WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE
1951, Paramount, 83 min, USA, Dir: Rudolph Mate

Despite its age, WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE still remains far superior to all the other "giant-asteroid-on-a-collision-course-with-Earth" films that followed. Scientist Richard Derr tries to convince skeptical colleagues and world leaders about the Earth’s imminent demise. When they fail to listen, a dedicated band of pioneers constructs a Noah’s Ark-like rocket ship to save a few brave souls from annihilation. With Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen. Winner of the 1951 Special Effects Oscar - wait till you see the sinking of Manhattan!


BIGGER THAN LIFE
1956, 20th Century Fox, 95 min, USA, Dir: Nicholas Ray

Director Nicholas Ray’s subversively twisted portrait of suburban life centers on a teacher (James Mason) who becomes addicted to a new drug, cortisone, and experiences visionary, tyrannical delusions. Ray’s superb use of color and shot composition reaches a deliriously surreal intensity here that at times borders on the psychedelic. In addition to one of Mason’s finest performances, there’s also standout work from co-stars Barbara Rush and Walter Matthau.


ROBIN AND THE 7 HOODS
1964, warner Brothers, 123 min, Dir: Gordon Douglas

It’s Prohibition-era Chicago, and gangster Robbo (Frank Sinatra) controls the North Side, despite ferocious racketeer Guy Gisborne’s (Peter Falk) take-over of the rest of the city. When Robbo gives money to the local boys’ orphanage, he becomes the Robin Hood of the Windy City - but will the good-hearted hood be toppled by Gisborne’s nefarious designs? With Bing Crosby and Barbara Rush.


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