PHANTOM OF THE MALL: ERIC'S REVENGE
1989, 91 min, USA, Dir: Richard Friedman

Flipping the Phantom of the Opera mythos with an ’80s twist, the title character of ERIC’S REVENGE owns a prime piece of real estate that a group of greedy developers lusts after to build a mall. When Eric refuses to sell his land, the developers burn his house down with him inside. When the mall is erected where his house once stood, a burned and scarred Eric haunts the place, looking to take revenge on those who wronged him.


THE RAZOR’S EDGE
1946, 20th Century Fox, 145 min, USA, Dir: Edmund Goulding

A young man returns from World War I and searches for the meaning of life while surrounded by his unhappy and more materialistic friends. Based on the novel of the same name by W. Somerset Maugham, this was Tyrone Power's first film after his return from WWII. It was to serve as a signal to him that the head of the studio, Darryl F. Zanuck, was going to allow him to do more serious roles. The signal proved false. Also starring Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, John Payne and Anne Baxter (who won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award). THE RAZOR'S EDGE was the biggest grossing film for 20th Century Fox in 1946 and nominated for three other Oscars, including Best Picture.


THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING
1988, Saul Zaentz Co., 171 min, USA, Dir: Philip Kaufman

Director Philip Kaufman’s sublime adaptation of Milan Kundera’s almost unfilmable novel, with Daniel Day-Lewis in one of his finest performances as Tomas, a free-spirit Czech doctor torn between the love of vulnerable Tereza (Juliette Binoche), whom he marries, and worldly Sabina (Lena Olin), as all three are caught in the turmoil of the 1968 Soviet invasion. Jean-Claude Carrière collaborated with Kaufman on the masterfully balanced screenplay. “What is remarkable about THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING … is not the sexual content itself but the way Kaufman has been able to use it as an avenue for a complex story, one of nostalgia, loss, idealism and romance.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago-Sun Times.


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