TATANKA
2011, Minerva Pictures Group, 100 min, Italy, Dir: Giuseppe Gagliardi

Champion boxer and ex-convict Michele (Clemente Russo), nicknamed “Tatanka,” flees to Berlin after his old mobster associates lean on him to fight a dirty match. Once in Germany, Michele starts training with Coach Vinko (Rade Serbedzija) to get back to his peak form pre-incarceration - but escaping one’s past is never easy, and Tatanka’s hardest fight proves to be outside of the ring. In Italian with English subtitles.


MANHATTAN MELODRAMA
1934, Warner Bros., 93 min, USA, Dir: W.S. Van Dyke, George Cukor (uncredited)

Hard gambler and racketeer Edward "Blackie" Gallagher (Clark Gable) and bookish district attorney and would-be governor Jim Wade (William Powell) have been lifelong friends, brought together by their both being orphans. When Blackie's girlfriend, Eleanor (Myrna Loy), leaves him for the more sensible Jim, there are no ill feelings between the friends, but when Blackie kills the D.A. running opposite Jim for the election of governor, Jim must face the most difficult case of his career: convicting his best friend of murder. The first of 14 onscreen pairings between Loy and Powell, and made in the same year as their most famous film, THE THIN MAN. Look for Mickey Rooney in one of his earliest roles, playing Blackie as a child. MANHATTAN MELODRAMA has become infamous as the last film seen by gangster John Dillinger before he was gunned down leaving Chicago's Biograph Theater.


TORRENTE 4: LETHAL CRISIS
TORRENTE 4: CRISIS LETAL
2011, 93 min, Spain, Dir: Santiago Segura

The fourth installment in writer-director-actor Santiago Segura's franchise about iconic lowlife cop-turned-private eye Jose Luis Torrente finds the titular character contracted to kill the father of the bride whose wedding he has just turned upside down. Yet Torrente's contractor betrays him, and the balding detective winds up in jail, where he meets a slew of colorful characters (including 87-year-old Tony Leblanc, who has appeared throughout the series as Torrente's uncle Gregorio) who help him scheme a hairbrained strategy for busting out of prison. With Enrique Villen and Kiko Rivera. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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