THE PASSENGER
PROFESSIONE: REPORTER
1975, Sony Pictures Classics, 126 min, Italy, Spain, France, Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

Bringing together two of the screen’s most exciting personalities, Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider (the latter of whom had become an overnight sensation opposite Marlon Brando in LAST TANGO IN PARIS), THE PASSENGER is, on the simplest level, a suspense story and a haunting portrait of a drained journalist trying to escape his own life, whose deliverance is an identity exchange with a dead man. Based on an original story by Mark Peploe and shot on location in Africa, Spain, Germany and England, this preferred director’s cut is the version of the film that was originally released in Europe under the title PROFESSIONE: REPORTER. “I consider THE PASSENGER my most stylistically mature film. I also consider it a political film as it is topical and fits with the dramatic rapport of the individual in today’s society.” - Michelangelo Antonioni


LAST TANGO IN PARIS
1972, Park Circus/MGM, 136 min, France, Italy, Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci

Marlon Brando gives one of the finest performances of his career in a sensual exploration of the dark night of one man’s soul - a movie that sent shockwaves through not just the motion picture industry but society at large when it was initially released and continues to generate controversy to this day. Expatriate American Paul (Brando) tries to exorcise the demons unleashed by his wife’s suicide with the erotic assistance of young waif Jeanne (Maria Schneider). But there’s no escape and Paul’s lovemaking brings him neither the desired relief nor intimacy, something that is ruthlessly charted in director Bernardo Bertolucci’s erotic masterpiece.


MY NAME IS JULIA ROSS
1945, Columbia [Sony Repertory], 65 min, USA, Dir: Joseph H. Lewis

Unemployed Julia (Nina Foch) gets a dream job working for a wealthy widower, only to awaken in a nightmare - living with a schizo husband and a scheming mother-in-law (George Macready and Dame May Whitty), neither of whom she’s ever seen before! Director Joseph H. Lewis (GUN CRAZY, THE BIG COMBO) made his mark in Hollywood with this incredibly tense and well-acted mystery thriller, one of the best B films of the era. “She went to sleep as a secretary… and woke up as a madman’s bride!” Not on DVD!


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