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1975, AGFA, 93 min, United States , Dir: Matt Cimber

After testifying in court against her gangster boyfriend, Lady Cocoa (Lola Falana) gets a 24-hour day pass out of jail to go enjoy the high life in Las Vegas. But her boyfriend (legendary Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle “Mean” Joe Greene) has other plans. Lady Cocoa not only has to worry about the dwindling hours of her freedom, she has to worry about whether she’ll survive them.

1970, Sony Repertory, 102 min, USA, Dir: William Wyler

Like fellow “old school” filmmaker John Huston, director William Wyler proves he’s up to delivering on the promise of a more open New Hollywood with this scorching look at racism and hypocrisy in a Southern small town. Roscoe Lee Browne throws off sparks as rich, black undertaker L.B. Jones, a man cuckolded by his amoral wife (an incandescent Lola Falana) and one of the town’s meanest white cops (Anthony Zerbe). When Jones decides he wants a divorce, he suddenly finds himself taking the brunt of escalating harassment from Zerbe, who wants to keep secret his affair with a black woman. Lee J. Cobb is the town’s D.A., a “decent” man with an ingrained streak of racism. Barbara Hershey is Cobb’s daughter and Lee Majors is her idealistic lawyer husband; a superb Yaphet Kotto plays an angry fugitive with his own axe to grind. Sterling Silliphant and Jesse Hill Ford wrote the screenplay (from Ford’s novel). A surprisingly unflinching, tell-it-like-it-is movie.

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