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1965, 90 min, France/Italy, Dir: Raoul Lévy

In the mid-1960s, veteran French producer Raoul Lévy hit the ground running as a director with a trio of star-studded adventures, including this criminally overlooked mob thriller with Henry Silva, Jack Klugman and Eddie Constantine. Silva and Klugman play unlikely NYC hitmen sent to Europe to hunt down international businessman Rudy Hamburg (Constantine), who is suspected to be a mafia informant. Shot by legendary French New Wave cinematographer Raoul Coutard, HAIL, MAFIA is a stunning road movie across the French countryside, as philosophical as it is suspenseful.

1957, MGM Repertory, 96 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lumet

Reginald Rose’s 1954 “Studio One” teleplay is brought to the screen by director Sidney Lumet (NETWORK, DOG DAY AFTERNOON) in his behind-the-camera debut. Henry Fonda produces and stars as Juror No. 8, the lone holdout in a racially charged jury deliberation. The all-male cast includes stunning performances by Jack Klugman, Lee J. Cobb (as Fonda’s No. 1 foil), E.G. Marshall, Robert Webber, Jack Warden and Ed Begley Sr. Nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. A near-perfect film, a true American masterpiece, championed by wonderful characters and dialogue. Joseph Sweeney and Voskovec reprise their roles from the 1954 TV broadcast.

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