WILD RIVER
1960, 20th Century Fox, 110 min, USA, Dir: Elia Kazan

Always-excellent Montgomery Clift plays Chuck Glover, a young man sent to rural Tennessee to oversee the building of a dam. Deep-seated racial tension emerges when it is suggested that black laborers work on the construction of the dam, and complications only build when Chuck becomes romantically entangled with a local widow. "Kazan’s finest and deepest film!" – Dave Kehr


A FACE IN THE CROWD
1957, Warner Bros., 125 min, USA, Dir: Elia Kazan

Andy Griffith is mesmerizing as Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes, a wild Arkansas vagrant-turned-television sensation in Kazan’s provocative and poignant masterpiece about fame, fraud and the transition from radio to television. Equally captivating is Patricia Neal as Marcia Jeffries, the naive Sarah Lawrence college student who is the first to fall under Larry’s fraudulent spell. "Brilliantly cinematic melodrama … paints a luridly entertaining picture of modern show business." - Leslie Halliwell


EXPERIMENT IN TERROR
1962, Sony Repertory, 123 min, Dir: Blake Edwards

Lee Remick is a bank teller whose teenage sister (Stefanie Powers) is kidnapped by creepy, asthmatic Ross Martin (Artemus Gordon on TV’s "The Wild, Wild West"), a sociopathic crook brewing an extortion plot. Glenn Ford is the no-nonsense FBI agent who steps in after a terrified Remick contacts the agency. Director Blake Edwards demonstrates his skill at creating dark atmosphere and nail-biting suspense, honed on "Peter Gunn," the TV show he created. After BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S and THE PINK PANTHER (both Edwards films), composer Henry Mancini graces us with his most memorable (and sinister) score.


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