MODESTY BLAISE
1966, 20th Century Fox, 119 min, Dir: Joseph Losey

Director Joseph Losey’s brilliant Pop Art spoof stars gorgeous Monica Vitti as jewel thief/spy-for-hire Modesty Blaise, with Mod poster boy Terence Stamp as her catlike Cockney sidekick. Dirk Bogarde co-stars as Modesty’s nemesis, a villain who always seems to have goldfish swimming in his cocktails. And watch out for Mrs. Fothergill (Rosella Falk), who enjoys strangling men with her thighs!


THE NIGHT PORTER
IL PORTIERE DI NOTTE
1974, 118 min, Italy, Dir: Liliana Cavani

This controversial and unsettling cult classic filters the long shadow that WWII cast across Europe through an obsessive affair defined by guilt, desire and domination. In 1957, concentration camp survivor Lucia Atherton (Charlotte Rampling) discovers ex-Nazi SS officer Maximilian Aldorfer (Dirk Bogarde) working as a night porter at a Vienna hotel. The two shared a secret relationship during the war, and soon resume their sadomasochistic trysts – but with war crimes trials looming, Max’s former Nazi comrades see Lucia as a threat. Bogarde and Rampling are both superb in demanding roles, and the beautiful cinematography and score give this twisted tale a powerful counterpoint.


THE SLEEPING TIGER
1954, Astor Pictures, 89 min, Dir: Joseph Losey

Psychologist Clive Esmond (Alexander Knox) boards a criminal youth (Dirk Bogarde) in his home, in order to test his methods of behavior modification through psychoanalysis. Just wait until the doctor’s wife (Alexis Smith) gets her hands on the young stud. Losey’s first British-made film is an early example of what would become his métier - characters engaged in wicked sex and class warfare.


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