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LAST KNOWN ADDRESS (1970)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. Excellent French thriller/cop film by Jose Giovanni. A veteran police inspector (Lino Ventura) is reprimanded after killing a youth who goes on a murderous killing spree. He is sent to a provincial police station where he is helped by his assistant (Marlene Jobert) in solving local crimes. As the duo embarks on a witness search, they begin to develop feelings for one another.

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LAW OF SURVIVAL (1967)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. Stars Alexandra Stewart and Michel Constantin. Stan, an adventurer, comes back to Corsica to visit a friend's grave. In an isolated house, he meets an enigmatic woman who seems to be forced into prostitution and decides to help her out...'La loi du survivant' is adapted from the same José Giovanni's novel as Les aventuriers. It seems that Giovanni was quite disappointed that Robert Enrico chose to keep only about half of the material in the book. Thus the decision to make another movie with the other half...The movie itself is not flawless but it remains a very effective crime/drama. It's also a less mainstream movie than 'Les aventuriers' where you can really feel the uncompromising and very particular moral code Giovanni had. Giovanni was an ex-gangster and an ex-con (once sentenced to death then pardoned) and it is certainly something you can feel here...  

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MONSTER OF FLORENCE (1985)-In German with english subs, letterboxed print. Nice looking print of this disturbing truth based story of a serial killer who haunted Florence. Gory & nasty giallo, based on the real-life killings that shocked Italy! The killer here enjoys slaying couples that make love inside cars. This is actually one of the 2 films which were made at the same year (the other one is THE KILLER IS STILL AMONG US!) with the intention to exploit those shocking murders! Needless to say these films prompted anger from the victims' families. Cesare Ferrario's "Il Monstro Di Firenze" aka. "The Monster Of Florence is at times pretty confusing, the killer's motivations seem a bit far-fetched, and the acting is definitely not the best, but, as far as I am considered, this movie also has its qualities. The movie is quite creepy at times, and although it's certainly not the most suspenseful thing ever brought to screen, it has a certain eerie atmosphere, which is intensified by a pretty cool score. Several gruesome murders of young couples have occurred around Florence since 1968. In 1985, when this series of murders has not yet come to an end, Writer Andreas Ackermann (Leonard Mann) is currently writing a book about the killings, and therefore works on some kind of psychological profile of the mysterious psychopath...

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OPERATION LEOPARD (1980)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. May 1978 The mining town of Kolwezi in Katanga, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo, the former Belgian Congo) is under attack from a group of communist guerillas coming from nearby Angola. The Europeans who work for the Belgian mining company and the Blacks who live in the town are taken as hostages by the invaders, who start a blood bath, shooting Europeans as well as Africans. Many of the Europeans being French, the French decide to organize a counter-attack, and to send a Regiment of Paratroopers from the Foreign Legion. The movie follows the stories of Delbart, a former non-commissioned officer, who was about to go back to France with his African wife and his child, Damrémont, who was Delbart's replacement, Bia, a Zairian doctor, and Annie, an American married to a Belgian engineer as well as Non com Legion officer Federico and the French Ambassador and the Military Attaché.Interestingly enough, this movie was directed by Raoul Coutard who is better known as a cinematographer. Coutard only directed three movies "Hoa Bin" (made in 1970 in South Viet-Nam), "La légion..." and "SAS à San Salvador", an action movie), he is best known as Jean-Luc Godard's director of photography (his collaboration was essential in all Godard's 60s movies, from "A bout de souffle" to "Week-end") but he also worked with Truffaut and several lesser known new wave director, whose movies were all produced by Georges de Beauregard without whom no new wave movie would have been made. But Beauregard also made Pierre Schoendorffer's movies, the best known being "La 317è section", a documentary-like movie about a group of soldiers in the Indochina war which featured both Bruno Cremer and Jacques Perrin who were in all the Schoendorffer movies which followed -all about the military-. Cremer (who'll become a tv star plaing Maigret) and Jacques Perrin are also in "La légion". Coutard actually started his cinematographer's career with Schoendorffer's first movies at the end of the 50s. Obviously Coutard did not share Godard's political view and was much closer to Schoendorffer politically. Mimsy Farmer replaced Jean Seberg who had started shooting the movie when she committed suicide.

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Le Navire Etoile aka Star Ship (1962)-In French with english subs, B&W.  Tubb's best known standalone novel is The Space-Born (1956), which started life as a serial for New Worlds Science Fiction magazine entitled 'Star Ship'. An acknowledged masterpiece of the 'generational starship' story, the book tells of a society who are the sixteenth generation of the original crew of a vast starship on a three hundred year journey to Pollux from Earth. The plot centers on a protagonist whose job is to eliminate anyone who has become a burden to the society, through ill health, mental instability or old age - specifically anyone over 40. This was supposedly  the VERY FIRST FRENCH TV FILM. It was performed LIVE AND DIRECT on french TV (although a few scenes were shot in advance, it seems) so it is a bit of a sci-fi theater play.

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YOUNG SEDUCERS (1971)-Letterboxed print. Erwin C. Dietrich "report" style film which shows young women exhibiting their sexual urges in all types of situations. Stars Ingrid Steeger, Evelyne Traeger, Rena Bergen, Kathrin Heberle, Margit Cizek, Claus Jurichs & Wolf Fuchs. In the most memorable scene of this movie, German sex star Ingrid Steeger plays a mini-skirt clad, lollipop-sucking "princess" who likes to sit on "peas", especially really big ones. She sits on one guy's "pea" during a crowded--and very bumpy--bus ride, and, understandably smitten, the guy follows her off the bus and into the woods for some (more) sex.

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Alone Against Rome (1962)-Letterboxed print. Director: Luciano Ricci, Cast: Lang Jeffries ... Brenno, Rossana Podestà ... Fabiola, Philippe Leroy ... Silla, Gabriele Tinti ... Goruk. A Roman Consul, on his way to fight a border war, stations a garrison of soldiers in a provincial town. The townspeople aren't happy with this situation but decide it's in their best interests to cooperate. However, the Tribune left in charge of the garrison proves to be cruel and demanding. He takes over a house for his own use and forces his attentions on Fabiola, the owner's daughter. She reluctantly submits in order to protect the life of her lover, Brenno, who's already been publicly whipped and who's been hauled off to the local arena to provide sport for Roman gladiators. Soon, Brenno and Fabiola's brother are organizing a resistance which will put an end to the Tribune's reign of tyranny.

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Dam On The Yellow River (1960)-Letterboxed print. Director: Renzo Merusi, Cast: Anita Ekberg, Georges Marchal, Franca Bettoia, George Wang. Georges Marchal as a renegade journalist in China, who discovers a Communist plot to blow up a large dam, which would kill thousands of civilians.  While covering the plot, he meets up with a missionary (played by Anita Ekberg), and together they work to thwart the scheme.  But they must also evade the Asian assassin Wong (played by George Wang), who tries to have them killed. This movie shows several aspects of China's civil war, people fleeing their homes, the missions have been evacuated, and in the midst of this explosion of violence, trains are attacked. In a last train that gets out, Anita Ekberg, surrounded by nuns, is devoted to the care of refugees. In the train there is also a journalist, who's risking his life on the front in search of a sensational story.  That last train is also the scene of a series of acts of espionage and sabotage, by various revolutionary groups. When the train cannot proceed, because of the bombing, nuns, nurses, journalist and head of the Chinese revolutionaries, find refuge in a temple, where they mend the wounded.

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 Emma, puertas oscuras (1974)-In Spanish with english subs, letterboxed print. After a terrible accident,  a young psychotic girl Emma stays in a psychiatric hospital. Emma is released from the mental hospital after she becomes involved with a lesbian nurse. She then murders  the nurse after she goes back to her husband, who's also brutally slashed to death with a razor. The girl's mother tries to hide her from the cops, but is stabbed to death as well. The finale of "Emma,puertas oscuras" takes place in an abandoned and gloomy mansion. Interesting and well-directed psycho-slasher made by Jose "Vampyres" Larraz. Some calculated and gory giallo-like stabbings,nudity and grim atmosphere make this obscurity worth checking out. There are some interesting and suspenseful stalk-and-slash sequences in "Emma,puertas oscuras", so if you are a fan of Castilian crimson give this rarity a chance.

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Everybody Wants to Kill Me (1957)- In French with english subs, letterboxed print. Written & directed by Henri Decoin. Cast: François Périer ... Paul, le directeur de la prison, Peter van Eyck ... Cyril Gad, Anouk Aimée ... Isabelle, Darío Moreno ... Luigi Falconi, Eleonora Rossi Drago ... Odette, la femme du directeur The holdup of the bank is a success. All happened according to plan. Now, Cyril Gad and his four accomplices must secure an alibi. What better place than a prison cell? As a result the five gangsters have themselves arrested on minor charges and start waiting until they are released. Unfortunately three of them die mysteriously, another one is openly murdered. The only man still alive, Tony, is scared. Easy to understand why...

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The Falling Man (1968)-Beautiful widescreen print! This is one of the lesser-known films by Emilio P. Miraglia and deserves to be seen. Henry Silva is a police inspector. A gang of robbers killed his son and he is accused of having killed a police informer and is kicked out of the Department. He will have to do all by himself to discover the truth. Despite a rather mundane plot this film is valid, there are some nice intriguing and violent scenes and anticipates the italian wave of the bad cops of the 70s. Stars Henry Silva, Beba Loncar, Keenan Wynn, Carlo Palmucci, Pier Paolo Capponi, Luciano Rossi, Larry Dolgin, Charlene Polite, Bob Molden.

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Heat Of the Flame (1976)-Letterboxed print.  Starring Antonio Ferrandis, Elli Maclure, and Antonio Mayans. A Young Woman is married to a much older man , she is not happy as there's something missing in her life.Meanwhile a Masked Rapist is attacking women in the area , One day she is attacked in the woods , the rapist takes her to his log cabin and rapes her ...... and  she enjoys it !!!!! Spanish Giallo thriller directed by Rafael Romero Marchent.

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 Ibiza, Sun And Sin (1969_-In Dutch with english subs, letterboxed. B&W print.  Director: Roeland Kerbosch. TV reporter Armand Laqueue travels to Ibiza and gets caught up in a world of loose women and drug smugglers. Lots of nudity and double crosses in this one that reminded me of the sleazy crime films of Jose Benazaref.

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 Isabella Duchess of the devil (1969)-Rare letterboxed print!  An Alsacian Baron massacres the family of a French Duke, and takes his lands, and his title. Isabella, the Duke's baby child, escapes the massacre, is raised by gypsies, and comes back twenty years later to exact revenge. This is an adaptation of a "fumetti", which were basically adult, (usually erotic) comic books popular in Europe in the 1960's and 70's. Brigitte Skay stars (and is nude and tortured a lot!) in this outstanding adaptation of the Italian adult comic. Directed by Bruno Corbucci. This is an excellent translation to the big screen of the very first Italian erotic comic book, dated 1966, by Sandro Angiolini, narrating the adventures of the young and beautiful Isabella and her path of vengeance against the evil Baron who killed her parents a few years before. The movie is a very good mix of the elements that made the success for this kind of adult comics books, part eroticism - often with sadistic overtones - part fighting, part torture, part laughs. The movie is a good rendition of the comic books feeling, with several nude and erotic scenes - it could be considered almost hardcore in 1969.

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Jesuit Joe (1991) In french with english subs, letterboxed print. Set in Western Canada in the early 1900s, an Indian half-breed returns to his native homeland to find his lost heritage. Feature from the comic strips of Hugo Pratt. We are in Western Canada in the first decade of the twentieth century.  A vulture (voiced by Jean-Pierre Kalfon) narrates the tale of Jesuit Joe, a Franco-Mohawk halfbreed who dons the red coat of a Mountie killed by bandits and wears it like his own uniform. His sister had been forced into prostitution by some men of white skin, igniting Joe's implacable vengeance. Obsessed by an unlimited thirst for the absolute as a result of a badly directed religious education, Jesuit Joe (Peter Tarter) commits a series of violent murders, apparently senseless, but all centering upon a kind of rigid Calvinist retribution. Captain Fox (John Walsh) puts himself on the trail of this strange "policeman" who seems to make his own justice. On the road there will be other surprises. In his film, director Olivier Austen stays true to the spirit of Hugo Pratt. Fans of the rather grim "comic" book will recall Joe paddling his canoe through a pristine morning. Listening to a bird singing on a branch, Joe smiles and… blam! "Too much joy in these woods." Throughout the film Jesuit Joe remains an ambiguous character who does not hesitate to save a white baby but kills ruthlessly his own kin. The ending is also ambiguous.

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THE ODYSSEY PART 7 & 8 (1969)-In Italian with english subs. Odysseus' journey told in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. After fighting in the Trojan War, Odysseus spends years trying to return home to Ithaca. Irene Pappas stars.

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METELLO (1970)- In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Metello struggles to escape from the poverty that led to the premature death of his parents, and that is the lot of the working class in northern Italy during the second half of the 19th century. Metello fights his way out from his condition through hard work, a determined will to resist oppression inherited from his father, but also by taking advantage of his good looks when dealing with women. Metello progressively assumes an important role in the organization of an emerging workers movement, and attempts to conciliate his risky political activities with his private life. Directed by Mauro Bolognini, score by Ennio Morricone and starring Tina Aumont, Massimo ranieri, and Lucia Bose. One of the classics of 70s Italian cinema.

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A Mother's Heart (1969)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print.  One strange film by Salvatore Samperi with an awesome score by Ennio Morricone. After watching this film, you will be muttering" What in the Fuck have I just seen?" The protagonist is a divorced mother (Carla Gravina, still best-known perhaps for playing the possessed lead in THE ANTICHRIST [1974]) of three who may or may not be a mute; we're never actually told, but the fact remains that she doesn't utter a single word during the course of the film (and yet people around her seem to act as if awaiting her reply)! While the children are cared for by a cantankerous old maid, she works at a bookshop - however, the heroine's also involved somehow with a group of revolutionaries. Incidentally, the kids are far more knowledgeable than their years (in the very opening scene, they're engaged in "professional' tattooing on each other!) - the eldest, in particular, is himself keen on politics and bio-chemistry (he's obsessed with firing a rocket); it was amusing but, at the same time, weird to hear him accuse his three year-old sibling of being a Communist (which the latter vehemently denies)! Things get even more out of hand: as the mother drifts farther away from her job (eventually being sacked) and duty at home into outright terrorism, the kids come up with their own violent games - first by killing their pet cat when, as passenger of the rocket during its test flight, the launch backfires and the rocket explodes; then, when the toddler is tragically drowned in the bath-tub! During the funeral (also attended by the father - an underused Philippe Leroy - and his new companion, who's actually good friends with Gravina!), the eldest son sadistically reads aloud from an encyclopedia the effects of such a terrible death. Later on, after the remaining kids spend some time with Dad (only to embarrass him in front of guests by playing a clandestine recording of his love-making the night before!), the sister also perishes at the hands of her intellectual sibling via a deliberate leakage of gas - which he's personally able to endure by wearing a self-constructed gas mask!! The mother, then, is forced to take stock of the situation: left alone with the boy - who actually blames her for the two previous deaths (not an entirely unfounded accusation, given her chronic aloofness) - she blows him up while he's fiddling yet again with the rocket! After this, it's back to the revolution - except that her former companions have started to disperse: however, by now, the heroine's learned how to assemble a bomb by herself with the obvious target being her ex-husband's pharmaceutical factory!

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Seven Days Grace (1969)-In German with english subs, letterboxed print.  Directed by Alfred Vohrer and starring Joachim Fuchsberger, Konrad Georg, Arthur Richelmann, Karin Hübner, and Horst Tappert. At a boy's boarding school in Northern Germany, one student named Kurrat disappears one night without leaving neither a message nor traces. Just a few days before, he had a violent fight with Mr. Fromm, a teacher of his with whom he always had a twisted relationship. The Police under the command of Inspector Klevenow learns of Kurrat's ambivalent, at times rebellious personality and that he was admired by many of his fellow students, jealously despised by some and strongly disliked by a few of the teachers. Was Kurrat murdered or could he be playing a macabre practical joke to avenge himself? Has somebody else been a little too vengeful or jealous? Did someone plunge Kurrat's body into the sea? While the Inspector's interrogations reveal contradictory facts, one of the teachers, Mr. Hendriks, is secretly making his own observations. Then Stallmann, a teacher to whom the missing student was particularly close, is found dead. And shortly after, Kurrat finally and unexpectedly reappears alive. Things get even more enigmatic. The key to the mystery lies in the past... SEVEN DAYS GRACE (never mind the misleading and non-descript American title "School of Fear") was director Alfred Vohrer's first film after he pulled out of the long-running German series of Edgar Wallace adaptations of which he directed fourteen films (his last being 1968's THE MAN WITH THE GLASS EYE). It seems as if he felt a certain relief after getting freed from the tight guidelines of the Wallace "Krimis" which had generated their own cliché by the time he departed from the series. SEVEN DAYS GRACE might easily be one of Vohrer's greatest accomplishments – it certainly is one of his films in which his characteristic stylistics came to flourish the most.

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 Something creeping in the dark (1971)-Beautiful widescreen print! A group of stranded travelers takes refuge in an old abandoned house, only to find out that they are not the only residents of the building. The cast is quite interesting – not only mixing familiar/international names (including, apart from the American actor Farley Granger, Italians Lucia Bose' and Giacomo Rossi-Stuart) with unknown faces, but there are even a couple of behind-the-camera personnel (producer Dino Fazio and renowned composer Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, who also supplies a fine moody score) in the significant roles of Police Inspector and Professor/Occultist respectively! The plot is the typical 'old dark house' routine throwing myriad characters together, stranded by bad weather in a remote and forbidding environment (adding plenty of atmosphere to the already dour brew); harking back to Agatha Christie's much-filmed "And Then There Were None" prototype rather than the traditional stalk'n'slash formula, it is something of a quintessential offering (thus undeservedly overlooked) in this regard.

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L'ALLIANCE (1971)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print.  French beauty Anna karina stars in this little seen French horror film. With the help of a marriage agency, a young veterinary surgeon, Hugues, manages to find his ideal wife, Jeanne, who fulfils his main requirement: she is the owner of a large apartment in Paris.  Although they are happy together at first, Hugues begins to find his wife’s placid behaviour unsettling, suspecting she may be seeing another man.  Jeanne is equally perplexed by her husband’s strange behaviour, as he buries himself in his research into his animals’ powers of perception. A simple fact will act as a trigger and liberate all the madness between them... Although it is little known today, L’Alliance is a film which is well worth seeing, a bizarre mix of black comedy and psychological thriller, which still appears surprisingly fresh and modern.  Its strident, eerie music and the creepy cinematography, coupled with some even creepier acting performances from Anna Karina and Jean-Claude Carrière, makes this a compelling drama in paranoia and obsession. Christian de Chalonge somehow manages to sustain a Hitchcockian level of suspense right up until the last shot, constantly teasing the viewer but revealing the absolute minimum.  This is one of those films where the spectator has plenty of freedom to make his own interpretation and draw his own conclusions, making it an ambiguous yet extremely intelligent work of cinema. Both the plot (taken from Carrière’s own novel) and film’s construction are breath-takingly original, allowing the film to develop a unique atmosphere which is both unsettling (certainly for anyone expecting a conventional film) and totally engrossing.  The film combines the banal with the frighteningly surreal to chilling effect.

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AMOROUS SISTERS (1982)-Rare english uncut dubbed print, letterboxed!Brigitte Lahaie, Barbara Moose and Nadine Pascal star in this awesome German sexploitation film by legendary director Erwin C Dietrich. Comedy about some schoolgirls being taught anatomy (of the sexual nature) by the sexually frustrated Barbara Moose. In bed at nighttime the girls practice their daily lessons on each other and on any unsuspecting visitors of the night. When they're not in class they enjoy frolicking around outside (naked most of the time!) experiencing the joys of nature.

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THE BLUE EYED BANDIT (1980)-Letterboxed print. Director: Alfredo Giannetti, Cast: Franco Nero, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, and  Dalila Di Lazzaro. This also has an awesome Jazz score by Ennio Morricone! Excellent crime thriller starring Franco Nero as a middle-aged, brown-eyed cripple who works as an accountant for a bank. Little do his employers realize it's a disguise that he has perfected so that he can rob them blind and in the process flashing his natural blue eyes to throw them off the track. Unfortunately for him his plan isn't quite perfect and suddenly several people start to catch on. Very well executed plot twists with Nero turning in a top-notch performance.

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DATE FOR A MURDER (1967)-Letterboxed print. Two American friends coincidentally meet each other in the Italian countryside and agree to get back together again a couple of days later in Rome, after they both settled some private affairs. When one of them doesn't show up, the other one gets concerned and fears that something suspicious happened. He investigates the case himself and it doesn't take long before he's entangled in a network of industrial espionage, blackmail and even cold-blooded murder. The story, especially towards the finale, is rather predictable and the obligatory love-story is completely pointless. The heroic duo (the American and a local police commissioner) are likable characters and all the villains look effectively menacing, most notably the creepy guy in motorized wheelchair! Made around the same time as DEATH LAID AN EGG, both films seem influenced by each other's crazy directorial style.  Directed by Mino Guerrini and starring Giorgio Ardisson and Haline Zalewska.

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DEADLY CHASE (1978)-Letterboxed print. Directed by Franco Prosperi. Luc Merenda stars as a womanizing, gambling addicted cop who gets mixed up in a murder-mystery. doesn't quite live up to it's title, but there is enough chase scenes and panty-hose-headed goons to keep things lively. also with Luciana Paluzzi, Janet Agren and Chris Avram and a swank disco score.

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FBI OPERATION BAALBECK (1964)-Letterboxed print. Director: Marcello Giannini, Cast: Rossana Podestà, Jacques Sernas, George Sanders, Folco Lulli, Leopoldo Trieste, Miranda Martino. Rossana Podesta really kicks ass in this one! Euro spy thriller about a secret agent who attempts to penetrate a multi-national criminal organization that traffics in drugs and weapons. Part of the fun of watching Last Plane To Baalbeck is discovering for yourself just who is who. Is Jacques Sernas the agent sent to stop the illicit arms sales to the Middle East? Is Rossana Podesta the drug addicted stewardess out to make a big score? Is George Sanders running the show behind his archaeologist day job? Or is it Yoko Tani, his assistant, who is the real brains behind the operation? I'll tell you one thing, it ain't Fulco Lulli. He went on to play the rotund beer magnate villain in the lesser Lightning Bolt. Here Lulli's a jolly fellow in the company of Sernas but just who's side is he on exactly? Lulli does things in this movie like shoot seagulls from Sernas's yacht. Not only that, his gunfire turns out to be Morse code! Good thing ammunition is cheap when you have to send long messages.The true identity of the secret agent isn't revealed until well over an hour into the picture so in the mean time you can enjoy the groovy jazz score by Marcello De Martino, the nice black and white photography of some exotic and ancient Beirut-area locations, and the fun gangster-era lingo of the bad guys like `go fly a kite,' `you heels,' and the ever-popular `you dirty low-down rats.' And don't laugh when a cop tells his men to go over the classifieds in the newspaper for the last two years and see if there's a secret code. They find one!

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THE FURY OF HERCULES (1962)-Letterboxed print. FURY OF HERCULES is a damn good Hercules film -- in fact, it's a very solid and satisfying period action film by any standards, and you have to see at least 8 - 10 Hercules movies to know the difference. The plot revolves around Hercules (Brad Harris) visiting the daughter of an old friend and forced to choose between sides in a guerrilla rebellion. Most Hercules films -- God bless 'em! -- rely on standard plot devices and stock characters to move things forward. That's true here -- but to a point. Director Gianfranco Paolini actually pays attention to detail and with the film now in all its widescreen beauty, makes this one of the best!

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GAME OF TRUTH (1961)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print.Directed by and Starring Robert Hossein, this B&W Noir thriller is a great watch! Another Robert Hossein little gem that should be restored to favor. It might be ,relatively speaking, his discreet charm of the bourgeoisie. A dozen of elegant people are gathered in a writer's desirable mansion .In the grand tradition of Agatha Christie, they all have got something to hide. They begin a cruel game of truth ,a game where you're not supposed to tell lies. As the questions become more and more intimate and precise, the tempers rise ,while outside the storm is raging. Enter a hateful person (played by Paul Meurisse ,the nasty headmaster in "les diaboliques") who seems to know a lot about them. He's murdered. Whodunit?
Hossein creates a stifling atmosphere and although the characters do not move outside of the apartment, he avoids stage filmed production traps. Good cast including Jean-Louis Trintignant ,Jean Servais and Robert Hossein himself. Cast and credits come at the end only ,like in many films of today

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THE GIRL ROSEMARIE (1958)-In german with english subs, letterboxed print. Directed by Rolf Thiele and starring Nadja Tiller, Peter Van Eyck, Gert Frobe, and Horst Frank. West Germany in the 1950s. Rosemarie, a pretty young street musician, meets the influential tycoon Konrad Hartog by chance. Hartog, one of the leading personalities of the West German “Economic Miracle”, is a member of a powerful cartel that is working with the government on a secret project. Hartog begins an affair with Rosemarie, and finally even pays for her apartment and gives her a generous monthly allowance. When the French spy Alfons Fribert gets wind of the affair, he realizes that Rosemarie could be his ticket to finding out the cartel’s secret. Fribert takes Rosemarie under his wing and helps her become West Germany’s most exclusive call girl; her clients are the wealthiest and most powerful men in the country. In exchange, Rosemarie allows Fribert to record all the conversations she has with her clients. When the cartel finds out about the recordings, Hartog tries to save her by offering to pay her a large amount of money for the recordings. Rosemarie, however, wants more than just money; she wants to finally be accepted by society. But by refusing Hartog’s offer, Rosemarie has sealed her own fate. The cartel must keep its secret at all costs…

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GRAND GUIGNOL (1987)-In French with english subs. Directed by Jean Marboeuf. Extremely obscure French horror based on the theater of the macabre that originated in France. Quite an unusual film in French cinema. It deals with an unsuccessful theatre troop trying to revive the Grand Guignol. It's kind of a comedy with very desperate characters, adultery, voyeurism, sleazy situations, weird fantasy sequences and plenty of fun special effects. No masterpiece but definitely a strange object. Stars Caroline Cellier, Guy Marchand and Michel Galabru.

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THE INFERNAL MANOR (1975)-In french with english subs. Incredible combination of sex and horror, as only the french can do it in this extremely rare effort from the 70s. Made by technicians, actors and actresses often associated with Eurocine , so you know it's good and sleazy! Director: Patrice Rhomm, Cast:  Monica Swinn  ...  Draguse,  Olivier Mathot  ...  David Léger,  Claudine Beccarie  ...  Sarah,  Sylvia Bourdon  ...  Sonia la prostituée. Plot 

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LANA QUEEN OF THE AMAZONS (1964)-In german with english subs, letterboxed print. German made sexploitation starring Anton Diffring, a constantly nude Catherine Schell and Christian Wolff star. A scientist and his nephew are hosts of Lana, queen of the Amazons. Meanwhile, other white men penetrate the Brazilian jungle, wishing to find and take hold of the legendary Amazons' treasure. I found this to be a reasonably entertaining jungle exploitation flick, complete with a whole bunch of corny and fun dialogue, some REALLY nice titties and a bit of 60's racial stereotyping. (a constantly grinning and laughing, black goofball character called "kongo" does his best to keep the viewer in high spirits).

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LA OCASION (1978)-In Spanish with english subs. Spanish actress Teresa Gimpera rarely did nude scenes but for this sleazy Jose Larraz thriller she complied! Gimpera and her uptight husband head to their beach home. Once there they discover it has been ransacked. Nearby a group of violent and free spirited young people (the girls enjoy wearing nothing) are responsible. They soon put on a full fledged attack on the couple and before you can say repeatedly raped, Gimpera seems to want to join their cause!Larraz strikes again!

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PLEASURE ISLAND (1980)- Cast:Nadine Roussial, Dominique Martin, Laura Santos, Nelly Garcia. French made sexploitation directed by Michel Ricaud and produced by Dick Randall. A tropical pleasure island is really the recruiting ground for a white slavery racket. Shot in the Philippines around the same time as "Invaders of the Lost Gold" aka "Horror safari".

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ROME AGAINST ROME (1964)-Letterboxed print. Director: Giuseppe Vari, Starring: John Drew Barrymore, Susy Andersen, Ettore Manni, Ida Galli, Mino Doro & Ivano Staccioli. The story (English dub) goes thus: In a deliberately non-defined pseudo-historical setting in the Roman Empire, the Sarmatians attack and defeat a Roman legion, stealing the gold they had with them. Since Rome doesn't hear of the legate in the region, it sends a consul (Ettore Manni, the hero) to inquire. He soon finds out that the Sarmatians are manipulated by an evil magician (his name Adherbad is similar to a North-African one, Adherbal...) and priest of the 'daughter of Osiris', a three-eyed goddess which seems to demand human sacrifice. The Roman legate happens to be a traitor, and so is his wife Tullia (Susy Anderson). The consul catches her interest, but he falls in love with her slave (Ida Galli), who happens to be a priestess of the goddess...Apart from some competent and well-paced story-telling which involves some handsome spooky stuff such as a deadly (voodoo) doll, walking virgins on charcoals and a group of disgusting leprous henchmen at the bad guy's disposal (including an old hag) - they nearly rape Galli's character at one point -, we also get a dark and energetic score by Roberto Nicolosi and some fine make-up and lighting. There are only a handful of sets at the director's disposal, and only a couple of outside shots (much of the movie plays in a cave, and there is no Russian or Ukrainian scenery, to be sure), but Vari and his cinematographers use them with a great sense for variety.

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SECRET FANTASY (1971)-In Italian with english subs and letterboxed. Alright, this is the uncut version which is 17 minutes longer than the poor quality vhs english dub. Director: Pasquale Festa Campanile, Cast: Lando Buzzanca ... Niccolo Vivaldi, Laura Antonelli     ... Costanza Vivaldi. LOTS OF NUDITY BY LAURA ANTONELLA!! Underachieving string-instrument player is unfulfilled in life until he overhears his wife's Doctors discussing her naked body, and realizes that his big turn-on is letting other men "accidently" see her body! He then proceeds to arrange amusing situations in which her desirability is exposed to others, which he feels personally validated by because she is *his* wife! This is a really cute, charming little film, with an ending that will leave you cheering when the husband, with wife's trusting cooperation, finally goes far enough with his hilarious schemes to feel that he has finally proven himself!

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TOMB OF THE PISTOLERO (1964)-In Spanish with english subs, letterboxed print. This is an early Spanish western in B&W directed by Amando de Ossorio (Night of the Living Dead). Tom Bogarde travels from Boston to the small western mining town of Person, where on arrival he mentions he is the brother of Jack Bogarde, who was assassinated a few weeks ago, he then is completely shut out. By no means anxious to leave, Tom begins to look for people who will be able to tell him about the death of his brother... Cast: George Martin (Tom Bogarde), Luis Vilar, Mercedes Alonso (Russ Brandon), Silvia Solar (Taffy), Jack Taylor (Herbert Brandon), Luis Induni (sheriff), Frank Braña.

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TRAUMA (1978)-In Spanish with english subs, letterboxed print. This Spanish thriller from 1977 tells the story of a writer, who takes some days off to write his new novel. He's coming to a guesthouse at a lake in the midst of Spain's countryside. The owner of the guesthouse is an attractive woman with a problem: her sick husband that nobody is allowed to see except for her. Truth is that the husband doesn't exist (anymore), but she's schizophrenic. And while the author is spared, other guests fall victim to a gloved killer with a razor. Is it the schizophrenic owner or someone else? Director Leon Klimovsky is best known for his low-budgeted straight horror films, so this solid thriller is quite an unusual work in his oeuvre, and also one of his less known efforts. Even though it's not very original and borrows heavily from films like Hitchcock's "Psycho" or even the cool Spanish horror thriller "Una Vela Para el Diablo" (1973), it's still quite thrilling and boosts some scary moments. The murder scenes are done in Italian Giallo-style and, even though simply done, quite gory. The unknown cast is not first rate, but also give solid performances. The end of the film is a bit irritating and a lowdown in a way. All in all, Trauma is an interesting little thriller for aficionados of European horror and thriller films.

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WARRIOR AND THE SLAVE GIRL (1958)-Letterboxed print. Directed by Vittorio Cottafavi, Cast: Ettore Manni ... Marco Numidio, Gianna Maria Canale ... Amira, Mara Cruz ... Zahar, Georges Marchal ... Asclepio. Cottafavi directs a fine early genre specimen here. The movie starts out by having us believe that the Romans have grown tired and bored of their empire. No wonder it is crumbling. So this Marcus goes on quasi-vacation to Armenia, where the girls are supposed to be pretty a.s.o., and runs into the people's revolt. Princess Amira (played by lush beauty Gianna Maria Canale - what a lady!) immediately gain his attention. Little does he know she wants to get rid of 5-year-old Osro to ascend the throne herself. Meanwhile, the captives from the revolt are mistreated and paired off in the arena, to the amusement of the decadent Romans and Scythians (Amira's bodyguard). But there is also the titular slave girl, who hates all Romans but conveniently knows a lot about poisoning and might just save little Osro in time. Great heroic music by Nicolosi keeps up the tempo, as do battle scenes full of verve. Amira whips the hero's love interest and ends up being eaten by one of her own pet tigers. Did I mention the midget buffoon? Recommended to genre buffs.

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4 BULLETS FOR JOE (1964)- In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Cast: Paul Piaget (Frank Dalton), Fernando Casanova (as Fred Canow)(Sheriff Paul), Liz Poitel (as Liz Puter)(Katy Dalton). A man named Joe is mysteriously killed just as he is about to leave a small Kansas town with his girlfriend, Katy. At the inquest, one of Joe's old girlfriend claims she saw Katy shoot Joe. On this evidence alone, Katy is condemned to death. Desperate, she attempts an escape and is run down by a runaway wagon and killed. Sometime later, her brother, notorious gunslinger, Franck Dalton, rides into town swearing vengeance for his sister's death. All of a sudden, the town experiences an outbreak of murders, as one by one all those involved in Katy's death are gunned down.

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ASSAULT ON THE STATE TREASURY (1967)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Cast: Roger Browne, Lucio Casoria, Sandro Dori, Angela De Leo, Rosy De Leo, Dina De Santis. Twenty million dollars are going to be transferred from an Arab central bank to a British oil company. Four of the biggest criminals in the world are in charge to rob it. An undefined intelligence agency tries to stop them. An infiltrator is not sure for who is working for whom. A complicated twist is waiting beyond the corner and will include a love affair too.

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CLOUZOT AND CO. VS BORSALINO AND CO. (1977)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Ultrarare Film really curious, in the wake of Antonio and Placido mixes noir and comic Nello Pazzafini  has an unusual  role(in a good part!) and Roberto Dell'Acqua play two mechanics that after having screwed Inspector Clouzot  will try to sabotage the plans of Borsalino to earn a rich reward ...Richard harrison and Stelio Candelli play the titular characters.  It's notable for its rarity and for being one of the few films with Pazzafini in the role of principal actor.

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CONQUEROR OF CORINTH (1962)-Letterboxed print. John Drew Barrymore and Jacques Sernas stars. A movie that appreciates the importance of glamorizing middle-aged guys' muscles as well as having tied up blonde chicks menaced by snakes, Conqueror of Corinth rewrites history in a way that allows you to enjoy the destruction of a society and its people.  Sure, in real life Rome outnumbered the Corinthians and there was no mention of a spurned lover being chucked into a hole full of serpents by a general taking a lunch break from fighting the Roman Empire in his own front yard, but there's a reason why history is written by the winners. And this movie with its whip-wielding blondes, snakes, and muscles is precisely that reason.

