2012, Fandango Portobello, 120 min, Italy, Dir: Daniele Vicari

When a slew of hardboiled cops raid the Diaz school, looking for a ring of international anarchist thugs but finding hundreds of mostly peaceful protestors sleeping, the police brutality reaches a fever pitch. Based on real events in Genoa in 2001, Daniele Vicari's hard-hitting procedural exposé stars Claudio Santamaria as Max, one of the film's few good cops, Elio Germano as an unlucky journalist, Jennifer Ulrich as a German demonstrator submitted to particularly heinous police treatment, and Davide Iacopini as the organizer of the G8 Summit. An official selection at the 2012 Berlin and Karlovy Vary international film festivals. In Italian with English subtitles.

1949, Sony Repertory, 68 min, USA, Dir: Abby Berlin

We top off our B-movie marathon with a film so rare it’s not even in Maltin’s Movie Guide! Marsha Hunt plays a female police investigator who goes to prison, undercover, to help bust up a gang of jewel thieves. Directed by Abby Berlin from a script by B-veteran George Bricker, and costarring John Litel and June Vincent. NOT ON DVD

1942, MGM/Park Circus, 74 min, USA, Dir: Fred Zinnemann

It’s CSI: Hollywood, 1942 in this ultra-rarity, as the delightful and delectable Marsha Hunt plays a police forensics expert caught between cop-chemist Van Heflin and glittery gangster Lee Bowman. Yet another in our series scripted by the great John C. Higgins, this is also the feature film debut of director Fred Zinnemann. NOT ON DVD

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