KAMIKAZE 89
1982, Film Movement, 106 min, Germany, Dir: Wolf Gremm

Made shortly before his death, this sci-fi thriller offers a chance to see noted German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder in a starring role. He plays leopardskin-clad police lieutenant Jansen, called in to investigate a bomb threat against an all-powerful corporation in a dystopian future. Jansen soon discovers that murderous factions lie beneath the company’s calm façade – but who is on which side proves tougher to pin down. With a cast including Franco Nero and music by Tangerine Dream’s Edgar Froese, this bizarre, little-seen film can be likened to 1984 on acid. In German with English subtitles.


HIGH CRIME
LA POLIZIA INCRIMINA LA LEGGE ASSOLVE
1973, Ambassador, 100 min, Italy, Dir: Enzo G. Castellari

Cop Franco Nero, frustrated with superior James Whitmore's slow accumulation of evidence, goes after a drug ring, confronting mob boss Fernando Rey and rich importer Silvano Tranquilli. As Nero steps on more toes, people die, and now his girlfriend and daughter are in harm's way. Unrelenting and unforgiving, one of the best collaborations between Nero and Enzo G. Castellari (director of the original INGLORIOUS BASTARDS).


TRISTANA
1970, Cohen Film, 95 min, Spain, Dir: Luis Buñuel

Catherine Deneuve is at her best as the title character, an orphan left in the care of libertine aristocrat Don Lope (Fernando Rey), who seduces the woman, setting her on a path to bitterness and manipulation. Playing upon a reversal of audience sympathy, TRISTANA is among the most powerful portraits of lost innocence, one of Buñuel’s favorite themes (the film also makes striking use of a favorite Buñuel technique, the dream sequence). In Spanish with English subtitles.


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