MR. SOFT TOUCH
1949, Columbia [Sony Repertory], 93 min, USA, Dir: Henry Levin, Gordon Douglas

This ultra-rare comedy-noir hybrid features Glenn Ford as a returning WWII vet who knocks over the Frisco nightclub he used to own. When the gangster owners come gunning for him, Ford finds sanctuary by getting arrested for a misdemeanor - only to find himself back in hot water when he’s sprung by a do-gooder social worker (Evelyn Keyes) for the holidays. Directed by Henry Levin and Gordon Douglas, this is one of the oddest combinations we’ve ever seen: romantic comedy, schmaltzy sentiment and hardboiled noir. “In headlong flight he paused… to live a lifetime in 36 thrill-packed hours… with this woman!” Not on DVD!


THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS
1971, Universal, 98 min, USA, Dir: Anthony Harvey

This charmingly goofy, surprisingly romantic Sherlock Holmes iteration finds the famous duo in modern-day New York, with Holmes (George C. Scott) an obsessive paranoid and a female Watson (Joanne Woodward), a psychiatrist helplessly fascinated by the detective.


THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER
La princesse de Montpensier
2010, Sundance Selects Films, 139 min, France, Dir: Bertrand Tavernier

It is France 1562, and heiress Marie de Mézières (Melanie Thierry) loves the young Duc de Guise, known infamously as “Scarface” (Gaspard Ulliel), but is instead forced to marry the Prince of Montpensier for political reasons. When the new princess is sequestered in an isolated castle in the countryside, she becomes caught up in a violent, passionate rivalry between the many men who wish to claim her as their prize. In French with English subtitles.

"Tavernier's helming here is as elegantly fluid as his best work, weaving historical weft with private warp with the same seamlessness he achieved in LIFE AND NOTHING BUT." – Variety.


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