JOY HOUSE
LES FELINS
1964, EuropaCorp, 97 min, Dir: René Clément

Handsome gigolo Alain Delon, on the run from murderous thugs hired by the husband of one of his conquests, flees to the Riviera, where he takes refuge in a religious shelter operated by a rich, mysterious widow (Lola Albright). She hides him in her Gothic mansion, where he suddenly finds himself in a strange love triangle featuring the widow’s sex-starved niece (Jane Fonda). The twists (and curves) just keep coming at Delon, who might be in more danger in his hiding place. René Clément returns to form with this terrific transitional noir with one foot in both the past and the future. With a fabulous ’60s score from Lalo Schifrin. In French with English subtitles.


LORD LOVE A DUCK
1966, Park Circus/MGM, 105 min, Dir: George Axelrod

Overgrown teenage outcast Roddy McDowall becomes fast friends and protector of cheerleader Tuesday Weld in this jaw-dropping, incredibly subversive black comedy. Lola Albright is Weld’s alcoholic cocktail-waitress mom, Harvey Korman the puffed-up high school principal, Martin Gabel the Sam Arkoff-inspired exploitation auteur - and Ruth Gordon the poisonously sarcastic mother-in-law addicted to yogurt and Stingers. Features one of the grooviest 1960s soundtracks ever, courtesy of the legendary Neal Hefti.


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