Saturday, December 7
The North Star (also known as Armored Attack in the US) is a 1943 war film produced and distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. It was directed by Lewis Milestone and written by Lillian Hellman. The film starred Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, Walter Huston, Walter Brennan and Erich von Stroheim. The music was written by Aaron Copland, the lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and the cinematography was by James Wong Howe. The film also marked the debut of Farley Granger.
The film is about the resistance of the "heroic" villagers, through guerrilla tactics, against the evil German invaders of the Ukraine.
Though the picture was a major studio release, it was an unabashedly pro-Soviet propaganda film. The House Committee on Un-American Activities would later cite The North Star as one of the three noted examples of pro-Soviet works made by Hollywood, the other two being Warner Brothers' Mission to Moscow (1943) and MGM's Song of Russia (1944).
Lady Frankenstein (Italian: La Figlia di Frankenstein) is a 1971 Italian horror film directed by Mel Welles. It stars Joseph Cotten, Rosalba Neri (under the pseudonym Sara Bey), Mickey Hargitay and Paul Müller. The script was written by cult writer Edward di Lorenzo.
Some have posited that Di Lorenzo intended that this film should present a feminist slant to the mad scientist genre. Others have disagreed with this assessment, pointing to the ultimately irredeemable qualities of the female scientist, and the copious amounts of female nudity throughout the film.
Killer Diller is a 1948 musical film which was released by All American.
The movie features the Clark Brothers (tap dancers), Nat King Cole, Moms Mabley, Dusty Fletcher, Butterfly McQueen, the Andy Kirk Orchestra and the Four Congaroos (dancing Lindy Hop).
Friday, December 6
The Beloved Rogue (1927) is a silent film directed by Alan Crosland. François Villon (John Barrymore), in his lifetime the most renowned poet in France, is also a prankster, an occasional criminal, and an ardent patriot.The great German actor Conrad Veidt co-stars as the king.
Five Minutes To Live (1961) aka Door-to-Door Maniac is a amazing bank heist movie. It stars Johnny Cash, Vic Tayback, a six year old Ron Howard and country music great, Merle Travis. Johnny Cash gives a surprising performance as a guitar playing, sadistic psycho-killer.
Bowery at Midnight (1942) is a horror film starring Béla Lugosi. Lugosi plays a psychology professor by day who, secretly and under an assumed name, runs a Bowery soup kitchen by night called the Bowery Friendly Mission. Lugosi's character uses his soup kitchen as a means to recruit members of a criminal gang, of which he is also secretly the head.