The Goddess (Shen nu – China 1934) Director Yonggang Wu | DP Hong Weilie One of the masterpieces of the silent cinema starring the legendary Chinese actress Ruan Lingyu, is a fatalistic story of entrapment and futility, which presages French poetic realism. The film is a profound and mesmerising critique of greed and bourgeois hypocrisy, … [Read more…]
Stray Dog (aka Nora inu) 1949 Director Akira Kurosawa | DP Asakazu Nakai Akira Kurosawa’s 10th film directly inspired by Jules Dassin’s The Naked City (1948), explores the nether world of post-WW2 Japan in a story that parallels the American noir theme of the returning soldier’s re-integration into civilian society. The different responses of two … [Read more…]
Las Vegas Shakedown (1955) “PUSHOVERS…They tried to escape their destiny, but the odds were against them! GUNSELS…Trigger-happy, they believed in making every bullet count…it might be their last!“
Call Northside 777 (1948) Director Henry Hathaway | DP Joe MacDonald Newspaper noir…
The Sniper (1952) Director Edward Dmytryk | DP Burnett Guffey The pathology and anger of a sharp-shooting psychopath on a killing-spree explored with chilling veracity.
Endless Desire (Hateshinaki yokubo 1958 Japan) Director Shohei Imamura | DP Joji Ohara Dark satire on greed punished by relentless fate. Bravura direction and cinematography, with hip 50s jazz score.
Impulse (1990) Director Sondra Locke. DP Dean Semler. Theresa Russell as undercover cop Lottie Mason at corner of Sunset Boulevard & Las Palmas Avenue.