1935, Warner Bros., 68 min, USA, Dir: Karl Freund

“Dead hands that live ... and love ... and kill!” It's macabre shenanigans involving amputated hands as Grand Guignol theater star Yvonne Orlac (Frances Drake) goes to brilliant - but crazy - surgeon Dr. Gogol (Peter Lorre) as a last resort when her concert pianist husband, Stephen (Colin Clive, of FRANKENSTEIN), has his hands mangled in a train accident. Gogol, insanely in love with Yvonne and willing to do anything to steal her away, transplants the hands of a guillotined murderer onto the comatose Stephen. Counting on the highly suggestive nature of the neurotic pianist, Gogol makes him believe he also possesses the dead killer’s personality. An intense, delirious adaptation of French writer Maurice Renard’s oft-filmed novel The Hands of Orlac.

1973, Kino Lorber, 125 min, Italy/France, Dir: Lina Wertmüller

Lina Wertmüller and her co-stars from SWEPT AWAY, Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato, reteam for a brilliant drama about a simple-hearted assassin who comes to Rome to kill Mussolini, only to fall in love with a vulnerable young prostitute. Wertmüller turns Salome's whorehouse into a stunning metaphor for Italy in the late 1930s - a house riddled with compromise and intrigue, rouged and painted on the outside but bleeding on the inside.

1932, Sony Repertory, 68 min, USA, Dir: Edward Buzzell

“Yesterday a lady with a past – today the wife of the man she loved!” In her debut for Columbia, Carole Lombard stars as Mae, a New York streetwalker hoping to turn a corner in her life when she meets cab driver Jimmy (Pat O'Brien). After a rocky start, the two marry, but Mae’s former associates get her wrapped up in a murder charge. Robert Riskin’s screenplay lends this pre-Code drama both snappy dialogue and well-drawn characters.

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