THE HOUSEMAID
HANYO
1960, Janus Films, 109 min, South Korea, Dir: Kim Ki-young

See the classic that inspired Bong Joon Ho’s PARASITE! The Kims, a hardworking middle-class family, move into a bigger home and need help with the chores. A love letter from one of Mr. Kim’s students leads to a fateful decision - hiring Myung-sook (Lee Eun-shim), a young woman whose provocative behavior turns their drab domestic life into a nightmare of repressed desires, unleashed. Relentless, claustrophobic, and unpredictable; a wicked combination of soap opera, noir, and horror - as amusing as it is shocking. Considered one of the greatest Korean films ever, THE HOUSEMAID was forgotten for more than forty years, until rediscovered through the efforts of Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project and the Korean Film Archive.


SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT
1946, 20th Century Fox, 111 min, USA, Dir: Joseph Mankiewicz

An amnesiac vet (John Hodiak) prowls through the Los Angeles underworld searching for the mysterious “Larry Cravat,” the lone clue to his true identity. Mankiewicz’s vastly underrated noir is a timeless trip through the noir netherworld, a place where no one can be trusted. With Richard Conte, Lloyd Nolan, Nancy Guild and a rogue's gallery of familiar faces lending vivid support.


BLACK GRAVEL
SCHWARZER KIES
1961, Kino Lorber, 113 min, West Germany, Dir: Helmut Käutner

A village in postwar Germany undergoes a nasty transformation when the US military decides it’s perfect for a missile base. Locals detest the occupying force, but they angle to cash in, legal and otherwise, on the economic boom. Neidhardt (Helmut Wildt), a prototypical noir character, works as a trucker in this blackest of markets, playing both sides of the law. His hustle turns horrifying, however, after a fatal accident plunges him further into ruthlessness and mayhem. Controversial on initial release due to its bitter depiction of a nation in the grip of defeat, lawlessness, and lingering anti-Semitism. This new 4K restoration by the Murnau Stiftung is Kautner's original cut, which was censored for political reasons and remained unseen since the film's 1961 premiere.


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