1979, Concorde-New Horizon, 112 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

One of director Peter Bogdanovich’s best and most underrated films is adapted from the Paul Theroux novel and features Ben Gazzara as an easygoing, expatriate American pimp in Vietnam-era Singapore. Exceptionally authentic location atmosphere highlights this fascinating character study. With Denholm Elliott, Joss Ackland and George Lazenby.

1981, HBO Films, 115 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

Director Peter Bogdanovich uses the private-eye genre as a vehicle to deliver deeply romantic insights about love, marriage and regret. John Ritter and Ben Gazzara work for the Odyssey Detective Agency, a firm where the investigators are more concerned with their own complicated love lives than with solving any cases. Audrey Hepburn and Dorothy Stratten co-star in this hilarious ensemble dramedy, a film that Quentin Tarantino declared one of the 10 greatest ever made.

1989, Park Circus/MGM, 110 min, USA, Dir: Jim Jarmusch

The seedy Arcade Hotel attracts Elvis-obsessed Japanese tourists, an Italian widow and a trio of liquor store robbers in writer-director Jim Jarmusch’s offbeat anthology film. The Clash’s Joe Strummer, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Rufus Thomas are among the musical luminaries lurking in this love letter to Memphis and an American popular culture less removed from its roots.

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