REVERSAL OF FORTUNE
1990, Warner Bros., 120 min, USA/Japan/UK, Dir: Barbet Schroeder

Jeremy Irons won a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Actor for his wonderfully sly performance as aristocrat Claus von Bülow, accused of attempted murder of his rich wife, Sunny (Glenn Close). Costarring Ron Silver as Alan Dershowitz.


BARFLY
1987, Park Circus/MGM, 100 min, USA, Dir: Barbet Schroeder

Legendary L.A. scribe Charles Bukowski penned the semiautobiographical screenplay for this gritty but graceful profile of an alcoholic writer. Mickey Rourke stars as Henry Chinaski, subsisting on menial jobs and the occasional writing gig as he spends the nights drinking and fighting with bartender Eddie (Frank Stallone). Golden Globe nominee Faye Dunaway costars as the kindred spirit who takes up with Henry after the two meet at another local saloon.


SINGLE WHITE FEMALE
1992, Sony Repertory, 107 min, Dir: Barbet Schroeder

After New York software designer Allison Jones (Bridget Fonda) gives her cheating fiancé the boot, she advertises for a new roommate. She gets more than she bargained for in Hedy Carlson (Jennifer Jason Leigh in a go-for-broke performance), whose mild demeanor masks violent instability. Schroeder and his REVERSAL OF FORTUNE cinematographer Luciano Tovoli add plenty of style to this sharp, well-paced psychological thriller.


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