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THE CRIME (1993)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. Director: Jacques Deray, Cast: Alain Delon, Manuel Blanc, Sophie Broustal, Maxime Leroux. Jacques Deray’s Un Crime, which was co-written by Alain Delon opens in the midst of a trial. For three days the jury has been deliberating on whether Frédéric Chapelin-Tourvel (Manuel Blac), a young bourgeoisie is guilty or innocent of a double parricide. Tourvel’s lawyer is Maître Charles Dunand (Delon), who believes his client is innocent.  When the jury acquits Tourvel of the double crime, the press and public in the court are outraged and Tourvel indicates to Dunand, that perhaps he wasn’t so innocent after all. Tourvel later in the day decides to see Dunand, instead of leaving France with his girlfriend, to better explain his motives. What follows is a series of flashbacks which may explain Tourvel’s actions, as Dunand tries to understand his young client. This is an interesting, well paced drama and the set-up of the lawyer and the unreliable young client draws parallels to Primal Fear (1996).

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HAYTABO (1971)-In german with english subs. Ulli Lommel's directorial debut is a weird little gem, boosting performances of Sixties icons Eddie Constantine, Katrin Schaake, Uschi Obermaier, Rainer Langhans and even Rainer Werner Fassbinder himself. The film is highly poetic and spiritual and the images are beautiful. The brilliant soundtrack ranges from Deep Purple's "April", Elton John and Gregorian chants to Vivaldi! A biochemist stumbles upon a well-preserved scientific manuscript from a past century. He and his girlfriend study the document and discover a formula to produce a drug that promises immortality. One vital component, however, is missing. But when an alien gets in touch with the scientist, the solution seems close at hand: The alien offers the biochemist and his girlfriend a trip into the past to meet the man who actually wrote the manuscript. Their first travel back in time fails, but on the second attempt the two indeed manage to meet the inventor...

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IN PRISON AWAITING TRIAL (1971)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Director: Nanni Loy, CAST: Alberto Sordi, Elga Andersen & Lino Banfi. This disturbing film follows an Italian engineer who has been working in Sweden returns with his wife to his homeland for a short visit, and he is swiftly detained for some unspecified crime. He moves from one horrifying situation to another as he awaits trial. His sanity grows ever more shaky in the process, and he still has not learned what the charge is. He thus begins a nightmarish kafkian experience while he's moved from one horrid prison to another, subject to any humiliation and violence. This relentless indictment of the Italian prison system is leavened with some humorous moments. The film features comic actor Alberto Sordi, who won a "Best Actor" award for this role at the 1972 Berlin Film Festival.

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JEFF (1969)-Extremely rare Alain Delon gangster film co-starring Mirielle D'arc.  Many people at the time thought that Delon played "Jeff" (the posters were deceptive);he actually plays Laurent ,a young gangster who, after a holdup, is searching for his boss who has left the gang and of course has taken all the dough. The runaway's lover, Eva accompanies him. This is a moderately entertaining detective film.It was not the first time Delon had worked with Jean Herman. The previous year, they had made a thriller "Adieu L'Ami" also starring Charles Bronson. Here, Delon played opposite Mireille Darc who was his girlfriend at the time .But the best is once again, François de Roubaix's tuneful delicate score.

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KILLER ADIOS (1968)-Finally, a beautiful widescreen print of this awesome spaghetti western! Jess Vrain returns to town at the request of a former friend to find that everything has changed. Not only has his ex-girlfriend become a refined lady but someone is killing people with the only clue being a rare Winchester rifle. Director: Primo Zeglio, Cast: Peter Lee Lawrence (Jess Bryan/Vrain), Marisa Solinas (Sheila Simpson), Eduardo Fajardo (Sam Ringold), Armando Calvo (Bill Bragg), Rosalba Neri.

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MORBO (1972)-In Spanish with english subs. This Spanish thriller by dilettante director Gonzalo Suarez tells the story of two newlyweds and the uncanny happenings that attend their low-budget honeymoon. For much of the film the audience is treated to scenes of freshly-married bliss. The couple have parked their car/camper combination in a remote area, and generally frolic around. Then they begin to experience some odd occurrences, such as one of their two hamsters killing the other one. When hubby discovers a nearby home where he can get water, the story gets much more complicated and involves a blind woman, a murderer, and some inexplicable symbolism. Ana Belen and Michael J Pollard star.

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NECROPHOBIA (1995)-In Dutch with english subs, letterboxed print, 60 minutes. Directors: Frank van Geloven, Edwin Visser. Stars: Martijn Oversteegen, Rutger Weemhoff, Gerry Verhoeven. Necrophobia is a small gem of a Dutch psychological horror movie.  When a mysterious drifter reluctantly takes a job with a roadside haunted house, he quickly discovers that the attractions locked up in the basement are far more dangerous than plastic skeletons in rubber chains. Together with a mixed-up young woman in search for her lost nephew, and a host of liquored-up, live-remote radio deejays, Jerrod will have to solve the mystery of an ancient Egyptian amulet and face the wrath of the Angel of Death before he can be free of his curse: Necrophobia.

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PIZZA CONNECTION (1985)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. This is the uncut 3 hour version!! Another slice of quality Eurocrime from director Damiano Damiani, Michele Placido and Mark Chase are two brothers with some rather tough decisions to make. Mario (Placido) is a Mafia hitman trying to scale the ranks while his brother, Michele (Chase) , is an honest citizen trying his hardest to do what's right. As is par for the course with any Damiani flick, the characters have depth and there's a strong element of realism in his directing.

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QUEEN OF THE NILE (1961)-Beautiful widescreen print. Thutmose (Edmund Purdom), a sculptor, is in love with Tenet (Jeanne Crain). He is also a dear friend of Amenophis (Amedeo Nazzari). It all changes one night when the worshiper of a new God Aten, a prophet and priest Seper (Carlo D'Angelo) foresees the death of the Pharaoh and the coming reign of Amenophis. The prophecy comes true. The father of Tenet, Amon Ra priest Benakon (Vincent Price), plans a marriage of his daughter with the new Pharaoh...

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ROME LIKE CHICAGO (1968)-Finally a nice LETTERBOXED version! After professional stickup man Mario Corda (John Cassavetes) gets sent to the slammer, his young, ambitious partner -- who covets both Corda's life and his wife -- cuts loose, leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake. Gabriele Ferzetti, Anita Sanders and Nikos Kourkoulos also star in this brisk Italian crime thriller from director Alberto De Martino. Awesome score by Ennio Morricone.

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TOMB OF THE LIVING DEAD (1983)-In Spanish with english subs, letterboxed print. One of Jesus Franco's most elusive titles!! During World War II, a small German squadron was assigned the task of carrying a shipment of Nazi gold across the African desert. Along the way, the squadron was ambushed by the Allies, and only one American soldier, Robert, survived. Years later, Robert tells his story to a German treasure hunter named Kurt, who promptly murders him. Robert's son, upon learning of his father's death, vows to travel to Africa and find the lost gold himself. While the desert is hazardous enough by itself, the dangers lurking around this oasis are more than any of the treasure hunters ever imagined. In total, there's about 20 minutes of exclusive footage in this Spanish version of the film, which features a partially different cast from the French version (which has been released on DVD in America by Image Entertainment). For example, Lina Romay appears in this cut of the film; she doesn't appear in the French/English version. The gore scenes are also much more effective in this version of the film.

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MARCH 2017 UPDATE

7 SLAVES AGAINST THE WORLD (1964)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. The tribune Marcus Aulus (Roger Browne) arrives in a distant province to oversee the building of an aqueduct, where he clashes with the centurion Gaius (Giacomo Rossi-Stuart) over his brutal treatment of slaves. Gaius provokes them to a bloody revolt, then falsely accuses Marco of inciting it. The escaped slave Balisten (Gordon Mitchell), grateful to Marcus for an earlier mercy, joins up with other slaves to exonerate Marcus and expose Gaius’ treachery. Directed by Michele Lupo and co-starring Scilla gabel and German Longo.

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7 TIMES 7 (1968)-BEAUTIFUL LETTERBOXED PRINT. The plot is original, not just a by-the-numbers bank caper. Seven criminals break out of prison to commit the perfect robbery, then sneak back into prison before anyone is the wiser, so one will suspect them of the crime. Lionel Stander and Terry Thomas were great, as was most of the cast. The film was definitely low budget, but like Day of the Wolves and the Naked Prey, less was more. I won't give away the ending, except to say it's unexpected and perfect. The last five minutes alone are worth the price of admission, and Lionel Stander delivers one of the best lines of the decade. "Please, just take me back to prison..." Gastone Moschin and Gordon Mitchell star.

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BREAK UP (1965)-IN ITALIAN WITHE NGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT.Directed by Marco Ferreri and never properly released (20 minutes showed up in the anthology TODAY TOMORROW AND THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW), it stars Marcello Maistroianni and Catherine Spaak. While working on a promotional device for his candy-manufacturing firm, Mario, a successful Milanese businessman, brings home a package of balloons. When his girl friend, Giovanna, arrives to spend the evening with him, she playfully blows up one of the balloons until it bursts. Suddenly intrigued by the idea of discovering exactly how much air a balloon will hold before it explodes, Mario ignores Giovanna's affectionate advances and rushes to seek the assistance of a poet who lives in the apartment above. This man, however, is so engrossed with four girl friends that he ridicules Mario's problem. Now in a state bordering on obsession, Mario demands that an engineer friend helps solve the problem. When this effort also fails, he dejectedly wanders into a discotheque filled with huge balloons falling from the ceiling. Driven to distraction by the blare of the music and the frantic dancing of the young people, he slashes away at the balloons until he is evicted. Somewhat embarrassed, he telephones Giovanna and apologetically offers to bring back food for an intimate dinner. But during the meal he once more begins blowing up balloons, and the disgusted Giovanna walks out on him. Alone with his fixation, Mario blows up one last balloon. When it bursts, his mind snaps, and he hurls himself through a window. As an irate car owner complains about the damage the suicide has done to his parked automobile, Mario's old dog climbs to the shattered window, whimpers for a second, and then goes to eat his master's unfinished meal.

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CASABLANCA NEST OF SPIES (1963)-Rare Eurospy film! Henri Decoin's Noches de Casablanca is set in 1942, Casablanca is a hub of resistance. At a boat ramp, a German officer is killed and the briefcase he was carrying is stolen. To find the murderer and to dismantle a network of resistance, we turn to French police Commissioner, Maurice Desjardins (Maurice Ronet), the Germans are suspected of belonging to the network involved. The network in which the beautiful Teresa (Sara Montiel), a cabaret singer with whom he once lived a love story, is also involved.

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CODENAME JAGUAR (1965)-BEAUTIFUL LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director: Maurice Labro, Cast: Ray Danton, Pascale Petit, Conrado San Martín, Roger Hanin, Horst Frank, Wolfgang Preiss, The film follows super spy Jeff Larson, AKA Jaguar, as he is assigned to a mission that has him trying to discover the where-abouts of a new Russian spy device that is at present costing his organization a good deal of precious information to leak into the wrong hands. With the help of a few fellow agents, namely Robert Stuart played by Roger Hanin, and a string of sexy female companions, played by Pascale Petit and Helga Sommerfeld, Larson dives head long into the fray, determined to find out what is at the bottom of this mysterious plot.

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CREAM PUFFS (1981)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Edwige Fenech and Lino Banfi stars in this Italian sex-comedy from Sergio Martino. Mariana (Fenech) and Domenico (Banfi) are on the run from her jealous boyfriend who just happens to be an over-jealous professional football player.

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DR POPAUL (1972)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Dr. Popaul is a 1972 French black comedy film directed by Claude Chabrol. At the time of its release, it was the biggest hit of Chabrol's career.Jean-Paul Belmondo plays Paul, a former womanizer who marries the head of the medical department's "unattractive" daughter Christine (Mia Farrow) because he thinks attractive women can't be trusted and make poor wives. A car accident leaves him bedridden and he begins to miss his playboy days, when Christine's bombshell sister Martine arrives and Paul decides he must have her. He begins drugging Christine at night so he can sneak out to kill of Martine's many suitors one by one.

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ESPIONAGE IN LISBON (1965)-BEAUTIFUL WIDESCREEN PRINT. Brett Halsey is George Farrell, agent 077. (There were at least ten spy films made in the sixties having to do with agent 077, some explicitly titled as such, some not so, that starred several different actors in the role. In this one, someone writes `0-7-7' on a piece of paper during a casino scene. Clue!) Halsey is literally dragged out of bed, where he was entertaining a lady, and sent to Lisbon to find a missing scientist. He never does find him but it's a lot of fun anyway as he and fellow agent Terry Brown (Marilu Tolo) put the pieces of the puzzle together.

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GENERAL MASSACRE (1972)-Another OH MY GOD FILM!! "General Massacre" is an ultra-weird film that received some extra attention from me since it's a Belgian-American co-production. The film describes itself best as a mixture between an anti-war protest film and the psychological analysis of a deranged war freak. This review will simply be too short to sum up all the bizarre (most very shocking) elements "General Massacre" features but I can already tell you it contains enough controversy to last a lifetime. The story focuses on a veteran (the General) who served the military during WWII, Vietnam and the Korean War. He has quite a few alarming conceptions about warfare ("politics are the extension of war", "Civilians are as much the enemy as men in uniform"…) When he returns to his estate in Antwerp, he continues to live under the impression of being in command of his troops and hikes into the nearby woods fully armored. This leads to a couple very disturbing and repulsive scenes that made this production the ultimate nightmare for critics and film committees. Once sequence in particular, in which the General sees an ordinary cow as the "enemy" and butchers it, caused this to movie to be forbidden in several European countries. Granted, the cruelty often is pointless and overly explicit. The above mentioned sequence even looks too realistic…if you know what I mean. But the message "General Massacre" brings is far too impressive to be left untold. War too easily gives deranged people an excuse to feast their perverted world perspectives and the authorities only find out when it's too late! "General Massacre" almost completely is a one-man-project by Burr Jerger who directed, produced, stars and adapted the screenplay from his OWN novel. That's impressive to say the least. This is an unhinged authentic cult film, totally unknown to the world.

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LOVE LETTERS OF A NUN (1978)-IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBS. Rare Spanish nunsploitation from Jorge Grau (The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue) starring Lina Romay. Maria (Lina Romay) is forced to enter a Spanish convent run by a stern Mother Superior. Maria mistakes Mother Mariana's maternal care for romantic interest and reciprocates by kissing, then fondling her. Maria then masturbates to orgasm. Mother Mariana then mistakes Maria's actions for demonic possession and turns her over to the inquisition. Mother Mariana begins writing to her confessor about her sins and her ever increasing lack of faith. Through her letters she begins feeling an attraction to the confessor and eventually their relationship becomes clearly defined. This Jorge Grau film has sometimes been called a remake of Jess Franco's Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun. This ultrarare movie was realized by excellent director Jorge Grau on many 70s Italian "nuns-exploitation", in full "transition" Spanish period. With Jesus Franco's fetish actress Lina Romay.

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LOVER IN THE CITY, WIFE ON VACATION (1980)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT.  What other film features Edwige Fenech and Barbara Bouchet nude? Andrea Damiani (Renzo Montagnani) is a manager of an italian meat factory and is married with Valeria (Barbara Bouchet) but has a lover (Edwige Fenech) claiming for consideration. Things get worse when summer holidays starts...

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LOVER OF THE MONSTER (1974)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, BEAUTIFUL LETTERBOXED PRINT.Throw away that shitty Luminous video print! One of the better films from director Sergio Garrone, Le Amanti del Mostro benefits from star Klaus Kinski, who delivers a surprisingly subtle and nuanced performance as Alex Nijinksi, a doctor who stumbles upon a secret experimental laboratory when he returns to his wife's ancestral homestead. Work in the lab turns the curious Kinski into a Jekyll and Hyde split personality, with the evil alter ago going on a killing rampage blamed on a pair of tramps--one of whom bears the name Polanski. Whether this is a tribute to the great director or a commentary on 19th century anti-Semitism isn't made clear, but the film DOES feature an amusing cinema in joke in the early going, when co-star Katia Christine (the Nicole Kidman lookout playing Kinski's wife) visits her father's grave, which bears the name Ivan Rassimov!

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NOCTURNO 29 (1970)-IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. This is the first feature of Pere Portabella, the remarkable Barcelona-based Catalan filmmaker. He started out as a producer of art films by Carlos Saura, Marco Ferreri, and Luis Buñuel, and Buñuel’s first Spanish feature, Viridiana, so angered the Spanish government that it took away Portabella’s passport for many years. Nocturno 29 is a narrative film that refuses to tell a story and an underground anti-Franco film that was most often shown clandestinely (its title refers to the number of years Franco had then been in power), and it evokes both European art films of this period (its star is Lucia Bosé, an actress associated with Antonioni and Bardem) and the bolder experimental cinema Portabella would embark on soon afterward. Coscripted by poet Joan Brossa, it has the kind of moody provocation that captures its period indelibly.

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POLICEMAN OF LITTLE IMPORTANCE (1973)-IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT.Starring Robert Hossein and Marc Porel (who also wrote the screenplay), Camille, Dov and Joëlle live on the edge of society and are involved in petty theft helping them to buy their drug doses and to survive as best they can. One day, while attempting to rob a movie theater, they activate the alarm signal and it is Pierre, Camille's brother, who is doing a heist in the same building, who is arrested red-handed. The three young people decide to kidnap a police officer and exchange him for Pierre.

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THE REVENGE OF SPARTACUS (1964)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Features the same cast as the earlier mentioned 7 SLAVES AGAINST THE WORLD. Roman political schemers remove the crucified body of Spartacus from his cross and spread word to his followers that he is alive and organizing another revolt. By this method, they believe the remainder of Spartacus' army can be exposed and destroyed. Valerius, a legionary with a grudge against Rome, discovers the plot and tries to dissuade those who believe the false news. Valerius and his followers lay a trap for the Romans which leads to an epic battle between them.

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RIFFI IN TOKYO (1963)-IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Charles Vanel gathers a cool-headed Karl Boehm and an unstable electronics expert, Michel Vitold, to rob a bank vault for a diamond. As in The Asphalt Jungle, things do not work out quite as planned.The film makes really excellent use of outdoor Tokyo locations. Especially at the start and finish, the Japanese cinematographer takes us back to the best days of noir blacks and whites and shadows. At the start, we see the target building in detail. It is highly geometric, with rectangles. Very stalwart and formidable. But outside the vault in which the jewel is kept is a ceiling decor casting shadows like a web. In the heist itself, there is an excellent use of texture of the outer stone as the building is breached. In between, we get views of many aspects of Tokyo, both orderly (especially trains and fences) and disorderly, juxtaposed.The acting is uniformly excellent. The script develops a subplot that involves Vitold's wife, Barbara Lass, whom he has brought along. (Boehm and Lass were married between 1963 and 1980.) Another subplot involves a Japanese gang that is interfering with Vanel's efforts all the way.The movie has a tone of world-weariness, fatality, the last chance, neurosis, greed, and obsession, depending on the character and situation.Director Jacques Deray has put it all together very nicely indeed. He went on to make many more thrillers and neo-noirs. The music of Georges Delerue is discreet and well complements the action. Attractive Keiko Kishi provides good support as well. She was Eiko in The Yakuza (1974), a movie likely to be more familiar to American audiences.

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SECRETS OF A FRENCH MAID (1980)-FIRST TIME IN ENGLISH AND UNCUT, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Erotic Erwin Dietrich film featuring Brigitte Lahaie, France Lomay, Pascale Vital, Nadine Pascal & Karine Gambier. This is definitely a change of pace for Dietrich as this movie is much more erotic in nature and less exploitive. Karine Gambier plays Frau Oberst who has 2 young nieces who are very open with their sexuality. She hopes to find adequate lovers for her nieces and along the way finds herself in some precarious sexual situations. After a series of sexual encounters between just about everyone at the estate, the Countess (France Lomay) drops by for a party where the nieces announce their wedding intentions. This film includes much of the same cast as GEFANGENE FRAUEN (ISLAND WOMEN) and is another recommended DVD for Lahaie and Dietrich aficionados.

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SWEET BODY OF DEBORAH (1972)-BEAUTIFUL WIDESCREEN PRINT. Romolo Guerrieri directs a story of love, sex and revenge, and it begins in Geneva. Jean Sorel is a hunky italian, Marcel, who are on a honeymoon trip with his wealthy American wife Deborah, played by the great Caroll Baker. In Geneva they run in to Philip (Luigi Pistilli), and old friend of Marcel but he claims that Marcel is the reason that Suzanne (Ida Galli) killed herself a couple of years back. Marcel haven't told Deborah about this before, but explains everything to her. Before they leave Geneva, Marcel notices that Deborah have met Philip at a nearby restaurant, but she says it was because she wanted to talk about it and make Philip stop it. They continue the trip to Nice, but something is wrong, and is Philip still following them...? Or is everything just the imagination of Deborah? Or Marcel?

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THE TIN GIRL (1970)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT.Rare Italian SF film by Marcello Aliprandi and starring Sydne Rome! Mr. Rossi lives in a small town. He works in a large financial company and is considered to be rather original and eccentric by his colleagues because he doesn't own a car and insist on rollerskating to and from work. One afternoon, from his office windows, he catches sight of an intriguing girl and decides to follow her...

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TINTO BRASS SHORTS #2 WITH BONUS!!  (1999, 2008)-All in Italian with english subs. #1 Weekend In Lecco- "What a Weekend" 2 friends meet up, and end up one of them having sex with the gardener.#2 Giulia- One of the world's most greatest erotic photographers takes 3 beautiful models on a trip to Rome. Perverse, yet innocent, they find redemption in the Vatican Cty. #3 The Last Train- 'The Last Train' starring Deborah Cali and directed by Andrea Prandstraller. Two young men befriend a pretty girl on a subway platform. Shortly thereafter, while waiting for the train, she entertains one of them across a almost-deserted platform with an erotic striptease and more. A nodding platform attendant and an odd cigar-smoking passenger add to the excitement. special surprise bonus ! KICK THE COCK (2008) Brass's newest directed short- Kick the Cock is an old Dutch saying, meaning Peek in the Kitchen.

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THE VAMPIRE WEDDING (1993)-IN CZECH WITH ENGLISH SUBS. Will remind you of Polanski's DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES! Young English gentleman Richard travels with his uncle Archibald to Prague, Czech kingdom. There he meets a beautiful girl Olivia, a young noblewoman with a secret. They fall in love with each other but he doesn't know Olivia is a companion of evil count Kronberg, ruler of pack of Prague vampires.

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THE VOYEUR (1977)-IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBS. Directed By José Ramón Larraz, Starring Héctor Alterio, Alexandra Bastedo and Aurora Bautista. A middle-aged man, married to a beautiful woman,  but is quite dissatisfied. He is consumed by jealousy, yet he forces her to have sex with other men to ease her anxiety. The condition is that he must be present and, in some cases, participate in the "ménage à trois".

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WHAT'S UP SUPERDOC? (1978)- Doctor Robert Todd is quietly going about his general medical practice keeping his patients happy in and out of bed when his past suddenly catches up with him. During his student days, Dr. Todd took part in an artificial insemination program and now confidential reports show him to be a phenomenally successful donor. He's fathered 837 babies and all of them are boys! Naturally, these things are treated . Directed by Derek Ford and starring Christopher Mitchell, William Pertwee, and Julia Goodman.

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ADULTERY ITALIAN STYLE (1968)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Director:  Pasquale Festa Campanile, Cast: Nino Manfredi ... Franco Finali, Catherine Spaak... Marta Finali, Maria Grazia Buccell...   Gloria, Vittorio Caprioli ... Silvio Sasselli, Akim Tamiroff ... Max Portesi. If you're a fan of Catherine Spaak, you need to see this! A betrayed wife decides to teach her philandering husband a lesson in this riotous farce. Marta (Catherine Spaak) discovers that husband Franco (Nino Manfredi) has been stepping out with her own best friend (Maria Grazia Buccella), and gets revenge by inventing an imaginary lover. Franco takes the bait, leading to improbable but hilarious complications.

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ADVENTURES OF GERARD (1970)-Widescreen print. Peter McEnery stars as Col. Etienne Girard, Hussar officer of the Napoleonic era. The story takes place during the Little Corporal's 1808 campaign in the Spanish peninsula. Col. Gerard's adventures include an ongoing war of nerves against Napoleon's forces, not to mention a steamy affair with one Countess Teresa Claudia Cardinale. "Nappy" himself is played by Eli Wallach, who certainly has the right temperament for the role, even though he's much too tall to be thoroughly convincing. Filmed in Spain, The Adventures of Gerard is based on characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski.

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A LIKE ANDROMEDA (1972)-In Italian with english subs. Set in England, in the following year, it deals with the receipt, by a new, ultra-sensitive radio telescope, of a signal from the Andromeda Nebula (M31). The lead character, John Fleming (Luigi Vannucchi), a physicist and cybernetician, decodes the signal revealing it to be a message which details the plan for a new, advanced supercomputer. Meanwhile, events at the radio telescope are being monitored by various intelligence and counterintelligence organizations.. A come Andromeda is an Italian TV miniseries in five hour-long parts, broadcast in 1972 on RAI, the Italian state broadcaster. It was directed by Vittorio Cottafavi and adapted by Inisero Cremaschi from the book by Fred Hoyle and John Elliot, itself adapted from the BBC's 1961 series A for Andromeda by the same authors, which is now mostly lost. It stars Luigi Vannucchi, Paola Pitagora, Tino Carraro and Nicoletta Rizzi, with performances from Arturo Dominici, Mario Piave, Claudio Cassinelli, Gabriella Giacobbe, Enzo Tarascio, Giampiero Albertini, Sandro Tuminelli and others.

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BORN TO HELL (1976)-Finally, an uncut (88 Minutes), letterboxed version of this nasty film. Cast: Mathieu Carrière, Debra Berger, Christine Boisson, Myriam Boyer, Leonora Fani, Ely Galleani, Carole Laure, Eva Mattes, Andrée Pelletier, and directed by Denis Heroux.  Loosely based on the notorious Richard Speck murders, this is the grim tale of a disturbed Vietnam vet returning home via Belfast, who invades a house shared by eight nurses and proceeds to terrorize and murder them.

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CARDS ON THE TABLE (1966)-In French with english subs. Finally, a beautiful, uncut and letterboxed version of Jess Franco's ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS! A mad scientist uses his army of mechanical monsters to control people who have Type O blood. Cast: Eddie Constantine ... Al Pereira, Françoise Brion ... Lady Cecilia Addington Courtney, Fernando Rey ... Sir Percy. ' ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS is a Spanish-French co-production made by the same creative team responsible for THE DIABOLICIAL DR Z (1965). Both movies were given a tremendous boost by the imaginative screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere (who had worked for the great Luis Bunuel on many of his French productions). This perhaps explains the sarcastic French-style humor in ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS, which differentiates this from the more slapstick orientation of Franco's later Eurospy efforts (such as LUCKY THE INSCRUTABLE and KISS ME MONSTER [both 1967]). For instance, the opening assassination scenes include the murder of an ambassador and then a high church official, scenes that are staged with a slightly absurd, surreal touch which anticipates similar scenes found in future Carriere-Bunuel projects, THE MILKY WAY [1969] and THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE [1972].'

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CORRUPTION (1986)-In french with english subs, letterboxed print.CORRUPTION is a beautifully made erotic film by Salvatore Samperi, which at once delights in the beauty of its main characters and their sexual games, while also exploring their darker desires and anxieties. CORRUPTION contains a great deal of skilfully presented erotica, Florence Guerin and Cyrus Elias star as a troubled couple whose housekeeper, Angela (Katrine Michelsen), breaks through Guerin's stultifying repression with her provocative and dangerous sexuality. Anna (Florence Guerin) is the much younger wife of an upper-middle-class functionary, who, at the film's beginning, is suffering from her inability to conceive a child. To further frustrate and confuse her, her husband's aging and care intensive mother is sharing their home, and there is the maid, Angela (Trine Michelsen), who has a liberated and natural attitude toward sexuality. Angela eventually leads Anna on a journey into sexual discovery, and the two young ladies deliver a number of scenes together that are very sexy, and actually quite innocent. The games do progressively become more daring, and as the stakes rise, the relationship of the two women ends on a rather cruel note...

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DUEL AT SUNDOWN (1965)-In german with english subs. Cast: Peter van Eyck (Don McGow), Carole Gray (Nancy Parker/Greenwood), Wolfgang Kieling (Punch Parker/Greenwood), Terence Hill (as Mario Girotti) (Larry McGow), Carl Lange (pastor), Walter Barnes (Pa McGow). Arizona, 1890. Rancher McDow has two sons: Don, the eldest, is head above the rest and Larry, the younger one, lives in his shadow. His silent admiration for his brother slowly changes to hate. To prove to himself and his family that he has become a real man, Larry chooses a path of crime and violence...

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HUNTED CITY (1980)-Letterboxed print. This film seems to be some kind of sequel to "Comissario Di Ferro". There are much parallels to it. Commissario Paolo Ferro (Maurizio Merli) stars as a (typical) tough cop again. This time he returns to the city of Milan to go after a murder corporation. Acampora (Mario Merola) is believed to be the prime suspect although he later proves to be one of the mafia's targets. As if all that wasn't enough, Paolo has to face his own nephew who seems to be involved in all sorts of dirty business. This is even better than CONVOY BUSTERS, thanks to the unexpected plot twists, robberies, shootouts, car chases and explosions! HUNTED CITY benefits from excellent direction and cinematography and a funky Stelvio Cipriani score. A Stelvio Massi's violent crime masterpiece.

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IN THE NAME OF THE ITALIAN PEOPLE (1971)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Director: Dino Risi, Cast:Ugo Tognazzi ...  Mariano Bonifazi, Vittorio Gassman ...  Lorenzo Santenocito , Ely Galleani ...  Silvana Lazzorini , Yvonne Furneaux ...  Lavinia Santenocito. An obscure Italian magistrate suspects that a well-known industrialist commited murder, and decides to investigate him, and bring him to court, whatever it takes. But - will the magistrate have it in him to go against impossible odds, in the name of the Italian people he represents? A neat thriller in the vein of INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION.

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KARATE GIRL (1974)-Turkish trash! Deaf-mute blondie (Akin) lives a poor but idyllic life with her old father working as florists. One day five escaped convicts visits their house. They kill the old man, rape the girl and steal all their money. These convicts looks and act like real sleaze bags, Rifki from "midnight express" seems like a choirboy in comparision. Because of the very cruel rape, the girl gets a shock which leads to that her speech comes back. She swears to get here revenge, so she educate herself to be a cop and Karate-expert (this goes really quick and by the time she is finished the crooks are still unleashed)...Needless to say she kicks the shit out of all of them!

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A MINUTE TO PRAY...A SECOND TO DIE (1968)-Uncut version runs 20 minutes longer (118 minutes) than the US dvd release. Cast: Alex Cord (Clay McCord), Arthur Kennedy (Marshal Roy W. Colby), Robert Ryan (Governor Lem Carter). Clay McCord (Alex Cord) is a former outlaw determined to live the life of a law-abiding citizen. Colby (Arthur Kennedy) is the town marshall who keeps law and order. Not far from the peaceful town is a haven for criminals led by Kraut (Mario Brega), a trigger happy outlaw who welcomes those who are wanted by the law. McCord worries that he may have the epilepsy that plagued his father and hastened his demise. He battles the sadistic gunman while hoping for a pardon from the sympathetic governor (Robert Ryan). He also falls for the lovely Laurinda (Nicoletta Machiavelli) as he walks between the two worlds of the law and the lawless in this action-packed and often bloody western adventure.

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THE MONSTROUS DR CRIMEN (1953)-In Spanish with english subs. The first major medical sci/fi movie in Mexico, loosely based on the Frankenstein story, laying the foundations of the genres that came to dominate Hispanic Science Fictionin the 60's and 70's, as exempified by the work of Jesus Franco from 'Gritos en la Noche' (1962) onwards. Set in the Balkans, this story concerns a bored journalist, Nora (miroslava) who is ordered by her boss (Wagner) to follow up a mysterious advertisement placed by Dr Ling (Linares Rivas). Ling turns out to be a misshapen creature who, rejected by his peers, has become the stereotypical mad scientist, here specializing in plastic surgery. He falls in love with Nora but fearing she will betray him he resuscitates a young man who committed suicide, Ariel (Navarro) by transplanting a new brain into him, and order him to fetch Nora so that he can kill her. However...

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OPHELIA (1963)-In French with english subs. Claude Chabrol's update of the classic story. It is the grim story of a young man who gets Shakespearean-style revenge against the uncle who married the young fellow's mother...Cast:Alida Valli ... Claudia Lesurf, Claude Cerval ... Adrien Lesurf, André Jocelyn ... Yvan Lesurf.

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OSS 117 TAKES A VACATION (1970)-in French with english subs. The rarest and last of the OSS 117 series (before the series was jumpstarted recently), it stars Luc Merenda as the titular character. OSS 117 (Luc Merenda) is the French secret agent working for the CIA. His Brazilian vacation is interrupted when he kills a look alike villain stalking him. Soon he is pursued by international agents who believe he is the dead man. Elsa Martinelli provides his romantic interest in a film that patterns itself after the many James Bond features. Elsa martinelli co-stars.

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RED COATS (1975)-Letterboxed print. Cormack the Mountie. Most feared by the rugged pioneer villains at the turn of the century. Cormack (Fabio Testi) has a mysterious bond with 'Caribou', an outlaw that the Mountie had jailed and has now escaped from prison. Caribou (Guido Mannari) returns to seek revenge from his captor and the tension mounts as kidnapping, danger and the fierce Canadian winter hinder Cormack's dogged pursuit of this cunning enemy. Lionel Stander has a decent role as Doctor Higgins in this decent western style film from director Joe D'Amato.

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SANTO VS THE WOLFWOMEN (1976)-In Spanish with english subs. Somewhere in a small village in Mexico, a werewolf clan selects a new queen. Once installed she plots the end of the Harker family, who are hated because they are immune to the curse of lycanthropy. The few remaining Harkers' ask for Santo’s help, because he’s a silver symbol and, well, you know werewolves. Santo at first refuses to believe this nonsense but after being attacked by werewolf after werewolf, and seeing a Harker nearly get assassinated, he grudgingly joins the fight against the furries. As Santo has been bitten (it took some effort, the dog was remarkably reluctant for a Shepherd) he has until the next red moon to exterminate the entire clan or he will turn into a werewolf himself. The plot thickens when (surprisingly) the lead Harker and the werewolf queen manage to kill each other early on. This causes Lycar, the King of the Werewolves, to fly over from Transylvania to take care of business himself, eager for a one-on-one with the Silver Hero Santo.

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SCANDALO (1976)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Franco Nero's scummiest role ever!!  1940 France just before the great invasion. Eliane is a pharmacist who is married to her dull husband and has a teenage daughter. Eliane is an attractive woman who has let her passion fall dormant. One evening, the pharmacy clerk makes a pass at her when he thinks she is another girl. Soon she lets the passion overtake her and she soon becomes his sex slave. Armand (Franco Nero) is a shopboy, living with his mother in 1940 France. Elianne (Lisa Gastoni)is the unfullfilled wife for whom Armand works in the Pharmacy below the apartment where she lives with her husband and daughter. The Germans are due to arrive in Paris. One night Armand gropes a woman he believes to be Juliette the shopgirl in the dark at closing. It is not Juliette, it is Elianne. Elianne is incensed but when she tries to tell her husband, he interrupts and tells her about his latest treasured art discovery. Distracted and disgusted with her husband, Elianne decides not to tell him at all.

