Kidnap Syndicate (La Citta Sconvolta: Caccia Spietata Ai Rapitori) (1975)

FERNANDO DI LEO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Italy, 1975.  Cinemaster S.r.l..  Story by Galliano Juso, Screenplay by Fernando Di Leo, Ernesto Gastaldi, Nicola Manzari.  Cinematography by Erico Menczer.  Produced by Galliano Juso.  Music by Luis Bacalov.  Production Design by Francesco Cuppini.  Costume Design by Maria Luisa Panaro.  Film Editing by Sergio Montanari.   Exciting update of High and Low, this time shockingly based on a … More Kidnap Syndicate (La Citta Sconvolta: Caccia Spietata Ai Rapitori) (1975)

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Homage To Chagall: The Colours of Love

BBB (out of 5) The paintings of Marc Chagall have been deservedly celebrated for the colour and passion contained within their borders, and this sweet tribute gives some background to his vast body of work.  Chagall himself appears on screen, often with his delightful wife Valentina Brodsky who translates for him on camera, as he explains his … More Homage To Chagall: The Colours of Love

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The Wicked Lady (1945)

BBB (out of 5) Juicy melodrama from Gainsborough Pictures that once again shows off star Margaret Lockwood to great effect.  Lockwood plays a beautiful woman with dark purpose who steals her best friend’s lover in 17th century England and plunges him into a miserable marriage, he because he quickly realizes his error and she because she … More The Wicked Lady (1945)

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Bigger Than Life

BBB (out of 5) A happily married schoolteacher (James Mason) is beset by pain and forced to see a doctor about it; he discovers that he has a rare form of nerve disease that will kill him very soon unless drastic measures are taken. His doctors decide to experiment with the brand-spanking-new medicine cortisone but … More Bigger Than Life

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Odd Man Out

BBBB (out of 5) IRA man James Mason participates in a robbery that goes sour when he accidentally shoots and kills a man while trying to get away with the loot. While his friends make it back to their safe house, Mason wanders the streets of Belfast wounded and delirious, trying to hide from the authorities, … More Odd Man Out

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Age Of Consent (1969)

MICHAEL POWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Australia, 1969.  Nautilus Productions.  Screenplay by Peter Yeldham, based on the novel by Norman Lindsay.  Cinematography by Hannes Staudinger.  Produced by James Mason, Michael Powell.  Music by Stanley Myers, Peter Sculthorpe.  Production Design by Dennis Gentle.  Costume Design by Anna Senior.  Film Editing by Anthony Buckley.   James Mason co-produced this gorgeously sunny tale of love and art … More Age Of Consent (1969)

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Caught

BBB (out of 5) Barbara Bel Geddes graduates from car-hop to salesgirl model after a rigorous course of charm school. Reluctantly agreeing to attend the party of a millionaire (Robert Ryan) on a yacht, and everything that that implies, she finds herself in the way of the host and puts her charm school training to use. … More Caught

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