THE INNOCENT
L’INNOCENTE
1975, 112 min, Dir: Luchino Visconti

Adapted from Gabriele d'Annunzio’s The Intruder, Visconti's final film offers a languorous look at a decadent Italian aristocrat caught between two women. Giancarlo Giannini stars as wealthy Tullio Hermil, who makes no effort to hide his mistress, Teresa (Jennifer O'Neill), from his wife, Giuliana (Laura Antonelli). His infidelity inspires Giuliana to begin her own affair, which only excites Tullio – until it results in a pregnancy. Composer Franco Mannino earned a David di Donatello award for the score, which perfectly fits the lavish visuals.


SCANNERS
1981, Janus Films, 102 min, Canada, Dir: David Cronenberg

One of director David Cronenberg’s most popular films, SCANNERS generated a franchise of sequels and, at the time of its release, pushed the envelope in special effects (who can ever erase the image of "the exploding head"?). Homeless Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack) discovers that his terrifying "scanner" abilities to read and manipulate others’ minds stems from a drug called Ephemerol that his mother took before he was born. Shanghaied by Dr. Paul Ruth (Patrick McGoohan), one of the drug’s inventors bent on creating a "good" scanner army, Cameron learns that a rival terrorist organization led by his evil scanner brother, Darryl Revok (Michael Ironside), is aiming at world domination. "Classic Cronenberg" – Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner


SUMMER OF '42
1971, Warner Bros., 103 min, USA, Dir: Robert Mulligan

This sleeper hit was based on writer Herman Raucher’s experiences as a teen on Nantucket Island during WWII. While hanging out with his friends on the beach, Hermie (Gary Grimes) is drawn to a beautiful older woman (Jennifer O’Neill) whose soldier husband is on duty in France. Though as obsessed with sex as pals Oscy and Benjie, Hermie comes to realize how complicated relationships can be when emotions factor in. Robert Surtees’ cinematography lends this coming-of-age story a nostalgic glow, as does Michel Legrand’s Oscar-winning score and its haunting theme song, “The Summer Knows.”


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