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STRESS FOR 3 (1968)-In Spanish with english subs. Directed by Carlos Saura. A married couple and a male friend leave together on a weekend vacation. Stress is brought on by the husband's jealousies. He hopes to play out his fantasies with his friend and wife in order to justify revenge. Geraldine Chaplin, Juan Luis Galiardo, and Fernando Cebrian star in this odd tryst that is heavy on insects and the voyeuristic machinations of the husband's mind. Pushing this film still further into realms of delirium, Saura's subtle but chilling use of homoerotic, even sadomasochistic, imagery makes you wonder just WHO the husband is most possessive of. His wife or the other man? A langorous scene where he watches the younger man swimming. A fetishistic interlude with black leather and a motorbike. (Has Saura seen Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising?) Recurring visions of Saint Sebastian - the classic homoerotic saint, naked and pierced full of arrows. Strong stuff indeed for Spanish cinema under Franco. It all adds up to one of Saura's most oblique and tantalising works... And Geraldine Chaplin looks particularly exquisite in her blonde wig!

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TINTO BRASS SHORTS COLLECTION #3 (1995)-In Italian with english subs. #1 Quattro [4] (Four)- A brand new experience for four people, as they enjoy one night of wild passion and experimentation - realizing their own sexuality. #2- Improper Liaisons- When a cousin comes to visit, she seduces the entire family! Daughter decides to escape this sordidness, thinking that things will be better back at school. Imagine her surprise when she discovers that her teacher is a . . . cigar smoking nun? #3- Hold My Wrists Tight- "Hold my wrists Tight" - Set in a clinic, a story of a doctor who takes advantage of his patient whilst his secretary takes advantage of the photocopier repairer who happens to be female.

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LA VERITE (1958)-In French with english subs, This French-Italian romantic crime thriller is titled The Truth in English. Henri-Georges Clouzot directed sexpot Brigitte Bardot as Dominique Marceau, who is accused of killing her boyfriend. The question for the jury is whether the murder was premeditated or a crime of passion. Marceau had come from a small town to take up a sexually adventuresome life on the Left Bank in Paris. She has an affair with Gilbert Tellier (Sami Frey), the boyfriend of her sister Annie (Marie-Jose Nat). Dominique moves on to other romances, but Tellier won't let go of her. They fight and eventually separate. Tellier becomes a renowned orchestra conductor while Dominique descends into prostitution. She eventually learns that her sister and Tellier are engaged, and this knowledge leads up to the events that lead her to court. Also starring Charles Vanel and Paul Meurisse.

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MAY 2017 UPDATE

7 FROM TEXAS (1964)-Letterboxed print. Cast: Paul Piaget (Bob Carey / Gringo), Claudio Undari (as Robert Hundar)(Ringo), Fernando Sancho (Scometti), Gloria Milland (Mary/Maria). 10 minutes longer than previous versions! A young man called Bob Carey (Paul Piaget)is released from prison. He has spent five years in jail for shooting a man in a duel; although he maintained it was self-defense, the three brothers of the victim, led by Ringo (Robert Hundar) have sentenced him to death.This effort from director Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent is definitely a pre-Leone western. It has the feel of a classic American western and - very typical for these early Spanish westerns - vengeance is still presented as a reprehensible feeling. Even Fernando Sancho's ebullient trouble-maker is another indication that we're in pre-Leone land: he's not yet the Mexican villain he'd soon become (thanks to the Ringo movies).

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THE BLOOD STAINED LAWN (1973)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Oh My God!! Awesome eurotrash horror from Italy!! An agent of UNESCO (nothing to do with the organization UN Protection of Cultural Heritage) discovers that a bottle of wine produced by a famous Italian wine is contained blood. The scene shifts Emilia-Romagna early 70s. A couple of hippies in their wanderings, they come across a certain Antonio accompanying them in the house where he lives with his sister and brother in law. In the sumptuous dwelling the two young people encounter strange characters: a gypsy woman, a prostitute and a disturbing drunk (Lucio Dalla). The host calms them by saying that he is only a producer of wines and loves to entertain strange people. In fact, Mr. Anthony is a madman who has created a mechanism, a kind of robot that can suck blood from human bodies. Marina Malfatti stars.

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BOYS FROM A VIOLENT ROME (1976)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. This extremely obscure Italian production tells the story of a modern day neo-Nazi youth gang that meets in a place decorated with swasticas and a poster of the "Führer". The members of this gang are all bored teenagers from rich families. One of the gang prefers playing pin pall to getting a girlfriend, because playing pin ball literally gets him off. The leader of the gang indulges in violent sexual fantasies, which ultimately leads to rape and murder. This inspires a teen gang from the streets, whose members are poor kids from the ghetto. The film precedes some of Larry Clark's issues in his films "Kids" and "Bully" for about two decades. Inspired by the Circeo onslaught, happened in the summer of  1975, where two girls were kidnapped and one of them was killed after many days of sex, violence and torture.The actress Cristina Businari sued the director because, according to her, he concentrated his attention on her pubic area!!

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LA BRUJA (1954)-In Spanish with english subs. When a respected medical doctor (Julio Villarreal) invents a way to turn ugly people into knockouts, his peers are so jealous that they collectively destroy his lab. But though the doc may be down, he isn't out, transforming the hideous woman locals call La Bruja (Lilla del Valle) -- "The Witch" -- into a ravishing beauty with a taste for revenge. What he doesn't count on is that La Bruja falls in love … and with one of her victims, no less. Director: Chano Urueta. Obscure and atmospheric Mexican Horror film.

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CRY OF THE VAMPIRE (1972)-In Spanish with english subs, letterboxed print. Spansh horror film by Javier Elioretta. A small rural Spanish village of the present is haunted by vampires. Dr.Dora Maeterlick is called to a nearby castle to cure the father of Baron Carl von Rysselbert who suffers from a strange blood disease. Erika, assistant to Doctor, falls in love with Carl. But Carl is a vampire and pretty soon he makes Erika his vampire bride. From now on Dr. Maeterlick plunges into a nightmarish whirl of dark happenings...Features some surrealistic touches like torture by tickling (with feathers!).

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THE DEVIL'S BED (1976)-In german with english subs, letterboxed print. This Austrian 1976 movie sounded interesting because the main actors are John Phillip Law and Florinda Bolkan ! And it is indeed very strange , J.P. Law is an engineer who visits a small town to work out plans to build a highway through that area. The superstitious inhabitants are very upset about this plan and let him feel he`s not welcome . Somehow they have a sorcerer (!!!) in the village who plays bad tricks+illusions on J.P. Law . Florinda Bolkan (who has some nudity here) is a student of that magician , learning nature-bound witchcraft . Of course , she falls in love with the engineer , which leads to more trouble ... The major theme of the movie nature vs. technical development , but it is really surreal at many moments , even throwing in some nudity + a little gore ! A weird mix of horror , social-criticism and "Heimatfilm" ! Too bad it is unpopular outside Germany ( it`s pretty unknown there , too) ... a really obscure gem !

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DON GIOVANNI IN SICILY (1967)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Fans of Ewa Aulin, take note!! Directed by Alberto Lattuada. Cast: Lando Buzzanca ... Giovanni Percolla, Katia Moguy ... Ninetta Marconella , Katia Christine ... Françoise, Ewa Aulin ... Wanda. Giovanni Percolla lives in Catania surrounded by the attentive cares of his three sisters. He permanently acts like a Don Giovanni to hide his real poor "knowledge" of women. With his friend he moves also to Rome but women still continue to remain part of his fantasies. But Giovanni succeeded to build anyway a fame of "seducer of women". One day he meets the real love of Maria Antonietta and decides to marry.

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THE DOOR AND THE BUTCHER'S WIFE (1968)-In Spanish with english. More awesome Mexi-Horror!! Director: Luis Alcoriza, Ismael Rodriguez, Chano Urueta.. [The Door] Guests at a cocktail party discover a strange being lurking behind a door. When the door is opened, it tries to gain entry into the room; when it’s closed, it returns to where it came from. The terrified guests discuss what the nature of the thing might be, until the party takes a bizarre and unexpected turn. [The Butcher’s Wife]: During the Mexican Revolution, a butcher and his wife murder a man for his gold. The wife takes the money and deserts her husband. Left alone and under suspicion, the butcher’s guilty conscience leads him to experience hallucinatory visions of his crime. The Door and The Butcher’s Wife was intended to be the first of several multi-part films that would form an “Anthology of Fear”, but only this picture was ever completed. The Door is the shorter (26 min.) of the two stories and is not unlike an episode of the American T.V. series The Twilight Zone. The segment stars two familiar faces from lucha and horror films, Armando Silvestre and Ana Luisa Peluffo, and was photographed by the legendary Gabriel Figueroa. The Edgar Allan Poe-ish tale The Butcher’s Wife features two great stars of Mexican cinema, Ignacio López Tarso and Katy Jurado. Jurado spent part of her career in Hollywood and is perhaps best remembered as Gary Cooper’s mistress in the classic western High Noon. Playing the part of an old priest is co-director Chano Urueta, well known for his horror movies such as The Witch’s Mirror and The Brainiac.  

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FACE OF TERROR (1962)-In Spanish with english subs, letterboxed print. Lisa Gaye and Fernando rey star. A scientist develops a serum that can eradicate scar tissue. He tries it on a girl with a horribly disfigured face. It succeeds, but then he discovers the girl is an escaped mental patient from a local asylum.

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HORRIBLE SEXY VAMPIRE (1970)-Letterboxed print. Like many self-centered nosferatu, this horrible sexy vampire alternates between peeking at naked women, feeding his blood frenzy, and lamenting the loneliness of his curse, from which he yearns to be free. Only his descendant can set him free, or something to that effect. A couple of the world’s dumbest cops show up from time to time to insinuate that the descendant might have something to do with the murder, but then dismiss the assertion as nothing more than good-natured ribbing. I did sort of appreciate that, as I’m quite tired of the “innocent man is accused of a vampire’s crimes” type of storytelling. Or, you know, anything where someone must race against a police investigation to prove their own innocence.

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THE LAST MAN (1969)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. Obscure French SF film. A man, his wife, and a female friend emerge from a cave exploring expedition to find that the rest of the world has died from a nuclear disaster.  Complications arrive when the man begins to neglect his wife and fall in love with the other woman. France has only produced a handful of sci-fi works.This one is obviously handicapped by a shoestring budget and an amateurish playing -although the male lead ,Jean-Claude Bouillon became famous in the seventies in his native country with the "Brigade du Tigre" miniseries.
The neutron bomb has destroyed all the human beings but three :a man and two women (to be precise four if you include a she-goat not counting ants).There's the rub: if these were spared because they were underground, many more should have been saved too. The director was probably burning with a desire to get a brand new message across :Man is evil ,he invented war and destruction, so why not trying a new world it is never too late to build ? This time, there will not be Adam and Eve but two Eves (with a baby boy for one of them was pregnant by the male survivor)."

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THE LOVEMAKERS (1962)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Jean-Paul Belmondo and Claudia Cardinale star in this Mauro Bolognini directed film. The original Italian is La Viaccia (the name of the family farm which motivates the plot). The death of a wealthy patriarch in 1885 sets off an interfamily power struggle. Son Ferdinando buys out his other relatives in order to gain full control over the dead man's property. But Ferdinando's country-bumpkin nephew Amerigo holds out. Amerigo's stance is weakened when he heads for the city and meets prostitute Bianca. To support her in the manner in which she is accustomed, Amerigo steals from his uncle. Disgraced in the eyes of his family, Amerigo decides to stay near his beloved Bianca by becoming a bouncer in her brothel.

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THE POSSESSED WOMAN (1968)-In Spanish with english subs, AN AMA ZING MEXICAN HORROR FILM!! Directed by Emilio Gómez Muriel, Cast:Libertad Leblanc -Female vampire, Enrique Rocha, Juan Miranda. An evil princess who kills her lovers is condemned by the Inquisition. Four centuries later she returns with the help of a vampire and tries to live forever in the body of an identical woman.

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SADISTIC HALLUCINATIONS (1969)-In French with english subs. A strange mix of giallo, arthouse and whodunit the film follows Clara, the mistress of Charles as she suffers from various hallucinations about Anne the wife of her lover. The film begins to swirl into strange territory as the tale unfolds into a bizarre murder mystery. Stars daniel gelin and Anouk Ferjac star.

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SATAN LEADS THE DANCE (1962)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. Cast: Jacques Perrin ...  Ivan, Catherine Deneuve ...  Manuelle, Henri-Jacques Huet ...  Jean-Claude, Françoise Brion ...  Monica, Bernadette Lafont ...  Isabelle. In a complex sequence of romantic musical chairs, this routine, New Wave style drama looks at a series of couples that have come together for awhile in the villa of a wealthy tycoon who has a few emotional hang-ups. The business magnate has fallen for a sudsy, superficial actress, but she is not particularly interested in him. Instead, she has her eyes on a writer -- and although he has his own girlfriend at the moment, that does not seem to matter to anyone except the girlfriend. She is ticked off at the actress's attentions to her boyfriend and in pure spite strikes up a relationship with the male half of another couple. He is a womanizer and his girlfriend is rich and spoiled. And so it goes -- until tragedy comes into the picture and ends the ennui.

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SECRETS OF THE EGYPTIAN MUMMY (1973)-In Spanish with english subs. Cast: Jorge Rigaud, Frank Brana, Michael Flynn, Catherine Franck, Teresa Gimpera. Posing as an Egyptologist, a police detective comes to a small town to investigate the disappearance of several young people in the region. Locals attribute these facts to the strange practices that take place in the castle of Dartmoor. Detective James Barton (Frank Brana) come to the castle of Count Dartmoor (George Rigaud) a scientist and archaeologist who tells a terrible story about the discovery of an ancient mummy and  the discovery of a scroll that reveals the strange preservation process he was subjected to. When Barton enters the castle Count Dartmoon is viciously whipping a severed hand that is chained to the wall. Barton presents himself as an Egyptologist, but you can not fool Dartmoon who reads the mind of the detective. We the viewer are then thrust into one flashback after another as we learn of the horrible secrets of the mummy and his need for young girls to quench his "thirst".

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SHIP OF CONDEMNED WOMEN (1953)-In Italian with english subs. May Britt and Ettore manni star. n eighteenth century Italy, a young bride's (May Britt) wedding is interrupted by a police inspector named Victor Macdonald (Giorgio Capecchi). It seems she's under arrests for some vile deed! The bride's parents bring familial pressure to bear on the bride's cousin (Kermina), who takes the rap. She's found guilty (I get the impression that the crime is having an abortion, but I'm really just guessing.) Despite the efforts of her young lawyer (Ettore Manni), she's found guilty and sentenced to...Well, whatever it is, it has something to do with floating around on a big boat with other women, and she's carted off. Her valiant lawyer stows away on the "nave delle donne maledette", aided by a guard who, in better days, was a friendly monk. Also aboard is the young bride, winning over the captain with amorous advances. How can the lawyer prove his client innocent in such circumstances?All this happens in the first hour and a quarter of the film. It's a very talky movie at the beginning, for those of you expecting something more like a modern WIP film. It's much closer to an Italian costume version of Caged; with less outright perversion. The ending, though, is wonderful. Surrealist critic Ado Kyrou described the movie in these terms: "[A movie] in which sadism, revolt, eroticism, religion, and melodrama conspire to form a series of problematically linked scene dependent on the commonplace, raised by its rigor to the level of pure involuntary poetry". I's mostly the last 15 minutes h's talking about. Reminded me of Lysistrata as written by... well, by an unknown Italian studio hack in the 50s. Why else should you see it? It's a women in prison film. On a boat.

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TRAP (1968)-In french with english subs. It starts off with Fernando Arrabal in a shop full of rat poison and huge traps showing off his wares. Then after a brief interlude with a couple of nuns on bicycles, we come to the main part of the film. Those two queens of the French New Wave Bernadette Lafont and Bulle Ogier run amok in a large, old house, attacking it with axes and breaking into a safe with a blow torch. They also plaster their faces with exaggerated makeup, throw food and wander around in their undies. There is strange clanking machinery, echoes of the Frankenstein creation myth and eyes peering through the holes in a family portrait. Not really a horror film, but it ends up riffing on horror motifs.

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THE UNNATURALS (1969)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Long missing in action, this great Italian gothic horror film by Antonio Margheriti is finally here! Joachim Fuchsberger, Dominique Boschero, Claudio Camasso, and Marianne Koch star. A group of people returning from a party, suffered an unfortunate accident in a terrible storm. They are forced to take refuge in an old hotel, where they are invited to participate in a seance. From there it sets off a deep pipeline of events with a tragic end.

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THE APE WOMAN (1964)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. This is the original downbeat European version (an upbeat version was made for the US market). Directed by Marco ferreri, it stars Ugo Tognazzi and Annie Giradot. Annie Girardot was an extremely good looking woman then and yet, they managed with the full make up of a bearded woman, to almost conceal that fact (almost, because she had a heady mouth and a magnificent classic profile). Her character is enormously pathetic since not only her face, but her whole body is covered with hair (a 'beast', a 'monster', as they say talking about her problem in front of her as if she didn't have any kind of feelings), and you are on her side from the very introduction of the character, which is beautifully done. She is so vulnerable, so hurt, obviously since the moment she was born. Unfortunately the script is very sketchy about the characters, and all of a sudden she loses this primitiveness to the point of becoming a sultry man-eater (on a dreadful show that she and her husband organized for a Parisian night club, since by now she's a sort of 'celebrity') but no woman with her upbringing could ever pull out such a bag of tricks --like they say about Marylin Monroe's character in "Niagara", when she appears with that red dress "Honey, to wear a dress like that, you have to start laying your plans when you were three years old!". We see throughout the film how repulsive is the character played by Ugo Tognazzi, a man completely unscrupulous, but the last scene of this film unveils him as utterly despicable. Magnificent actor Tognazzi. Splendid black and white photography. The music fits the goings on like a glove. The editing impeccable. Great director.

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BODY OF LOVE (1972)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Mimsy Farmer stars in this bizarre love story! A father and a son meet for a holiday on a beach. The father is 62 and a researcher of insect life, the son is 15 and at a boarding school. They don't have to say much to each other and both agree to „stop the experiment". But then they come across the inert body of a unconscious young woman. They carry her to their beach house. She regains consciousness and it turns out that she speaks a language they do not understand. They treat her as their property, take her to the beach, to the small restaurant nearby and on boat trips. The woman's presence enables father and son to come to terms. One day she disappears and they find her together with her hunky diver boyfriend who speaks her language as well as theirs. Father and son don't like this intrusion into their harmonious triangle and they start fiddling with the hunk's oxygen tanks ...

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THE BURNING BARN (1973)-In french with english subs, letterboxed print. Cast:Alain Delon - Le juge Pierre Larcher , Simone Signoret - Rose, Miou-Miou - Monique. In an isolated, snow-covered region of France, Rose lives with her family on a remote farm. When the body of a young woman is found nearby, suspicion falls on Rose’s two sons, Paul and Louis, who were away from home at the time of the murder. Pierre Larcher investigates the murder, but as he does so he uncovers some secrets about Rose’s family which were best left untouched…

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CASANOVA: CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE (1969)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Two moments in the life of the famous adventurer: as a child in 1733-34 in Padua, and as a boy in 1742 in Venice, when he decides to cast off the clothes of a young Abbot and start his new life. An amiable reconstruction of the period, with Gherardi, set and costume designer, who keeps an eye on the painting by Pietro Longhi in describing a rich and decadent Venice. Stars Senta Berger (brief nudity), Leonard Whiting, Tina Aumont and lionel Stander.

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DEATH HUNT (1977)-Letterboxed print. Tano Cimarosa plays grieving father of his baby daughter who was ran over by a car full of violent criminals.So he decides to avenge death of his child by  killing them one by one .Al Cliver plays violent Maurizio Merli-like inspector who tries to get rid of the thugs from Messina. Pretty good and sleazy vigilante thriller with several nasty scenes of violence and rape/rape attempt plus a healthy dose of full-frontal nudity. The film looks extremely cheap and is so trashy and exploitative that it truly has to be seen to be believed. I must say that I enjoyed this one more than Cimarosa's giallo "Reflections In Black". Good to see Paola Quattrini as the rich kidnap victim. So if you are in the mood for Italian "Death Wish" give this exploitation classic a look. Favorite kill scene: Tano stabs to death gang's leader during the shower.

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AN EYE FOR AN EYE (1967)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Eurospy fans rejoice, here's another obscure but great film from that genre. Director: Miguel Iglesias and starring Giacomo Rossi-Stuart and Mónica Randall. A flood of counterfeit dollars  creates  alarm in the world marketplace. Jeff, a dynamic young journalist is commissioned by the director of his newspaper to investigate this  very strange case: finds out the whereabouts of his friend, Professor Norton who  mysteriously disappeared and may be involved in causing the monetary chaos.

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HATE IS MY GOD (1969)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Man, this is one demented spaghetti western!! Director: Claudio Gora and starring Tony Kendall and Carlo Giordana. A young man returns to his village, and with the help of a black-clad stranger, seeks revenge for the murder of his brother against three men who are now notable men of the town. This one is really offbeat, I wonder what the director was thinking back then. Think awkward scenes of sadistic violence accompanied by happy music, hysterical laughter, bizarre behavior. Valerio Fioravanti - young Vincent Kearney (as Giusva Fioravanti):Child actor who later became a neo-fascist terrorist. Was arrested and convicted for homicide of policemen and for the slaughter in Bologna station.

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H2S (1969)-In Italian with english subs. This is the second movie directed by Roberto Faenza, after Escalation and before Copkiller). At the time it had strong problems with censorship and was rarely screened. Considering that H2S was never released on vhs or any other media and appeared -to my knowledge- only one time on Italian tv, this is a very very rare flick. The plot revolves around a young student who runs away from a 1984esque dictatorship, lives for a while with a crazy girl (Carole Andre') in a surrealistic "igloo" in snowy wilderness and then returns with destructive intentions against the oppressive system. The story is very much in the spirit of post '68, but the set designs are really rich and creative. Great appearence by Lionel Stander. Soundtrack, as usual for Faenza's movies, is by Morricone. The title refers to the chemical formula of hydrosulfuric acid.

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METTI, UNA SERA A CENA (1969)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Written by Dario Argento! An almost absurdly stylish piece of arty erotica, this Giuseppe Patroni Griffi film shows us glamorous people indulging in kinky sexual games, wearing hip 60s clothes and lounging about in chic Italian villas. What more could one ask out of life? As if to assure us, the callow public, that such wanton goings-on can lead only to a bad end, the script has one character intone solemnly into the camera: "I am obscenely and disgustingly happy. I am deformed and destroyed by my happiness." There are worse problems to be had.The plot centres on a famous writer (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who fantasises an affair between his wife (Florinda Bolkan) and his best friend, a bisexual actor (Tony Musante). Unbeknown to him, the pair have in fact been lovers for years. Not only that, they have drawn a third player into their bedroom games - an anarchist/poet/actor/gigolo (Lino Capolicchio) who squats in a dankly luxurious basement and makes love to Bolkan under a Nazi swastika flag. Their menage a trois scene - mild enough by today's standards - made the film a scandalous success on its release. In fact, Patroni Griffi gets more erotic mileage from a shot of three clasped hands than Zalman King could get from a sea of naked, thrashing bodies. While his wife is thus engaged, Trintignant drifts into an affair with a rich but lonely single woman (Annie Girardot). It's Trintignant and Girardot (unsurprisingly) who walk away with the acting honours. Musante and Capolicchio flare their nostrils and bat their eyes to signal their sexual ambiguity. The lovely Bolkan may not be able to act, but with those tiger eyes and Modigliani cheekbones, she hardly needs to. Her wardrobe alone - including a silver chain mail gown with matching helmet - makes it worth sitting through the occasional longueurs. And it's all offset to perfection by Ennio Morricone's coolly sensual jazz score.

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MY FRIEND JEKYLL (1960)-In Italian with english subs. DIRECTED BY: Marino Girolami and starring Ugo Tognazzi , Abbe Lane , Hélène Chanel , Linda Sini , Luigi Pavese , Anna Campori , Tina Gloriani , Dori Dorika , Mimmo Poli. Professor Fabius has found a way of transferring his personality to another person and he transfers his to the body of Giacinto Floria, a nice teacher in a women's college. Poor Giacinto becomes a sex maniac to the puzzlement of his girlfriend Mafalda. The idea for the film was to make a modern version of the myth of Jekyll and Hyde in Italy during the economic miracle where it still seems possible to strike up a good-natured caricature of the respectable bourgeois and laugh at the distinctions between class and social class . Designed as a vehicle for the couple Tognazzi-Vianello on the small screen was enjoying great success, and reinforced by the presence of Abbe Lane , another star of the popular television variety on Saturday, the story is lost quickly in the easy comedy that at times perplexed and appalled critics...

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UNCERTAIN DEATH aka LA MUERTE INCIERTA (1973)-In Spanish with english subs, letterboxed print. Let me lead off this update with a film that has been on my all time list to see for over 25 years. Directed by Jose Larraz and starring Mary Maude (The brunette from VAMPYRES) and Rosalba Neri! A planter lives with his son in a remote area of India and embarks on an affair with a local girl. On returning to England he remarries and his grief-stricken lover kills herself. But the planter is now overcome by an irrational superstitious fear and is becoming convinced that his son and new wife are having an affair.

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CAVALRY CHARGE (1964)-In Spanish with english subs, letterboxed print. One of four Spanish westerns directed by Ramón Torrado between 1964-1965. Starring: Alan Scott, Frank Latimore, Diana Lorys, María Silva, Alfonso Rojas, Juan Cortés & Luis Barboo. Paul, a Mountie, has been expelled from Fort Calgary for having an affair with the Major's fiancée. While on his way to his new post, he meets Valerie, a young woman whose carriege is stuck in a river. Once at the fort he finds out that Valerie is Inspector Bedford's fiancée, but he keeps seeing her anyway. One day, while on patrol, Paul sees how some settlers kill a few Indians. After making a report, other Mounties go after the murderers while Paul is placed under arrest by the jealous Inspector Bedford. Meanwhile, the Indians led by Chief Brown Bear want to avenge their dead braves and they start a war against the settlers.

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CAMORRA (1985)-In English with Greek subs. Italo-Crime film by Lina wertmueller starring Angela Molina, Harvey Keitel, and Paolo Bona celli. The vicious drug-related killings of young pre-teen boys are the fuel that moves this mystery-actioner into high gear. After Annunziata (Angela Molina) opens up a hostel with her friend Antonio (Daniel Ezralow) she is saved from being raped by a Camorra (organized crime) boss when the gangster is suddenly killed. The killer escapes before Annunziata is able to see who it was. Following this murder are several others and always with the same "signature" -- a needle through one of the testicles of the victims. Everyone suspects a drug war is on because the slain men are cocaine-heroin pushers. In a subplot, Annunziata's young son is forced to run drugs (underage children cannot be prosecuted), making him the next candidate for murder. As the drug dealers continue to be killed off, the identity of the killer -- or killers -- slowly becomes obvious.

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CAVE OF DIAMONDS (1964)-Letterboxed print. This the uncut version so parts in German only.Action/adventure film set in Thailand in 1964.  A Dutch policeman is sent to Thailand masquerading as a journalist to investigate the sudden appearance of a large quantity of diamonds on the market.  He discovers the diamonds are coming from a gangster-run mine near the Mekong River and shuts down their operation.   Then there's Joe Warren (Brad Harris), an undercover agent for America who is looking for the Yellow Tiger, a really bad guy! who's also interested in the diamonds.  Also, noted diamond smuggler (Horst Frank) is nosing around too.  Who will find the damn mine and what will they do with its riches when it is discovered? Cave Of Diamonds is nice little eurospy romp that came out from Germany in the early sixties.  There are several examples of this kind of stuff.   If you've seem any of these type of flics, then you know what's in store here.  It's about a bunch of dudes looking for an illegal diamond mine in the jungles of Thailand.  Since none of them trusts each other, they spend most of their time spying, following, and cross examining each other to find out what the others are up to.  Undercover journalist Werner Homfeld played by Paul Hubschmid eventually teams up with Joe Warren [Brad Harris] in the investigation.  Other bad dude Philippe Lemaire spies on both of them and follows their investigation, hoping to find the mine after eliminating the others.  Then we have another shady character played by Cult Favorite Horst Frank who's also in on the party.   Everybody is watching everybody else just to make sure that they don't get ahead of them too much.  Eventually all of this gets out of hand and explodes into an action-packed finale when the mine is located and the boys make their way out into the jungle to find the mine.

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DICK SMART (1967)-Finally, a beautiful widescreen version of this awesome Eurospy film. If you're a fan of far-out Euro-Spy films from the 60s with cool sets and set-pieces,exotic locations, Margaret Lee, groovy music, and over-the-top gadgets, and if the lack of a coherent plot doesn't bother you, then Dick Smart 2.007 is a must see. Actually, I'm not sure if the plot is really all that incoherent or if the audio on my transfer was so bad that I often couldn't tell what was going on. But why let a little thing like the plot get in the way of this much fun? What I did get out of it – Lady Lister (Margaret Lee) has gathered five of the most renowned nuclear scientists in the world and stashed them in her secret, underground Brazilian lair. She has developed a means of converting coal into diamonds using a controlled nuclear explosion. She has a partner in crime, McDiamond, who sees other possibilities for Lady Lister's discovery. The CIA (at least I think it was the CIA) hires part-time super-spy Dick Smart (Richard Wyler) to put a stop to their plans.

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THE DOUBLE (1971)-Nice widescreen print for this excellent Giallo/thriller! Romolo Guerrieri's The Double has tried to do something a little different with the common Giallo formula, and like the latter film; this one isn't entirely successful, although it's certainly an intriguing take on Italy's finest style of film-making. The plot is narrated via a series of flashbacks, and while this gives the film a rather disjointed feel, the talented director ensures that every scene flows well and is relevant to the plot. The focus of this movie isn't on murder, despite someone being shot in the opening scene and it's always clear that the characters are the star of this show. The film revolves around Frank; the man shot at the beginning, as he lies in a pool of blood, he thinks back to how he got into that position - a story that centers on the mother of his nineteen year old girlfriend. Frank is an architect living off his father's allowance and he's also a jealous lover. He doesn't like his girlfriend seeing an American holidaymaker, also staying in Morocco - but he also can't resist the lure of his girlfriend's sexy mother...Lots of nudity thanks to Ewa Aulin!

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EROTIC INFERNO (1976)- Mary Millington, Heather Deeley, Jenny Westbrook, Chris Chittell and Michael Sheard all in the same film! After learning of their father's death, two nasty, bickering brothers, "Martin" (Christopher Chittel) and "Paul" (Karl Lanchbury), descend on their father's estate where they find themselves locked out of the main house by their father's unpleasant butler/procurer "Adam" until the will is read. While they wait in the guest house, all three men amuse themselves by having a lot of swinging 70's sex with the sundry available women including "Adam's" casual girlfriend (Jenny Westbrook), "Martin's" fiancée (Jeannie Collings), and the lovely young stable lass (Heather Deeley) with a very jealous lesbian lover (Mary Millington). But there's a very big surprise in store for everybody. . .

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EROTISSIMO (1968)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Starring Jean Yanne and Annie Giradot; 'Erotissimo' may be the most Sixties movie ever. A satire on the use of sexual imagery in advertising; 'Erotissimo' makes 'Mister Freedom' and 'Danger: Diabolik' look like an 80s Ken Loach movie in comparison. Annie Giradot plays "Annie" a frustrated housewife desperate to gain the attention of her distracted, high-flying businessman husband "Phillipe", played by Jean Yanne. The prevalence of sexual imagery in the media and the saucy gossip of her friends and mother only make matters worse.
Mocked by his own female staff, Phillipe's attention is focused on the visiting tax expert.
Director Gérard Pirès was also responsible for Gainsbourg's 'Mister William' segment on 60s French music show 'Dim Dam Dom' and more recently directed the Luc Besson scripted 'Taxi', one of the most commercially successful French films ever.

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EYES BEHIND THE WALL (1977)-In Italian with english subs. Here's another awesome film finally available in pristine condition! Director: Giuliano Petrelli. Cast:  John Phillip Law, Fernando Rey, and Olga Bisera (she and Law have a very explicit sex scene!). Ivano it's a wheelchair bound man with some strange perversions.He gets his sexual kicks by spying on Arturo, their tenant in the apartment next-door and forcing his sexy accomplice Olga to watch as well.To increase his perverse thrill, Ivano persuades Olga to seduce Arturo and to have sex him as he watches. Unfortunately for all involved, the sex game starts to get very deadly...

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FORBIDDEN LOVE GAMES (1975)-In Spanish with English subs, letterboxed print. A perverse masterpiece by Eloy De La Iglesia! The film begins with a school teacher played by Javier Escriva bidding farewell to his students, who are leaving for the summer. As he is heading home he notices two of his students are hitch-hiking (a boy and a girl, played by John Moulder-Brown and Inma de Santis), and picks them up. He invites them over for dinner and lodging, which they accept. The majority of the film from this point on is set at the mansion, where the two students turn from guests to prisoners under the teacher's command. The teacher has a thuggish (yet sensitive) henchman played by Simon Andreu, who enforces the teacher's wishes. The teacher begins to sexually humiliate and torture the two students until he has mentally brainwashed them into his way of thinking [...] Eventually there is a reversal of roles...

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THE HEADLESS RIDER (1957)-In Spanish with english subs. DIRECTOR Chano Urueta, CAST Luis Aguilar, Flor Silvestre, Jaime Fernandez, Pascual García Peña, Crox Alvarado, Patricia Nieto, William Cramer, Alberto Pedret. The 1956 Headless Rider feature JINETE SIN CABEZA (THE HEADLESS RIDER aka THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN)proved a particularly effective blending of the crime, western and horror genres. The action opens in 1931 with a starkly lit, traveling shot of a line of skull masked "monks" proceeding openly through a darkened town. This bizarre scene mimics the painstaking use of atmospheric lighting that has proved a strong point of the Euro horror film from Dreyer to Franco, and instantly imbues the film with a distinct aura. The grim figures proceed to a secret tribunal where, presided over by a disembodied hand, they pass judgment against a terrified victim. The hand continues to pop up throughout the film, repeatedly emerging from a narrow drawer, creeping through the shadows and even swarming over a door, which it manages to slam in the hero's invisible face. Another weird touch involves a corpse (Crox Alvarado) found concealed within a wall in the heroine's hacienda. After briefly lying in state, the body is duly removed for burial. This, however, is by no means the end of the deceased man's participation in the action. As a peon rather desultorily seals the dead man's corpse into its crypt, the body unexpectedly appears in the heroine's home. It subsequently reappears before her at the local church and returns yet again at the end of the film, to help vanquish the skull-faced legion. The Headless Rider returned in CABEZA DE PANCHO VILLA (THE HEAD OF PANCHO VILLA) and LA MARCA DE SATANAS (THE MARK OF Satan), also released in 1956. Both coming soon!!

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KISS FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE (1963)-In Spanish with english subs. Outstanding and atmospheric B&W Mexican horror! El Beso de Ultratumba is a black and white Mexican Horror Drama that is carried away with good acting and clever dialogs. Unfairly underrated ghost story. The story goes like this: An old couple buried their money on their old mansion (probably in the 17th century). Their life was normal until one night, some thieves (probably horseback thieves) came into their home to steal the money and on their way they cut the old woman's head (the blood still is on the floor!). In desperation, when the husband was about to give them the money, the headless old woman's corpse started to rise, little by little. The thieves tried to escape but then the husband shot them to death. After that, the husband had a heart attack and died. Legend says that the old couple still prowls in the house , and if you hear the ring of an unexsisting bell, it means that they will appear. That's why nobody ever wants to get in there. The house is an ideal place for those who want to spend their last days...When a young couple moves to the fore-mentioned house, strange things start to happen. A mysterious beggar makes an appearance, rats, strange sounds in the night, etc. Until the mystery is solved... What is behind the house's secret? Could it be that the alive are more dangerous than the dead? Life insurances aren't always a good option..."El Beso de Ultratumba" is a movie ahead of it's time. With wicked performances, chilling settings, excellent music, and a good direction. Believe me, this is a quality black and white horror movie with drama elements. The ending twist is very good. Please, try to find this movie and watch it. It's in my opinion, one of the best Mexican Thrillers from the golden era. The settings are beautiful but that is because Mèxico is a beautiful country. Some exteriors have a nostalgic feeling because the antique Mèxico is shown. Antique, lonely, ghostly settings always make me feel nervous. In this movie, those kind of settings are displayed.The house where Laura and her husband arrive is creepy alone because it is a very old structure; a typical Mexican home from the 17th century. I'd love to know more about that house's past. The music is average but fits perfect for the movie's purpose.

