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Night Games (1966) Directed by Mai Zetterling Considered so controversial that it had to be shown to the 1966 Venice Film Festival jury in private, Night Games still packs an abrasive edge fifty years later, replete with madcap orgies, credible vomiting, and a celebratory stillbirth. Jan (Keve Hjelm) escorts his blindfolded fiancée (Moica Zetterlund) to the mansion of his childhood, uncorking a series of flashbacks ruled by his narcissistic mother (played by the crassly seductive...
Beat the Devil (1953) Directed by John Huston Like in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Humphrey Bogart is a globe-trotting fortune hunter out to plunder the developing world like a Conrad antihero who grew up playing stickball—here, he and dreamy-divine wife Gina Lollobrigida are en route to a shady uranium fortune somewhere in Africa. Like in The Maltese Falcon, he’s racing for his MacGuffin in unfriendly competition with a seedy gallery of expatriate character actors...
Will You Dance With Me? (1984) Directed by Derek Jarman Time is deeply, movingly sunk in Will You Dance With Me?, some early experimental footage Jarman shot for for a film by Ron Peck, over 30 years ago. Snaring early-80s hairdos, dance moves, and smudgey barlight, slowed down to spirited, half-haunting will-o'-the-wisps by his Olympus VHS camcorder, Jarman prowls, queries, and dances across Benjy’s, a gay club in the Mile End district of East London....
A Bucket of Blood (1959) Directed by Roger Corman Before he gallivanted into the world of Edgar Allan Poe, Corman made this hysterical, grim comedy highlighting his distaste for the art world and obsession with the macabre. The immortal Dick Miller stars as hapless Walter Paisley, the busboy who wants nothing more than to be accepted by the chichi bohemians at The Yellow Door Cafe. After the slaughter of his landlady’s cat, Paisley creates an avant-garde...

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