QUAI DES ORFÈVRES
1947, Rialto Pictures, 102 min, France, Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Maurice (Bertrand Blier), the jealous husband of ambitious cabaret chanteuse Jenny (Suzy Delair), is blamed for murder when a lecherous movie producer turns up dead. Director Henri-Georges Clouzot spins a classic police procedural, following dauntless Inspector Antoine (French actor Louis Jouvet, in his greatest role) as he doggedly goes about untying the knots in this delightfully perplexing, character-driven mystery.


PINK FLAMINGOS
1972, Warner Bros., 95 min, USA, Dir: John Waters

John Waters’s notorious PINK FLAMINGOS centers around “the filthiest person alive,” a 300-pound transvestite played by Divine, who finds her title being challenged by the Marbles, who kidnap women, have their servant rape them with a syringe and then sell the babies to lesbian couples. Shot on a micro-budget in Baltimore, this cult classic is an unforgettable exercise in poor taste from start to doggie-doo finish. With Edith “the Egg Lady” Massey.


A SHORT FILM ABOUT KILLING
KRÓTKI FILM O ZABIJANIU
1988, Janus Films, 84 min, Poland, Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski

Jacek (Mirosław Baka), an angry drifter, murders a taxi driver, brutally and without motive. His case is assigned to Piotr (Krzysztof Globisz), an idealistic young lawyer who is morally opposed to the death penalty, and their interactions take on an emotional honesty that throws into stark relief for Piotr the injustice of killing of any kind. This is the longer theatrical version of the fifth installment of Kieślowski’s DEKALOG, originally made for Polish television.


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