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The Drowning (2017) Directed by Bette Gordon Opens May 10 at IFC Center Based on Pat Barker’s dark novel Border Crossing, Bette Gordon’s ambitious psychological thriller The Drowning opens with an intentionally truncated (ergo enigmatic) scene in which psychiatrist Tom Seymour (Josh Charles), on a romantic seaside walk with his wife Lauren (Julia Stiles), saves a young man, Danny Miller, from drowning himself in a river. As they thrash in the water, Danny seems sadly resistant, Tom...
Private Property (1960) Directed by Leslie Stevens Leslie Stevens’s rediscovered rough diamond Private Property, shot over five days for $59,000, marks a hinge point in American film. It harks back to the noirs of the 1950s and looks forward to the more winking and psychologically probing crime films of the 1970s and 1980s broadly informed by Hitchcock, to whom Stevens pays tribute with an arch one-liner. In the predatory Southern California drifters Duke and Boots—Corey Allen...

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