Even under the heavy censorship of 1946 Hollywood, Lana Turner and John Garfield's libidinous desires burn up the screen in Tay Garnett's adaptation of James M. Cain's torrid crime melodrama. Platinum blond Turner is Cora, a restless sexpot stuck in a roadside diner married to mundane middle-aged fry cook Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway) when handsome drifter Frank (Garfield) blows her way. It's lust at first sight, a rapacious desire that neither can break off, and before long they're plotting his demise--but in the wicked world of Cain nothing is that easy. Garnett's visual approach is subdued compared to the more expressionistic film noir of the period, but he's at no loss when he films the luminous Turner in her milky-white wardrobe. She radiates repressed sexuality and uncontrollable passion while Garfield's smart-talking loner Frank mixes street-smart swagger and scrappy toughness with vulnerability and sincere intensity. Co-star Hume Cronyn cuts a cold, calculating figure as their conniving lawyer, a chilly character that only increases our feelings for the murderous couple, victims of an all-consuming amour fou that drives their passions to extremes. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com
The Emperor Waltz (Dir. Billy Wilder 1948): A rare musical comedy for Wilder it stars Bing Crosby as Virgil H. Smith a phonograph salesman plying his wares in turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna. Believing that if he's able to sell a phonograph to Emperor Franz Joseph I the rest of Austria will soon follow his example Virgil attempts to gain access to the man. After he's refused admission to the palace by guards who believe the phonograph to be a bomb he meets Countess Johan
Bijou is a beautiful man-eating cabaret singer in the South Seas who travels from one island saloon to another - usually wreaking havoc on the female-starved clientele. Then she falls in love with dashing and unsuspecting Naval officer Dan Brent. As their romance blossoms Dan proposes marriage to Bijou. The Navy brass knowing Bijou's disreputable past try to convince her to reconsider marrying Dan to save his promising career.
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Titles Comprise: Lolita: Humbert is smitten. He plans to marry Charlotte Haze. That way he'll always be close to his dear one - Charlotte's precocious daughter! Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick explores the theme of sexual obsession (a subject he would revisit 37 years later in Eyes Wide Shut) with this darkly comic and deeply moving version of Vladimir Nabokov's novel. James Mason plays devious deluded Humbert: wedded to needy Charlotte (Shelley Winters); rivaled by the ubiquitous Clare Quilty (chameleonlike Peter Sellers); and enraptured to his gelatinous core by the blithe teen (Sue Lyon) with that lovely lyrical lilting name - Lolita! The Postman Always Rings Twice: When Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway) hires drifter Frank (John Garfield) to work as a handyman at his roadside diner he unwittingly sets in motion a chain of events that will lead to his own murder. Nick's beautiful wife Cora (Lana Turner) persuades her lover Frank to join her in a plot to kill her husband but events spin out of control as the suspense builds in this tale of lust and immorality... Dangerous Liaisons: The game of conquest is underway. Anything goes when a predatory wealthy widow (Glenn Close) challenges a notorious rake (John Malkovich) to seduce a beautiful young newlywed (Michelle Pfeiffer). But this time a cardinal rule will be broken: two players will fall in love - with tragic results. This acclaimed winner of three Academy Awards boasts grand 18th century without missing a beat.
Tony Garnett one of British television's most controversial and celebrated figures is responsible for producing some of the most politically radical UK drama and is associated with some of the most ground-breaking work with director Ken Loach. His directorial debut Prostitute is the tale of two women - Sandra (Eleanor Forsythe) an ambitious but na''ve Birmingham working girl who moves to London with the hopes of securing wealthier patrons and Louise (Kate Crutchley) her social worker friend who is fighting to change the antiquated and hypocritical prostitution laws. As both women try to reach their goals a cold dose of reality dashes their hopes and the built-in biases against women in society are unmasked.
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