7 DEADLY SINS (1962)-IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Seven directors each dramatize one of the seven deadly sins in a short film. In "Anger," a domestic argument over a fly in the Sunday soup escalates into nuclear war. In "Sloth," a movie star would rather pay someone to tie his shoe than bend over to do it himself, and he can't be bothered to accept a starlet's sexual favors. In "Gluttony," a peasant family on its way to the funeral of a relative who died from indigestion stops regularly to eat and drink en route, arriving in time to eat some more. In "Greed," a high-class prostitute refunds the price of a cadet's lottery ticket. In "Pride," an unfaithful wife finds reason to reform. And so on through lust and envy. Directors: Philippe de Broca ..(segment "La gourmandise"), Claude Chabro (segment "L'avarice"), Jacques Demy( segment "La luxure"), Sylvain Dhomme (segment "La colère"),Jean-Luc Godard (segment "La paresse"), Édouard Molinaro (segment "L'envie"), Roger Vadim (segment "L'orgueil"), Max Douy (co-director) (segment "La colère").
THE APARTMENT MURDERS (1982)-IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Directed by Marc Lobet, Cast: Anny Duperey ... Aurelia Maudru, Bernard Giraudeau ... Max Queryat. Based on the novel "Hotel Meuble" by Thomas Owen, this suspense thriller has a female police inspector Aurelia Maudru living in a baroque apartment house in Brussels, the site of a nasty murder. All the inspector's neighbors are suspects in the case, and she is hard-put to ferret out the reasons for the foul deed from among the building's strange inhabitants, including a death-obsessed undertaker and an aging photographer. As the suspense builds to the final scenes, the solution to who did it is as unusual as the residents of the building.
THE CONSPIRACY (1973)-IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director:René Gainville. Cast: Michel Bouquet, Michel Duchaussoy, Raymond Pellegrin, Jean Rochefort , Gabriele Tinti, Marina Vlady. By the early 1960s, the OAS is desperate to stop de Gaulle's freeing of Algeria. A small group, mostly from the military, steal weapons and rob a bank to prepare for a raid on Tulle prison to set General Challe free and spark civil war. OAS members within the police try to help their cause. The government appoints a mission director, Paraux, to track them down; he must work with the police, led by Lelong. The head of the secret OAS operation is Clavet, a decorated general. For him, it's a cause of honor, but he cannot control all OAS activities, and terrorist acts do occur. The police put the screws on informers and close in. Is there any honor in this losing cause?
THE FABULOUS TRINITY (1974)-IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBS FOR THE FIRST TIME, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director:Ignacio F. Iquino. Cast: Richard Harrison, Fernando Sancho, Fannie Grey. The three Trinidad brothers, accused of weapons smuggling, are imprisoned in a Mexican labor camp governed by the revolutionary Colonel Jiménez. Nora is a beautiful woman who, after making friends with Scott, a bounty hunter, goes with him to the Mexican prison, where she poses as the niece of the Trinidads, dazzles Jiménez with her flirtatiousness and manages to free the three brothers, whom she persuades to work under her orders in smuggling. The Trinidads head off in search of the shipment, while Scott learns of the large reward being offered for them and sets out to get it.
HOLOCAUST 2: THE REVENGE (1980)-PERFECT QUALITY LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director : Elo Panaccio, Stars : William Berger, Tina Aumont, Gordon Mitchell. 40 years have passed since the brutal atrocities were committed by the Nazis in the concentration camps during World War 2. But the memories of the horrible murders live on, as do many of the Nazis who are now hiding around the world. A secret group of Jewish activists band together and locate many of the doctors and solders and take vengeance upon these sadistic killers.
I AM CATERINA (1980)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director: Alberto Sordi, Cast: Edwige Fenech, Alberto Sordi and Catherine Spaak The story is about a manager who is tired both with his wife and his lover. In a travel to America he has the opportunity to buy Caterina, a antropomorphe robot that looks and acts like a maid. Alberto is so fond of this robot that will bump his wife, his lover and even his southamerican maid. But slowly it will show the construction mistake in Caterina. It can feel love and she falls with Alberto. She gets jealous and menaces Alberto. He will be forced to live with his robot as his new wife witnessing that love goes beyond anything (a la Blade Runner in a certain sense) and it was himself the real problem in the relationships with the real women. This movie is great in plot and acting and it's also one of the best directing efforts of Alberto Sordi. His acting is above his average of end of 70's and the themes of the movie are well developed and presented with a mild taste and with lot of finesse. I really like this movie and it's bittersweet finale is very nice to see.
