PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET
1953, 20th Century Fox, 80 min, USA, Dir: Samuel Fuller

Pickpocket Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark) lifts a stolen military microfilm from the mistress of a Communist spy. Next thing the lowlife wharf rat knows, he’s the hottest thing in the Big Apple, with the Commies and the feds all trying to kill him. A former New York crime reporter, director Sam Fuller knows how to make a backlot feel like the real thing; in his sweaty subways, skid row tenements and waterfront dives, the heroes aren’t the do-gooder feds, but nervy grifters more interested in their own survival than affairs of state. In Fuller’s world, loyalty vies with self-interest, and tenderness battles brutality to a standstill every step of the way. With Jean Peters, Richard Kiley and an Oscar-nominated Thelma Ritter.


FORTY GUNS
1957, 20th Century Fox, 79 min, USA, Dir: Samuel Fuller

Director Sam Fuller had to sacrifice his original title, WOMAN WITH A WHIP, but kept everything else - from Barbara Stanwyck’s black-leather dominatrix gear to the film’s naked gun-lust (Her: "May I feel it?" Him: "It might go off in your face."). Still the most subversively entertaining Western ever made, a surreal dreamscape in which nothing is motivated by natural laws. With Barry Sullivan, Gene Barry. "It’s not even really a Western - I don’t know what it is... FORTY GUNS doesn’t care." - Martin Scorsese.


SHOCK CORRIDOR
1963, Ben Barry & Association, 101 min, USA, Dir: Samuel Fuller

A Pulitzer Prize-hungry journalist (Peter Breck) goes undercover in a mental institution with hopes of solving a murder case…but as the environment overtakes him, his insanity becomes more than an act. With Constance Towers, Gene Evans.


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