LADY SINGS THE BLUES
1972, Paramount, 144 min, USA, Dir: Sidney J. Furie

Diana Ross earned an Oscar nomination for her feature debut as Billie Holiday in this loose adaptation of the legendary jazz singer’s autobiography. As she rises from Harlem brothel worker to Carnegie Hall headliner, Lady Day struggles with racism and drugs; Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor, respectively, play the angel and the devil on her shoulders.


THE APPALOOSA
1966, Universal, 98 min, USA, Dir: Sidney J. Furie

Marlon Brando stars as Matt Fletcher, a Mexican-American buffalo hunter at odds with ominous local bandit general Chuy Medina (John Saxon). It’s the last straw for Matt when Chuy steals his appaloosa horse, and he sets out for revenge - even if it means singlehandedly taking on all of Chuy’s ruthless gang in the process. Saxon received a Golden Globe nomination for his supporting turn.


THE IPCRESS FILE
1965, Universal, 108 min, UK, Dir: Sidney J. Furie

Low-key, irresistibly sexy thief-turned-spy Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) is introduced to the hilariously inscrutable bureaucracy of the British Secret Service when he tries to find out who is behind a "brain drain" of top scientists. Features one of composer John Barry’s most weirdly beautiful scores.


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