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.


CRISS CROSS
1949, Universal, 87 min, USA, Dir: Robert Siodmak

When he died in 1947, producer Mark Hellinger had just begun pre-production on this crime-infected love story. Thanks to the inspired vision of director Siodmak, CRISS CROSS now stands as perhaps the most darkly poetic rendering of amour fou in all film noir. Burt Lancaster and Dan Duryea plot a daring heist, while vying for the affections of sensual Yvonne DeCarlo. Remade by Stephen Soderbergh as THE UNDERNEATH.


LIEBELEI
1933, Rialto Pictures, 68 min, Germany, Dir: Max Ophuls

Set in turn-of-the-century Austria, this exquisite film starts out following an innocent love affair and takes a tragic turn. Based on Arthur Schnitzler’s play, LIEBELEI represents both Max Ophuls’ biggest triumph and his last film before the rise of the Nazis.


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