COLD HEAVEN
1992, Park Circus/MGM, 105 min, USA, Dir: Nicolas Roeg

Theresa Russell stars as Marie Davenport, a lapsed Catholic unhappily married to a physician (Mark Harmon). The couple go to Acapulco, where Marie plans to announce she’s leaving for another man - but before she gets the chance, her husband is run over by a speedboat. When Dr. Davenport’s body later disappears from a hospital autopsy slab, the apparent resurrection challenges everything Marie believes. Co-starring James Russo, Talia Shire and Seymour Cassel, this haunting drama will hold viewers in thrall up to its final twist.


CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT
1945, Warner Bros. , 101 min, Dir: Peter Godfrey

Barbara Stanwyck stars as a famous expert on marriage, cooking and homemaking who is asked by her publisher to host a national hero for Christmas dinner at her Connecticut home. It should be simple, but she must scramble to keep the secret that she's single, can't cook and doesn't own a home. With a lot of help, meticulous planning and split-second timing, the urban sophisticate may succeed … but the unforeseen happens when she falls in love with her guest in this classic romantic comedy.


ON THE NIGHT STAGE
1915, 62 min, USA, Dir: Reginald Barker

William S. Hart, plays “Silent” Texas Smith, a man to whom actions speak louder than words in this Western. A new parson (Robert Edeson) converts saloon dancer Belle Shields (Rhea Mitchell), drawing her away from her stagecoach robber boyfriend (Hart) – until she attracts the attention of a ne’er do well gambler. While Edeson received top billing, Hart’s charismatic virility and acting genius made him a natural standout in his second feature length film. Producer Thomas H. Ince assigned Reginald Barker to direct but the film contains the unmistakable stamp of Hart’s intuitive grasp of the new medium. With its terrifically staged, massive saloon fight, this is a wonderfully enjoyable example of early American feature filmmaking.


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