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LIBIDO (1965)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Yet another excellent Giallo (shot in B&W) that is finally available in a definitive version! The great Mario Bava is often credited with introducing the Giallo genre with The Girl Who Knew Too Much, and then refining it two years later with his masterpiece Blood and Black Lace; but Ernesto Gastaldi would go on to become one of the premier Giallo screenwriters with such classics as The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh and The Case of the Bloody Iris under his belt; and this little film is his first contribution to the genre. Libido is certainly not as 'Giallo' as Blood and Black Lace; but many of the genre trademarks are present, and it is a very nice little thriller. The film begins with a sequence that sees a young boy witness his father kill his mother inside a room lined with mirrors. His father later kills himself and the boy winds up in a mental hospital; his estate entrusted to his lawyer until the boy turns twenty five. Its years later and the boy is a man and married. He goes to stay in the old house (not really sure why) along with his wife and the lawyer and his wife. However, it's not long before he starts finding clues that maybe his father has returned...The surreal, dreamlike quality is a feature of many Giallo's - and it's a big part of this one too. The screenplay ensures that the audience is always kept guessing and we're never sure of exactly what is going on; and this ensures that the proceedings are always interesting. The film is shot in black and white and obviously very cheaply too (the film was allegedly shot in just eighteen days for a bet), plus the fact that the copy I saw was extremely poor quality means that the cinematography is not particularly nice looking; and so the film may not appeal to the fans of the some of the higher quality genre entries. The cast is very small and features just four performers; and all of them perform well enough. Giancarlo Giannini is the lead actor and is decent in the role; although he would go on to much bigger and better things, while Dominique Boschero and Mara Maryl provide eye candy and the cast is rounded off by Luciano Pigozzi. The film is good for the duration and then things are really kicked up a gear in the final third when the twists start to come into play. Overall, Libido is a very good, if not quite brilliant Giallo, and is recommended to fans of the genre.

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READY FOR ANYTHING (1977)-Letterboxed beautiful print. If you are a fan of Eleonora Giorgi then this one's for you as she has a lot of sex scenes. An unhappily married man dotes on his young daughter, but is turned off by his feminist wife. He wants to cheat but is unable to make it with slutty bar girls or prostitutes. Then he meets a young stenography student (Eleanora Giorgi) who is wandering alone through a park where a lot of other young people are making out. When they first make love, she reveals that she has a masochistic streak by putting a sharp knife to her bare breast. After that their relationship gets increasingly perverse and borderline abusive as he gets her to suck his toes in the bathttub, pretend to be a prostitute and perform oral sex on a random guy, have sex with another woman while watches through a peephole, and even confront his wife at an abortion rally...

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SAMSON VS THE PIRATES (1963)-beautiful widescreen print. Director: Tanio Boccia, Cast: Kirk Morris, Margaret Lee,  and Adriana Ambesi. A terrible pirate ruler terrorizes the Antilles plundering ships, slaughtering their crews and selling women as slaves.  One of the women manages to escape from her captors and gets shipwrecked on an island where Samson lives.  She falls in love our mighty hero and then asks Samsom for help in freeing the rest of the slaves, among them is her sister.  Samson doesn't need too much convincing and takes on the job with the help of a handful of renegades.

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SANTO VS THE MAFIA KILLERS (1970)-In Spanish with english subs. In this one the wrestler hero has to infiltrate the Mafia and work with a double agent. Are your nerves on end as to whether he will be found out? Here is the mixture that went along with the plot: songs, dances, lots of beautiful women in brief attire, gun fights(with blood spurts), fist fights, explosions, and fun in the sun! Technically,the sound wasn't that great but the color was excellent. The director's credits include many Nostradamus films, a couple of Zorro's and one Dracula. Among the cast is a name that might ring a bell. Elsa Cárdenas has an even more impressive list of credits than the director. Besides Spanish language roles she has also appeared in many American TV series as well as an Elvis movie, Fun in Acapulco(1963) and the classic Western, The Wild Bunch(1969). And what about Santo himself? Yes he does do some pro wrestling in the film. He does get involved in many fights with the bad guys, and doesn't always win. A ladies man? Yes, and there are a few kissing scenes(mask included). Much of the time the Mafia are either at the night club or by the swimming pool! The song and dance numbers are catchy and overall the mixture works to keep the audience happy.

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THE SEXORCIST (1974)-Nice letterboxed print of this EXORCIST ripoff aka THE EERIE MIDNIGHT HORROR SHOW (a horrible looking pan and scan version!). Satan arises seeking bloody revenge in the guise of an ancient sculpture with a shocking history. The lifelike carving comes to life and rapes a beautiful art student, possessing her soul. In a series of twisted orgies with the unholy demon, the girl is stirred into a manic frenzy, unable to control her sexual impulses. When psychiatrists and doctors are powerless to help the young woman, her desperate parents turn to a priest, an exorcist who ignites the age-old struggle between good and evil, with her tortured body as the battlefield. Stars Chris Avram, Lucretia love, Ivan Rassimov and Stella Carnicina. Contains two minutes of extra footage!

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THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION (1969)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. yet another exploitation film written by Dario Argento and this time starring Laura Antonelli in her prime! A psychoanalyst, who is a fervent supporter of the sexological theories by Wilhelm Reich, induces a group of seven couples to retire to a hotel in order to practice partner-swapping with no restraint. Something gets out of hand though and the experiment has no happy end. An erotic movie which is interesting for the dramatic evolution of the plot, maybe due to Dario Argento's contribution to the script. Laura Antonelli, in her full personal appeal, who is already "naked" enough, is worthy of a special mention.

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SOUNDS OF THE SHOTGUN (1968)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Director: Luigi Petrini, Actors: Lang Jeffries, Annabella Incontrera,and  Femi Benussi. Lang Jeffries is a tough Mafia thug who uses a shotgun to settle his differences. Incontrera and Benussi are his women in this early Eurocrime obscurity!

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THANK YOU AUNTIE (1968)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Young Alvise's body is paralyzed, or at least he thinks so. He is infatuated by his beautiful aunt Lea. What starts as innocent therapy and care soon develops into strange erotic and psychological battle between them. Samperi's directorial debut is also the first film of his I've watched and it seems that his other films - culminating in MALIZIA (1973), which made an international star of Laura Antonelli - are more or less along the same art-house erotica lines with the added benefit of having, at least initially, a decent array of international performers appearing in them. Italian cinema of the 1960s and 1970s yielded several obscure gems. Leading man Lou Castel, repeating his brooding, handicapped hero act from Marco Bellocchio's FIST IN HIS POCKET (1965), is an ungrateful, mischievous, wheelchair-bound teenager who is hopelessly infatuated with his sensual aunt Lisa Gastoni, much to the chagrin of her journalist fiancée Gabriele Ferzetti. The three actors acquit themselves well to sustain even a moderately long film such as this one. Still, the film's depiction of the tragic downward spiral their lives take once the two relatives give in to their baser instincts makes for some powerful if mildly titillating footage. The ubiquitous Ennio Morricone contributes yet another typically quirky and effective score which, given the film's adult theme, ironically relies much on children's vocals.

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TRIUMPH OF HERCULES (1964)-Letterboxed print. Dan Vadis , Moira Orfei, and Marilu Tolo star. The people of Mycenae are suffering under the yoke of the despot Milo. They call upon Hercules, the son of Zeus, to come to their aid. Milo realizes the danger and consults his sorceress mother Pasiphaë, who gives him the power to summon an army of bronze robots. Under Pasiphaë's spell, Hercules slays his friend Eurystheus. As punishment for this crime, Zeus removes Hercules' superhuman strength, leaving him helpless against Milo's deadly schemes.

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WHO KILLED JOHNNY RINGO? (1966)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Lex Barker, Joachim Fuchsberger and Marianne Koch star. Euro-Western from the sixties about an assumed-dead gangster who wants to implicate a totally innocent man to pay for the crimes that he has committed in order to give the slip to his avengers and persecutors. Directed by Jose luis Madrid.

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JUNE 2017 UPDATE

3 FACES OF SIN (1961)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. Three Faces of Sin (French: Le Puits aux trois vérités) is a 1961 French language motion picture comedy directed by François Villiers, based on novel by Jean-Jaques Gauthier. The music score is by Maurice Jarre. The film stars Michèle Morgan, Jean-Claude Brialy, Catherine Spaak and Scilla Gabel. It tells the story of a painter who parts from his mistress and marries her daughter.

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BENJAMIN (1968)-In french with english subs, letterboxed print. Michele Morgan - Comtesse Gabrielle de Valandry, Michel Piccoli - Le comte Philippe de Saint-Germain, Pierre Clementi - Benjamin, Catherine Deneuve - Anne de Clecy. Having lived a sheltered childhood, in which his sole companion was his tutor Camille, Benjamin reaches adolescence with no knowledge of the outside world or the sins and passions that afflict mortal men. Aged 17, he goes to live with his aunt and uncle, libertine aristocrats who inhabit a grand chateau and who have known nothing of his austere life. Here, Benjamin discovers a whole new world, and he finds no shortage of pretty young women who are willing to indoctrinate him into the delights of adulthood...'

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DAUGHTER OF THE JUNGLE (1982)-Letterboxed print. Directed by Umberto lenzi and featuring Sabrina Siani as the topless jungle girl! Two young people go to the Amazon for a report. Capità but they buy naphtha instead of gasoline and remain isolated and unable to reach their destination. Now lost and captured by the natives their situation seems hopeless. But the landing of a seaplane gives them hope, but they fall from the frying pan into the fire, they are adventurers come here to find rubies using the natives as slaves and are led by very bad Dupré. They are able to escape by pretending to know where they can find the rubies, then run away and make a big discovery: a white girl acting like Tarzan and baptized the daughter of the jungle, but things are bound to get worse.

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DEADLY TRIANGLE (1973)-Beautiful letterboxed print. Although it was made relatively late in the giallo cycle, this mostly Spanish production is kind of an old-fashioned throwback to the late 60's giallos starring Carrol Baker, especially "So Sweet, So Perverse" which co-starred the female lead of this one, Erica Blanc. Like several early Italian gialli this is kind of a variation on the French classic "Diabolique" with a wealthy women, her industrialist husband, and her lover all crossing and double crossing each other. It has many twists in it (some not entirely believable) but it is nevertheless pretty staid and sober compared some of the delirious over-the-top giallo of that era like "Deleria Caldo", "Case of the Bloody Irises" or "Torso". It takes awhile for a "real" murder to occur, and the anticipated image of a dead body being thrown in a cellar and devoured by rats is not really ever delivered on (whereas it happens in the pre-credit sequence in "Seven Deaths in a Cat's Eye" made the same year). The ever-gorgeous Blanc has her usual gratuitous nude scenes (which itself might be worth the price of admission for some).

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THE DEMONS (1972)-Letterboxed print, both english dubbed and subbed for longest version ever (119 minutes!). An old woman is tried and tortured for Witchcraft. As all the signs are conclusive evidence she is a handmaiden of Lucifer, she is sentenced to death by burning. As she burns she curses the three culprits who sentenced her to the flames, Lady de Wynter, Judge Jeffries and Thomas Renfield. Further witterings reveal that she will be avenged by her ‘daughters’. Jeffries’ speculates that this refers to fellow practitioners of the black arts. Unconvinced, Lady de Wynter and her protectorate Renfield visit a convent at Blackmoor to investigate any ‘orphaned’ women that could fit the bill and be the witches’ siblings.

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FANTOMAS TV SERIES #2 (1980)-In French with english subs. The second episode in this 4 part Miniseries from 1980. A Fantômas series of four 90-minute episodes was produced in 1980 starring Helmut Berger as Fantômas, Jacques Dufilho as Juve, and Gayle Hunnicutt as Lady Beltham. Episodes 1 and 4 were directed by Claude Chabrol; episodes 2 and 3 by Luis Buñuel's son, Juan Luis Buñuel. If we can agree to put aside the highly questionable moral position of Fantomas for whom human life has no value (except of course his own and his lover and brilliant accomplice, Lady Beltham), and therefore clears off number of people without any scruple, then the series is absolutely brilliant !If we can accept the various intrigues and improbable and incredible situations that take place throughout the four episodes, then we can see as the filmmaking is brilliant. In fact it's all about atmosphere, mood and mystery, absolutely gorgeous scenery ... Directed by Juan (EXPULSION OF THE DEVIL) Bunuel.

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THE HEAD OF PANCHO VILLA (1957)-In Spanish with english subs. here is the first sequel to last update's THE HEADLESS RIDER. Director: Chano Urueta. Three men break into Pancho Villa's grave, and steal his head. Years later,  a dying man hands over a mysterious black box to six friends, asking them to guard it with their lives. A band of masked outlaws tries to obtain the box, killing the six men one by one. A charro (Aguilar), who is also  the "Headless Rider," helps defeat the villains and save the box - which contains Pancho Villa's head.

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LE MANS SHORTCUT TO HELL (1970)-Letterboxed print. Racing drama starring Lang Jeffries, Edwige Fenech, Erna Schurer, Maurizio Bonuglia and Franco Pesce. Directed by Osvaldo Civirani. Filmed at the 1970 Spanish and Dutch Grands Prix plus the 1970 Monza F5000 race. The famous car champion John Scott stops racing after a serious accident on the runway caused the death of several people but decided to stay in the lap of the race as an instructor. One day he met Dustin Rich, a young rider of great talent but arrogant and conceited. Under his wing, Rich will become not only a great champion but also a great man.

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MARCO THE MAGNIFICENT (1965)-Letterboxed print. Cast:  Horst Buchholz, Anthony Quinn, Michael Sarrazin, Omar Sharif, Orson Welles, Robert Hossein, Akim Tamiroff. The first journey of Venetian explorer Marco Polo to the east. The storyline is fairly close to the real story of Marco's adventure, which began from Venice in 1271 and passed across land from Egypt through the Middle East and over the Himalayas to get to the empire of Kublai Khan.The film is fast moving and full of action sequences and picture postcard scenery where Marco gets repeatedly separated from his father and uncle, running the gauntlet of a good clutch of big stars in roles for which, rather unfortunately in some cases, they aren't particularly remembered. First of all, there's a brief appearance by Orson Welles as Marco's Jewish tutor Ackerman. Then, Omar Sharif crops up as Ala Hou, the desert sheikh who rescues Marco from captivity at the hands of Akim Tamiroff as the golden masked Old Man of the Mountain.

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MASTER OF TERROR (1988)- This movie mixes a typical revenge plot with the classic horror theme of the devil on earth and the eccentric attitudes of movie people, especially directors and screenwriters. Lamberto Bava adds some dark humor and cites a few horror classics (e.g. "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" in at least two sequences) to make the film as a whole a surprisingly pleasant and entertaining experience. Also a big plus are Tomas Arana ("La Chiesa") and David Brandon ("Stagefright") in the male leading roles, and Simon Boswell's simplistic but very effective sound track. There are also a bunch of quite gory scenes that make one wonder if this really is a TV production (but Italians never had problems with gory TV films, as, e.g., Lucio Fulci's "La Casa nel Tempo" proves), especially one nasty knock out by a golf ball (Oops... it went right through the eye...). Lamberto Bava keeps the pace fast throughout the movie, which also adds to the viewing pleasure. Probably Bava's best of his eight TV movies he directed from 1987 to 1990, and certainly the goriest.

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THE NYLON NOOSE (1963)-Extremely rare german Made Krimi film in the Edgar wallace genre of thrillers. A company's stockholders hold their meeting at a lonely mansion. A mad doctor conducting experiments in the mansion starts to strangle them one at a time with a nylon noose. The survivors must figure out a way to stop him. This is an entertaining early krimi. Although not officially part of the Edgar Wallace series, it definitely has all the earmarks. The inspector shyly courts the leading lady, there's a comic-relief assistant (dubbed by the same voice that does the similar character in the actual series), a few clever editing and camera tricks, and some Soho striptease scenes (possibly cut for the Medallion TV print). It has a creepy side, too, with the monstrous-looking heavy from Dark Eyes of London creeping around the caves under the mansion.

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PITILESS COLT OF THE GRINGO (1966)-In Italian with english subs. Director: José Luis Madrid, Cast: Germana Monteverdi Mercedes, Carlo Fabrizi, Luigi Guiliani. The story is about a guy judged for a crime he hasn't done, and, after having been in prison, comes back to get his revenge, searching and killing the enemies one after another. The revenge becomes less important than the actual happenings in the town "Paradiso", and the love stories with Cora and Lois. The music is OK, not the best Francesco De Masi, but i really loved the opening song "A man must Fight".

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QUEENS OF EVIL (1970)-Letterboxed print. Outstanding looking print of this seminal Italian horror film that helped to  kick off the best decade of Eurotrash cinema: the seventies! Our main character is David - a hippy travelling aimlessly on his motorcycle. After a strange encounter with a man who needs his tire changing, David rides on and soon comes across an apparently deserted house. He decides to spend the night in the shed and is surprised the next morning to be awoken by a beautiful young woman named Liv. Liv seems keen to get rid of David, but after her sisters catch sight of him; they ask him to stay and David soon discovers that he has bitten off more than he can chew...The atmosphere is the key thing about this film. Director Tonino Cervi handles the film well and ensures that it's always mysterious. The locations used make the film feel isolated and claustrophobic and this adds well to the atmosphere. The film boasts a good cast, with the handsome Ray Lovelock fitting into the lead role well and convincing as a hippy. You'd expect some nice female talent too considering the plot here, and the film doesn't disappoint. All three of the leading ladies (Evelyn Stewart, Silvia Monti and Haydée Politoff) provide nice eye candy and also manage to create a foreboding chemistry between themselves and Ray Lovelock.

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SEAGULLS FLY LOW (1978)-Letterboxed print. Downbeat suspense thriller starring the one and only Maurizio Merli as an ex-Vietnam vet who is forced to become a hitman and gets caught in the middle of a conspiracy. The violence that one can expect from a Merli movie is missing although he gets the chance to unfold his unique acting talent. This obscurity is a must-see for fans of Maurizio. Excellent funky score by Roberto Pregadio. Nathalie Delon, Dagmar Lassander and Mel ferrer co-star.

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SONORA (1968)-In Spanish with english subs, letterboxed print. Director: Alfonso Balcázar, Cast: Gilbert Roland, George Martin, Jack Elam, Alfio Caltabiano, Gérard Tichy. Alfonso Balcazar directed this revenge-themed spaghetti western, one of over 20 films trading on the success of Gianfranco Parolini's Se Incontri Sartana Prega per la Tua Morte (1968). Jorge Martin plays the legendary gunfighter, relentlessly stalking a gang of outlaws led by the ruthless Slim (Jack Elam) who murdered Sartana's bride (Donatella Turri). Featuring a cast full of genre favorites including Gilbert Roland, Gerard Tichy, Hugo Blanco, Diana Lorys, and Rosalba Neri, this Spanish-Italian co-production is one of the better entries in the series. Surprisingly, the grim script was co-written by Jaime Jesus Balcazar and slapstick specialist Giorgio Simonelli, whose Franco and Ciccio comedies are miles removed from this funereal western.

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TIERRA DEL FUEGO (1965)-Beautiful Letterboxed print.AKA SUNSCORCHED this is the uncut version! Directors: Jaime Jesús Balcázar, Mark Stevens, and starring Mark Stevens , Mario Adorf , Marianne Koch. When the town sheriff backs down from outlaws, he is branded a coward. This melodramatic western follows his efforts to restore his good name, even though he himself was a former member of the gang.

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VIBRATING GIRLS (1972)-In french with english subs, letterboxed print. Transvestites, transsexuals, stippers, prostitutes, sex slaves of a thousand sexes, and combinations of all these categories, populate the low rent world of LES EBRANLEES, surrounding a morally clueless Howard Vernon. In 1966, Franco created the character of Al Pereira in “Cartes sur table” : a clone of Lemmy Caution, a conventional hero for a parody of thriller. Six years later, he radically transformed him in “Les ébranlées”. If Pereira admits to be still "completely unscrupulous" and able to "do anything for money", his confidence and his good-natured cynicism disappeared to make room for a window-dressing irony, worried and tired:  it’s Howard Vernon, not Eddie Constantine, who plays the part. “Les ébranlées” is a film noir more than a parody of film noir. Pereira moves in a dreamlike and ambiguous atmosphere, a world that seems fashioned to his desire but that continually eludes his grasp. On one hand, women who offer themselves to him (but sex is always interrupted or postponed when Pereira does not fall asleep just before). On the other hand, transvestites and strippers he constantly crosses. Repetition of events apparently absurd, persistent presence of enigmatic elements : everything that surrounds Pereira is like a puzzle that he should decipher if he wanted to find the solution of the case. But does he really want to? To find the solution would also mean to find the key to his desires. But Pereira keeps forgetting, falling asleep or daydreaming - he represses. "But I have no vice.  I want you. That's all." Pereira says to Lina, as if he had no recollection of the wish he had made at the beginning: to visit the house of Vice (without specifying the vice he hoped to satisfy there). What he represses, homosexual desire or fear of being castrated, finally stands before him in the desirable body of Benjamin / Lina. Franco does not insist. He doesn’t  need to resort to sexual symbolism as he makes an explicit film. If he uses psychoanalysis and deconstructs the hero's image as it was the fashion at the time, he does so with a lightness and elegance that only erotic cinema allows.

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WHITE BAY (1984)-In Spanish with english subs.Jess Franco film starring Starring: Eva León, Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans. In a small isolated island called" La Isla del Ciervo "live two sisters. One is a prostitute who is dedicated to protecting her sister Mary (a mute girl) from those attempting to rape her A series of deaths occur in those attempts. Will justice or revenge prevail?

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BARAKA X-15 (1966)-Letterboxed print. This stars Gerard Barray, Sylva Koscina and Agnes Spaak. Baraka X-13 is a neglected but worthy spy flick, overlooked due to Bond mania. Fans of the genre should readily take to handsome Gerard Barray as he works to foil an international plot. Unlike the Bond films, this one is a bit more believable as it relies less on fantastic gadgetry and special effects. The agility and endurance, as well as the charm of Barray's character are the main ingredients which he has in abundance. The sinister deliberate arrangement of the initial passenger plane crash effectively opens the film on an intense, dark note. The action and pace never let up and there are some unforgettable sequences such as Barray fighting a blonde female spy dressed in a nightgown who is expert enough in judo type combat to take him down several times and throw him around the room before she's bested. There are several brutal killings and a memorable, heavy-duty torture and flogging scene of Barray.

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BLACK COBRA (1963)-Letterboxed print. Neglected German Krimi starring Adrian Hoven, Ann Smyner, Wolfgang Preiss and Klaus Kinski. In the black of night on a super highway, a truck carrying a sinister cargo of narcotics rushes on. Suddenly a white police car forces it to a stop. As the driver and his chief step out, they realize that they are at the mercy of a rival gang – and not the police. The syndicate chief vainly tries to escape and is murdered. To obliterate all traces of the crime, the gang sets the truck afire and drives it over a mountainside. In the confusion the driver escapes and seeks refuge with friends. The police find the burned truck and the driver becomes hunted on the suspicion of murder. The driver then forges a trail of vengeance on his sinister search to prove his innocence.

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EMANUELLE AND LOLITA (1978)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Spanish actress Nieves Navarro, who had been in a couple of the "Black Emanuelle" movies with Laura Gemser, finally gets to play the title character here, but her "Emanuelle" is actually much closer to Sylvia Kristel's original "Emmanuelle" than to Gemser's "Black Emanuelle" (even if it's also missing the second "m" in order to avoid lawsuits from the producers of the original series). Navarro's "Emanuelle" is not a young housewife like Sylvia's Kristal's "Emmanuelle", but rather an older businesswoman traveling around Asia with her helicopter-pilot husband. When their helicopter is forced to land for a while in a rural part of Thailand (or Malaysia?), "Emanuelle" befriends a young local girl called "Lolita" (Thiwa Yuporn). The young girl becomes obsessed with the older European woman. At first she puts her off, so the girl instead seduces one of her male lovers and her husband, but you just know this is all going to end with a steamy interracial, inter-generational lesbian sex scene!

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THE FACELESS MAN (1951)-In Spanish with english subs. Unbelievable!! A murderer who slaughters prostitutes, a detective caught in a subconscious loop, a bloodthirsty monster, playing in a dream like delirium. The detective's search for the bloodthirsty monster is a surreal journey that makes David Lynch look like Walt Disney. A blank faced killer is preying for young women. A detective wants to catch him.He has nightmare visions about elusive stalker. Very dream-like and atmospheric horror movie from Mexico with extremely moody prologue. The funeral procession with coffins, blank face of the mysterious figure in the fog and a lone detective sitting on the bench. The dream sequences are genuinely spooky and creative, the acting is spot-on and the cinematography is elegant.

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HANDS OF ORLAC (1960)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. This version is 17 minutes longer than the dubbed US release!! Staring: Christopher Lee , Mel Ferrer , Dany Carrel , Lucille Saint-Simon , Felix Aylmer , Basil Sydney , Peter Reynolds , Campbell Singer , Donald Wolfit , Donald Pleasence. A pianist has a transplant operation that gives him a new pair of hands. Unfortunately, the hands belonged to a murderer, and he finds the hands starting to take over his life and commit crimes. A seedy magician suspects what is happening and tries to blackmail him.

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BLOOD STAINS IN A NEW CAR (1975)-In Spanish with english subs. Starring José Luis López Vázquez ... Ricardo Cariedo and Lucia Bosé ... Eva. An immoral antiques dealer witnesses a car accident on his way home in his brand new car. Not wanting to soil the immaculate interior of his new ride, he ignores the cries for help of the young boy and his father trapped in the car and drives on. Shortly after the incident he starts to have hallucinations of blood stains in the back seat of his car. Paranoia and delirium quickly begins to set in, not helped by the fact that his aloof wife appears to have developed a relationship with a strange, lesbian art collector...

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HOUSE OF TERROR (1959)-In Spanish with english subs. Jerry Warren butchered this Mexican horror film and released it as THE FACE OF THE SCREAMING WEREWOLF. Here is the uncut original version. It's a trashy horror comedy. A story of a creepy wax museum owned by a mad scientist who reanimates Lon Chaney Jr. as a modernly dressed, brain swapped werewolf mummy with heart problems. Loved Mexican comedian Germán Valdez "Tin Tan" is here to save the day.

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THE INCREDIBLE PROFESSOR ZOVEK (1972)-In Spanish with english subs. An airplane carrying three outstanding scientists crashes. Nobody survives. Zovek, using his great psychic powers, learns that only two of the scientists actually died. The third one, Professor Druso, gets off the plane in Los Angeles, leaving a bomb on board. Druso plans to use the works of the deceased scientists to transform people into monsters or cannibal midgets. Zovek is drugged and brought before Druso, who cannot dominate the hero. Zovek finally manages to defeat Druso's accomplices.

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MADELEINE ANATOMY OF A NIGHTMARE (1974)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. We find Madeleine alone in the countryside sitting by a quiet pond. Is she awake? It would appear so as she seems to be doing some sewing. As it is soon revealed that Madeleine is pregnant it's a safe bet that she's sewing (or knitting) baby clothes. A promising beginning? Certainly it's a tranquil one, but how is the story to develop? Psychological thriller. On the verge of a mental breakdown, Madeleine is obsessed by terrifying nightmares. Doctor Schuman tries to cure her by using a therapy in which she is forced to live beyond boundaries and taboos. Stunning opening nightmare with blue haired weidos ,a superb soundtrack and camille keaten makes this Robert Mauri classic essential for any italian collector.

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MAN WITH THE CRYSTAL BRAIN (1970)-In Italian with english subs. This is a rather odd film, difficult to get a grasp on. The science fiction elements are actually played down as much as possible, and the many opportunities for sleazy exploitation are generally ignored. Although the protagonist becomes a revenge crazed maniac, he never actually does much, beyond staring bug eyed at everyone around him and causing his dodgy brother (Jose Guardiola) to suffer an untimely heart attack in a graveyard. Believe it or not, Trasplante de un cerebro does actually appear to have been a vaguely serious attempt to examine the psychological consequences of a brain transplant, albeit within the context of an early 70s b-movie format. However, if you’re willing to forgive its deficiencies, it’s an interesting film, definitely a little different to the norm. As well as Crimson, it could also be lumped in with The Boogeyman and the French Murders – strange films that mix the mundane with the outlandish – although technically it’s far better than either of them. Director Juan Logar throws everything he can into the mix, with flashbacks, hallucinations and dream sequences aplenty, all of which reflect the confusion of poor Reynold’s mind (as well as fleshing out the running time, of course). He manages to invest the whole thing with a dramatic sense that, perhaps, the material doesn’t really deserve, and it certainly wouldn’t have survived the attentions of some filmmakers, especially given the low budget. Logar, whose real name was apparently Juan López García, made a handful of curious films in the early seventies, most particularly Two Masks for Alexa (Fieras sin jaula, 71) and the utterly weird Autopsy (Autopsia, 73). He also worked as a storyboard writer, a composer and a producer, and after the end of his film career he moved into making documentaries and adverts, as well as managing a recording studio with his son, Juanon (who also appeared in some of his films).

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THE MARK OF SATAN (1957)-In Spanish with english subs. Here is the third film in THE HEADLESS RIDER trilogy! How could this one not be awesome! Directed by Chano Urueta and written by Ramon Obon we see the entire entourage of the last two films called to a village to figure out the mystery of the strange ax, the Mark of Satan and who is behind Maria's sister death. Full of happy singing! A zombie! A mysterious floating ax! Murder! Intrigue! And the always awesome Headless Rider!!!

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MOON TO MIDNIGHT (1970)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. Starring Sylvie Fennec, Beatrice Arnac, Daniel Emilfork, Jacques Portet. A woman marries into a family of insane psychopaths in this bizarre French horror film with strong sadomasochistic overtones. Helene and her boyfriend come to visit their friend Lawrence in his family home. Once arrived in front of the house, a large stone building lost in the mountains, the couple is welcomed by father and daughter, both dressed in white mysteriously. The next day, the couple is about to leave, Laurent finally makes its appearance. Young people are invited to stay. But during their stay, inexplicable murders occur. Helen is determined to uncover the truth ...

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NECRONOMICON (1968)-In german with english subs, letterboxed print. Since its first arrival on home video, "Succubus" has replaced "Necronomicon" in circulation, because people generally don't realize it's not only dubbed but a wholly re-edited version of the picture that does not represent Franco's intentions. The movie was largely produced with German money and this German version, while not quite perfect, still far better approximates Franco's vision of the picture. "Succubus" was edited in the US at Film Rite, Inc. under the direction of Terry Vantell and produced by Titra, the New York-based dubbing company under contract to American International, who distributed the film through one of their sub-divisions, Trans-American Films. Titra also used another moniker, Titan Productions, Inc., presumably to avoid association with X-rated product. I can't point out all the differences between the two versions, but "Necronomicon" - despite including noticeably less nudity in its early scenes - flows much better, making its storyline easier to follow even if you don't speak German. I don't speak German, yet I was able to notice a number of differences in the dialogue and narration; for example, Howard Vernon mentions Robbe-Grillet at one point during his word association game with Reynaud, which he doesn't in "Succubus". Also, this version doesn't include any of that Faustine-related narration at the end, which is followed here by some exit music. You'll also notice that this cut is somewhat more violent, more acid gets consumed at the party, and there are some very brief glimpses of pubic hair, both male and female. It's also noticeably more musical, being scored pretty much wall-to-wall and in a more prominent mix.

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OPERATION POKER (1965)-English dubbed with 15 extra minutes of new footage with english subs! Letterboxed print. Director: Osvaldo Civirani, Cast: Roger Browne, José Greci, Sancho Gracia, Roberto Messina, and Helga Liné. After an initial explosion that comes right out of the blue and gets things started,we get Helga Liné enjoying her waterskying in Malaga, while Nora Orlandi soothingly hums along to a tune by Stelvio Cipriani. We're in Eurospy heaven, no doubt, and the agent who pulls her along is Foster. Yeah, you heard me right. Foster from Texas. Never heard of him. Then we get Foster making out with another girl on the beach, and enjoying a game of Poker. We get a few minutes of sped-up driving around the countryside, and some half-assed nightly shootout. Foster knocks Helga out (she might have killed his partner...), and they go to bed. Back in London, Operation Poker is suspended, and Foster is to go to Geneva to protect a Vietnamese fugitive. That's the guy who was to die in the explosion at the beginning, lol. And the good guys knew all about it from the start. That doesn't make sense, but sure is FUN. The Vietnamese guy learns that the fellows on the plane are all friendly agents, though they look like businessmen. Back at the airport, they go by them and are inspected one by one by the incredulous oriental man. Just what...!? Alright, alright, the guys are killed off one by one. Meanwhile, there's two cool gadgets: A DOG WITH a SELF-DESTRUCTING SENSOR on his bracelet fooling enemy agents. And: an INFRARED CAMERA of which Foster makes shameless use. There's plenty of ACTION: a roof chase, a brawl between two sturdy guys, and a final shootout with a suitably high body count, in a brewery. Then, there's a racist ending, and Foster takes care of his beauties' needs one after the other.

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ORDERS SIGNED IN WHITE (1974)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Extremely rare Giallo! Director Gianni Manera (also the maker of WOODEN OVERCOAT/THE OVERLORDS) stars as mafioso Luca Albanese. Along with his gas-masked men he robs a bank and then hides at a remote mountainous region. Soon his men start being killed by an unknown black-gloved figure! Not to mention the killer likes to paint the victims' faces white! Originally titled ORDINE FIRMATO IN BIANCO, this unbelievable creation shouldn't be missed by any giallo fan!

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OSS 117 MURDER FOR SALE (1968)-Letterboxed print. The American Secret Service sends their best agent, OSS 117, to investigate a number of political murders that the police was not able to prevent. Desguised as a ruthless killer, 'William Chandler', OSS 117 will penetrate the terrorist organization just when it is preparing the murder of Heindrich Van Dyck, the UN delegate to the Middle-East peace process. OSS 117 will use a fake killing of Van Dyck, and substitute corpses, trying to dupe the criminal master mind, Dr. Saadi. Only, the Major is too clever, abducts Aicha, and OSS 117 must fight both for his life (as he must take a daily antidote for a drug he was injected with), Aicha's endangered life, and passing the information of the whereabouts of the terrorists headquarters to the Army before it's too late... Too much for OSS 117? Stars John Gavin, Margaret Lee and Curd Jurgens.

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THE POSSESSION OF VIRGINIA (1971)- Contains an extra 7 minutes of sex and violence! Produced by Cinepix founders John Dunning & Andre Link - who helped bring such beloved Canuxploitation fare as SHIVERS, RABID, DEATH WEEKEND, MY BLOODY VALENTINE and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME to the big screen THE POSSESSION OF VIRGINIA was their first foray into the horror genre and one of Canada's first horror films.  Daniel Pilon (STARSHIP INVASIONS) stars as Paul, a Montreal journalist whose friend has just splattered on the sidewalk in front of his apartment.  Police rule it a suicide, but images of a creepy old woman photographed stooping over the corpse  propel Paul to investigate further.  He becomes involved with two women: the ethereal Virginia (Danielle Ouimet from DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS) who was with his friend the night he died, and the beguiling Helene (Louise Marleau from CONTAMINATION), a noted musician.  As Paul's investigation deepens he soon realizes elements want him dead, and satanic forces are guiding him to a frightening destiny and an appointment with a Black Mass. While THE POSSESSION OF VIRGINIA was released to VHS eons ago the print was butchered to just over 82 minutes, excising several scenes including the graphic Black Mass orgy.  I'm not even sure that an uncut English language edition of the movie was even circulated in the last 40 years - certainly not on television or video, and unlikely even to cinemas back in its day.

