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HOUSE OF GAMES
1987, Park Circus/MGM, 102 min, USA, Dir: David Mamet

Renowned psychiatrist and best-selling author Margaret Ford (Lindsay Crouse) is drawn into a seductive underworld when one of her patients, a compulsive gambler, introduces her to a dangerous and alluring confidence man (Joe Mantegna). Soon she’s ensnared in an elaborate confidence game and her sampling of this dangerous demimonde threatens to swallow her whole.


THE BEAST MUST DIE
LA BESTIA DEBE MORIR
1952, 95 min, Argentina, Dir: Román Viñoly Barreto

“I am going to kill a man. I don’t know his name, I don’t know where he lives, I have no idea what he looks like. But I am going to find him and kill him …” A mystery writer adopts a new identity to track down the hit-and-run driver who killed his son. Based on Nicholas Blake’s landmark 1938 novel of psychological suspense, this superb film has been gorgeously restored.


THE DEVIL STRIKES AT NIGHT
NACHTS, WENN DER TEUFEL KAM
1957, Beta Film, 97 min, West Germany, Dir: Robert Siodmak

The greatest practitioner of Hollywood noir (PHANTOM LADY, THE KILLERS, CRISS CROSS, et al), returned to Germany in the 1950s to finish his career; this powerful film was his payback to the Nazis who chased him from his homeland. Based on the true story of murderer Bruno Lüdke, it’s a tense policier that also explores how those who did not flee the Reich struggled to maintain their integrity and morality in the face of overwhelming corruption and evil.


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