Classe Tous Risques

The story begins and ends in the street. The protagonist first emerges from the crowd, wife and children in tow. By film’s end, he has vanished into the churning mass of pedestrians, utterly alone. In between, ...

Pépé le Moko

“Come weez me to zee Casbah!” This famous Hollywood misquote, and the amorous adventures of the animated skunk Pépé le Pew, might seem to constitute the only lasting bit of cultural fallout from Julien Duviv...

Stalker

I could go on and on about Tarkovsky. Thousands have.  Some directors seem made for critical fodder. Hitchcock, Welles, Ford, Kurosawa, and others in the cinematic pantheon have inspired an academic avalanch...

Knock on Any Door

“Knock on Any Door looks like a throwback to the socially conscious gangster movie of the 1930s… the resurrection of a dying genre.” - Bernard Eisenschitz (1) “In some respects, Knock on Any Door conforms to ...

Scandal

Shubun/Scandal was the final film legendary director Akira Kurosawa made before catapulting to international fame with Rashomon (1950). As such, it is a waypost that points both to the past and to the future in...
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Cat People

Cat People (1942 USA 73 mins) Prod Co: RKO Pictures Prod: Val Lewton Dir: Jacques Tourneur Scr: DeWitt Bodeen Phot: Nicholas Musuraca Ed: Mark Robson Art Dir: Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller Mus: ...
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Porky’s Duck Hunt

Porky's Duck Hunt (1937 USA 7 mins) Source: NFVLS Prod Co: Warner Bros. Prod: Leon Schlesinger Dir: Fred (Tex) Avery Anim: Virgil Ross, Robert Cannon, Robert Clampett (uncredited) Mus Dir: Carl W. Stalli...
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Wackiki Wabbit

Wackiki Wabbit (1943 USA 7 mins) Source: NFVLS Prod Co: Warner Bros. Prod: Leon Schlesinger Dir: Charles M. Jones Scr: Tedd Pierce (uncredited), Michael Maltese (uncredited) Story: Tedd Pierce Anim: Ken ...
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Hell’s Hinges

Hell's Hinges (1916 USA 64 mins) Source: NFVLS Prod Co: Kay-Bee Pictures/New York Motion Picture Corporation/Triangle Film Corporation Prod: Thomas H. Ince Dir: Charles Swickard (William S. Hart, Cliffor...