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SMILING MANIACS (1975)-Letterboxed print. 3 minutes longer than the US release. Franco Nero, Fernando Rey, Gabriele Ferzetti, and Martin Balsalm co-star. During an inquest, an ambitious judge finds out that a lot of high-rank politicians are corrupt to the core. Very much in the vein of HOW TO KILL A JUDGE and ILLUSTRIOUS CORPSES. Nero soon learns he can trust no one!

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THE TERRIBLE SHERIFF (1962)-In Italian with english subs. Two brothers,  Bull and Jonathan Bullivan, witness the murder of bandit Black Boy who had been terrorizing Golden City. The bandit had been put in place by the city mayor, who wants the local residents to leave so that he can keep their land, where there is oil.  The two brothers eat a chicken that has been fed with a strong tonic and they become sort of invincible for a few minutes. The mayor, pressured by the villagers, appoints the Bullivan Brothers as sheriffs and tasks them with the arrest of Black Boy. Stars Walter Chiari and Raimondo Vianello and directed by Alberto De Martino.

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TIME TO DIE (1970)-In french with english subs, letterboxed print. The Time to Die (French: Le Temps de mourir) is a 1970 French film directed by André Farwagi and starring Anna Karina, Bruno Cremer and Jean Rochefort. It was entered into the 20th Berlin International Film Festival. In this murder drama with strong sci-fi undertones, Max cares for a mystery girl after she is involved in a riding mishap. She accidentally witnesses a videotaped murder and is marked for elimination by the killer. When the killer goes after Max, the girl races to give him information that can identify him

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THE VAMPIRE OF THE OPERA (1964)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print.Finally, a beautiful print of this obscure horror film by Renato Polselli. A troupe arrives at a disused French opera house; the young soprano Christine follows a strange man known as "The Phantom" to the basement... Some days later she returns, more beautiful than ever, with a much better voice, causing jealousy to the diva - Carlotta... but the perfection is about to end as now she turns into a bloodthirsty vampire. Soon the Phantom makes more victims, turning the chorus girls into evil and bloodthirsty vampiresses!

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THE WATER SPIDER (1971)-In French with english subs. Directed in 1971 by Belgian Jean Daniel Verhaeghe, The Water Spider is a strange tale adapted from a story by Marcel Bealu, these tales of rural France who feel the countryside and ancient legends. Elisabeth Wiener in the strange role of Nadi, Elisabeth of captivating beauty and fascinating supernatural, mysterious brunette with wild eyes and pale complexion. Bernard is a writer, he lives with his devoted wife with whom he does not share anything except the routine crushing of a woman too perfect. One day during a walk along the water, he hears a voice pure, angelic, magical, from the pure water like a mermaid. A water spider, the tiny harmless spiders and aquatic called, irresistibly. Dream or reality that is the highlight of the film because we never discern the real from the dream, the fantasy. It means the viewer does not hear. But the spider is there, he picks it up, caress, brings her home, hidden in his pocket. It is a strange relationship that develops between man and the tiny arachnid. The spider cuts right, taking the place of his wife. It fascinates him, he loves her, silent relationship, he keeps the insect in a box before installing the attic and the wedding dress of his wife as a cushion.  The spider will flourish as in an oven, an incubator, terrible symbol of transgression to the staggering metamorphosis highlight of the film.

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$4 FOR REVENGE (1968)-Letterboxed. Director: Jaime Jesús Balcázar, Stars: Robert Woods, Dana Ghia, Angelo Infanti. Bandits ambush Capt. Roy Dexter of the U.S. Cavalry while he and his men escort a fortune in Confederate gold coins. Only Dexter survives the attack. He's subsequently sentenced to life in prison on the false belief he masterminded the ambush. Escaping from prison, Dexter sets about tracking down and exposing the true culprits.

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THE 7 CERVI BROTHERS (1968)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Director:Gianni Puccini, Gian Maria Volonté ... Aldo Cervi, Lisa Gastoni ... Lucia Sarzi. The true story of seven Italian brothers, farmers and catholic, who became communist and fought for justice and freedom against Fascism. Shot in December 1943 in Reggio Emilia, they are the first and most famous heroes in the Italian "Resistenza" (resistance against Nazi-fascism).

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THE BACHELOR (1955)-In Italian with english subs. Director: Antonio Pietrangeli, Cast:Alberto Sordi ... Paolo Anselmi, Sandra Milo ... Gabriella, l'hostess, Nino Manfredi ... Peppino. Paolo Anselmi is a happily single man. He lives in a flat with a friend but is forced to leave when the friend gets married. He then goes to a boarding house where he flirts with a girl but ditches her when she proposes marriage. When he goes and visits his mother he finds out that she is also trying to find the right girl for him. Is he going to surrender this time?

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FANTOMAS 3( 1990)-In French with english subs. Helmut Berger stars as Fantomas, master thief with an assist by Gayle Hunnicut. This episode, like the first was directed by Claude Chabrol. Final episode #4 next month..

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GOLDEN NIGHTS (1976)-In French with english subs. Awesome horror film with Klaus Kinski! Director:Serge Moati, Bernard Blier ... Commissaire Pidoux, Klaus Kinski ... Michel Fournier, Marie Dubois ... Véronique. A man thought to be dead comes back and wants to take his revenge. This French-German co-production tells the story of a maniac who survives a suicide attempt and tries to kill his relatives one after another to take his revenge. The story is vicious, but the settings, the photography and the colors are great. The backgrounds consist of dark old houses in Paris, streets at night and surreal colored interiors, like a mixture of the German Edgar Wallace movies in the sixties and Dario Argento's Italian giallos. There are also some really shocking scenes, like a bound, gagged and hanged schoolgirl in a kitchen room or an old Lady with heavy make-up humiliating a dwarf - scenes like from a Bunuel or Fellini movie. Check out this rather unknown surreal thriller with a fanatic and possessed Klaus Kinski!

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HOWL OF THE DEVIL (1987)-In Spanish with english subs. Alex (Paul Naschy), a rich, reclusive horror star, died (a suicide) in 1981. His lonely son (Naschy´s son, Sergio) now lives with Hector, Alex´s nasty twin, an unsuccessful actor (Naschy), a servant, Eric (Howard Vernon), and a cook, Carmen (Caroline Munro). Hector dresses up as Rasputin, Fu Manchu, or Bluebeard and fools around with hookers, who are later found dead. The son watches his father´s movies on TV, and various characters show up in real life. A friendly Frankenstein monster, Mr. Hyde, the Wolf Man (Waldemar Daninsky??!!!), Quasimodo and the Phantom (all Naschy) appear. Meanwhile, Hector and a local priest lust after Carmen. This nutty Naschy-overkill movie has nudity, some gore, a zombie, and the Devil himself!

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ISLAND OF A 1000 RAPES (1976)-In Greek with english subs. A rich jaded family are overun by a pair of raped crazed prison escapees! Hungry for ham and pussy, the bad men torture the rich folks and repeatedly rape the women. Incestual flashbacks, lots of nudity, slaps you name it for this obscure Greek slice of sleaze!

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KILLER CALIBER 32 (1967)-Beautiful letterboxed print.  Directed by Alfonso Brescia, starring PETER LEE LAWRENCE,  HELENE CHANEL,  Agnes Spaak, Alberto Dell'Aqua. Stylish CULT SW from top italian director Alfonso Brescia focuses on the thrilling adventures of Hired Contract killer Silver  (Peter Lee Lawrence), a man with style/speed. Excellent support comes from the beautiful Helene Chanel and Agnes Spaak. Super cool Silver kills the seven members of a masked gang, one by one. Saloon girls and poker games enliven this action-packed movie which culminates in the unmasking of the evil gang's boss.

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THE KILLER PASSES BY (1981)-In french with english subs. A Killer Passes By is the story of a serial killer but bears little resemblance to a slasher movie. We know almost at once who the killer is and the emphasis is not on the murders but on his psychology as he falls in love with one of his prospective victims – a weakness which, of course, will be his downfall. Richard Berry, in one of his first starring roles, is great as the murderer who, despite his crimes, is often more likeable than the cop hunting him – a very good Jean-Louis Trintignant. As for Carole Laure, at the height of her beauty, she proves that she can be a good character actress and provides enough nudity to make up for the lack of gore.

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KILLER WITH A 1000 EYES (1974)- Finally available in a letterboxed print (get rid of the ugly Greek subbed print!). Decent little Giallo/Poliziesco crossover , A special detective from interpol is sent to Lisbon to investigate a series of murders, and a missing drug shipment. As a Giallo this is merely average but its quite a decent low budget Poliziesco in its own right. The English dub makes it seem like a episode of the sweeney, specially with Anthony Steffen's character and his fake mockney accent. Maria Kosti and Antonio Pica co-star.

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LAWBREAKERS (1971)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. This film has been directed by Marcel Carné, a man who gave the world one of the most admired French films called "Les enfants du paradis". The basic idea of this film consists of the conflict between judiciary and police which has pernicious effect on society as ordinary citizens are harassed in the name of police investigation and routine procedure. Marcel Carné shows that in a democratic setup even the life of a most ordinary citizen is as important as that of a respected lawmaker. This is because nobody is above the law. Jacques Brel gives one of his most memorable performances of his career as a judge who investigates a case involving the death of a small time criminal. LAWBREAKERS is one of the few French films which tackled the theme of police versus judge. Marcel Carné shows his hero to be critical of injustice taking place around him. This film needs to be seen for its sympathetic portrayal of French youth who support judge Level in his quest for truth. There are good supporting performances by Charles Denner,Didier Haudepin , Catherine Eouvel, Paola Pitagora, and Michel Lonsdale.

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A LIFE FOR A LONG DAY (1973)-In Italian with english subs. Director: Ferdinando Baldi, Cast:Mino Reitano ... Andrea Rispoli, Ewa Aulin ... Anna Andersson, Luciano Catenacci ... Spyros, Franco Ressel ... The Doctor, also co-starring Eva Czmerys and Philippe Leroy. An unsual thriller with gialloesque themes Andrea Rispoli a desperately poor Genoese sailor, Anna, the sick wife (Ewa Aulin) needs an expensive treatment to escape death. The only way 'exit for the poor Andrea is yielding to the proposal of a rich and bored businessman played by Philippe Leroy which suggests under lavish compensation of victims to participate as a fierce fighter all' man from the hills to the port of Genoa where a group of ruthless killer hinder him in every way.

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EL MACHO (1977)-Letterboxed print. This is El Macho aka:Macho Killers a Rare Spaghetti Western from 1977 staring George Hilton and Carlos Monson. It is directed by Marcello Andrei who is credited as Mark Andrew. The score is by Marcello Romoino. This is one of the Last of Spaghetti Westerns. This film is most memorable because of the over the top character Hildago, The Duke played by Hilton. A story of double-crossing intrigue. In The film  El Macho (Monson) infiltrates The Dukes gang and tries to recover stolen loot.

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OBSCENE DESIRE (1978)-In Italian with english subs. If you enjoy seeing a very nude Marisa Mell, this is the film for you!! This post-"Exorcist" and "Omen" possession film is quite odd. It has some typical Giallo elements and until the second half of the movie, it is left unclear whether there is something supernatural going on or not. The film also boosts some strange characters that sometimes gets a little bit overacted by the actors. There are many classical Gothic moments in it, and it is graphic for a Gothic horror film (two gory scenes and plenty of nude female flesh).

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OPERATION ATLANTIS (1965)-Beautiful widescreen print. Director: Domenico Paolella, Cast: John Ericson, Carlo Hinterman, Bernardina Sarrocco, Cristina Gaioni, María Granada, and Erika Blanc. An American agent discovers that the Red Chinese have built a secret atomic city from which they will attempt to invade America. Operation Atlantis is an odd Eurospy film that mixes elements from sci-fi films and Eurospy together, with rather entertaining results.  This combination was also tried in the 007 adventure Moonraker, to the displeasure of some fans.  And while Operation Atlantis clearly isn't in the same league as the Bonds, at least our secret agent keeps his feet on the ground and doesn't go wandering off into outer space, then shoot it up with laser guns.  A fun, if bizarre Eurospy.  Enjoy.

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OSCENITA (1980)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. his masterpiece directed by Renato Polselli (aka Ralph Brown) was made in 1973, but censors deemed it to demeaning towards women.  The films dialog was changed, and not released until 1979, the film now seemed to take a different approach, now aimed at masculine perversions.  The film presents an array of nasty stuff like, intercourse with a tree branch, candle masturbation, whipping, orgies, toe masturbation, and a woman screwing around with a real corn cob.

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PIRATE'S CAPTIVE (1959)- Directed by-  Piero Pierotti, Stars - Lex Barker, Chelo Alonso, Massimo Serato. Fun Italian adventure film about a nobleman who is captured by slave trading pirates who must find a way to rescue a boat load of beautiful slave girls who will be sold at auction when they reach port. Lex Barker, playing the bad guy for a change, stars as evil pirate Drakut and Massimo Serato as the artist nobleman good guy. Super sexy Chelo Alonso plays Barkers mistress and partner in the slave trading business.

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SANTO VS THE VILLAINS OF THE RING (1966)-In Spanish with english subs. This film is just loaded with well-choreographed action (reminiscent of the old Republic serials of the 1940's) and just never lets up.This Santo film is loaded with well-choreographed fight scenes both in and out of the ring, and is one of the most action-packed films in the series. The plot revolves around a phony swami and his unlikely gang of wrestler/thugs who concoct a phony seance to defraud a beautiful young woman out of her inheritance. Santo and his two wrestler-buddies (referred to in the film simply as "Gray Mask" and "Black Mask") take on the swami & his thugs in no less than six individual fight sequences during the course of the film. In one scene, the thugs all decide to jump into the ring during one of Santo's wrestling bouts and beat the daylights out of him in front of thousands of amazed spectators!

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SECRET OF THE SPHINX (1964)-Letterboxed and really nice print! Directed by Duccio tessari and starring Tony Russell, Maria Perschy, and Ivan Desny. An insurance investigator (Tony Russell) goes to Egypt in search of some missing gold bars, and hooks up with the wife (beautiful Maria Perchy) of the prime suspect for their theft. They decide that it would be best if he impersonated her husband, a technician, and they both accompany an archaeological expedition, which would give them the perfect cover for their search. But trouble begins when the wife impulsively shoots the real husband, and now they have to hide the dead body as well....Perhaps the most interesting aspect of "The Secret Of The Sphinx" is that it contains few "good guys" in the traditional sense - the hero is a bit of a jerk and the heroine is far from the innocent little thing she appears to be at first.

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THE STRANGLER (1972)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. Written & directed byPaul Vecchiali, Cast: Jacques Perrin ... Émile, Julien Guiomar ... L'inspecteur Simon Dangret,Eva Simonet ... Anna Carré. Unhappy women are being murdered by Emile (Jacques Perrin), a psychotic young man suffering from the delusion that his acts are mercy killings. The detective (Julien Guiomar) assigned to track down the killer resorts to seriously unorthodox and even unethical methods to get his man...

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TILL MARRIAGE DO US PART (1974)-Lots of nude Laura Antonelli in her prime! The Marquise Eugenia di Maqueda, an orphan raised by the nuns, marries Raimondo Corrao, but on their wedding night she finds out that he is her brother. The piece of news is in a letter written from Paris by their father, a womaniser who lives and hides from them in the French headtown. The pair decide, to avoid the scandal, to live as brother and sister. He will later leave for the war in Lybia, she will find solace and sexual satisfaction in the arms of the family chauffeur. Rosemary Dexter and Karin Schubert co-star.

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TRAPPED IN TANGIERS (1957)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Effective thriller directed by Riccardo Freda about a drug smuggling ring operating out of Tangiers.  This film is a very well-done tale from director Riccardo Freda. It bears many earmarks of the visual style Freda would later use in his "Coplan" films. Everything is sleekly modern, from the fashionable nightclubs of Tangiers, to the streamlined airport at the film's close. This one also shows signs of the fading neo-realistic wave, and approaches levels of film-noir at times. The story-line is also quite superb, as Purdom explores deeper and deeper the web of criminal activity he was sent to uncover. Here is one of the few films I've seen in which Purdom doesn't over-act. He keeps everything at a cool, equable level, which shows that he may not be such a bad actor as some have suggested. Gino Cervi, as usual, plays his part to perfection, and does everything naturally, while Genevieve Page highlights the film as the main beauty. Although I don't care much for the slow jazz score played throughout the film, it fits the movie nicely, and lends definite atmosphere to the overall effect. Low on the action but high on the drama, Freda keeps us keyed up at all times, as we anxiously await Purdom to escape danger, save the girl, and bust the illegal operation.This movie has Action and Thriller traits, but it seems most accurate to categorize it as Drama, since Freda takes a more cerebral approach and revels more in dialogue and scenics than in fight scenes and character psychology. You will see the influence of Hitchcock's "To Catch A Thief."

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WHERE ARE YOU GOING NAKED? (1969)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. A bank clerk returns home to his apartment in Rome to discover in his bed, a naked lady who claims to be his wife... Vittorio Gassman literally knocks it down in a role he may have wished to forget, he’s decked in studded leather S and M gear, wears a silver long hair wig, sports a monocle and uses phallic James Bond spy gadgets (which suddenly go limp at the crucial moment)... ...to get a glimpse of Maria Grazia’s booty, only succeeding in knocking down the door…through which Moschin will soon pass, revealing it all…Milian is living in a home that’s in the heart of Roman Governmental Power (making him all the more vulnerable). The servants are all homosexuals. His boss is a twisted Swedish Massage Freak played by the ubiquitous Gastone Moschin (in the part of corrupt man of the world mentor and mastermind as he was in film after film in the late sixties) who advises his young charge Milian that his role as an employee of the national bank strictly prohibits having even a date with a girl! Propriety at all costs. Tomas, looking rabbity and pratfalling, keeps up his facade for a while, hiding the perpetually naked wife, till old perverted Vittorio Gassman literally knocks it down.

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THE WITNESS (1978)-In French with english subs. Oh my! Director: Jean-Pierre Mocky, Cast:Alberto Sordi ... Antonio Berti and Philippe Noiret ... Robert Maurisson. The painter Antonio Berti is called by his friend Robert Reims Maurisson to restore the paintings of the cathedral. Robert loves girls, although they have to be underage!. And indeed, he kills one of them. Found out by his friend Antonio, who at first did not understand what just happened and then by not speaking to him about it  because of the friendship that binds him to Robert. But Commissioner Guerin of the police wonders more and more about Antonio ...... When Jean -Pierre Mocky tries, his works resemble Claude Chabrol's. Such is the case of 'the témoin" which is his best film since "l'albatros" (1971).Here there is a true screenplay, no could-not-care-less directing and the results are satisfying. It takes some time to get off, but after about thirty minutes, the movie hits its stride,and it will remain interesting till the very end. Noiret kills a young Lolita-type who used to pose(as an angel!) for Sordi,a painter in charge of restoring a church. Sordi knows that Noiret killed her. Then a good psychological suspense begins, enhanced by an angelic choir in the church. Will Sordi pay for Noiret's crime?

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AUGUST 2017 UPDATE

6 PERVERTS SEEK THE KILLER (1976)-In Greek with english subs. Wealthy businessman Paul and his wife Mirella decide to spend a few days at a seaside luxurious villa, located at Glyfada. They invite Nancy, who works in Paul's company  and her husband George, who is  Mirella's secret lover. Along with the 2 couples, comes Alexia, Mirella's protégé , who meets on her way  to the villa the young itinerant Michelle and invites him to join them. The 6 residents of the villa begin to conspire against ech other and murder doesn't take long to happen. 6 players, only one killer!!! The original title was "Crime in Glyfada", this  version was enriched with hardcore sex scenes ( unrelated to the film) and was released again under the title "6 Perverts for the Killer".

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7 HOURS OF GUNFIRE (1965)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Expatriate Rick Van Nutter (Thunderball's Felix Leiter) stars as Buffalo Bill Cody in this revisionist spaghetti western which does, indeed, feature the phoniest Native Americans this side of an Old Shatterhand picture. He teams up with Wild Bill Hickock (the great Adrian Hoven) and Calamity Jane (Gloria Milland) in an effort to bring peace and multiculturalism to the American Midwest circa 1860. The action is plentiful and the history specious, not to mention rendered even more fantastical by the Italian language dubbing.

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DESPERATE MISSION (1965)-Beautiful Letterboxed print. Director: Roberto Bianchi Montero, Cast: Germán Cobos, Yoko Tani, Gianni Rizzo, Maria Luisa Rispoli, Milton Reid, and Francisco Sanz. The film begins with the extraction of a prominent nuclear scientist named Prof. Larsen, from a Chinese prison, by the hands of a clan of judo experts and by the planning of Agent Z51. Unfortunately, before Larsen can be transported back to America, Z51 is murdered, leaving the plans for Larsen's ultimate escape to fall to ruins. Hearing the news of Z51's death, the US Secret Service enlists their top man to the case, Robert Manning, AKA Agent Z55. Landing in Hong Kong, Manning must locate the now hidden Prof. Larsen while dishing out a sweet plate of revenge for his fellow fallen agent, but things aren't as easy as they first appear to be. For one thing there is a suspicious pair of locals, Su Ling and the gargantuan To-go, who have an unusual interest in Manning's presence in Hong Kong. There's also the simple fact that Prof. Larsen could be hidden anywhere and Manning has little to nothing to go on.

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THE DEVIL BY THE TAIL (1969)-in French with english subs, letterboxed print. Director:Philippe de Broca and starring Yves Montand, Maria Schell, Madeleine Renaud, and Jean Rochefort. One of the most "charming" French films ever made - very well played by all the actors, like Yves Montand or Martha Keller ( in her first French film ) Never boring - a good musical score with some "classical" piano music, and the film music made by Delerue. The movie isn't outdated, even if it dates from 1969 - only the very short skirt ( and I do mean SHORT !) dates the picture in the ends of the '60ies. Yves Montand plays a gangster who is stranded in the mountains of France, in a small almost broke hotel. With the help of the daughter's lover  who sabotage some cars, more guests will arrive at the hotel, and at the end, Yves Montand with the money of a bank robbery, will restore the hotel and working as the cook.

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HERCULES THE INVINCIBLE (1965)-Letterboxed and uncut print! Director: Alvaro Mancori, Cast: Dan Vadis, Ken Clarke and  Spela Rozin. Argolese saves Telca, daughter of King Tedaeo, from a marauding lion. In gratitude the King offers Telca's hand in marriage to Argolese but only if the strongman can slay a dragon which has been laying waste to part of his kingdom. Argolese kills the monster but when he returns he finds that Tedaeo has been overthrown and imprisoned, along with Telca, by a warlike people known as "the Demulus" who rule from a city inside a mountain. Argolese infiltrates this city but is captured and sentenced by Queen Ella to be pulled apart by elephants. Argolese survives this ordeal and Ella suggests an alliance between them. Argolese remains true to Telca but then Ella is killed by the jealous Melissia who becomes the new queen of the Demulus. With the aid of a diminutive ally named Barbar, Argolese frees the followers of King Tedaeo and then releases a lava flow into the city. Both King Tedaeo and the usurper Queen Melissia die in the turmoil but Argolese...

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HUMANITY'S LAST NEW YEAR'S EVE (1998)-In italian with english subs, letterboxed print. What a surprise this film was, yes a naked Monica Bellucci is always a good thing! But the black comedy and gore were a real shock! An absurdist comedy with a gory and explosive finale. Amongst other things the film has hallucinations, an idea for a script about a junky german shepherd, various S & M games, and Monica Bellucci running around naked for a good part of the first twenty minutes (tits, ass, muff). Do I need to say more ? Guys probably won't notice any other text after that piece of information, so I'll stop there! Directed by Dino Risi's son, Marco.

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ICY BREASTS (1974)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. This one stays even more within the conventions of the thriller genre (it was adapted from a Richard Matheson novel) while trying to portray the genuine case history of a female homicidal maniac, portrayed by the very sexy Mirielle D'Arc! Co-star Claude Brasseur, then, is usually a fine actor but his character here comes across as too much of a buffoon – so that he lacks the strength to adequately deploy the essential animosity towards Delon's typically suave and apparently all-powerful lawyer! Nicoletta Macchiavelli, however, scores in the smallish role of Delon's long-suffering wife; he's in love with D'arc, whom he had defended while on trial for her husband's murder.

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THE MINOR (1974)-In Italian with english sub, letterboxed. jeez Gloria Giuda is hot stuff in this one! Suffocated from the strict atmosphere of her high school, Valeria has been experiencing erotic dreams with sadistic motorcyclist rapists, a doctor who decides more than an exam is in order and a torturous priest whipping her in pure delight. After leaving school she finds out that the her bourgeois family setting has something to do with her recurring dreams and suppressed desires. She idealistically seeks out romance and love, but falls short time and time again...So, basically, you'd be watching this for Gloria Guida, don't expect a cinematic masterpiece, anything especially funny, deep or dramatic, just, some mighty fine T+A from miss Gloria. My god she is hot!

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THE NAKED COUNTESS (1971)-In German with english subs, letterboxed print. Written and directed by Kurt Nachmann. Starring: Ursula Blauth, Wolfgang Lukschy, and Kurt Nachmann. Countess Verena (Ursula Blauth) is a pawn of her sexually berated husband, Count Anatol Manesse-Manconi (W.G. Lukschy) and has been turned by him from the country girl briefly model into a hedonistic sophisticate who goes along with his unusual tastes, even in fact, relishing them. The beautiful younger woman has been hypnotized by her husband's strong personality and fascinated by the erotic experiences he puts her through. A complete voyeur, he does not actively partake of sex himself but only reacts by having his wife indulge in wild affairs with other men-all of which the Count photographs and exhibits on the walls of his bedroom...The De Sade-esque story of innocent country girl Verena (Ursula Blauth), who is seduced and corrupted by an obsessively voyeuristic elderly Count (played by Wolfgang Lukschy of THE DARK EYES OF LONDON and FOR A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS) is told in flashbacks within a time frame of one evening throughout which a police inspector (played by director Kurt Nachmann himself) investigates at the Count's villa after the naked corpse of a young man is found in the Count's car by a road in the countryside.

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A NIGHT IN PRAGUE (1969)-In Czech with english subs. An amazing fantasy horror film involving several stories (one of which concentrates on the Golem character). Prague - a city mystical. It was here in the Middle Ages gathered alchemists and sorcerers. Rumor has it that the house Prague hiding secrets get the philosopher's stone, and complex multi-level maze of underground passages and cellars keep many unsolved mysteries and countless treasures. Wandering at night in a dim, crooked and narrow streets, which can hardly break up two people, it is no wonder to meet with some obscure entities. Prague just full of ghosts and phantoms.

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NO HARM INTENDED (1989)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. Terrific thriller by director Alain Jessau! When Catherine (Nathalie Baye) is caught with her illicit lover by her father-in-law Paul (Michel Serrault), the concerned father leaves to tell his son Thomas (Francois Dunoyer) about the incident. Paul is injured in an auto accident and returns home in a wheelchair unable to speak. Catherine's guilt weighs heavily on her as she hopes to never let Thomas know she was unfaithful. She panics and seeks a way to eliminate Paul in this psychological thriller.

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FANTOMAS TV MOVIE #4 (1980)-In French with english subtitles. The final part in the 4 part TV movie series starring Helmut Berger as the titular character. Directed by Claude Chabrol. Fantômas, in this fourth and final episode, continues his grim exploits in Vienna, Austria and the Kingdom of Transylvania. He kidnaps the King of Karpatek after strangling and throwing out of the window his young mistress Romy, recovers as ransom the famous red diamond in the crown of Transylvania, hijacks a tramway car, kills Mareike, Romy's young seamstress  with an infernal machine... Under various identities, Fantômas with his accomplice Grand Duchess Alexandra, aka Lady Beltham, continues to mystify those who stalk him and even goes so far as to have Juve arrested!

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A PLACE CALLED GLORY CITY (1965)-Letterboxed print. German made western starring Lex Barker, Pierre Brice and Marianne Koch. Every year the town of Glory celebrates its founding with a gunfight between the two fastest gunmen in the West. The participants are to be Deakes and Brenner, but plans change when a drifter named Reece announces that he has killed Deakes. He agrees to take Deakes' place in the fight, but the men behind the celebration decide to keep the substitution a secret.

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THE QUEENS (1966)-Letterboxed print. Look at this cast! Enrico Maria Salerno, Claudia Cardinale, Monica Vitti, Alberto Sordi, Jean Sorel, Gastone Moschin, Raquel Welch, and Capucine. Directors: Antonio Pietrangeli; Mauro Bolognini; Mario Monicelli; Luciano Salce. This melodramatic Italian and French anthology is comprised of four unrelated short films directed by four different directors. The first vignette, "Queen Sabina" (or "The Hitchhiker") chronicles the sexual misadventures of a teenage girl on the road home. "Queen Armenia" (aka "The Room with a Juke Box") centers on a self-serving opportunistic gypsy babysitter who uses her employer's kids for her own gain. The third episode, "Queen Elena" (aka "The Digestive Tablet") centers on a husband who learns a lesson about the perils of infidelity after he succumbs to the wiles of the seductive wife next door. The last vignette, "Queen Marta" (aka "Giovanni") centers on a wealthy woman who, when drunk, uses her butler as an outlet for her lust.

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SANTO VS THE INFERNAL MEN (1961)-In Spanish with english subtitles. Having turned down down an offer in 1952 to appear in the aptly named ENMASCARADO DE PLATA (he doubted the film would click with audiences, and thus Huracan Ramirez appeared in the first true lucha libre film), El Santo finally tested the cinematic waters in the late 1950s in two Cuban lensed features.Shot at the same time and on a shoestring, CEREBRO DE MAL and HOMBRES INFERNALES featured Santo as an agent assisting the police in tough investigations (in these films, he plays an actual police agent -- he was later generally cast as either a wrestler who also fought crime or as an Interpol agent who also wrestled as well). While this was a theme which would appear in many of his later films, these two films were unique in one distinction -- in neither is he referred to as El Santo.The plot involves an attempt to put a police agent into a drug smuggling ring. hen the man is placed in danger, it's up to the masked Santo to go in to extricate him alive.The film is a curiosity, lacking the polish of the later films (even the early, cut-rate Vergara features, which says something). Santo is also played as a curiosity -- more of a fixture with a mask than a developed personality. Then again, this is nearly true of the later three films he made with Fernando Casanova and Ana Bertha Lepe. In those he was someone brought in fairly late in the films, to wrap up the loose ends. He'd then wheel away in his flashy sportscar.

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THE STRANGERS (1969)-Letterboxed print. Director: Jean-Pierre Desagnat and starring Julián Mateos, Michel Constantin, Senta Berger & Hans Meyer. Film begins with a sleek heist scene, notable for its Melville-styled gangsters in their suits and skimpy-brim hats (including Mateos) as well as its ruthlessness. Mateos gets away with a bag of diamonds, which he plans to fence in Hong Kong, but after a well-staged car chase he ends up in the desert, finding refuge in the remote cabin of Constantin and Berger. Movie quickly becomes a war of wills -who will get and keep the upper hand. Constantin knows from press coverage that Mateos is the criminal on the run with the diamonds and he insists on splitting them 50/50, or else. Flies in the ointment are a dogged local sheriff Blade anxious to catch Mateos (well-played by Hans Meyer) and various hit men being dispatched by the Syndicate to get Constantin for a years-ago misstep on his part, which caused him & Berger to be hiding out.

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THAT MAN IN ISTANBUL (1965)-Letterboxed  print. A $1 million ransom has been paid for kidnapped American nuclear scientist Dr. Pendergast (Umberto Raho) but he has not been returned. American secret agent Kenny (Sylvia Koscina) goes to Istanbul, Turkey to investigate. There she teams up with expatriate American gambling club owner Tony Maecenas (Horst Buchholz) and his henchman Brain (Gustavo Re) and Bogo (Alvaro de Luna). They trace the missing scientist through a trail of villains; from Hansi (Gerard Tichy) to Gunther (Agustin Gonzalez) to Bill (Mario Adorf) to Schenck (Klaus Kinski). Along the way they compete with Chinese agents and rescue a kidnapped heiress Elisabeth (Perrette Pradier).

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TONY ARZENTA (1973)-Letterboxed, longest print ever at 108 minutes! Directed by Duccio Tessari. Stylish, moody, innovative revenge-driven bloodbath. Also cheesy, of course, and sporadically very cheesy. It reminded me a lot of The Big Heat because it has the revenge plot set off by the exact same event, and the girl comes around to the good guy's side because of the same bad behavior by the bad guy. It's sad there's no Gloria Grahame but so fantastic that it's Alain Delon and not Glenn Ford Yet he's totally tough and icy cool. No one nowadays can touch him--though someone like Jude Law could try I guess. Hard for any girl to look good with him. The music was funky and perfect and there were several excellent car chases . People also met their dooms in creative and bloody fashion, for instance in a junkyard cruncher. But beyond the cheese, the overall atmosphere was affecting and expertly pulled off. Also stars genre regulars Richard Conte, Anton Diffring, Marc Porel & Erika Blanc with a great soundtrack by Gianni Ferrio.

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CHAMPAGNE FOR ROOM 17 (1969)-In German with english subs. Rare early sexploitation film from Erwin C Dietrich! The story is quite crude about a police inspector who gets involved in a secret call girl ring, but that's more less just an excuse to show some T&A. Herbert Fux (the ugly fucker from MARK OF THE DEVIL and LADY FRANKENSTEIN) is also in the action. Tamara baroni, Martina Domingo and Esther Studer star.

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COLD STEEL FOR TORTUGA (1965)-Beautiful widescreen print! Director: Luigi Capuano, Cast: Guy Madison and Ingeborg Schöner. This time around, Capuano directs a swashbuckler/adventure/piracy film loosely drawn on characters recalled from stories by Emilio Salgari, and stars Rik Battaglia as Pedro Valverde, a handsome pirate who's discovered a less risky buccaneering way to bring in the money. By impersonating a Spanish duke, he becomes engaged to the richest girls in the Caribbean and, at the time of the weddings, vanishes and steals the dowry. All is going well until he meets and becomes infatuated with Soledad Quintero, a beautiful Spanish girl who comes to Santa Cruz to inherit a fabulous legacy left by her grandfather. To his misfortune, Soledad also interests Alfonso di Montélimar (Guy Madison), the governor of the island. Jealousy and envy ensue as they both connive to attain the love and affection of Soledad, and only one will have her.

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COLT IN THE HAND OF THE DEVIL (1972)-letterboxed print. rare Spaghetti western directed bt Gianfranco Baldanello and starring Robert Woods and William Berger, this is the longer uncut print (10 extra scenes and 7 extra minutes!). The movie begins at a prison camp in the desert. Jeremy Scott saves Roy Koster (Robert Woods) from the bullet of an angry warden. Scott dies soon afterwards, but with his last dying breath, he reveals the name of the place he came from: Silvertown. Koster, after his release from the camp, decides to visit Silvertown and see the family of Scott. However, he finds the town to be rather hostile, even the relatives of the deceased. Nobody wants to speak to him, the only one who does is hanged and Koster begins to suspect that Scott was innocent, thus the truth about the deed he was sentenced for is still hidden. The town is ruled by Warner (George Wang) and his gunmen, and when Koster starts investigating, he quickly makes a lot of enemies...

