THE DEVIL STRIKES AT NIGHT
NACHTS, WENN DER TEUFEL KAM
1957, Beta Film, 97 min, West Germany, Dir: Robert Siodmak

The greatest practitioner of Hollywood noir (PHANTOM LADY, THE KILLERS, CRISS CROSS, et al), returned to Germany in the 1950s to finish his career; this powerful film was his payback to the Nazis who chased him from his homeland. Based on the true story of murderer Bruno Lüdke, it’s a tense policier that also explores how those who did not flee the Reich struggled to maintain their integrity and morality in the face of overwhelming corruption and evil.


THE HOUSEMAID
HANYO
1960, Janus Films, 109 min, South Korea, Dir: Kim Ki-young

See the classic that inspired Bong Joon Ho’s PARASITE! The Kims, a hardworking middle-class family, move into a bigger home and need help with the chores. A love letter from one of Mr. Kim’s students leads to a fateful decision - hiring Myung-sook (Lee Eun-shim), a young woman whose provocative behavior turns their drab domestic life into a nightmare of repressed desires, unleashed. Relentless, claustrophobic, and unpredictable; a wicked combination of soap opera, noir, and horror - as amusing as it is shocking. Considered one of the greatest Korean films ever, THE HOUSEMAID was forgotten for more than forty years, until rediscovered through the efforts of Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project and the Korean Film Archive.


SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT
1946, 20th Century Fox, 111 min, USA, Dir: Joseph Mankiewicz

An amnesiac vet (John Hodiak) prowls through the Los Angeles underworld searching for the mysterious “Larry Cravat,” the lone clue to his true identity. Mankiewicz’s vastly underrated noir is a timeless trip through the noir netherworld, a place where no one can be trusted. With Richard Conte, Lloyd Nolan, Nancy Guild and a rogue's gallery of familiar faces lending vivid support.


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