GIRL WITH HYACINTHS
FLICKA OCH HYACINTER
1950, Telepicture Marketing, 89 min, Sweden, Dir: Hasse Ekman

When beautiful young Dagmar Brink (Eva Henning) commits suicide her neighbors are stunned - especially when her final note leaves them all her possessions, including the enigmatic portrait of Dagmar called “Girl with Hyacinths.” Intrigued, the husband begins an investigation into what could have made the beguiling woman kill herself. Ekman’s greatest film is a slow-building tale of suspense leading to a stunning, unforgettable conclusion. “An absolute masterpiece. Twenty-four carats. Perfect.” - Ingmar Bergman.


THE BLACK VAMPIRE
EL VAMPIRO NEGRO
1953, Argentina Sono Film, 104 min, Argentina, Dir: Román Viñoly Barreto

In this stunning reimagining of Fritz Lang’s classic M rediscovered by the Film Noir Foundation, Olga Zubarry, Argentina’s answer to Marilyn Monroe, plays a chanteuse and single mother who is the sole eyewitness to the child killer stalking the streets of Buenos Aires. Will her daughter be the next victim? Featuring stunning cinematography by Aníbal González Paz. A major cinema discovery!


THE CAT O’NINE TAILS
IL GATTO A NOVE CODE
1971, AGFA, 112 min, Italy/France/West Germany, Dir: Dario Argento

This second entry in Dario Argento’s “Animal Trilogy” found the young talent further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as master of the giallo. When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, a blind puzzle-maker (Karl Malden) overhears an attempt to blackmail an institute scientist shortly before the robbery; he teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo (James Franciscus) to crack the case. Soon the bodies pile up, and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives at risk. Worse still, the puzzle-maker’s niece (Cinzia De Carolis) is in the killer’s sights. Featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone, THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS remains one of Argento’s most suspenseful and underrated films.


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