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DORMITORY GIRLS (1984)-Beautiful print. Maureen Legrand and Raphaele Henault star. If this was a typical French dormitory, I would have gone to school in France. I swear I would have. I would still, at the age of 59, be going to school in France. Dormitory  Girls is hot stuff, especially for the time it was made. It is basically about some girls, in a college dorm. That's enough, you don't need to know any more, except that they are frequently naked and making out with each other. They do stripteases for each other, in the dorm. They vie for who gets to make out with the better endowed girls. They admire each other's bodies and make dates to make out with each other later. They go on field trips and make out with each other. They watch each other making out. In fact, they do very little except get naked and make out with each other. Does it get any better than naked French college girls making out with each other? I submit that this is the very peak of modern civilization, and cannot be bested by mere feats of technology, like sending people into space. It should be a recognized art form, for all to admire, like painting, sculpture, or programming in Pascal.There is a particular style of erotica, uniquely French, and this movie has it in abundance. It is not necessarily explicit, but it is highly erotic, a quality not usually to be found in American movies of any genre, and certainly not to the degree that it is in College Dormitory.This is a true guilty pleasure.

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FLESH OF THE ORCHID (1975)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. A disturbed young woman is kept prisoner in a castle by her aunt for her money. The game-keeper, her guardian, tries to rape her but she escapes. In her flight she meets a man also running away, from two killers. Stars Charlotte Rampling who you may remember in the Night Porter by Liliana Cavani and yeah, she gets nude in this one too! Also her favorite form of self-defense in this movie seems to be slashing people right in the eyes.

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HIGH TENSION (1972)-In Spanish with english subs, letterboxed print. Marissa Mell, Gabriele Ferzetti, and Helga line star in this most excellent (and up to now, rare!) erotic Giallo. José, a young mechanic, arrives in Madrid to make it big, After being conned he loses his savings, and is took in by Elisa, a photographer. She  introduces him to Pablo and Laura.  Laura makes him an offer he can't refuse and then his troubles really begin. Directed by Julio Buchs.

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KILLER WITHOUT A FACE (1968)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Extremely obscure Italian Giallo that unfortunately is not that great quality wise. It was shot in Black and White so that helps. Still, it's probably the only way we're going to see it. A series of murders happen in an old Italian castle. The unknown killer dispatches his victims by shooting them to death with a pistol. Barbara, the unhinged owner is the chief suspect. But not everything is quite as it seems...The film is set in the Balsorano Castle and is shot in expressionistic black-and-white. Directed by Angelo Dorigo and starring American Lawrence Tierney, director of THE BEAST IN HEAT Luigi Batzella, and Anita Tedesco.

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THE NET (1975)-Beautiful widescreen print! A Hell of a thriller that is quite sleazy and has a great cast. Mel Ferrer, Klaus Kinski, Andrea Rau, Elke Sommer, Carlo De Mejo and Claudio Gora star. The aging writer Aurelio Morelli is disillusioned: although the critics like his books, they are barely read. He develops a hatred for young people and their depraved morals. One night he goes with a callgirl - and kills her. The police doesn't have a clue, only the unscrupulous sensational journalist Bossi suspects him. Instead of naming him to the police, he persuades Morelli to write about the murder for his paper. Morelli uses the occasion to write his memoirs, in which he confesses lots of other crimes before this last one...

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NIGHT OF THE SCORPIONS (1972)-Letterboxed print. Starring Daniela Giordano, Teresa Gimpera and super hottie Nuria Torrey, this is a terrific Spanish Giallo directed by Julio Buchs. This Spanish-Italian co-production tells the story of a man who feels deep guilt for the death of his wife: He, an alcoholic, is convinced that he accidentally caused her lethal fall in their villa while he was drunk. He finds a new wife, but he's incapable of coping with his first wife's death. Moreover, the maid and his sister don't seem to accept the new woman in the household. After some time, suddenly bodies are piling up ... and the tomb of the man's first wife is empty! Runs 5 minutes longer than the Spanish print.

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PERSEUS THE INVINCIBLE (1963)-In Italian with english subs or english dubbed, letterboxed print. Directed by Alberto de Martino and starring Richard Harrison, Anna Ranalli, Arturo Dominici, and Elisa Cegani. A warrior does battle against the evil Medusa, her army of stone warriors and a monstrous dragon. The most remarkable thing about MEDUSA AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES is the Medusa itself. The Medusa in this film is a tentacled monster instead of a woman with vipers for hair. When I saw it for the first time my jaw was on the floor. It's by far the coolest thing I've ever seen in a movie. A truly one of a kind creation. The Medusa, totally in black, looks like an evil tree and moves around with spidery roots and has a uber thick nest of tentacles for hair, and it freezes men into statues of stone with its single huge glowing white eye. We see it walk around in a misty landscape which is strewn with marbled soldiers.

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REVENGE OF IVANHOE (1965)-Letterboxed print. Rick Van Nutter, Gilda lousek and Furia Meniconi star. William of Ivanhoe returns from the Crusades to free the Saxons from bondage in twelfth-century England. He claims the hand of a beautiful maiden and rescues her from danger. Directed by Tanio Boccia (aka Amerigo Anton).

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REVENGE OF THE GLADIATOR (1964)- Surprisingly grim, Revenge of the Gladiators starts off like any number of rather silly sword and sandal flicks with its gladiator heroes, deranged emperor, silly-looking barbarians, convoluted schemes to betray whomever happened to have his back turned at a given moment, and Mickey Hargitay, but then gets progressively darker until our heroes are reduced to joining a group of religious refugees fleeing the disintegrating Roman Empire. Truly a sobering experience, though Hargitay couldn't resist tapping into that natural goofiness that was so much in evidence in Bloody Pit of Horror by telling the barbarians while they were torturing him that their women smelled like sheep!

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SLAVES OF CRIME (1987)-In Spanish with english subs. Extremely obscure Jess Franco film! This 1986 obscurity is a deliriously filmed erotic adventure that supposedly updates Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu tales (Rohmer receives onscreen story credit, although I doubt if it's based on an actual story/novel. ). Lina Romay appears as the daughter of Fu Manchu, made up with heavy eye mascara (to appear oriental) and an outlandish hair style. A title card places the tall tale "in an exotic corner of the distant east, [a] paradise of the drug and the corruption." Members of the famous Rocky Walters rock & roll group are abducted by the seductive slaves of the female spawn of Dr. Fu Manchu (who is not seen but is heard on the soundtrack conversing with his daughter from beyond the pale) and transported to a hotel in the jungle, which doubles as an armed camp. There they are drugged, tortured and forced to sign over bank accounts and other financial holdings before being murdered and left in situations which make the deaths look accidental. This criminal enterprise is investigated by a spaced out rocker (Mel Rodrigo) who is trying to find his band companions. A karate fighting investigator and an Interpol agent are also on the case. After the rocker is also abducted and drugged the karate and Interpol guys move in.

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SQUILLO (1996)-Letterboxed print. Directed by: Carlo Vanzina, Starring: Jennifer Driver, Raz Degan, Paul Freeman, Bianca Koedam, Pia Klover, Antonio Ballerio. Eleven years after NOTHING UNDERNEATH (SOTTO IL VESTITO NIENTE), the team of the Vanzina brothers and veteran giallo screenwriter Franco Ferrini return to the genre with a film that’s practically a remake of their previous collaboration, this time set in the world of high class prostitution. Suspension of disbelief is a major requisite here (too many improbabilities - check out the rear view mirror ‘solution’) but the set-up is satisfyingly kinky, the camerawork fluid, the surroundings appropriately lush, and most importantly, the girls are gorgeous.

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THIEF OF DAMASCUS (1964)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Lighthearted peplum set during the Roman occupation of Syria, starring Tony Russel (The Secret Seven, The Wild, Wild Planet). In Damascus under the Roman occupation, Jesen and Tisba are pickpockets who get into innumerable exploits. They are not only thieves but accomplices to Syrian freedom fighters hiding in nearby caves. They clash with Mannae, an ambitious man who profits from his alliance with the Romans, eliminating his enemies one by one. Jesen is captured after a battle with the Roman legions and is condemned to death. Just at the moment before his execution, the most improbable thing happens... Written and Directed by Mario Amendola and also starring Luciana Gilly.

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TYRANT OF LYDIA VERSUS THE SON OF HERCULES (1963)-Beautiful widescreen print. Directed by Mario Caiano and starring Gordon Scott, Gloria Milland and Mimmo Palmara. Marzio, governor of Lydia, is advised by his general Goliath to sign a treaty with Alexander the Great in his war against Darius, king of the Persians. Alexander asks Marzio to care for the beautiful Kory, who in turn is promised as bride to Goliath. Artaphernes, Marzio's prime minister, is corrupted by Darius and poisons the governor, charging Kory with the crime. When Goliath defends the girl, he is arrested. With the help of friends, Goliath escapes from prison and organizes a revolt against Artaphernes.

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YOUNG LUCREZIA (1974)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Simonetta Stefanelli stars as the ruthless Lucrezia Borgia in Luciano Ercoli's take on the Borgia family. In the early 16th century, Italy is ruled by the powerful Borgia family, led by Cesar Borgia and his sister Lucrezia (Martine Carol). In a ruthless power play, Cesare plots to have his sister's husband murdered. But without her brother's knowledge, Lucretia has taken a strong lover who will challenge the Borgias, but Cesar's love for his sister will once again lead to the demise of Lucrezia's lover and unite the 2 siblings in an incestuous  relationship. Lots of nudity makes this one of Ercoli's sleazier films.

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SEPTEMBER 2017 UPDATE

3 NIGHTS OF VIOLENCE (1966)-In Italian with english subs. Walter, a journalist who recently lost his job, is feeling a bit down, and gets even more depressed when his fiancée, Lisa, vanishes. She had recently taken up with a friend of theirs, a rich older doctor. As Walter (Brett Halsey) peels away each layer of the disappearance, he digs deeper and deeper into a world of crime and corruption and he gets into more and more trouble. Director Nick Nostro (familiar to some for his "gladiator" films starring Dan Vadis) keeps the action moving fast, yet manages to focus on Walter's state of mind also. Although the film is not wall-to-wall fights, some of them are quite over the top and show Nostro's roots in the peplum genre. In one scene where Halsey is in a car chase with a suspicious character, another car cuts in front of him to stop him. Halsey gets out of the car to get into a fight with the crooks following him, and one of them belts him so hard he flies across the hood of the car! Margaret Lee is also present as a friend, Christina, who has always had feelings for Halsey but never put the move on him because of his engagement to Lisa. What is her motivation? Watch the film and see. As Italian crime-mysteries circa 1966 go, this one is quite good. With a strong leading man such as Halsey, a mystery angle that keeps the viewer guessing, and lots of action, 3 NIGHTS OF VIOLENCE is definitely worth watching

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THE CHALLENGES (1969)-In Spanish with english subs, letterboxed print. Extremely rare 3 part horror anthology by Directors: Claudio (THE BELL FROM HELL) Guerín (segment 1), José Luis Egea (segment 2), and Víctor (SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE) Erice (segment 3). Dean Selmier plays an expatriate American in each story of this trilogy. Francisco Rabal and his family star in the first feature filmed at the Rabal family home in Madrid. An over aggressive American soldier tries to put the moves on his wife and daughter before he is clubbed and thrown into the swimming pool. Part two finds a hippie couple slain at the country home of a wealthy local (Alfredo Mayo) after the young woman is offered to him for money and the boy makes love to the man's wife. In part three, an American man, a Cuban girl, two Spanish students and a chimpanzee throw a dance party before the American plants a bomb that destroys everyone.

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HOMO EROTICUS (1971)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. WOW, look at this dream Italian sexy comedy cast: Sylva Koscina, Femi Benussi, Rosanna Podesta, Adrianna Asti, Brigitte Skay, and Lando Buzzanca. Lando Buzzanca plays a rather naive young man from Sicily, who comes to Bergamo looking for a job. And he finds one, as the errand man for a rich businessman and his gorgeous wife (Rossana Podesta). After a medical exam reveals that he is unusually well-equipped in the genitals (he has 3 testicles!) area, he becomes a famous figure in the aristocratic circles of his employers - basically, no woman can keep her hands off him, and he doesn't exactly turn down any offers, either. Trouble starts when some of the women start getting jealous of the others, and continues when he sleeps with the daughter of a Sicilian barber, who demands that he marries her, or else....

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HOUSE OF LOST WOMEN (1983-In Spanish with english subs, letterboxed print. One of the rarest of all Franco films, usually mixed up with the non-Franco film HOUSE OF LOST DOLLS. Possibly the least familiar of what is already one of the most obscure periods in Jess Franco’s career, which is saying a lot, this is a drama with touches of black comedy, satire, a great deal of touches, lots of aberrant sex and an overwhelming nihilism. Lina Romay and Robert Foster star. Desdemona lives on a remote island with her strange family: her father Mario Pontecorvo, her stepmother Dulcinea and her mentally retarded sister Pulova. The background is one of endless radio and TV broadcasts of commercials and ridiculous programs. Desdemona tries to ward off her boredom by masturbating, provoking her father or teaching her sister how to play with herself. She even goes as far as asking her father if he would fancy raping her. The father and Dulcinea do not have a successful sex life and he would seem to be constantly haunted by his past. Mario is an expatriate Argentinean actor who claims to be a political refugee. Dulcinea hates her stepdaughters and will not stop at beating or abusing them if she deems it necessary. The family routine is interrupted with the arrival of a very virile hunter who will contribute even further to break down the family relationships.

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INTIMATE RELATIONS (1979)-In Greek with english subs. Director:Omiros Efstratiadis. We have a botched burglary, some jewels get stolen, some servant is killed in the process, and a rigid Police Inspector (this time played by real-life nut Kostas Prekas) is once again scrutinizing the promiscuous and carefree life of a young single woman in order to get to the truth. And once again, the single woman-victim of the burglary is acting coy about her 'free-love' lifestyle...which again includes a short-lived affair with another woman. There's huge differences of course, mainly that there's a stronger softcore element to this one, the lead is actually attractive, and this time there's an actual plot (although one with a rushed and abrupt ending which i found rather hilarious). This trashy/sleazy Greek sexploitation gem  has everything a Euro-Trash fan could ask for: A giallo-like plot, non-stop sex & nudity, gore, cheesy dialogue, car chases and a score by Ubaldo Continielo featuring Ray Lovelock songs! Yes, even the "Maggie" song that can be heard in LIVE LIKE A COP DIE LIKE A MAN.

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KISS FOR A KILLER (1957)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. Wow, what a great French Noir thriller! In Nice, the wealthy widow Betty Farnwell falls for the charms of a handsome young man, Philippe Delaroche. Mrs Farnwell is so taken with Philippe that she persuades her bank to allow him to manage her financial affairs. Philippe, an unscrupulous opportunist, is not slow to turn the situation to his advantage and within no time he is married to his wealthy benefactor. Philippe has barely grown accustomed to wearing a wedding ring when he begins a romantic liaison with his wife’s attractive secretary, Eva. It soon transpires that Eva is even more ruthless than Philippe...Directed by Henri Verneuil and starring hot stuff Mylene Demongeot, along with Henri Vidal and Isa Miranda.

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LAW OF VIOLENCE (1969)-Letterboxed print. Jack Sparrow has done a couple of years in jail for a crime he didn't commit and now is back at Red Rock with its intention to retaliate. The sheriff who arrested immediately ends badly and, in its place, Jack puts the mild-mannered Chris. This is because Jack has intentions of exploitation towards peaceful town. Eventually Chris takes courage and confronts him. Directed by Gianni Crea and starring Giorgio Ceroni, Angel Aranda, and Igli Varrani.

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A MAN TO RESPECT (1972)-Letterboxed print and longest version available. Sometimes it's hard to understand why absolutely great movies are forgotten. A good example is this one. The cast is top, the story's thrilling and the soundtrack from maestro Morricone is one of his best in my opinion. Nevertheless there're only two DVD releases which are cut and have the wrong aspect ratio. Kirk Douglas, Florinda Bolkan and Giuliano Gemma star in this Michele Lupo superlative crime thriller. A just released from prison professional thief decides to do one last high-risk heist, which could settle him for life or land him behind bars again.

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THE MASKED AVENGER (1964)-beautiful widescreen print (chunk that shitty something weird version!). Director: Pino Mercanti, Cast: Guy Madison, Lisa Gastoni. Massimo returns to Renaissance Venice after years of fighting the Turks to learn that Elena, his former sweetheart, is now married to the city's tyrannical Doge. He avoids resuming this romance, despite Elena's apparent interest, because he is now falling in love with the beautiful, blonde Katarina. He also avoids becoming involved in a plot to overthrow the Doge, but after a friend is tortured and killed by the Doge's men, Massimo feels compelled to join the spreading revolt. The plot moves at an efficient pace and is livened by such things as an archery contest, a falcon hunt, several swordfights, a collapsing bridge, and a dungeon-interrogation scene in which a bare-chested man is whipped, burned with a hot iron, and finally garroted.

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OSS 117 IS NOT DEAD (1956)-In French with english subs, B&W print. First and rarest film in the OSS 117 series. Director: Jean Sacha,  Cast: Ivan Desny, Magali Noël. OSS 117 is the codename for Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, a fictional secret agent initially from the pen of the prolific Jean Bruce. Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath is described as being an American Colonel from Louisiana of French descent. After service in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), de La Bath worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), then the National Security Council (NSC). Bruce wrote 91 OSS 117 novels for the French publishing house Fleuve Noir Espionnage series beginning with Tu parles d'une ingénue (Ici OSS 117) in 1949, predating Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 by four years. The first OSS 117 film, OSS 117 N'est Pas Mort (OSS 117 Is Not Dead), was made in 1957 with Ivan Desny as OSS 117. Following Jean Bruce's death in a Jaguar car crash in 1963, the character continued in a successful Eurospy film series which was mostly directed by Andre Hunebelle. The role was played initially by Kerwin Matthews, and then by Frederick Stafford, with John Gavin playing the role when Stafford was filming Alfred Hitchcock's Topaz.

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THE TEASERS (1975)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. The original english dub of this ran 72 minutes which was missing a lot of Gloria Guida and Ilona Staller nudity! This version runs 91 minutes. La liceale (internationally released as The Teasers, Under-graduate Girls, Sophomore Swingers and Teasers) is a 1975 commedia sexy all'italiana directed by Michele Massimo Tarantini. The film is considered the real breakout title for Gloria Guida and generated a "Liceale" film-series which consists of five titles, four of them starred by the same Guida. It was followed by La liceale nella classe dei ripetenti. This one is the story of how Loredana (Gloria Guida) loses her virginity. The top contender for the deflowering is a student that pretends to be a painter long enough to get one of his classmates naked, and then he tries to jump her. He never has a chance with Gloria. Then a new student from America joins the class, dark, handsome, and enraptured by Gloria. (Hey, I would have been too). She is interested, but in two attempts, things don't go smoothly. The first time, she panics, and the second, they are rudely interrupted. Finally, she meets a debonair business associate of her father, and he is happy to rid her of her maidenhead, but balks at a relationship. Meanwhile, the young man is still pursuing her.

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THIS TIME I'LL MAKE YOU RICH (1974)-Letterboxed print. Antonio Sabato, Karin Schubert, and Brad Harris (hiding behind a pseudonym) star in this Hill and Spencer ripoff. Joe Esposito, an italo-american, and Brad McCoy, a Scottish man, are engaged by Giorgiakis to be his bodyguards, due to their physical stature, and muscular development. Only, on the cover, both men are dealing in drugs... Wang and his gang get interested in a particular big cache of drugs, and therefore Giorgiakis, and his bodyguards, will find themselves under unexpected pressure. The film had the participation of the famous Hong Kong Shaw Bros. Studio, so some martial arts figure into the action.

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TRACKING (1981)-In Spanish with english subs, letterboxed print. Director: Pierre B. Reinhard, Four teenage girls are terrorized by the ghost of a sex-mad American soldier who wants to rape them. Lisa, Natalie and Stephanie are teenage girls who are staying in a huge mansion of Lisa's parents. Aunt Christina takes care of them. But during the absence of Christina three girls begin to have sexual hallucinations of a phantom soldier raping and abusing them. Lisa is raped with a champagne bottle, Natalie is attacked with a razor, etc. Mysterious ghost soldier is everywhere. He writes "Sex Is Life" on the mirror in Natalie's bedroom. He is never satisfied and carefully stalks his youthful and fertile prey. Is he  the figment of their aroused imagination? Tracking  offers plenty of sleazy atmosphere, nudity and very intriguing concept of sexual awakening. The scenes of sexual violence are implied and suggestive, though. The first person perspective of the stalker and his heavy breathing reminded me of various American slasher movies. The storyline is hardly coherent and the characters are truly psychotic. The score is quite atmospheric and several scenes are quite unsettling and unnerving. However don't expect outrageously repulsive exploitation sickie - "Ghost Soldier" is a subtle flick with memorably vile central concept.

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WEST OF THE RIO GRANDE (1983)-In Spanish with english subs, letterboxed print. Extremely rare and late in the Spaghetti western cycle, the film stars Aldo Sambrell,Cándida López,and Joaquín Gómez and was directed by Jose Maria Zabalza. In the American West after the Civil War, coexistence is subjected to the violence that the war had generated among the North and the South. Without an organized authority, judges and executioners emerge everywhere. A woman will find it's an ordeal to survive, because his husband trapped under a tree. But when asking for help, none of the people that live across the road will help her. Al oeste de rio grande tells the real story of the wild west and in fact is a mix between the classic American style and that of the Spaghetti.: You have to love those scenes between Sydney Ling and Aldo Sambrell,they are really fighting here, rough, tough and the hard way. The actions scenes here are quite unique. It's amazing to see the energetic Sydney Ling taking on a great quantity of gringos and Indians. The  couple played by John Holland and Julie La Rousse is also quite amusing. The most amazing scene of this film, is at the end when actors ,Aldo Sambrell, John Holland and Julie La Rousse are hanging Sydney Ling onto a funeral coach which is pulled by four horses and are pulling Sydney Ling over some very rough roads. All this is real, without any stand-inn and without any real tricking(this has never been done before, it's really artistic as well) So, yes it's an interesting piece of work from Zabalza.

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THE WITCH RETURNS TO LIFE (1952)-In Finnish with english subs B&W print. Don't let the date fool you, the witch (Mirja Mane) here is beautiful, seductive and for a lot of the time, BUTT NAKED! Plus it's a Hell of an atmospheric, B&W cinematography, horror film. Archaeological team unearths a body of a young woman, who was said to be a witch buried in the bog some 300 years ago. Soon a naked woman appears and drives the men of the village crazy. Everybody is certain that this really is the witch killed in days of yore. At the end the wild happenings during those few days appeared to be a dream of the professor leading the excavations.

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AN AVERAGE LITTLE MAN (1977)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print.WOW! Alberto Sordi does DEATH WISH and is a Hell of a lot more effective than Bronson. The first half plays like a comedy but then Sordi's son is killed and he goes on a rampage to find and kill the guilty ones. Sordi is without question one of the most gifted actors in the world. Directed by Mario Monicelli and co-starring Shelly Winters and Romolo Valli.

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BIZARRE (1987)-Letterboxed print. Fans of Florence Guerin need to jump on this beautiful looking eng dubbed (with no subs) print of this erotic thriller. Bizarre, erotic fantasies lie beneath the bourgeois facade of Corbi (Luciano Bartoli) and Laurie’s (the drop-dead gorgeous Florence Guerin) depraved marriage. For five years Laurie submits to the twisted desires of her husband until one day he asks her to do something so abhorrent (like a gun up the snatch) that she flees to a peaceful house by the sea. There she meets Edward (Robert Egon), a considerate American who helps her discover joy. But Corbi is difficult to escape, physically and emotionally. One night as Laurie and Edward are making love, they hear strange noises in the home and discover Corbi is secretly watching them. Edward beats Corbi so severely that he nearly kills him. Laurie then concocts a diabolical plan for revenge against her husband!

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BLACK BOOTS AND LEATHER WHIPS (1983)-In Spanish with english subs.Obscure erotic thriller by Jesus Franco starring Antonio Mayans and Lina Romay.  The story is simple enough to follow: Al Pereira is hired by Lina (Candy Coster, who is Lina Romay in a blonde wig, so Lina playing Candy playing Lina), the wife of a wealthy man, to recover some compromising photos. She has sex with him by way of a retainer. In the course of his investigation, Al is obliged to commit a couple of murders... and he's left holding the bag when Lina turns out not to be what she seems to be. 

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DEATH KNOCKS TWICE (1970)-. UNCUT VERSION!! Contains an extra 11 minutes of footage not seen in any other english friendly version!! This movie has a lot going for it. The great Fabio Testi plays a deranged artist who can't seem to resist strangling his female partners during sex. The voluptuous Anita Ekberg (the fountain-bather in Fellini's "La Dolce Vita") is an older, married female art dealer who just can't resist Testi's possibly homicidal charms and becomes the potential victim of an elaborate murder plot. The villainous Adolf Celli plays her oft-cuckolded husband, a scary gangster called "The Professor". Even a young Femi Benussi gets into the act in one of her earliest have-naked-sex-and-get-brutally-murdered-minutes-later cameos. Unfortunately, the lead, American actor Dean Reed, is about as charisma-free as they come. Part of it his character, a private detective who callously uses his faithful fiancée as bait to snare the dangerous, sex-crazed artist.

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DEEP NIGHT (1991)-In Italian with english subs. Extremely rare and obscure Italian horror film! Here is a real rarity: the only full-length movie ever shot by Fabio Salerno, one of the first independent Italian horror directors, who committed suicide in 1993. The plot is simple: a depressive horror comic author casually finds a strange artifact, a small pyramid, while cleaning up a bar that a friend recently bought. The pyramid is a sort of puzzle and once opened it spawns evil, invisible entities which silently haunts the protagonist by possessing the objects present in the house during the night-time, while the he is asleep. The paranormal manifestations become more and more invasive and frequent...what's the secret behind them and the pyramid? Our hero will discover it, but he will pay a very high price for it also.

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DJANGO AND SARTANA: SHOWDOWN IN THE WEST (1970)-I love this goofy ass Miles Deem western! Gordon Mitchell plays an outlaw who looks in the mirror and argues with himself and claims the fellow in the mirror is cheating him at cards! Maniac outlaw Burt Kelly (Gordon Mitchell) decides he needs a hostage to make his escape to Mexico, so he orders the kidnapping of a local rancher's daughter (Simone Blondell). This raises the prices on the gang, drawing the attention of vicious bounty hunter, Django (Hunt Powers). Crazy Burt, fearing Sartana (Chet Davis), the local protector of the common people, will be after him decides to eliminate this obstacle, bringing the bounty killer and the people's hero together with a common objective. This Demofilo Fidani directed spaghetti western was photographed by Aristide Massaccesi, later notorious as cult filmmaker, Joe D'Amato.

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HALLELUJAH AND SARTANA STRIKE AGAIN (1972)-Letterboxed print. Ron Ely, Robert Widmark and Uschi Glass co-star in this Mario Siciliano western. Two con artists wind up helping the members of a small-town church keep from losing their money to a gang of crooks.

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FOR A BOOK OF DOLLARS (1973)-Letterboxed print. Obscure Spaghetti Western directed by Renzo Spaziani (really Mario Bianchi) and starring Lincoln Tate. A group of nuns is robbed of all their savings and convinces a bounty killer called Amen to help them get the money back...

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HOUSE OF BLUE SHADOWS (1986)-In Italian with english subs. Here's an excellent Italian thriller, pretty forgotten about but actually quite striking (for example, the killer wears the same mask that was used in  KWAIDAN). This mostly neglected Italian effort is far too little known. It tells the disturbing story about a man who returns to the house where he grew up. But, as a kid, he accidentally pushed a girl from the roof and killed her. The past begins to catch up with him. Director Beppo Cino made a very stylish and thrilling film with really uncanny moments. In some ways one can compare its style with Pupi Avati's masterpiece 'La Casa dalle Finestre Che Ridono' (1976) which is even more involving and mind-boggling. I highly recommend 'La Casa del Buon Ritorno' to everybody who wants to experience an uncanny and disturbing horror film.

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HOUSE OF SPIES (1966)-In Spanish with english subs. Wonderfully entertaining Jess Franco Eurospy film starring Eddie Constantine! Dan Leyton, an American secret agent, is sent to uncover a network of spies in Turkey. The head of the Espionage Service in Istanbul, Colonel Spokane, believes they key to the case lies in a young woman´s residence. Dan is placed under the orders of Commander Pendleton who turns out to be an authoritarian woman. The key to the mystery turns out to be Spokane´s frivolous wife Janet, who unwittingly plays an important part in the enemy´s plans. This 1967 color Franco film picks up considerably in its last twenty minutes or so, when it gets serious, with an accompanying tightening of direction and cinematographic inventiveness, but the earlier parts show a lazy Franco indulging a few of his worst habits. According to the OBSESSION book, Franco shot this back to back with CARTAS BOCA ARRIBA (ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS), so perhaps there was an understandable diminution in the amount of energy and curiosity he could give to the project; or, perhaps, the money wasn't there to give the entirety an edge and a polish.

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LONG NIGHT (1974)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. One of my all time favorites by the director of QUEENS OF EVIL,  Tonino Cervi. Tonino delivers (with plenty of nudity) now a sort of "road movie" entirely located in Milano during one single night. La Nottata has some elements in common with Scorsese's After Hours and evolves around a very precious ring lost and stolen, and the chance meeting and adventures of the main characters, two very fine and independent chicks played by Sara Sperati and Susanna Javicoli. It's very sad to point out that none of them are still among us...Susanna Javicoli (the curly redhead) had one of my best loved scenes in the infamous "WC sequence" on "Action" by Tinto Brass. Famous italian actor Giorgio Albertazzi has a very curious cameo as a transvestite. Musical appearances from Goblin group (in a pre Profondo Rosso lineup) and from Raul Casadei, who was then considered the king of "Liscio", a sort of trashy popular dance music.

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MANAOS (1979)- Directed by Alberto Vázquez Figueroa and starring Fabio testi, Agostini Belli, Florinda Bolkan and Andres Garcia. Sheer brutality and humiliation is the daily lot of the slaves on the rubber plantations in S America at the turn of the 20th century. The film features throat slashing, gunfights and moments of machete wielding mayhem. Howard the slave has been developed as a flawed hero, his illicit relationship with Claudia the main reason for all the brutality. Claudia is an enormously interesting character – what drives her after her brutal gang rape and abuse? How can she ever get back to being the woman she was before the ordeal.  The beautiful and under-rated Agostina Belli finds herself in a worthy role. Fans of grubby '70s exploitation items will no doubt love it.

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MOZART IS A MURDERER (1999)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. The wrong note at a recital given by Professor Baraldi's most gifted music majors sets the stage for serial murder...Director Sergio Martino returns to form with a good old fashioned giallo that benefits from a clever premise, good acting, a generous budget, and the sure hand of an old pro. All the tropes are there: a black-gloved killer, a bizarre motive, a busy stiletto, taunting telephone calls, POV stalking, a troubled detective, unsavory suspects, red herrings, a decent body count, an intriguing title that figures into the plot, and a major cliché near the half-way point that'll telegraph the killer to any slasher film aficionado. The set piece slaying isn't as ostentatious as the ones in Golden Age gialli and more gore would have been a definite asset but the director's distinctive flair is still there and the movie delivers its genre's goods in an entertaining manner. Recommended.

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REBUS (1969)-Letterboxed print, uncut (with an extra 20 minutes!)with some dialogue in spanish only. Ann Margaret (Hot as Hell!!) and Laurence Harvey co-star. When an international casino crime ring is planning a big score at a fixed roulette game, the casino police enlists the help of Jeff Miller, an alcoholic croupier, to nab the bad guys. Jeff is attracted to Laura, a singer at the casino, but she prefers the company of the leader of the thieving casino ring.

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RED HOT SHOT (1969)-In Italian with english subs. Colpo Rovente was released a couple of years before the Giallo boom in the early seventies, and the film is more like the American film noir movement than Italy's finest cinematic export. Indeed, the film is often called a 'psychedelic noir' and this atmosphere is achieved through some bizarre set design and the soundtrack. Colpo Rovente is set in New York, and unlike a lot of Italian films set in America; actually does a decent job of making New York the central location. The plot reminded me more of the later Italian 'Polizi' films than a Giallo, and focuses on crime in New York. Frank is a police inspector that was on the case of MacBrown; the head of a pharmaceutical company, and suspected of dealing in drugs. However, Frank was pulled off the case and shortly thereafter; MacBrown is murdered in the middle of a group of people by an unseen assassin. Frank is called in to investigate the murder. But the dead bodies soon start to pile up... The cast isn't very notable, but future Giallo heroine Barbara Bouchet stands out. Bouchet looks particularly tasty in this one, as she gets to don a stylish black wig!

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THAT MALICIOUS AGE (1975)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Folks if you a re a fan of Gloria Guida, then THIS FILM IS FOR YOU!!! By the director of AMUCK (Silvio Amadio) and co-starring Anita Ford and Nino Castelnuovo. Gardener Nino Castellano takes a job in a southern-Italian villa and quickly finds himself embroiled in a menage-a-trois with Gloria Guida and Anita Sanders which soon leads to sex, death and mayhem!

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ZAN KING OF THE JUNGLE (1969)-Letterboxed print. Director: Manuel Caño and starring Steve Hawkes, Krista Nell, Kitty Swan, Jesús Puente, Luis Marín, Fernando Sancho, Antonio Casas, (and a big ugly, hairy funny looking gorilla), plus a screenplay by Umberto Lenzi! Spanish ripoff of TARZAN and starring the BLOOD FREAK turkey headed monster himself, Steve Hawkes! Plus his then wife KITTY SWAN who plays the Jungle girl Gungala. Zan (Tarzan in some subtitled versions) helps the Amazons defeat two gangsters who wished to take over a sacred gold treasure from the women's tribe. There are extensive views of the Central America jungle, and several tough battles between the young Amazons and the evil pira.

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THE DOG (1962)-In French with english subs. In this extremely hard to find TV movie from 1962, Delon plays the role of "He", a nameless man who loves his dog very much. But the destiny plays funny jokes with us sometimes, so for one night our protagonist loses his dog and finds the love of a beautiful woman ("She", played by the gorgeous Elke Sommer).

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FOR A FEW DOLLARS LESS (1966)-Letterboxed print. Don't confuse this with the Leone film! Lando Buzzanca (mugging to his heart's content) plays a bank accountant who discovers that his balance book is 100 dollars short; having only one weekend to find the money, he seeks help from a crooked relative of his, who proposes the following scheme: Lando will become a wanted criminal, the relative will arrest him and collect the bounty, then he will help him escape and they will share the money. But when Lando finally escapes from prison, his cellmate - a Mexican gang boss - insist on him joining his gang.

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GUNFIGHT AT HIGH  NOON (1964)-Beautiful letterboxed print of this extremely well done early Spaghetti western. El Sabor de la venganza (1963) is perhaps the best of the Pre-Leone euro-westerns, one of the best "Spanish westerns," and Joaquin Marchent's best western. Genre fans looking for something similar to the Dollar's films often overlook and under-rate what is a very well made b-western that foreshadows the later Gothic family westerns like El Pistolero dell'Ave Maria (1969). El Sabor de la venganza at first glance appears to have more in common with American westerns than later euro-westerns that, it at first seems, have been more completely translated by the filmmakers to their own historical and cultural perspectives. Ortolani's score is certainly based on American examples and is not nearly as inventive as that in other euro-westerns. Also, though the movie doesn't have the same sly ironies that the genre is well known for it's sincere enjoyment and indulgence in western conventions is very much in line with the self-consciousness of the genre. The long quasi-documentary rodeo sequence in the middle of the movie, complete with a Rio Bravo (1959)-style cowboy song sung over it, is a great example of this. This sequence, following a well put together montage about the brothers each living their separate lives, may annoy some viewers, but I think that it provides a good bridge between the two halves of the movie, streamlining and focusing attention on the pivotal moments in the plot.

