MOON OVER PARADOR
1988, Universal, 103 min, USA, Dir: Paul Mazursky

When a South American dictator dies, an actor with a strong resemblance to him is hired to take his place. The actor (a brilliant Richard Dreyfuss) isn't crazy about the gig, but when he gets a taste of power - and a look at the dictator's hot companion - he suddenly changes his tune. Raul Julia and Jonathan Winters provide support (with cameos from Dick Cavett, Sammy Davis Jr., and Charo!) in this typically hilarious piece of humanist satire from director Paul Mazursky.


BANANAS
1971, Park Circus/MGM, 82 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

In hopes of impressing a girl (Louise Lasser) passionate for political activism, heartbroken Fielding Mellish (Woody Allen) travels to the minuscule Latin American nation of San Marcos, where he gets involved with the rebel movement and ultimately becomes the country's president.


AFRAID TO TALK
MERRY-GO-ROUND
1932, Universal, 69 min, USA, Dir: Edward L. Cahn

Gangsters and politicians, worried their allegiances will be revealed, conspire to destroy a innocent bellhop (Eric Linden) who witnesses a murder in the penthouse suite. A scathing, uncompromising and still timely look at the corruption inherent in American big-city politics. Indelible performances from a vast cast, headed by Louis Calhern and Edward Arnold. Screenplay by Albert Maltz and George Sklar, based on their play. Directed by Edward L. Cahn. NOT ON DVD


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