IT PAYS TO MAKE LOVE WELL (1975)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, UNCUT LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director: Pasquale Festa Campanile. Cast: Fans of Agostina Belli, Eleonora Giorgi and Monica Strebel wil be in heaven over this one! I have seen WAY too many bad Italian sex comedies, so it's always nice to see one that is relatively clever, satirical, and entertaining (without skimping on the naked Euro-lovelies that make even some of the bad ones worthwhile). During a worldwide energy shortage, a scientist (Gigi Proietti) is trying to harvest the power of sexual passion as an energy source. He is ably, um, assisted by his two gorgeous nurses (Eleanora Giorgi and Adriana Asti), but he seems to get his best results from a couple (Agostina Belli and Christian De Sica), who end up in a hospital room together after they are both injured and whisked away by the scientist's fake ambulance. Both are married to other people, however, so their relationship does not go very smoothly. The movie takes the usual satirical swipes at Catholicism--the slender Belli has a laughably ridiculous number of kids, and the whole project becomes embroiled in the typical Vatican intrigue.
THE ODYSSEY (1968)-FINALLY, ALL 8 EPISODES IN PERFECT QUALITY AND REAL ENGLISH SUBS!! THIS COMES 2 EPISODES TO A DVD FOR A TOTAL OF 4. SPECIAL PRICE OF $35. Released as an 8-hour miniseries (it was a ratings hit in Europe) and shot on location in Tuscany and Yugoslavia with great attention to detail. The scenes look just as the Greeks might have pictured them, with minimal modern intrusions. Among its greatest episodes is Ulysses' encounter with the one-eyed cannibal giant Polyphemus—a triumph of imagination and effects work by Mario Bava. Franco Rossi's Hades is no ordinary purgatory either: its spirits stripped of both body and soul, and they know it. A chilling, ominous netherworld, and when Ulysses meets his dead mother, it becomes the setting of a great scene. And the climax is a stunner. Sweet pagan wrath—it's no Christian reckoning! Ulysses' bloodlust is as satisfying as the moment he accepts the elders' peace. Bekim Fehmiu is a scheming, active, engaging Ulysses, a warrior navigating peacetime and homesickness, and a plaything of the gods. And Irene Papas is a magnificent Penelope, warding off a revolting gang of suitors. It's an amazing work overall. In its scope and what it sets out to do, it may be unparalleled.
THE PERFECT KILLER (1977)-NOT ONLY FINALLY LETTERBOXED BUT UNCUT AS WELL WITH 5 EXTRA MINUTES OF BRUTALITY! Director: Mario Siciliano. Cast: Lee Van Cleef, Carmen Cevera, John Ireland, Robert Widmark, Fernando Sancho. Betrayed by his girl and best friend, thief Harry Chapman (Lee Van Cleef) takes the fall for a racetrack robbery. While in prison, he is offered a chance to participate in an escape plan. What he doesn't know is that once he is on the outside, the group responsible for the prison break has Harry in their debt and they use him as a hit-man. Naturally, he grows tired of the job and splits because he is hellbent on getting revenge on the former partners. So the mob puts young hit-man Luc (Robert Widmark) on Harry's trail.
THE PIMP (1961)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director:Ugo Tognazzi. Ugo Tognazzi, Ilaria Occhini, Margrete Robsahm, Mario Carotenuto. The film concerns Stefano's relationships with three women. There is a colleague at work who constantly resists his advances with the oh-so typical 'I'm not saying yes and I'm not saying no'. He meets a tart pretending to be a nurse with whom his friendship results in his being wrongly labelled 'a gigolo' by both the police and a gang of pimps. The final irony is that having been chased by a rich widow he ends up working as an employee in her supermarket, thereby becoming literally 'a kept man'. In the final scene we witness his anger and frustration boil over.Tognazzi has cast this well and especially of note is Ilaria Occhini as the manipulative tart.
QUIET IS THE NIGHT (1978)-INPOLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director:Tadeusz Chmielewski. A young man is finishing school and wants to go on to a sailing trip with his wealthy school chums, but his father, a great detective nearing retirement, wants him to enter a serious profession. The two are unable to communicate, and that problem is one of the two stories of the film. The second concerns the father's frustrated attempt to catch a serial killer , the first such criminal he has encountered in an illustrious career. The son's growing frustration with his father's lack of respect leads him to decide to compete with his father in tracking down the killer - without his father's knowledge. This section of the film is beautifully filmed with long sequences of following the main suspect during snowy nights. The ending is one of the most powerful in cinema, with the son and father confronting each other over the killer and their own flaws. On my second viewing, a young woman screamed out "NO!" during the ending, and that best sums up its impact.