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THE MARK OF DEATH (1961)-In Spanish with english subs. Incredibly rare Mexican Horror film that was re-cut and re-filmed by hack Jerry Warren as CREATURE OF THE WALKING DEAD. This is the original Mexican version before Warren got his grubby hands on it. We have a mad scientist obsessed by the quest for immortality, sacrificing any number of female lives along the way – until he is caught red-handed, tried, condemned, jailed and hanged for his crimes…and that is just the first 15 minutes of the film . Anyway, we jump forward 70 years to the immediate future, i.e. 1961, and a dead-ringer relative for the notorious doctor (he even shares his name with him: how unsubtle can you get?!) stumbles upon his secret formula (actually, this is one of the unlikeliest scenes ever depicted, with the laboratory still filled with the rotting corpses of the long-past experiments!) – which he subsequently perfects thanks to the advances in technology (even allowing the unfortunate blood-donors to survive the ordeal this time around) and, rather than try it on himself, unearths his ancestor's body and revives him (the latter, then, rather fancies all the modern gizmos)!

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NAUGHTY COEDS (1974)-English dubbed version of SCHOOLGIRL REPORT 8. I've learned several things watching German "schulmadchen report" series. German high school girls in the 1970's were evidently about twenty years old on the average, and the ones that were overweight, unattractive, or just didn't look good in mini-skirts or short-shorts were apparently expelled from school. These girls were ALL obsessed with sex and talked constantly in sexual double-entendres. They took lots of long, hot group showers where they spent a lot of time soaping each other up. And they threw themselves at pretty much anything in pants regardless of age, gender, or attractiveness. This movie dispenses with the usual documentary pretensions and focuses on a group of overage "schulmadchen" riding on a bus on their way to camp and telling each other stories about their sexual escapades

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN NEW YORK (1974)-Beautiful letterboxed print. Tony Anthony wrote and stars in this fast moving action film that has him as a small time hood who offers a gangster (Adolpho Celi) a deal of a lifetime. A half a million dollars hidden in a Irene Papas' dead husband's body. But Celi double crosses  Anthony leaving him to go on a revenge spree. Tony Anthony is good, and Lucretia Love provides the nudity while Richard Conte and Lionel Stander have cameos.

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THE RED TENT (1969)-In Russian with english subs, letterboxed print. Rare uncut 150 minute version!! Sean Connery, Claudia Cardinale, Hardy Kruger, Peter Finch, and Mario Adorf co-star. The commander of a failed 1928 Arctic airship expedition is remembering the events of the "Italia" airship flight, crash and subsequent rescue efforts. The "ghosts" of people involved in the events appear in his memories to assist him in determining his guilt in the affair. The reminiscences are mixed with the real action: the flight of the "Italia", the air rescue operation from Kings Bay airfield, the expedition of the "Krasin" ice-breaker. A sort of human touch is added by the ever beautiful Claudia Cardinale playing Malmgren's girlfriend.

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THE SPARROW FLUTTERS (1988)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Ornella Muti fans rejoice as she has nude scenes here! Director Gianfranco Mingozzi and starring Muti, Philippe Noiret and Sabrina Ferilli. A woman, who has been the mistress of a man who has just died, thinks about leaving the little Italian village where they lived and moving to another place. An old and rich man offers her a place in his house, however, she will have to listen to him telling his past love stories.

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TREASURE OF SAN TERESA (1959)-Letterboxed print. The British-German Treasure of San Teresa is known by a variety of titles, including Hot Money Girl, Long Distance and Rhapsody in Blue. Perennial action hero Eddie Constantine plays an ex-OSS operative who returns to Czechoslovakia after the war. The mercenary Constantine hopes to recover a fortune in jewels that he'd hidden during the war at the behest of a German general. He is aided and abetted by Dawn Addams, the general's supposedly untrustworthy daughter. Crosses, double-crosses and triple-crosses abound before the film's ironic Treasure of Sierra Madre-like denouement.

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JANUARY 2018 UPDATE

THE BIG FAMILY (1974)-Beautiful letterboxed print. While some Italian crime films (particularly post-1977 ones) are just mindless violence (particularly violence against women), many pre-1977 ones are serious commentary on corruption and the justice system in Italy...and by extension to other Western countries. THE BIG FAMILY is such a film. The Mob is in charge at the film's beginning, the Mob is in charge at the film's end. Anyone who challenges it is killed or somehow taken out of the picture. A police inspector or prosecutor who is making progress may suddenly get the offer of a significant promotion...to another part of the country. Every branch of the government...and the church...is compromised. American businessman Richard Conte can come to Sicily hoping to do some construction projects and thinking that his friendship with the Don back in New York will help him here and that he doesn't have to play by the local rules. An honest cop works hard and makes countless sacrifices, and many good people die because he keeps on his quest. Eventually, he nabs the top man...and it turns out he has achieved nothing and he is back at square one. Even the top man is expendable to the overall survival of the big family.

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THE BOOM (1963)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. It may well be Vittorio De Sica's best sixties (overlooked) movie. A very somber comedy,  with Alberto Sordi on the top of his form. This movie has a contemporary feel: what could one person do to stay (or to become ) rich? A broke businessman is approached with a smile by a middle-aged lady (wife of a wealthy man) .He believes she wants to make him her lover .Little did he know she would ask for one of the most precious parts of his body (no,  it is not what you are thinking of, but  I won't write a spoiler and reveal what it is).Like Comencini's "Lo Scopone Scientifico" ,"Il Boom" deals with man's exploitation of his fellow man. Gianna Maria Canale co-stars.

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BUBU (1971)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Bubu leaves his job in a bakery, forces his girl-friend into prostitution, and from then on lives out of the money she makes. The young couple find their place in the world of prostitutes and pimps, but the lack of perspective in their life - which is permanently haunted by the possibility of an incurable and fatal venereal infection - and the humiliations the girl endures strain their relationship and lead to conflicts. Directed by Mauro Bolognini and starring Massimo Ranieri, Ottavia Piccolo, and Antonio Falsi.

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CONQUEST OF THE NORMANS (1962)-Letterboxed print. Conquest of the Normans is a Franco-Italian saga that has become a virtually lost movie since its release in 1962. Done on a relatively low budget, but enlivened by a busy plot and decent scenes, it is a passable slice of historical hokum from director Giuseppe Vari. After decades of violent raids, the Normans have finally agreed to be at peace with the English and have begun to settle on British soil. Nobleman Olivier D'Anglon (Ettore Manni) becomes a great friend of the Norman settlers and falls in love with Svetania (Genevieve Grad), one of their youngest, prettiest women. However, the jealous and cruel Duke of Saxony (Cameron Mitchell) wants to overthrow the English king, so he has his soldiers disguise themselves as Normans in an ambush on the king and plants various clues which lead people into suspecting that D'anglon masterminded the attack. D'Anglon escapes a hanging and sets out to prove that he is not a traitor, aided by his Norman friends.

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DAMES GET ALONG (1954)-Not the shitty tv dupe from sinister cinema. This is the third Lemmy Caution adventure, the real thing before Godard spliced him in a post-modern blender for 'Alphaville' in the 1960s. Lemmy is a hard-drinking, lascivious, violent FBI special agent who operates in France solving relatively mundane crimes. He has the build of John Wayne, and his films are full of extended, masochistic brawls, the fist-fighting equivalent of swashbuckling. What saves Lemmy from the Neanderthal  fascism of Mickey Spillane is his charming gaucheness as an American in France. The murder-mystery plot is straight out of Agatha Christie, complete with red herrings, suspects and a final gathering where the great detective reveals the solution. The milieu of night-clubs, jazz, fraud, sexual intrigue, class tension and brutal violence is more familiar from hard-boiled detective fiction and film noir. The irrepressible Lemmy, easily foiling all resistance, and irresistable to women, is more of a comic book proto-James Bond figure than a sour private eye

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END OF THE GAME (1975)-Uncut print! While investigating a high-profile murder case, a savvy but unorthodox veteran police inspector has to cope with a bad conscience, bad health, an overzealous partner, a timid superior and interference from political interests. This is an existential whodunit, but a good one, and like any good whodunit, ends with a very surprising conclusion,Jon Voight, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Shaw, and Rita Calderoni star in this excellent thriller by Maximillan Schell.

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GUNFIGHTERS OF CASA GRANDE (1964)-Letterboxed print. Veteran MGM B director Roy Rowland ended his career with three cheap westerns co-produced with MGM and shot in Spain. In some ways this looks like one of the gritty westerns that were being turned out by Italy, with and adequate body count. The actors do something with their performances, particularly Alex Nicol, but his character lacks enough definition to be particularly interesting. Director Rowland's son, Steve has a featured role as 'The Kid'.

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HERCULES THE AVENGER (1965)-Beautiful widescreen print. Hercules' son gets severely wounded during a lion hunt that goes awry. Hercules (a solid and engaging performance by the beefy Reg Park) has to venture into an eerie and dangerous alternate dimension ruled by the evil and vengeful Gia the Earth Goddess (a deliciously wicked portrayal by Gia Sandri) and battle various monsters in order to save his son's soul. Meanwhile, Gia's equally nasty son Antaius (a perfectly hateful turn by Giovanni Cianfriglia) poses as Hercules and takes over an entire city as a cruel and ruthless tyrant. Director Maurizo Lucidi relates the engrossing story at a steady pace and maintains a serious tone throughout. This film begins a little slow, but really starts cooking once Hercules enters the misty and perilous subterranean spirit world: Rousing highlights include Hercules grappling with a humanoid lizard beast, Hercules climbing a giant gnarled tree, and Hercules being attacked by a bunch of creepy rotting zombies. Better still, the bizarre spirit world just reeks of spooky atmosphere (gotta love that persistent thick swirling fog!). The strenuous rough'n'tumble mano-a-mano major physical confrontation between Hercules and Antaius likewise totally rocks.

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INVITATION TO KILL (1966)-Forget the previous shitty versions of this excellent Euro-spy entry, this one looks great and is letterboxed. Jordan is an ex-secret agent who, after many years of service, gets the boot for "health reasons". So he plans to sell a secret and highly sought after formula - if he can locate all three pieces of paper that the formula is written on, that is. His former superiors believe that he is close to getting the formula all for himself, so they send one of his old friends to convince him to cooperate with them again. You have to give the film credit for capturing the feel of a "serious" spy movie, from the raincoats that all the men wear to the footsteps sometimes being the only sound. Directed by Enrico Bomba and starring Lewis Jourdan and Helene Chanel (this woman is hot stuff!).

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THE RAPTOR (1968)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. Vera Cruz, 1938. "Le Rital", a tough French hit man, agrees to serve Mexican revolutionaries who want to replace the current President by Chico, an insecure young bourgeois that they intend to manipulate. The killing of the President is to take place in a small town whose "great lady", Camito, is an alluring former thespian and the despot's mistress. Things go according to plan as the President commits the imprudence to come and see Camito without his escort. "Le Rital" just has to pull the trigger and his mission is achieved. But to no avail actually as the revolutionaries prove unable to take advantage of the situation. Worse, "Le Rital" finds himself driven to shoot at Chico(without killing him though) whereas he has become close to him. In the end he leaves Mexico for new adventures without anybody knowing that deep inside himself he is a broken man. Directed by Jose Giovanni and starring Lino Ventura and Rosa Furman.

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THE SATIN SPIDER (1986)-In French with english subs. WOW, what an offbeat mixture of sexploitation and horror! A sultry French boarding school for girls, in the early twenties. The young pupil Lucienne evades but returns with a weird police inspector who should protect her. Against what or whom? Solange, the psychic unstable gym teacher? Or the voyeuristic principal Madame de Challens? Or other girls? Directed by Jacques Baratier and starring Ingrid Caven and Catheryn Jourdan.

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WEAK SPOT (1975)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. I am saving the best for last!! Greece 1974 - during the brutal era of the military government, an innocent tourist manager (Ugo Tognazzi) is accused of being a member of the illegal resistance movement. Two secret agents (Michel Piccoli and Mario Adorf) are bringing the innocent victim to Athens. During their trip, their car breaks down, and they're stopping in a small village. From now on, everybody is fighting against each other, and a psychological cat-and mouse-play is starting...Filmed shortly after the end of the military terror regime in Greece, WEAK SPOT is less a political thriller in the wake of Watergate and Co. but rather a well-done psycho thriller about terror, angst, obedience, torture and sheer naked aggression. The plot focuses on the three men, all brilliantly played by the Italian-German cast of Ugnazzi, Piccoli and Adorf, and the fast-pacing action of the second half of this movie and the surprising end makes this movie an outstanding European "Politthriller", directed by German Peter Fleischmann.

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AGENT 505 DEATH TRAP IN BEIRUT (1965)-Uncut and letterboxed. A dastardly villain known as The Sheikh threatens to wipe out the city of Beirut (and all 650,000 of its citizens) in this reasonably entertaining West German thriller from director Manfred Kohler, perhaps best known today for co-writing Harry Kumel's erotic vampire epic Daughters of Darkness. Frederick Stafford plays suave secret agent Richard Blake, on the trail of The Sheikh with the assistance of gorgeous reporter Denise DuPree (Genevieve Cluny). A philanthropist named Omar Abdullah (Willy Birgel), whose cause is rehabilitating criminals, attracts the attention of Blake, and we're off to the races. Babes, bullets, and gadgets--they're all here and shot on location in mod, mod Beirut, at the time an 'international city' and a popular spot for European co-productions. Music lovers should note that Ennio Morricone's score echoes his spaghetti western work but fits nicely into the proceedings, whilst anticipating Theodorakis' percussive Z score by a full year.

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THE COLT IS MY LAW (1965)- Letterboxed print. Two undercover federal agents try to find out who is behind stagecoach robberies in the town of San Felipe. One works for a suspected rancher and the other gains the confidence of his niece through romance. Directed by Al Brescia, starring Angel Del Pozo, Luciana Gilli, and Livio Lorenzon.

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DIRTY BUSINESS (1964)- In Italian with eng subs. four men and a woman organize a robbery against a lady who won hundred million in a lottery. They kidnap her lawyer and they go to the bank to cash in and getmoney...Directed by Roberto Mauri and starring Nino Castlenuovo, Tony Tabor, and Gina Rovere. Excellent Noirish B&W thriller. 

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HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND (1960)-Totally uncut! A bunch of dancers (including delicious Barbara Valentin) and their manager played by Alex D'Arcy (who also plays Dracula in Al Adamson's Blood Of Dracula's Castle) plane crash and end up on an island, manager gets bitten by monster spider puppet and turns into a fuzzy faced snaggle-tooth claw-hand boogey man, as luck would have it, 2 sailers find the girls and they have a big orgy, they kill the monsters and escape the island and live happily ever after..........except Helga Frank who plays Georgia, 3 years after this movie, she falls to her death from her 5th story apartment balcony when she stepped outside for some air during a party.

Here is a list of all the new footage:
German TV print (for the missing credits of the German DVD)
German DVD print (majority of the film that includes extended & additional dialog scenes)
French gritty VHS print (topless scenes that where cut from both the PD and SWV prints)
Something Weird Video DVD print ( for the skinny dipping scene and luau scenes to match the missing nudie scene from French VHS, because the German version had alternate clothed scenes during the cat fight, skinny dipping and luau).

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HOUSE OF LOST DOLLS (1974)-Letterboxed print. Strange Eurocine sleaze about a girl who's forced into prostitution, made mostly from bits and pieces of other films... to make it even more puzzling, some of the newly shot footage (or is it? You can never be really sure when you're watching a Eurocine film) also ends up in the almost identical L' Oasis Des Filles Perdues, which I saw before this one. And just as in that routine sleaze film the action just drops dead in the middle for over 20 minutes from a 1960s spy film with Jack Taylor! It's very funny when the geniuses behind this opus try to mix the spy footage to make it appear as it's part of the sleaze flick! I really enjoyed this film but there is no way I can justify it. Lots of nudity with Sandra Julien.

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PAOLO THE HOT ONE (1973)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. 15 minutes longer than english dubbed version!! Great cast of exploitation stars like Rossana Podestà ,Ornella Muti , Barbara Bach , Femi Benussi , Orchidea de Santis and Marie Forsa. The Sensual Man stars Giancarlo Giannini, dapper as ever, as a sexually obsessed Italian nobleman, and details his erotic exploits over the course of the early to mid 20th century. We first meet him as a randy schoolboy peeking under the skirts of the household help, and the film follows him over the years with brief stopovers during the 1936 Fascist-era conquest of Ethiopia and the postwar comedown. By film's end our desperate hero is still trying to pick up women from the confines of his motor car, as he tearfully tries to break his sexual addiction. The film also features a typically over the top performance by Lionel Stander, here playing--believe it or not--Giannini's grandfather. This is not a film that plays well in English: the dubbing is adequate, but much of the film relies on close understandings of Italian character, society, and history, and these aspects of the story are poorly conveyed by the translation. Shot in autumnal hues by the great Tonino Delli Colli, The Sensual Man benefits from a romantic score by Armando Trovajoli.

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RIO MALDITO (1966)-In Spanish with english subs, letterboxed print. A bunch of bandits cause all kinds of trouble in a town, but they meet their match with the arrival of a young gunfighter (Dan Harrison) - the son of a man they'd framed and summarily executed - who's determined to get rid of them. They frame the son for killing a gambler; he clears his name with the help of a travelling dentist (Gérard Landry). Produced by Ignacio F. Iquino, directed by future erotica director Juan Xiol, who took over the helm after the intended director Miguel Iglesias left the project due to discrepancies with Iquino. According to Iglesias, he was "stupid enough" to leave his own script behind which is not credited to him in the final film. Filmed on location in Castelldefels, Barcelona. Actor Dan Harrison got so angry with Iquino that he left the set and went straight to Barcelona without saying anything. His scenes were completed by a double.

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SANDOKAN AGAINST THE LEOPARD OF SARAWAK (1964)-Letterboxed print.  Released here in a cut version under the title THRONE OF VENGEANCE, this is the uncut 84 minute print! Samoa is kidnapped and held captive hypnotized in caves by her cousin Charles Druk, whose father has been murdered by her future husband Sandokan, lord of Malaya. Assisted by his European friend Iannis, he wants to rescue her. Starring Ray Danton and Guy Madison, directed by Leopoldo Savona.

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SECRET AGENT 777 (1966)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. ...Enrico Bomba's first of two espionage films, Agente segreto 777 - Operazione Mistero stars Mark Damon as Dr. Bardin, who goes to Beirut to investigate rogue scientists that are experimenting on mice, complications ensue as usual in this excellent Eurospy film... Stars: Maria Badmayev, Aldo Bufi Landi, Mark Damon, Franca Duccio, Stanley Kent, Lewis Jourdan, Walter Neng, Isarco Ravaioli, Seyna Seyn, Mary Young.

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SPIES STRIKE SILENTLY (1966)-Letterboxed print. This was the second Eurospy film with Lang Jeffries as the lead that I saw, after "The Beckett Affair", and one important thing these two have in common is that their tone is distinctly more serious and straightforward than most similar films of the era. For example, when a bad girl tries to seduce Jeffries, he doesn't even kiss her; he immediately grabs her arm and demands to know why she's there. And he rarely makes any jokes (there is one funny scene at the very end, though, when he checks if a helicopter pilot is actually the villain in disguise). Speaking of the villain, he is one of the best things in the film, especially because his long megalomaniac monologues have been dubbed into English enthusiastically. The hero may be a good agent, but the criminal organization he's up against does kill a lot of people before all is said and done. The most interesting part of the movie comes after about an hour, when Jeffries is captured and given a drug that removes his free will and makes him a robot ready to follow orders. He injects himself with an antidote, but the villains realize that, and they give him the drug again! So for a (little) while he becomes a pawn to their plans. During all this, he meets the beautiful - and also hypnotized - Emma Danieli; she doesn't really have much to do. For some nostalgic spy fun, "Spies Strike Silently" fits the bill. Erika Blanc co-stars.

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SUMMER TEMPTATIONS (1988)- It stars Moana Pozzi, the sultry star of many an Italian X-travaganza, who plays Vanessa, the wealthy lover of a professor (Marino Masé) who comes to spend the summer at her beachside villa, where she is tending to her teenage stepdaughter Kiki (Petra Scharbach) and her sexy friend Vivi (Hula). As his visit continues, the Professor finds himself not only screwing the insatiable Vanessa but being reeled into sexual intrigues with the two girls, who are in fact a pair of conniving, teasing, lesbian Lolitas determined to do away with these adult obstructions to a bequest from Kiki's late father that will make her irresponsibly wealthy. Moana Pozzi died tragically in 1994 at the age of 33, from liver cancer. Her pert and mischievous co-stars, Hula and Petra Scharbach, went on to make a number of other films together as a twosome, including "Obsession - una storia di straordinaria follia" and "Diva futura." I know there are Moana Pozzi fans out there, but I for one would like to see every movie Hula ever made.

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TRAFFIC JAM (1979)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. WOW! A Hell of a black comedy with a Hell of a cast!! At first sight,it looks like an unspectacular disaster movie: the traffic jam reveals the deep malaise of the Italian (only?) consumer society. The car, what a symbol!Long before Cronenberg ("Crash") and infinitely better than him, Comencini heralds the dead end of our era, poisoned by selfishness, hypocrisy, wickedness and by the divinity named car that man created... As Pollack a decade earlier had shown an America going round in circles in "They shoot horses, don't they?", Comencini shows here the end of the road. As in a disaster movie, there are a lot of subplots (no plot, no main character), but Comencini is too clever to follow the rules: except for Sordi and Mastroianni, the stars (Depardieu, Annie Girardot, Ugo Tognazzi, Miou Miou et al) take a back seat to less familiar faces.A road movie, it is for sure. Everything happens on the road. And anything can happen. A desolate landscape, cars on the road, and wrecks of cars along the wayside. And inside this apocalyptic world, the milk of human meanness: everyman for himself and God against us all! The movie reaches paroxysms of horror during a rape scene in a van during the night: the doors remain open: four bourgeois, in the car behind, put on their headlights and relish the girl's screams (she might like that, one of the peeping toms says! They pay for such a show in town, another one replies). Like most of Comencini 's works, it is a black comedy that cries to be seen. Comedy is a wrong word anyway, when you constantly verge on the tragedy of human dumbness.

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TRIP WITH THE DEVIL (1967)-In German with eng subs, letterboxed print. Unbelievable German eurotrash! A crime reporter (Erik Schumann) uncovers a lurid plot by a Hamburg gang to dose impressionable young girls with LSD in order to enslave them into prostitution. Featuring mad killers, psychedelic acid trips and ladies mud wrestling! Story of young scion of a rich family who produces LSD for a bunch of drug suppliers who use the drugs to take the will away from young girls that they then procure to old men. The police get active when a young lass dies, but everyone that makes waves also dies. The bodies pile up as the situation goes out of control…

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THE 4TH VICTIM (1974)-LETTERBOXED The Fourth Victim is a film very much in the style of Umberto Lenzi's late sixties Giallo's (including Orgasmo and So Sweet...So Perverse). The film relies on its story, rather than brutal and bloody murders, for its thrills. While the storytelling is not particularly bad for the most part; it's just not exciting enough and by the time the film takes a turn for the final third, many audience members will already be switched off; and that's a shame because the basic story here is stronger than that of a lot of other genre films. The film takes place in Britain and the plot focuses on Arthur Anderson. We begin with a wordless sequence that sees Anderson find his wife dead in the swimming pool. He and his housekeeper drag her body from the pool and call a doctor, who gives a death certificate. However, it transpires that Anderson has already had two wives die on him; but an insurance investigation leads to there being no wrong-doing on his part. Shortly thereafter Anderson meets Julie and marries her...but will Julie become 'the fourth victim', and is there more to her than meets the eye? Carroll Baker, Marina Malfatti star and Eugenio Martin directs.

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CIFRATO SPECIALE (1966)-aka SPECIAL CYPHER, IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS. Director: Pino Mercanti, Cast: Lang Jeffries, José Greci, Helga Liné. it starts with Nazi’s loading some cargo aboard a plane at the end of the war. The story picks up from there with the usual Eurospy frolics. There’s also quite extensive underwater footage.

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DR SATAN AND BLACK MAGIC (1968)-IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBS. UNCUT VERSION! The extra 11+ minutes improves upon plot development, making better sense of some scenes (such as the henchmen's break-in at Professor Sorenson's hotel) along with more character development and a bit more dialogue. Also of note, this is a sequel to Dr Satan, although it's not required viewing to understand what's going on here but it's still recommended. In the inferno of hell, the King demon orders Dr. Satan to return to earth to destroy Yei Lin, a powerful Wizard of black magic, and steal the formula that transforms all metals into gold in order to become the master of the world."That pretty much sums it up. This is another fun, garishly colored, horror film from South of the Border. Sexy femme zombies, the Devil, an Asian vampire, murder, rubber bats, a fight in Dr Satan's laboratory, girls in open coffins, a machine that turns metal into gold and a trip to Hell itself! A psychotronic vibe as evil battles evil.

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ESCAPE FROM ST PAULI (1970)-IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS. Certainly one of the top-three 60's/70's Hamburg crime flicks, starring a superior Horst Frank, local hoodlum Heinz Reincke and delicious Christiane Krüger! Directed by Wolfgang Staudte. The dangerous violent criminal Willy Jensen flees from a prison in Hamburg and seeks shelter at his brother Heinz' apartment. Heinz, an honest taxi-driver, believes in his innocence and helps him - until Willy kills another man in a robbery. After an argument Willy takes his wife Vera, who now lives with Heinz, as hostage on his further flight from the police. Heinz feels responsible for his brother and trails him, which makes it look to the police as if he's helping his brother.

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FROM EAR TO EAR (1970)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS. Released here by Jerry Gross in 1970, here's another terrific, mean-spirited thriller, sometimes vaguely erotic, but mostly just twisted. Nicole DeBonne, who starred in Max Pecas' "Claude and Greta" (aka "Her and She and Him") and who looks very much like a young, red-haired Joan Rivers, stars as a twenty-year-old girl who lives with her mute sister, her blonde cousin, with whom she cuddles while topless more often than not, and her mother in a relatively large house in the French countryside. Men are in short supply, except for the beefy one who comes to service DeBonne on occasion, and when the cousins see a man they tend to go rather wild. Most of their time, though, is spent caring for DeBonne's mute sister who was traumatized by a childhood friend's death at an early age and has thus been rendered unable to speak, or even feed herself. The cousins slap her around, attach a loud radio to her wheelchair, and force her to observe their marijuana toking. The mother goes away on business for a weekend, and the cousins have a rollicking swingers' party, which climaxes in something other than an orgy. Fearing exposure from their mute witness to their activities, the cousins try to scare her to death.

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THE GOLDEN SHERIFF (1966)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director: Osvaldo Civirani, Cast: Luigi Giuliani, Guglielmo Lo Vecchio, Mario Lanfranchi. e story of a unscrupulous marshal who holds up a gold shipment, an intelligent and attractive lady who robs the robbers and a band of outlaws who, in turn, manage to rob her. The marshal of El Paso finally puts a stop to the wheeling and dealing and returns the gold to its rightful owners.

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HELLE (1972)-IN FRENCH WITH ENG SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Nice and sleazy film from Director Roger Vadim. Stars Robert Hossein ... Kleber, Gwen Welles ... Hellé, Maria Schneider ... Nicole. Haute-Savoie, 1951. Hellé is a young deaf-mute living among the mountains. She's ignored by everyone except, now and then, the local woodsmen, who use her for their pleasure. She has no education, no knowledge of right or wrong. One summer, a young man comes to spend the holidays in her village... The setting is a village in the High Savoy mountains, providing the film a stunning scenic backdrop. By contrast, the idyllic feel of early 1950s French rural life is torn apart by the reappearance of a returned -- and embittered -- French veteran of Viet Nam. Despair, eroticism, and suicide become the themes pursued by the film, whose impact is powerful. For Americans who thought they alone were scarred by Viet Nam, it is historical tonic.

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THE MARK OF ZORRO (1975)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director: Franco Lo Cascio, Stars:George Hilton, Lionel Stander, Charo López, Rodolfo Licari, Antonio Pica. The mysterious Zorro intervenes to prevent the marriage between Carmen and Marcel, but in carrying out his usual acrobatics and during his retreat, he falls on his ass and is put out of commission. The local priest Padre Donato (Lionel Stander)is desperate to find somebody to take Zorro's place and defend the local populace against the cruel French governor. The priest forces a young man named Felipe (George Hilton) to serve as a temporary Zorro, but Felipe turns out to be a disastrous swordsman, at least until he consumes a glass or two of wine. Once under the influence of alcohol, the poor substitute is transformed into a brilliant duelist who is more than a match for the evil French governor.

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QUEEN OF THE PIRATES (1961)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director: Mario Costa, Cast: Gianna Maria Canale, Massimo Serato, Livio Lorenzon, Moira Orfei. In 16th century Italy, on the Adriatic coast, the duchy of Doruzza is governed by a despotic duke, Zulian, and his haughty daughter, Isabella. When they try to commit a gross injutice against one of their subdits, the naval officer Mirko and his daughter Barbara get in their way, and end up persecuted and arrested.

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SHOOT TO KILL (1966)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Cast: Edmund Purdom (Tome Jameson/Jim James), Frank Latimore (Lance/Larry), Fernando Sancho (Pancho), María Silva (Mary), Silvia Solar (Katherine). An army lieutenant is sent to investigate cattle thefts at a ranch but problems arise when he falls in love with the owner’s daughter.

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STRANGE LOVE OF A VAMPIRE (1975)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Finally a nice copy of this great Spanish Vampire film! Sexploitative vampire film directed by Leon Klimovsky. Catherine (Emma Cohen) is a young woman who falls in love with a mysterious aristocrat after a one night stand. Hauntingly, she senses his calling and goes to his sinister castle which is inhabited by vampires. There the castle dwelling vampire Count Rudolph and his bloodsucking followers terrorize the Spanish countryside in search of young female victims. Excellent atmosphere, decrepit scenery and plenty of vampire action and sexploitative acts make this everything you'd expect from a 1970's Spanish horror/vampire film.

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VERUSCHKA (1971)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS. One of the greatest scores by Ennio Morricone ever!! "Veruschka", which is named after the then-popular supermodel who plays the lead, is not going to be the fun and frothy story of the jet set life one would expect a woman like Veruschka to lead. Instead we are treated to the story of a very unhappy young woman who is apparently so lost and hopeless that the viewer early on wants to help her, but likewise feels equally hopeless. Much of the film takes place in a car on the road, with Veruschka and her boyfriend (the great Luigi Pistilli) driving and getting into personal trouble all over Italy. The scene which best sums up the tone of the film is when Veruschka looks out the car window and a father and son ride by on a motorcycle, the boy, probably about six, glancing at Veruschka and giving her a warm smile, which she returns as the father and son pull ahead and disappear. Minutes later, Veruschka and Luigi spot police, hear sirens, and gradually realize that the boy and his father have been involved in an accident, the young boy laying in the middle of the road sprayed with blood. Needless to say, from this point there is no going back for the characters or the viewer as Veruschka recalls her own troubled childhood and adult relationships. A burst of happiness near the end of the film is short-lived.

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VULCAN SON OF JUPITER (1962)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director: Emimmo Salvi, Cast: Bella Cortez, Iloosh Khoshabe, Roger Browne, Gordon Mitchell, Furio Meniconi. Tired of the sexual escapades on earth by his daughter Venus, Jupiter, the god of Lightning, decides he shall marry her soon to one of the candidates: Maciste, a mortal working in Vulcano's cave, and Mars, the god of War. But Mars abducts Venus, allied with Pluto and Eris, and works out a plan involving a bamboo tower high enough for the soldiers of the Thracian King to attack Jupiter in the high Olympus. The gods' contend will be resolved in human fashion on Earth, where even gods are mortal. This one hell of a twisted, crazy, mental peplum film.

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WHY GO ON KILLING? (1967)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Excellent Spaghetti western starring George Hilton and Evelyn Stewart. A young deserter from the army returns to the place where his father has been killed by a family of Mexican landowners. The task is not easy as he is alone in his efforts to avenge his father's death.

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FEBRUARY 2018 UPDATE

5 FOR REVENGE (1966)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Starring Guy Madison, Monica Randall, and Mariano Molina. This is a very good Italian western with a decent cast and enough suspense to keep the viewer involved to the very end, and oh what a great ending it is! The music is very good and definitely appropriate for a spaghetti western (lots of guitar, whistling, some trumpets). I especially like the sound of the blaring guitar note that repeats while the five vengeance seekers are tied up and baking in the sun. Closer to the end of the film we are treated to some cool zoom shots and great music as the adversaries face each other in the street. It's great, dramatic spaghetti style action. The characters look a bit too clean cut for a spaghetti western, but the rest makes up for it. People that like revenge stories will love the part where a slow painful death is gleefully delivered to a rapist as his victim watches. Great stuff!

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17 AND ANXIOUS (1970)-IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS. Seventeen and Anxious was also released as O Happy Day. The film's alternate title is a reference to a popular gospel song, which is performed often in the course of the action. The film's official title alludes to the coming of age experienced by its youthful protagonists. The younger actors are green but eager to please, while the veterans in the supporting cast-including Nadja Tiller and Karl Michael Vogler-help make the film palatable for those among us not politely inclined to nervous teenagers. The film's R rating is admittedly necessary, teenager Anna has a hard time: Abandoned by her feuding parents, she seeks her own way. She succumbs to all sorts of temptations. Only after the coming to terms with the lies life brings, her parents decide to take control of their and their daughter's problems. By the director of CARNIVOROUS FEMALES, Zbynek Brynych.

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ANGELS WITH BURNT WINGS (1970)-IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS. Amazing German sexploitation that mixes sex and violence. Munich at night: Robert Susmeit, a 16-year-old teenager who is jealously obsessed with his mother Hilde, traces her and her latest lover at a mundane apartment building where he kills the man in the heat of the moment at a swimming pool. His fatal outburst is secretly witnessed by Moni Dingeldey, a girl of the same age as his. Fascinated by the shaken and devastated strange boy who she hopes to be a soul-mate, she hides Robert in her mother's apartment. Meanwhile, a crowd of policemen and reporters frantically comb through the building in search a murderer whose identity is known only to Robert's parents who are searching as well...By the director of CARNIVOROUS FEMALES, Zbynek Brynych.

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THE AVENGER (1962)-BEAUTIFUL LETTERBOXED PRINT. This not the shitty looking Retromedia print, but a stunning looking new transfer! The story continues right after the excellent "The Trojan Horse", when the fleeing people of Troy arrive in Italy and try to settle there. Problems arise when the King of a nearby Kingdom grants the people of Troy the right to live near the Tiber river. In-fighting within the Kingdom, lead by Turno, who sees the Trojans as a threat, creates a scheme to make the Trojans look evil. A war between the Trojans and the Kingdom erupts. Losing the battle, the Trojans, lead by Aeneas (played by the legendary Steve Reeves), become allies with the Etruscans, the sworn enemies of the Kingdom. The never ending battle causes a lot of deaths and casualties on both sides. Desperate to end the war, both sides agree to settle the war with a duel between Aeneas and Turno. Stars Steve Reeves, Carla Marlier and Gianni Garko.

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THE BERLIN AFFAIR (1985)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Directed by Liliani Cavina and starring Gudrun Landgrebe, Kevin McNally, and Mio Takaki. It's 1938 in Berlin, and Louise (Gudrun Landgrebe), the wife of a high ranking Nazi official, becomes very intrigued with Mitsuko (Mio Takaki), the daughter of the Japanese ambassador to Germany. As Louise later tells her professor, "One moment we were laughing, the next, we were making love." The two spend almost all of their time together, and Louise is totally in love. Her husband Heinz (Kevin McNally) figures out what's going on, jealous, but also worried about implications for himself. Heinz has been asked to take part in a purge of suspected gay men from the ranks of Nazi officials. The women plot to scare Heinz to get him to accept their relationship, both taking a dose of sleeping pills to seemingly try to kill themselves. In a major ick moment, Mitsuko wakes before Louise, and while Louise watches in a haze, Heinz has sex with Mitsuko in the bed next to her. Heinz and Mitsuko begin having an affair as well, and it's apparent that she controls both of her lovers. She doesn't want the husband and wife to have sex, so she feeds them sleeping powder before bed every night. The jealousy in the household is overwhelming. And then Louise and Mitsuko are found out, with a story appearing in the newspaper. The love triangle comes to end in an unexpected way. This film is a recreation of the 1964 Japanese movie Manji.

