THE BIG HEAT
1953, Sony Repertory, 90 min, USA, Dir: Fritz Lang

One of director Fritz Lang’s best Hollywood films tells the tale of a virtuous cop (Glenn Ford) out for revenge against the gangster who killed his wife. Assisting him in his one-man crusade against the city’s corrupt power base is a kooky, sexy dame (Gloria Grahame, in perhaps her signature role) who’s out for a little vengeance of her own. Featuring an all-time thuggish turn by a young Lee Marvin. As compact and compelling as any crime film ever made.


THE LAST OF SHEILA
1973, Warner Bros., 120 min, USA, Dir: Herbert Ross

The ultimate puzzle movie, this underrated gem will keep you guessing until the very end - and maybe even after that! Producer James Coburn throws a party on his yacht for his friends and enemies: a struggling screenwriter (Richard Benjamin) and his rich wife (Joan Hackett), a down-at-his-heels former A-list director (James Mason), a fading starlet (Raquel Welch), her gigolo boyfriend (Ian McShane) and an acid-tongued agent (Dyan Cannon). But murder is afoot.


REBELLION
L'ORDRE ET LA MORALE
2011, Kinology, 136 min, France, Dir: Mathieu Kassovitz

New Caledonia, 1988: 30 policemen are taken hostage by Kanak separatists. Philippe Legorjus (Mathieu Kassovitz, who also directs), a negotiator sent by the French Army to solve the crisis on the island, finds himself conflicted between his morals and his responsibility as a soldier to obey orders in this action-packed historico-political drama.


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