1974, Paramount, 102 min, USA, Dir: Alan J. Pakula

Impetuous reporter Warren Beatty’s hunt for a political assassin turns more and more terrifying as each successive layer of corruption and right-wing insanity is unpeeled. When he enlists in a program to recruit social misfits as political killers-for-hire, the narrative assumes cosmically paranoid dimensions. A daringly downbeat, uncompromising speculation on how far the advocates of repression will go, co-written by Lorenzo Semple Jr. With Paula Prentiss, William Daniels, Hume Cronyn. "Its visual organization is stunning. … Excellent performances; fascinating film." - Time Out (U.K.)

1975, Paramount, 117 min, USA, Dir: Sydney Pollack

Robert Redford is a mild-mannered CIA clerk forced into action when he returns from a lunch break to find all of his co-workers dead. As he tries to discover the truth behind the murders, he finds himself on the run from assassins and engaged in an unlikely romance with Faye Dunaway in Pollack’s intricate, fast-paced political thriller, scripted by Lorenzo Semple Jr.

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1931, Kino Lorber, 99 min, Germany, Dir: Fritz Lang

Peter Lorre is unforgettable as serial killer Hans Beckert, preying on children and whistling “In the Hall of the Mountain King” as he works. When the ensuing police crackdown proves bad for criminal business, all of Berlin’s underworld begins a manhunt for Beckert. This engrossing crime thriller was Fritz Lang’s first sound film, as well as the director’s personal favorite. In German with English subtitles.

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