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THE BLACK WOLF (1980)-IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBS. In 1845, Carlos Aceves abandons his studies in Europe to return to his native Monterrey, in California, where his father, a wealthy landowner, has been arrested and charged with conspiracy against the government. In order to clear his father's name and take his revenge, Carlos disguises himself as EL Lobo Negro and challenges the corrupt Colonel to a duel, crippling him and exposing his guilt in the process. Directed by Rafael Romero Marchent, Starring Fernando Allende, Fernando Sancho, Frank Braña, Roberto Camardiel, María Silva, Carlos Ballesteros, Lola Forner & Esperanza Roy.

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THE CHEATERS (1958)-IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Directed by Marcel Carne and starring Pascale Petit, Jacques Charrier, Laurent Terzieff and Pierre Brice. Bob Letellier, a good looking rich kid who studies science, makes the acquaintance of Alain, a cynical and immoral young man. The latter introduces him to the existentialist circles of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Bob is invited to a party and becomes Clo's lover, a rich heiress. Needless to say, his life goes to shit in a hurry.

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THE CORSAIRS (1971)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Directed by Ferdinando Baldi and starring Dean Reed, Anabella Incontrera and Alberto De Mendoza. The American singer and actor Dean Reed stars in this adventure flick surrounded by charming Italian and Spanish actors."Los Corsarios" is certainly not a masterpiece but it offers some funny moments and characters though. The action scenes are decent and there are a lots of comic scenes which keep the spectator's interest till the end. The story is undoubtedly neither clever nor convoluted: Isabella, the beautiful daughter of the viceroy of a Caribbean island is in danger after the death of her father. Her evil cousin wants the throne for himself and is determined to get rid of her. Luckily, a bunch of pirates, led by the handsome adventurer Alan Drake shipwreck at the island and help the young princess. Although "Los Corsarios" has some flaws in the plot, it is a good way to spend 90 minutes if you like adventure comedies .In spite of the shallow characters, the actors are especially nice. Fans of Dean Reed will be glad to see him in his Italian period while he was starring in spaghetti-westerns and adventure films. The other male and female parts are also convincingly performed.

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EAST OF THE WEST (1984)-IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBS. A well made comedy western about the inhabitants of TowerMills, a small town located “Al este del Oeste” (East of the West), near the Mexican border. The townspeople are being intimidated by two gangs of outlaws who are terrorizing their town and the neighboring countryside. The town fathers hire a gunman, Bill Golden Pistol, to protect them and hopefully to eradicate the outlaw gangs. When two strangers arrive in town there is some confusion as to who is the real Bill Golden Pistol. You can guess what happens as the towns mistakes the wrong man for the famous gunman, but all things turn out for the best in the end. Several familiar faces show up from the Golden Days of the Spaghetti Western. Director: Mariano Ozores, Cast: Fernando Esteso,
Antonio Ozores, and Conrado San Martín.

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FURY IN THE TROPICS (1986)-IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBS. "Fury in the Tropics" is Jess Franco's ninth women-in-prison film proper, although many of his other 150+ films have women-in-prison-type themes and situations. Lina Romay stars as the proverbial prostitute with a heart of gold who lives and works in a bamboo-built brothel, regularly servicing the freedom fighters who stroll through. She falls in love with one of her customers, and she and one of her sister call girls are sent to a women's prison, where they are promptly stripped and whipped in the prison yard in front of the other prisoners -- the two are whipped with a riding crop more than fifty times! Shortly thereafter the women are stripped and hung by their wrists and then have their breasts and private areas poked by a sword. The women plot their escape, but cannot be saved from an incredibly brutal gang rape, even vicious by Franco's standards and even more protracted than the similar scene in Franco's WIP film "Ilsa, the Wicked Warden." Yes, Jess certainly knows how to please his audience.

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INNOCENCE AND DESIRE (1974)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Finally, a beautiful looking print of this very erotic film starring Edwige Fenech and directed by Massimo Dallamano. Filled with many sexual incidents involving a young man and his father's new bride, ultimately it leads to a sexual awakening for both parties. The oversexed antics of Vittorio Caprioli and, especially, Lionel Stander keep one watching - as does the overeating routine of the former's chubby son. 'Dirty Old Man' Stander's hard-on incident (with resulting scruffy hairdo) and the virginal son's late-night tryst with the local big-breasted momma are the film's highlights. Edwige Fenech looks good in the nude, of course, but she plays a largely unsympathetic character here - but, then, the novice stepson doesn't exactly win audience sympathy either (rather incongruously, he keeps score of his father's hit-and-miss bedtime romps). The film features a nice jovial score - pretty much the norm with this type of film (though it does turn kind of serious towards the end, with the spiritual/carnal conflicts afflicting the boy).

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KILL KILL KILL! (1971)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Fascinating both in terms of its structural approach to genre, subversive political themes, and how it obliquely reflects the intensely personal lives of the director/writer and star. Seberg's still then-husband directs her in some tightly scripted and intimate scenes regarding themes of infidelity. And this while such issues and an unplanned pregnancy by another man became public thanks to politically motivated interference by the FBI. There are clear influences from Jean-Pierre Melville and Godard, with a pop art approach to American gangster iconography. The Brad KILLian anti-hero being reminiscent of Lemmy Caution, or even Caine's Carter in a manner. The heroin-busting plot is cursory, but Gary's slyly scripted dialogue contains radical subtext and some hilariously overt depictions of native insurgency, with Afghani Sufis and a kid nicknamed Che Guevara. Gary shoots some early night scenes with Seberg in dark clothing, accentuating her beautiful profile and bright hair as if floating in space. Chiaroscuro lighting returns later in the film, but there are also interesting sequences of filmed executions being repeated for thematic emphasis. Aldo Sambrell's familiar genre presence is also used to great effect, despite it being not much more than an extended cameo and glorious execution. There is also an insane pop art musical interlude that cuts between the heroin dealers discussing canine-human pornography and dealing to children with scenes of Seberg and Boyd engaging in a strangely negotiated coupling of their own. All of which is scored by none other than Memphis Slim on piano, giving a bluesy vocal rendition of the theme song that contrasts well with Edda Dell'Orso and Doris Troy's.

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LADY CALIPH (1970)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. A stunning looking print for this excellent film starring Romy Schneider (lots of nudity) and Ugo Tognazzi, along with a stunning score by Ennio Morricone. Tognazzi is an industrialist, plagued by his striking workers. Schneider is one of those workers that he soon becomes enamored with. Romy Schneider, in her diary published in the late eighties the actress wrote:"the filming had only begun when I had to strip naked for a love scene (...)!" Yes!!

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LOLA'S SIN (1985)- Directed by: Bruno Gaburro, Stars: Donatella Damiani, Scott Coffey, Gabriele Tinti. Oh my God, what a stunning looking woman Donatelli Damiani is. Built like the proverbial Brick Shithouse with lips that could suck the chrome off a bumper (and as for her breasts, well...!), this is a must see! Erotic thriller stars Scott Coffey and a very young man who finds himself wrapped up in a murderous affair with the lovely Donatella. After a series of fabulously wild nights, Coffey finds Damiani dead. Or is she really??

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MORAL 63 (1963)-IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS. Directed by Rolf Thiele and starring Nadja Tiller and Mario Adorf. A prostitute, named Marion Hafner is arrested, operator of a noble brothel in Bonn. She dictates her life story on tape, to a reporter, complete with numerous details, which are based on current scandals of the Federal Republic. Marion learns that she was arrested following a complaint by the industrialist Meyer-Cleve, she also tells his kinky story: First, he hired her to start a relationship with his son, to make a real man out of the boy. Then he discovered to his horror that his daughter works  in Marion's Villa. Meyer-Cleveland commits suicide and since the only witness is dead, will Marion will be prosecuted for the crime?

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QUEIMADA (197)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS.UNCUT VERSION. This one runs 124 minutes with an extra 20 minutes. Marlon Brando stars and Ennio Morricone composes one of his best scores. Sir William Walker is called to the island of Queimada in the Antillies to foment a rebellion against Portuguese rule, to benefit British sugar traders. He successfully turns a local porter into a revolutionary, but must return ten years hence when the same man rebels against British rulers. The teacher then becomes the pupil, as he is taught the meaning of freedom by a man in chains. QUEIMADA, originally QUEMADA(aka BURN), changed its spanish name to the portuguese one, because general Franco was threatening UNITED ARTISTS with a new ban of all their films in Spain, like it happened with COLUMBIA after Fred Zinnemann's BEHOLD A PALE HORSE. The producer Alberto Grimaldi and the director Gillo Pontecorvo changed the nationality of the conquerors, remaining Marlon Brando as the british Sir William Walker. Initially Grimaldi contacted Paul Newman and Sidney Potier for the roles, but both actors considered the script as “anti-american”.  Unlike Newman, Brando was an admirer of the author of LA BATTAGLIA DI ALGERI and- OMG- he proposed Cassius Clay for the role of Jose Dolores. Finally Brando’ antagonist was Evaristo Marquez and the shooting started in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), being finished in Morocco after different mishaps and controversies. But then United Artists considered the movie too political not understandable for US audiences and they made a new edit, cutting several scenes and changing the dialogue. This mutitlated US cut was the english version.  

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RELEVO PARA UN PISTOLERO (1964)-N SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. A stranger from Boston offers a notorious Arizona former outlaw a job he can’t refuse. In a western town comes a young Bostonian called Edwin, asking for Lightning Harris (Alex Nicol), a former gunman and bank robber, but who years ago has hung up his revolvers. Edwin (Luis Dávila) is a son of an old friend of Lightning, asking for help to set up a clothing store in town. The downside is that Edwin gets into trouble with Jack, a gunman who has frightened the people. Despite initially refusing, Lightning eventually teaches Edwin to shoot, for the sole purpose of facing Jack, provided that afterwards, Edwin will forget revolvers forever. The trouble is that when Edwin defeats Jack, he realizes that these revolvers granted great power ... Directed By Ramón Torrado, Cast: Alex Nicols .......... Lighting Harris, Luis Dávila .......... Edwin, Silvia Solar...........Carmen, Laura Granados.....Anna, Esperanza Roy .....Edna.

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ROME'S GOLD (1961)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS. Beautifully filmed Holocaust drama from Carlo Lizzani, starring Gerald Blain and Jean Sorel. The opening has leather suits take the WW2 Roman Jewish leader to hear that the German commander demands fifty kilos of gold or two hundred heads of families as hostages. Sub plot offers Ferrero about to marry Catholic Sorel (here a soppy juvenile ) though she was Jewish militant Blain's dream girl. Blain's goes off to join the partisans and newly baptized Ferrero sees the sinister outcome.

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BUSINESS MADE IN PASING (1969)-IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS. Director:Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. The topic of the film is Alois Brummer, a likeable and inoffensive man from Lower Bavaria, a sex film producer. A man, small and round in stature, unusually active, with a nose for the market, dealing in films and girls in his own special manner in Bavaria - as another man would deal in used cars. There are worse things in our market-oriented society and in film as well. The film describes a forgotten or neglected form of triviality. Not so many years ago this film was banned in France as "obscene". Today Parisian cinemas show the films of Alois Brummer, the producer depicted here in his work and his porno-philosophy; and worse still, they show "Sex Business in Bavaria" or "Sex in Leather Shorts." In Germany the film was awarded prizes, but, like in France, the film industry, which had been the target of the film, chose to persecute its author and not the object of his criticism.

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TARGET (1978)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS.Directed by Guido Zurli and filmed in Turkey, the film stars Luc Merenda, Gabriella Giorgelli and Paola Senatore (maybe she acquired her heroin habit here and went to porn right after this film to pay the bills!). Tough hero (heroes in this case), above-the-law financiers discussing their criminal business around a dinner table, their vicious thugs and abused molls, kidnappings, fisticuffs, shoot-outs, a bit of gratuitous nudity, bad disco soundtrack, etc.

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TOP SENSATION (1969)-FINALLY, after years of suffering through the crappy something weird transfer, now we finally have a beautiful print of this seminal Eurotrash film. Let's face it, any film starring Edwige Fenech and Rosalba Neri is automatically entered into the EUROTRASH HALL OF FAME! Along with the film you also get a great thirty-one minute featurette entitled Of Boats And Goats with Rosalba Neri and Salvatore Puntillo.  A well shot film that makes great use of its small cast and minimalist locations to make some barbs at the bourgeoisie class, the adults on the boat are all painted as perverts or sadists. Paula and Ulla are out to seduce anyone they can. When Ulla isn’t doing that she’s posing for provocative photos with a goat (that goes far further than you would probably expect) while Paula shows off her knack for sharp shooting from the safety that the boat provides. These are not nice people. Even Beba’s husband falls into their trap, however, but when you’ve got Rosalba and Edwige showing off the goods you can see why he might be tempted. You feel for Tony, his mother is a nut, and you feel for Beba as she’s basically just a victim here and way out of her element, but for the most part the people here are sycophants and deviants. Seemingly inspired by Polanski’s Knife In The Water, the film does a great job of showing off Neri and Fenech’s considerable charms. They’re frequently naked and indulging on one carnal act or another and once they bring Eva Thulin into the fold towards the end of the movie its’ a wonder that the camera lens hadn’t fogged up. The film is never pornographic but it certainly is quite explicit and never wanting for sleaze. The pacing is tight and the camera work is very good. Alongside all of the exposed flesh and graphic couplings there is actually a pretty decent storyline as well. There are moments where the suspense ramps up quite nicely, linking the film to the Giallo’s that were popular in Italian cinema at the time it was made, and the cast all do fine work here, with Neri really stealing the spotlight more often than not. Throw in a good score and a seedy, almost voyeuristic tone and this one comes up a winner.

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WHITE SLAVERY IN ST TROPEZ (1987)-LETTERBOXED PRINT. Jean Rougeron, Cast: Yves Jouffroy, Henri Poirier, Wanda Mendres. Crime , drama movie with lots of naked hot girls, exploitation and sleaze. A police captain's niece is trapped by white slavers. This one of the best erotic/sleaze films ever. The women all are drop dead gorgeous and frequently nude.

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THE WITCH'S SABBATH (1988)-IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS OR DUBBED IN ENGLISH, LETTERBOXED PRINT. The freshly graduated psychiatrist David shall deliver an opinion about young Maddalena, who's on trial for murdering a hunter. She claims she's a witch and acted on behalf of the devil. The public health officer tells David, he's got reason to believe her, that she'd been searching for a man who suits her needs for 300 years. Already after his first meeting with Maddalena, David begins to change: He ignores his beautiful young wife Cristina and loses himself in daydreams and hallucinations in which he participates in Inquisition questioning and erotic witches' circles. Finally, a stunning looking print of this Marco Bellocchio film starring Beatrice Dalle.

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2- 38 MAGNUMS FOR A CITY FULL OF PIGS (1976)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Franco (Dean Stratford) decides to kill his girlfriend’s pimp, and from there things go bad and he gets beaten up by the henchmen of Gordon Mitchell, who also kidnaps and murders his girlfriend. So Franco buys two Magnum .38’s from a guy called “The Gypsy” and . . . it’s time for revenge. Great eurocrime film starring Erna Schuerer, Luigi Pistilli and Gordon Mitchell.

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THE ANIMAL (1977)-Letterboxed print. Starring Raquel Welch and Jean-Paul Belmondo and directed by Claude Zidi. A movie about a good-for-nothing stuntman called Mike Gaucher who can't do one single job without something going wrong. His fiancée wants to kill him, the film studios don't want to give him any more work and, as King Kong for a promotion in a supermarket, he winds up destroying some display shelves. The only role he plays well is pretending not to be able to hear, speak and walk in order to get money from the government. Then along comes the "beautiful" actor called Bruno Ferrari. Supposedly a fearless stuntman, Ferrari turns out to be afraid of heights once his feet leave the ground. So a stuntman is needed to prevent a scandal. And who is the man who looks most (or exactly) like Bruno? You guessed it, good-for-nothing Mike... Raquel Welch always had a good flair for comedy and this material allows her to show her abilities. Here she is supposed to be a stunt-woman, partnering stuntman Belmondo in films and wanting to get married and she is really a lot of guts and fun. Belmondo plays the stuntman and a second role as a gay film star who resembles the stuntman. Belmondo is on his turf here and delivers. There was a lot of publicity about the stunts in this movie. Almost all of them performed by Belmondo himself, especially impressive a flying stunt where Belmondo is standing on-top of a flying plane. This movie is a good showcase for both Belmondo and Raquel.

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ARCHER OF FIRE (1971)-Letterboxed print. Giuliano Gemma (who died recently in a car crash) portrays Robin Hood obviously inspired by the swashbuckling tradition of Douglas Fairbanks, young Burt Lancaster and Errol Flynn, with a never disappearing broad grin against all odds. Mark Damon, a "Euro-Cult" lead in his own right, surprisingly accepted a secondary role in this case as Allen-a-Dale. Silvia Dionisio, then, is Maid Marian – who, having been promised to the Duke Of Nottingham when still a child and oblivious of Robin Hood's true identity, is naturally initially averse to the attentions of the ostensibly commoner outlaw (this lends the whole an unexpected, yet timely, class struggle angle)…and, by the way, she also proves to be Robin's chief rival in the archery contest!

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BANDITS IN MILAN (1968)-Beautiful letterboxed print and english dubbed. Inspired by some shocking criminal events of the time, this is a great and very ingenious piece of cinematography. Shot between a crime flick and a documentary it is extraordinary to see how long before Oliver Stone made his movie this one already had it all: the craziness, the character's excessive performances, the mix of footages (documentary, news, acting), the gratuitous violence... If in the 60's Italy produced some of the most important masterpieces, in the 70's Italy became extraordinarily experimental producing some incredible innovative movies and movie genres (the poliziottesco, Damiani's mafia movies, Argento's gialli, Bava's horrors, the soft porn comedies, Rosi's movie-inchiesta, to name the more famous) This movie has not dated and is still to be recommended to anyone interested in experimental movie-making. A tribute should be dedicated to that supreme actor named Gian Maria Volonte' here in top form.

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THE BLACK DUKE (1963)-Previously available in an atrocious B&W print, here it is full color and letterboxed. Cesar Borgia--a cardinal in the Catholic church, a confidant of the Pope and a member of one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in 16th-century Italy--must deal with a host of political and personal crises. He is having problems with his mistress, and members of a secret society called The Black Carnation are out to assassinate him. The film stars Cameron Mitchell, Conrado San Martin and Maria Grazia Spina.

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BYE BYE BARBARA (1969)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. Directed by Michele Deville and starring Ewa Swann, Bruno Cremer and Alexandra Stewart. A journalist meets a pretty, young woman in Biarritz and they fall in love with each other. Once they have returned to Paris the woman disappears mysteriously. A movie full of mystery and charm with characters who are mysterious as well. The atmosphere of the beautiful region of South West of France, and then Paris, gives another charming and pleasant background. The actors play in a very simple, sober yet full of feeling. It is a good movie to see and see again.

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CORBARI (1970)-Letterboxed print. A rarity for it's nice nude scene by Senta Berger, this film also stars Giuliano Gemma. The real story of the partisan Silvio Corbari. He starts his career killing publicly one of his friends that was a fascist. Then, he set up a band of partisans in north Italy, completely independent from the Italian organized resistance (CLN). Ines, leave his husband to join the band and became Silvio's lover. Not a typical war-movie at all, dealing with "revolution"(= Corbari, the hero) vs. fascism in Italy during w.w.2 Two scenes stand out...especially the first one, which I hold as one of filmhistory's best staged execution-scenes ever!!! Damn fine editing and some passionate music to go with the "emotinal" happenings. Second scene is the finale where, again, people are being executed.This time they're hanged though.

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CRIMINALS OF THE METROPOLIS (1967)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Director: Gino Mangini, Stars: John Fisher, Giancarlo Giannini, Nino Marchetti, Attilio Dottesio, Dorian Gray. This movie, directed by Gino Mangini in 1967, is a candid attempt to emulate french noir movies of that era. Everything is quite bizarre, pretending to fake France with few roman suburbs, but you get Tony Kendall, Dorian Gray, Vassili Karis and one of the very first appearances by Giancarlo Giannini.

The police surprised a few people while they're discharging some suspicious boxes from a truck.

They are smugglers, and in the ensuing firefight, one of the robbers is died and a policeman was injured.

Sergeant Perier is determined to discover the truth and to dismantle the criminal organization ...

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DARK PURPOSE (1964)-Letterboxed print. Directed by George Marshall and Vittorio Sala. In this American-abroad-in-peril the quite breathtakingly beautiful Shirley Jones plays a young secretary who arrives in Italy with Britton insurance agent George Sanders (noless!) to evaluate the stunning estate of Count Paolo Barbarelli (played with merit but without real imagination by Rossano Brazzi). She soon finds herself more interested in the clichéd aristocrat charms of the Count than in his art collection. However all is not as it seems, and sneaking around the house is the Counts eerie daughter, allegedly traumatized after the death of her mother in an accident a few years back. Questions mount and plot thickens as Shirley pursues a friendship with the girl, and roams around the big estate where a mystery seems hidden within the architecture it self. All in all this is an entertaining romp for those with a taste for stylish Hitchcockian thrillers of the 60's, and what it lacks in originality it makes up for in the charm of the cast, good paced direction and lavish imagery.

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FATA MORGANA (1965)-IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. aka Left-Handed Fate (1965) -- Gim is a beautiful fashion model whose life is in peril. There is a homicidal killer who seeks to murder her, only Gim is totally unaware of the danger. The only person who seems to be sure that the killer will strike is a professor at a local collage. A police detective also believes the killer will strike but knows not the killer nor the victim. Upon speaking to the professor, he has the victim's identity and must find her in the mostly deserted city populated by a small group of unusual people who attempt to thwart his search. A very strange and avant-garde thriller from Vicente Aranda the director of the highly acclaimed horror film La Novia Ensangrentada (The Blood-splattered Bride). With this, his first film, Aranda chose to use elements of giallo films (a unknown murder stalking victims and killing with a strange device) that were just starting to become popular in Europe and mix in a large amount of experimental surrealism similar to fellow Spanish language film maker Luis Buñuel. Cast in the lead role is the beautiful Teresa Gimpera who was best known to Spanish audiences at the time for her work as a model for TV and print advertising.

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FROM THE CRIMINAL ARCHIVES OF THE POLICE (1973)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Director: Paolo Lombardo, Cast: Edmund Purdom, Cleofe Del Cile, Gordon Mitchell and Sergio Ciani aka Alan Steel. The plot revolves around an attempt to smash a drug ring in Tunisia (admittedly, an atypical setting for the genre). Amusingly, one of the two criminal factions involved is led by a cigar-chomping heavy-set man called Maltese Joe (even if he speaks with a heavy Sicilian accent!) – the other by a paraplegic sporting slick attire, shades and the coolest of demeanors (hilariously instructing his underlings at one point to elevate him off his wheelchair). The hero is Edmund Purdom, past his prime – his womanizing antics (in a feeble attempt to link the film with the concurrent James Bond spy sagas) often getting in the way of his job. In fact, most of the action is entrusted to a couple of relics from the peplum era – namely Alan Steel (who has a fixed expression throughout, and the sight of him behind a desk with coat and tie was also quite funny!) and Gordon Mitchell (who actually turns up in only one scene before being killed, for no specific reason). As expected, there are plenty of women on hand (including a black girl called Zula who, out of the blue, performs a dance completely nude!): most look quite nice, but are given little of substance to do. One is Purdom's reporter girlfriend – unaware of his specialized police work and suspecting a fling, she follows him from London to Tunisia. Another is Maltese Joe's blonde moll, a woman who's past it but who makes herself useful by procuring her boss with information on his opponents/rivals. One more is a local girl (an Italian actress made to look like an Arab – it's safe to assume that the company never left the country!) who helps a young police aide, who sells information to the highest bidder, by having him dress up as a Casbah girl.

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HANNIBAL (1959)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. After making his historic crossing of the Alps with elephants transporting supplies and troops, Hannibal marches on Rome in a war of revenge. During his advance, he captures Sylvia, the niece of Roman Senator Fabius Maximus but, instead of holding her prisoner, he shows her his powerful army and herds of elephants, then sets her free. He is sure she will report what she has seen to his Roman enemies. Hannibal defeats the Romans at the battle of Trebbia and sends a message to Sylvia that he is marching on Rome. This exciting Peplum in average budget blends historic events ,drama and spectacular battles . This is an epic and fiction film released by the producer Ottavio Poggi and professionally directed by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia and Edgar G. Ulmer . Hannibal history is imaginatively brought to the life on colorful images with important production values by means of thousands extras and spectacular shots filmed in SuperCinemascope . This cardboard costumer saga contains word cross, drama and a love story between the known general badly performed by Victor Mature who falls in love with a Roman virgin played by Rita Gam, all of them abound in this moving adaptation on audacious Hannibal's existence, one of the most glorious military in the History. The Carthaginians were given the habitual all-purpose Mideastern costuming.

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THE KILLING GAME (1967)-In French with english subs, beautiful letterboxed print. Director: Alain Jessua, Cast: Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Pierre Meyrand, Claudine Auger ... Jacqueline Meyrand and Michel Duchaussoy ... Bob Neuman. Pierre Meyrand and his wife have financial difficulties, as their cartoon stories don't sell so well. Bob Neuman invites them to his luxurious home in Neuchatel, and tells them that he has, indeed, gone through the fictional stories they created. The Meyrands have no difficulty in understanding that Bob's mother has reason to believe her son suffers from delusions... Anyway, they decide to use him as a model for their next cartoon story, but 'The Neuchatel Killer' may end in a ghastly way, when Bob does abduct Jacqueline... Visually, Jeu de massacre jumps schizophrenically from Pop Art-style graphics to sinuous New Wave realism to genre melodramatics. Abrupt changes of pace and mood are reflected in a soundtrack that both rocks and rolls – from frenzied James Brown-style soul to urbane jazz to burlesque to whispered reflection in a heartbeat. The cast are a delight. Jean-Pierre Cassel was never better than here as the cynical, calculating Pierre, while Michel Duchaussoy is simultaneously touching and terrifying as the wide-eyed, disturbed playboy, Bob and oh yeah...Claudine Auger is HOT!!!. With Jeu de massacre Alain Jessua again proved himself to be an original and brilliant filmmaker with an offbeat, thought-provoking vision, deservedly winning the Best Screenplay award at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival.

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MAN IN A TRUNK (1973)-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. A beautiful and thoroughly modern young French women, Francoise, gets involved with an Israeli agent working in Lybia. The agent is exposed and in order to save his life, he has to be smuggled out of the country in a trunk ("valise"). Francoise and the agent get through a lot of turbulent adventures, in the process of which the thoroughly liberated young woman also seduces a Lybian agent and an Egyptian officer, who also fall wildly in love with here. Resolute Francoise stays in control of the situation and imposes a kind of peaceful coexistence on her three lovers. Directed by Georges Lautner and Starring Mireille Darc, Michel Constatine and Jean-Pierre Marielle.

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MATCHLESS (1967)-Letterboxed print AT LAST! Awesome Eurospy goodness with Patrick O'neal, Ira Von Furstenberg, Henry Silva and awesome score by Ennio Morricone.  A secret agent possesses a ring that makes him invisible for a short time, once every 10 hours. He is in pursuit of an evil criminal mastermind but, at the same time, must evade an enemy agent who also wants the ring. Wonderful mindless fun entertainment. Goofy plot, passable acting, clumsy dialog, but it is the kind of movie that doesn't ask much of the viewer, and viewers shouldn't ask much of it except for a bit of fun. I had fun. There is a wonderful bad guy, there are beautiful women like in the James Bond films, and there is a rather hapless quasi-Bond type who gets caught up in the intrigue. This is a film in the 1960s spoof genre, with its chase scenes, cars, planes, helicopters, parachutes, kites, boats, and on and on. It pokes fun at the James Bond type of movie, while at the same time having a bit of its own espionage action, just enough that the film could stand on its own (shakily) as a spy/seduction movie.

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RAIDERS OF ATLANTIS (1983)-Letterboxed print. Directed by Ruggero Deodato and starring Christopher Connelly, Ivan Rassimov and George Hilton. A team of scientists working to raise a sunken Russian nuclear submarine on an ocean platform off the coast of Miami, Florida, unearth an ancient Atlantean relic from the sea floor and bring in an expert to make some sense of it. But while attempting to raise the sub, radioactive leakage from its missile triggers the re-emergence of Atlantis, and the resulting tidal wave destroys the platform and leaves only a small group of survivors. Rescued by two Vietnam vets-turned-heavies who are out relaxing after their latest job, their boat eventually runs aground on a Carribean island nearby where, upon going ashore, it is discovered that everything has been destroyed and everybody killed. The culprits, a vicious group of well-armed raiders, and their leader, Crystal Skull, are descendants of Atlantis' original race who set about reclaiming the world and adding the survivors to the list of victims as they struggle to stay alive and defeat the raiders and send Atlantis back to the ocean floor.

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THE REBEL (1979)-Letterboxed print. THE REBEL is an Italian-German crime drama co-production from 1979, filmed mainly in the snowy winter of bleak West-Berlin. Italian cop Nick, played by gangster movie veteran Maurizio Merli, goes to Berlin to find the head of an International European blackmailing gang who has murdered several people. He investigates undercover as a contract killer for the gangsters, but of course becomes immediately the target of his enemies and has to fight hard to save his life... The cast is fine, too, with Merli being a very good Franco Nero lookalike, combining the sarcastic humor of Terence Hill with the hard avenging edge of Clint Eastwood and Sean Connery. German actors Jutta Speidel and Arthur Brauss have some supporting roles. There's a nice and groovy disco synthesizer jazz funk score, and the director continued doing all kinds of Italian b-movies until his death in March, 2004. A well-made and entertaining "spaghetti mafia movie"!

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LE SCANDALE (1966) aka THE CHAMPAGNE MURDERS-In French with english subs, letterboxed print. UNCUT 106 MINUTE VERSION!! 10 minutes longer than the english dubbed version, this film can now be seen to have been the one to virtually inaugurate Chabrol's major period; it was actually made in conjunction with Universal, a studio with which his idol Alfred Hitchcock was still tied at the time and, to further stress that connection, he utilized one of the stars from the latter's recent work (Anthony Perkins in the first of two pictures he did for the French director). Apart from Stephane Audran – not to mention a glossy look (courtesy of the ubiquitous Jean Rabier) which was soon to become a trademark of the Chabrol style – the film boasts a number of other attractive females (including Yvonne Furneaux as Perkins' wife, whose lust for power proves her undoing, Catherine Sola as Ronet's tennis partner and, both as unwitting pawns in the game of murder, voluptuous artist Suzanne Lloyd and Christa Lang, who had previously worked with Chabrol three years earlier in his espionage pastiche THE TIGER LIKES FRESH MEAT and would go on to marry iconoclastic American film-maker Samuel Fuller). The plot in one sense is very simple. Furneaux runs a champagne concern, but Ronet has the copyright on the name. She wants to sell out. He resists selling his name. Perkins is the husband of Furneaux. He was not born to wealth. Ronet has had psychological therapy as the result of his being attacked while on a date in which his date was strangled by the attackers. He doubts his stability. When the first girl is murdered, he begins to doubt his sanity. When a second one is murdered, again while he was nearby, his doubts grow larger. Furneaux is quite willing to supply an alibi if he will sign over the copyright.

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SEX OF THE ANGELS (1968)- Four people (three women and a man) set off on a boat trip through the fjords of Yugoslavia. Two of the women are lesbian lovers. Influenced by LSD, the female passengers freely engage in nudity. Yowsirs! Ugo Liberatore pioneered in the art of scenic, globe-hopping porn, with films visiting Bora Bora, Bali, the Pitcairn Islands, and even giving merry olde England an ethnographic slant in perhaps his best pic MAY MORNING, about weird though time-honored rituals at Oxford. THE SEX OF ANGELS is a subpar effort set on the rocky coast of Yugoslavia. Three beautiful young girls are vacationing on a magnificent yacht (belonging to the daddy of one of them), along with a stud acquaintance they bring along for obvious reasons. Centerpiece of the film is their experimenting rather disastrously with LSD, as the stud, listlessly played by Bernard De Vries, wakes up from a bad trip with a bullet hole mysteriously in his side. The beautiful stars take their tops off but I found Laura Troschel, as a token lesbian, the most interesting of the three, that also includes Rosemary Dexter and Doris Kunstmann.

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SPACE MAN (1960)-In Italian, letterboxed print and UNCUT (an extra 12 minutes of footage)!! In the 21st century Ray Peterson, reporter for the Interplanetary News, is assigned to write a story aboard a space station. Tension mounts between Peterson and the station commander, who believes he is in the way, but has orders to leave him alone. Errant spaceship Alpha Two enters the solar system and its photon generators are radiating enough heat to destroy Earth as it approaches. It falls to Peterson to try to figure out a way to enter the spaceship, disarm the generators, and escape before suffocating. Directed by Antonio Margheriti and starring Rik Van Nutter (the original Felix Leiter in the Sean Connery Bond films).

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SWINGING WIVES (1971)- Directed by: Ernst Hofbauer, Stars: Astrid Frank, Eva Garden, Karin Götz. Sex comedy about lonely housewives and their activities while the husband is away. It’s a series of vignettes connected by documentary-style interviews with people on the street. The eroticism relies completely on nudity, not altogether different from British sex comedies of the era.

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THERE'S ALWAYS A PRICE TAG (1957)-In french with english subs. Based on a novel by James Hadley Chase. What do you do when you want to commit suicide but you have just had the suicide clause cancelled from your insurance contract ? Just ask your wife ! What do you do when the attractive new chauffeur surprises you in the process of distorting the truth ? Just make him your lover! But beware : even the most elaborate schemes can backfire ! First the screenplay :it's a model of film noir: the suicide clause was cancelled from Morgan's hubby's insurance contract .And he does commit suicide. Before dying, he tells her the only way to get the dough is to use the well known suicide and make it look like a crime. But you know ,they were not really in love and she had become the chauffeur's lover. The lovebirds will run into difficulties when they apply the husband's suggested ominous plan. Then ,the cast: Michele Morgan is wonderful as a gorgeous not-so-merry widow ;"I've always been bought" she keeps on saying. She is more than fed up with men. It's quite possible that sexual relations may become something loathsome to her. Daniel Gélin is as effective as a naive chauffeur .A superb supporting cast includes Peter Van Eyck as the "dear" departed ,Bernard Blier-strangely, his name does not appear in the cast and credits, but at the end of the movie, as a smart ironical captain, and Michèle Mercier in her pre-Angelique days.

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YPOTRON (1966)-Beautiful widescreen print of this eurospy classic! Doctor Morrow, a scientist who works for NASA, has mysteriously disappeared. The Secret Service investigates. Agent Lemmy Logan is in charge of the case. He discovers that that Leikman – a former Nazi scientist – is developing Ypotron, a weapon that could destroy a large part of the world. Leikman wants to use the dr. Morrow's scientific knowledge. This is an Europsy movie from the sixties with some nice locations en beautiful women. There is to an entertaining music score by Nico Fidenco throughout the film. The script written by Remigio Del Grosso and José Luis Martínez Mollá isn't that bad and "Agente Logan - Missione Ypotron " is well directed by Giorgio Stegani. The acting is good, especially from Luis Dávila as Lemmy Logan. However, there are 3 positive things about it that bear special mentioning: 1) Janine Reynaud in a bikini. Compared to the cute but overly mousy Gaia Germani, she plays the better female character here. 2) The striptease sequence combined with the heroine's smart trick of escaping from the hero's close supervision. 3) The interesting final twist.

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