THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS
1990, 107 min, USA/Italy/UK, Dir: Paul Schrader

Noted playwright Harold Pinter penned this sinister adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel about twisted relationships. Considering marriage, British couple Rupert Everett and Natasha Richardson travel to Venice, where well-to-do bar owner Christopher Walken and wife Helen Mirren take an unnatural interest in them.


SOTTO … SOTTO
SOTTO … SOTTO … STRAPAZZATO DA ANOMALA PASSIONE
1984, 105 min, Italy, Dir: Lina Wertmüller

Director Lina Wertmüller’s rarely seen comedy uses sex as a metaphor for self-discovery - and punctures Italian machismo in the process. Ester (Veronica Lario) finds herself attracted to newly divorced friend Adele (Luisa De Santis) and confesses her love to husband Oscar (Enrico Montesano), who searches frantically for his rival, never suspecting it’s a woman. In Italian with English subtitles.


L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
1997, 20th Century Fox, 138 min, USA, Dir: Curtis Hanson

Director Curtis Hanson brings James Ellroy’s epic, muckraking crime novel to vivid life, zeroing in on a racially charged murder case, media scandal-mongering and police corruption in 1950s Los Angeles. A white-hot ensemble cast sets off the fireworks, including Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito and Kim Basinger, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her Veronica Lake-inspired performance. The rare book-to-movie adaptation that distills a novel’s sprawling grandeur into a devastating knockout punch.


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