SWEDISH GIRLS IN PARIS (1962)-IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBS. Director: Barbro Boman, Peter Weiss. When Peter Weiss, Staffan Lamm, Johnny Samuelsson and Gustaf Mandal sat in a train to Stockholm from Malmö, during the production of the film Hägringen, they were accompanied by a bunch of young Swedish girls, who were obviously on their way home from a longer stay in Paris. The girls spoke openly and loud about their different experiences, both in terms of practical circumstances and erotic adventures, in the French capital. What impact this conversation between the Swedish girls on their way home from Paris may have had on Peter Weiss' imagination one can only speculate. In any case, Weiss would less than two years later engage in a film project in Paris, which in in the end would just get the title Swedish girls in Paris.
TOUGH TO KILL (1979)-ANOTHER ONE APPEARING UNCUT FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH 10 EXTRA MINUTES, LETTERBOXED PRINT! Director: Joe D'Amato, Cast: Luc Merenda, Donal O'Brien, and Lorenza Rodriguez. A finished version of an abandoned 1970 Alain Delon production entitled Crepa padrone, crepa tranquillo (a line which, once effectively translated, can be heard towards the finale of D'Amato's version), TOUGH TO KILL finds Luc Merenda as a high-profile mob assassin who lands somewhere in D'Amato's Dominican Republic of Africa in order to find his target, who has hidden himself within an outfit of psychotic white mercenaries masquerading as military men, led by none other than the great Donal(d) O'Brien himself. The vastly underrated Percy Hogan and Wolfango Soldati (as a Polish pianist-turned-killer named Polansky!) turn in equally memorable performances. Laurence Stark, Piero Vida, Isarco Ravaioli, Alessandro Haber, and Lorenza Rodriguez Lopez (in her only known credited role) also appear.
VERSATILE LOVERS (1970)-IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBS. Director: Pierre Chenal, CAST: Marissa Mell, Robert Hossein, Ettore Manni. Isabelle (Marisa Mell) runs a nursing home for wealthy women who are trying to detox from their various obsessions. Her lover, Serge Belaiev (Robert Hossein), a petty gangster, has pulled off a big hit but his partners have denounced him to the police in order to appropriate his share of the loot. Isabelle takes him in and hides him in an attic of this strange house. In love with Isabelle, Philippe Lansac (Alberto Dalbes), the owner of the place, decides to close the castle.
WHITE SLAVE (1985)-FIRST TIME FOR THIS JESUS FRANCO FILM TO APPEAR WITH ENGLISH SUBS! Cast: Lina Romay, Mabel Escano, Yvonne Manuel. Mary and Oliver decide to go on safari for their honeymoon. The expedition's guide and his lover lay a trap for the newlyweds because there is a tribe who will exchange diamonds for young girls to sacrifice. The police are on the trail of the guide because of the strange dissapearances of young women in the area. Mary and Oliver have a number of adventures, and there's another group interested in the diamonds...
FANTABULOUS (1968)-IN ITALIAN AND FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH ENGLISH SUBS! Director: Sergio Spina. Cast: Richard Harrison, Judi West, Adolfo Celi. Ordinary Richard Vernon gets captured by a secret scientific organization to become a Superman that they hope to sell to the highest bidding country. This superman has only one flaw. SEX! When he sees his girlfriend Deborah, he short circuits and refuses to obey the commands of Adolfo Celi and his gang.
VULCANO (1950)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS. Director:William Dieterle. STARS:
ANNA MAGNANI, ROSSANO BRAZZI, GERALDINE BROOKS.Why isn't this movie better known? The principal actors and actresses are superbly believable; the intertwining of fact and fiction, place and personality, the era and its mōres are woven together as the finest cloth. It is one of those astonishing black and white films that feels like it is in color -- the dark and varied shades of emotions that run through the characters like fire and water, salt and hot seasoning. Plus it is deeply and deliciously melodramatic -- in the finest sense of this word: people drawn as figures who are good or bad & not without the possibility of rich, grey shading; sharp characterization deepened from two-dimensional cameo to three- dimensional sculpture; dialogue with strong emotional appeal and a plot driven by the determinism of forces larger than mere humanity.