HELLBENDERS
I CRUDELI
1967, Rialto Pictures, 90 min, Italy, Dir: Sergio Corbucci

Confederate officer Joseph Cotten and his three sons escort a hero’s coffin home despite Union patrols, banditos, vengeful Indians, a stalking posse, and a buttinsky reverend - only trouble is, the coffin’s packed with stolen greenbacks intended to rejuvenate the cause. In English.


THE THIRD MAN
1949, Rialto Pictures, 93 min, UK, Dir: Carol Reed

Director Carol Reed was nominated for a Best Director Oscar and Robert Krasker won for Best Cinematography for this superlative thriller about post-WWII criminal intrigue in still-ravaged, bureaucratically compromised Vienna. Orson Welles excels in perhaps his most famous role as homicidal rogue Harry Lime. In fact, Lime is so charming that his estranged paramour (Alida Valli) remains loyal to him and his old best friend (Joseph Cotten) cannot bring himself to believe the awful truth. With a story and screenplay by Graham Greene (who later adapted it into a novel).


THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES
1971, Park Circus/MGM, 94 min, USA, Dir: Robert Fuest

Director Robert Fuest, a veteran of TV series “The Avengers,” brings his flamboyant visual style and tongue-in-cheekiness to bear in this 1920s tale of the disfigured Dr. Anton Phibes (Vincent Price), a madman bent on vengeance after the accidental death of his wife. Trying to dodge various deadly biblical plagues along the way - Phibes’ preferred method for dispatching enemies - are Joseph Cotten, Terry-Thomas and Peter Jeffrey.


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