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The Climber Starring Joe Dallesandro Now Available on Blu-ray From Arrow Video

The Climber (1976) is now available Blu-ray From Arrow Video

After shooting cult favorites Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula in Europe, Joe Dallesandro spent much of the seventies making movies on the continent. In France he worked with auteurs like Louis Malle and Walerian Borowczyk, and in Italy he starred in all manner of genre fare from poliziotteschi (Savage Three, Season for Assassins) to nunsploitation (Killer Nun).

The Climber follows in the tradition of gangster classics such as The Public Enemy and Scarface as it charts the rise and inevitable fall of small-time smuggler Aldo (Dallesandro). Beaten and abandoned by the local gang boss after he tries to skim off some profits for himself, Aldo forms his own group of misfits in order to exact revenge…

Written and directed by Pasquale Squitieri (Gang War in Naples, I Am the Law), The Climber is a prime example of Italian crime
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Death Waltz Announces The Guest, Killer Nun & Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers Vinyl

Announcing an April 28th release, Death Waltz has revealed stunning packages for soundtracks to last year’s The Guest, Giulio Berruti’s Killer Nun and Fred Olen Ray’s Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers. The terrific scores from Steve Moore (The Guest), Allesandro Allesandroni (Killer Nun) and Michael Perilstein (Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers) are paired with art from Alan Hynes, Gilles…

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Criterion Collection: Don’t Look Now | Blu-Ray Review

Criterion brings British auteur Nicolas Roeg’s most famous title to the fold, 1973’s enigmatic Don’t Look Now, a title that has influenced generations of filmmakers since its successful reception, and marks the director’s fifth title to be included in the illustrious collection. A refracted dreamscape of symbols and motifs, the film is a brooding jigsaw puzzle that doesn’t insist on answering all your questions, and happens to feature an unforgettable finale that’s lost none of its affect (despite providing iconic fodder for famed parodies, ranging from memorable bits in “Spaced” to “Absolutely Fabulous”).

After the drowning of their preadolescent daughter, Christine, in the backyard of their estate, John and Laura Baxter (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) take off for Venice, where John accepts a job to restore some mosaics in one of the city’s many dilapidated churches. However, once there, the couple is introduced
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Banned! 5 Films The British Censors Don’t Want You To See

The BBFC have undergone a period of liberalisation recently and infamous banned works that we thought we would never see distributed on these shores have arrived shiny new in their DVD cases. I had a shock to see SS Experiment Camp proudly on display in my local DVD retailers. Yes, we can finally watch some big name censor baiting treats such as Killer Nun and Night Train Murders (courtesy of our friends at Shameless Screen Entertainment).

However, censorship is still in place, and recently the BBFC has had to deal with a slew of torture based films in which torture is a major plot device or theme in the film. Such titles as both the Hostel and Saw franchises fall into this group. But both of these franchises, while offering the ghoulish appeal of torture, have the good grace to couch their films with both a plot and characterisation, thereby achieving grudging BBFC approval.
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Kevin Keller’s First Kiss, and a Eurovision Wrap-up

Birthday shoutouts go to Tony Goldwyn (above), who is 53, Jane Wiedlin is 55, Ted Allen is 48, and Mindy Cohn is 47. In ratings news, The Billboard Music Awards had its biggest ratings in ten years, and Celebrity Apprentice was down over 30% from last season’s finale. Can Marc Carson’s murder have as much impact as Matthew Shepard‘s? Congrats to Chely Wright and Lauren Blitzer, who have welcomed twins. Jesse Tyler Ferguson has a message for his old high school.

A waiting game in Illinois.

Keep ‘em coming, Bryan! I want to see Colossus next.

Love. This.

Kevin Keller is getting his first kiss, and you can thank One Million Moms! Bwa-Ha-Ha!

Eurovision wrapped up over the weekend, and the winner was Denmark, with “Only Teardrops,” by Emmelie De Forest. It was a sweet and safe choice, and not want I want from Eurovision.

Now compare that with the Romanian entry,
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Clip joint: nuns

Get back in the Clip joint habit and help us identify the saints and sinners of the cinematic sisterhood

This week's Clip joint is by writer Nia Jones, who blogs at serenwibglambassador.wordpress.com.

Think you can do better than Nia? If you've got an idea for a future Clip joint, send a message to adam.boult@guardian.co.uk

Films portrayals of nuns usually play on stereotypical perceptions of the holy sisterhood. Some forays have been comedic, some intensely dramatic, some inspiring, gruesomely nightmarish or even musical. Why are film-makers in the habit of making nuns the subject of their movies?

1. The Devils (1971)

The Devils tells the story of Father Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed), a 17th-century French priest who falls prey to the sexual obsessions of a nun, Sister Jeanne (Vanessa Redgrave). Containing gratuitous violent sexual acts, The Devils is a journey to the pits of depravity and a censorship minefield.
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Warner Archives Shares Devilish Anita Ekberg Pic

Warner Archives Shares Devilish Anita Ekberg Pic
I have so much love for Warner Bros. right now. Their whole Warner Archive project has been an absolute home run for fans, and it isn’t just ultra-rare titles finally seeing video. The studio has started sharing images from the past, joining Universal in culling the vaults to shed further light on favorite faces, films, and events.

Today, Warner shared this stunning shot of actress Anita Ekberg. No location or date is provided, other than a note that it is from the fifties, but it appears to be some sort of promotional event.

Ekberg is no stranger to the Famous Monsters set, having appeared in Abbott And Costello Go To Mars (’53), Screaming Mimi (’58), Way…Way Out (’66), Fangs Of The Living Dead (’69), The French Sex Murders (’71), The Killer Nun (’79).

Not major news, but a little something to make today even more beautiful than it already was. Thank you Warner!
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