OUR BLUSHING BRIDES
1930, Warner Bros., 102 min, USA, Dir: Harry Beaumont

The conclusion of the trilogy that began with OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS and OUR MODERN MAIDENS, this drama stars Joan Crawford, Anita Page and Dorothy Sebastian as three young women trying to make a good life in Manhattan. Geraldine (Crawford) weds the wealthy Tony (Robert Montgomery) after he realizes that is the only way he will get her into his bed. Francine (Sebastian) marries thief Martin J. Sanderson (John Miljan) in the mistaken belief that her groom is a millionaire. And Connie (Page) weakens to temptation and becomes the mistress of Tony's younger brother (Raymond Hackett). Will they become blushing brides or girls without blushes?


MARTIN EDEN
2019, Kino Lorber, 129 min, Italy/France/Germany, Dir: Pietro Marcello

Based on Jack London’s classic novel of the same name, MARTIN EDEN transports the turn-of-the-century Oakland-based tale to postwar Naples, where class conflict is even more prominent. Caught between his working-class upbringing and the bourgeois world of his love interest, Elena (Jessica Cressy), Martin (Luca Marinelli) hopes to climb the social ladder by becoming part of the literary elite. Winner of the Platform Prize for Directing at the Toronto International Film Festival 2019 and the Best Actor Award for Marinelli at the Venice Film Festival 2019. “The tense, emotional energy behind Martin’s archetypal European hero’s journey (think: Faust, Hamlet) is expressive, dynamic, and experimental at times. Marinelli’s performance is immaculately layered and positions him in the spotlight as the upcoming sensation he is.” - Luke Hicks, The Playlist


5 IS THE PERFECT NUMBER
5 E’ IL NUMERO PERFETTO
2019, Playtime, 100 min, Italy/Belgium/France, Dir: Igor Tuveri (Igort)

Based on Igort’s (né Igor Tuveri) most famous graphic novel, 5 IS THE PERFECT NUMBER is a hyper-stylized noir thriller set in crime-ridden 1970s Naples. Toni Servillo stars as retired hitman Peppino Lo Cicero, who is devastated by the sudden murder of his only son. Unable to trust anyone in this criminal underworld, Peppino returns to his violent trade and embarks on a bloody quest for revenge. Nominated for Best Film (Venice Days) at the Venice Film Festival 2019.


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