THE WICKER MAN
1973, Rialto Pictures, 95 min, UK, Dir: Robin Hardy

In this rarely screened supernatural classic from writer Anthony Shaffer (SLEUTH), puritanical policeman Edward Woodward investigates a girl's disappearance on a Scottish isle and has his world turned topsy-turvy when he confronts the natives' truly primitive natures. Christopher Lee co-stars as the enigmatic head of the local community, who plays an ancient and all-too-horrifying cat-and-mouse game with the idealistic policeman, with help from erotic nymph Britt Ekland.


THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
1965, 20th Century Fox, 140 min, USA, Dir: Carol Reed

"When will you make an end?" asks desperate, paint-spattered pontiff Julius II (Rex Harrison) as he gazes mournfully at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo’s answer? "When I am finished." Director Carol Reed (THE THIRD MAN, OLIVER!) adapts Irving Stone’s best-selling historical novel, which features one of Charlton Heston’s most complex performances as the tormented master artist. Featuring stunning cinematography by Leon Shamroy (THE KING & I) and a marvelous score by the great Alex North (SPARTACUS).


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