JEALOUSY
1945, Republic, 71 min, USA, Dir: Gustav Machatý

A perky female cabbie (Jane Randolph) gets embroiled in a dangerous triangle involving her suicidal writer husband (Nils Asther) and an aloof, high-toned doctor (John Loder) who takes a shine to her. Director Machatý, known for the scandalous 1933 ECSTASY, concocts a dreamy, off-kilter tale that touches all the tropes of “B” passion plays while also depicting the displacement of European artists adrift in sunbaked Hollywood. Part bargain-basement loopiness, part experimental art film ... and, not surprisingly, the last film the artistically inclined Machatý made in America. Featuring Karen Morley (at her best!) and Hugo Haas.


MINISTRY OF FEAR
1944, Universal, 86 min, USA, Dir: Fritz Lang

Ray Milland plays a Londoner traumatized by his wife’s murder who’s released after two years in an asylum - and walks straight into a network of Nazi spies trying to undermine the British war effort. But who’ll believe the warnings of a crazy person? Taking full advantage of the brilliant artifice of the Paramount art department, Lang spins a dizzying tale of alienation and espionage that’s more fun than any wartime thriller has a right to be. Based on the novel by Graham Greene, and featuring delicious supporting turns from Hillary Brooke and Dan Duryea.


THE BLACK PIRATE
1926, 88 min, USA, Dir: Albert Parker

Shot in two-strip Technicolor, THE BLACK PIRATE stars Douglas Fairbanks in the title role as a nobleman who vows revenge on the brigands who killed his father, and joins their crew to exact it. Damsel in distress Billie Dove might distract him from his mission, but Fairbanks is in his element as a buccaneer – the sequence in which he singlehandedly captures a ship will leave you in awe.


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