd not knowing or caring quite what to make of the material at hand, with editing flaccid at best, a consistently obtrusive soundtrack (including some unintentionally humourous placement of songs), conventional handling of critical scenes, and with abrupt modifications upon characters' personalities enfeebling any logic which may be hiding within the script. Filmed entirely in Sri Lanka, much resembling Malaysia, which latter is laden to this day with East Indian workers imported by the English, the work is adequately cast, although Hurt is hindered by his lines, Bowker is far too unseamed and seraphic for her bitchy role, and perhaps the best actor of the cast, Anton Rodgers, has but sparse opportunity during his brief appearances to utilize his pungently dry manner.
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