THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA
1954, Park Circus , 128 min, United States, Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz returns to the show business milieu of ALL ABOUT EVE for this story of a filmmaker (Humphrey Bogart, playing a slightly modified version of Mankiewicz himself) who discovers a peasant girl (Ava Gardner) dancing in a nightclub and transforms her into a star. Before long Bogart falls in love with his creation, but his possessiveness and the pressures of stardom send her frantically looking for an escape.


CAT’S EYE
1985, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Lewis Teague

Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King and Robert Hays star in this three-part anthology of Stephen King short stories connected by a stray cat that wanders through each tale. Chain smoker Morrison (Woods) joins a stop-smoking group run by sadistic Dr. Monatti (Alan King). A gambler named Cressner (Kenneth McMillan) makes a bet with his wife's lover. And a young girl (Barrymore) is terrorized by a tiny troll.


CONAN THE DESTROYER
1984, Universal, 103 min, USA, Dir: Richard Fleischer

A kinder, gentler Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) leads Akiro (Mako) and Zula (Grace Jones) on a quest to save a princess. Also stars Wilt Chamberlain (!) and Tracey Walter. Written by Marvel Comics titans Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway, stunningly photographed by the incomparable Jack Cardiff and saturated with a more go-for-broke, gonzo appeal than its slightly more serious predecessor.


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