ALPHAVILLE
ALPHAVILLE, UNE ETRANGE AVENTURE DE LEMMY CAUTION
1965, Rialto Pictures, 99 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) is on a mission to eliminate Professor Von Braun, the creator of a malevolent computer that rules the city of Alphaville. Befriended by the scientist's beautiful daughter, Natasha (Anna Karina), Lemmy must unravel the mysteries of the strictly logical Alpha 60 and teach Natasha the meaning of the word “love.” Akim Tamiroff costars in this noir-ish sci-fi favorite, which won the Golden Bear at the 1965 Berlin Film Festival.


THE GREAT MCGINTY
1940, Universal, 82 min, USA, Dir: Preston Sturges

Writer Preston Sturges famously offered the script of this classic comedy to his studio for $1 - with the proviso that he be attached to direct. This potent satire about the rise of Dan McGinty (Brian Donlevy) under the tutelage of a corrupt political boss (Akim Tamiroff) earned Sturges an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Many of the character actors here became part of the director’s stock company; William Demarest went on to appear in seven more Sturges films.


THE TRIAL
1962, Rialto Pictures, 118 min, USA, Dir: Orson Welles

Franz Kafka’s classic novel of paranoia and conspiracy seems tailor-made for director Orson Welles. This labyrinthine, deliciously satiric, nightmare vision of a man (Anthony Perkins) accused of an unspecified crime emerges as a subtle allegory of Welles’ own Catch-22 tribulations working in the film industry. With a dream cast that includes Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Akim Tamiroff and Welles himself.


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