THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS
1990, 107 min, USA/Italy/UK, Dir: Paul Schrader

Noted playwright Harold Pinter penned this sinister adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel about twisted relationships. Considering marriage, British couple Rupert Everett and Natasha Richardson travel to Venice, where well-to-do bar owner Christopher Walken and wife Helen Mirren take an unnatural interest in them.


SOTTO … SOTTO
SOTTO … SOTTO … STRAPAZZATO DA ANOMALA PASSIONE
1984, 105 min, Italy, Dir: Lina Wertmüller

Director Lina Wertmüller’s rarely seen comedy uses sex as a metaphor for self-discovery - and punctures Italian machismo in the process. Ester (Veronica Lario) finds herself attracted to newly divorced friend Adele (Luisa De Santis) and confesses her love to husband Oscar (Enrico Montesano), who searches frantically for his rival, never suspecting it’s a woman. In Italian with English subtitles.


L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
1997, Warner Bros., 138 min, USA, Dir: Curtis Hanson

Director Curtis Hanson brings James Ellroy’s epic, muckraking crime novel to vivid life, zeroing in on murder, scandal-mongering and police corruption in 1950s Los Angeles. A white-hot slab of ensemble acting adds to the fireworks, including Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito and Kim Basinger, who won a much-deserved Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance. One of those all-too-rare movie literary adaptations that matches the quality of the original book.


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