DEATH OF A SALESMAN
1951, Sony Repertory, 105 min, Finland , Dir: Laslo Benedek

Stanley Kramer produced this adaptation of Arthur Miller's landmark play, in which aging failure Willy Loman (Fredric March) looks back on his life as it slips away. A stellar supporting cast that includes Kevin McCarthy, Mildred Dunnock and Cameron Mitchell brings Miller's bleak vision to life, aided by director Laslo Benedek's evocative and claustrophobic visual style. Benedek, March and McCarthy each won Golden Globes, as did Franz Planer for the film’s B&W cinematography.


THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X
2012, Strand Releasing, 106 min, USA, Dir: Paul Bunnell

“They Sing! They Dance! They're Juvenile Delinquents From Outer Space!” Director Paul Bunnell used the last of Kodak’s 35 mm black-and-white film stock to make this mad concoction of ’50s sci-fi, crime and rock & roll flicks. Banished to Earth, Johnny X (Will Keenan) and his gang search for a powerful “resurrection suit” and find dangerous dames, zombie musicians and loads of B-movie fun. Songwriter Paul Williams and INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS’ Kevin McCarthy (in his final feature film) shine in cameo roles.


INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS
1956, Paramount, 80 min, USA, Dir: Don Siegel

Director Don Siegel (DIRTY HARRY) and screenwriter Daniel Mainwaring adapted Jack Finney’s novel into a brilliant, utterly compelling sci-fi story of a small Southern California town overtaken by alien seedpods, which mutate into emotionless doppelgangers of the human inhabitants. Still one of the most frightening movies ever made and a paranoiac’s delight, the picture has been credited as a metaphor for the Red Scare. Kevin McCarthy is excellent as the returning-from-a-trip doctor who gradually realizes the insidious changes going on right under his nose. The exceptional supporting cast includes Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones (Morticia of TV’s "The Addams Family"), King Donovan, Larry Gates and a cameo by a young Sam Peckinpah (!).


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