THE SLEEPING CAR MURDER
COMPARTIMENT TUEURS
1965, French Institute, 90 min, France, Dir: Costa-Gavras

A virtually lost and forgotten jewel in the crown of French crime films, Costa-Gavras’ (Z, MISSING) suspenseful debut feature is a genuine classic. Six people share a sleeping compartment on a Paris-bound train. After they arrive, one of them is found strangled, and before long, the killer starts knocking off the remaining passengers. Yves Montand is superb as a harried police inspector coming down with the flu, who doggedly follows up every lead. Red herrings abound and the twists and thrills are masterfully executed. Enormously influential on not just other French crime films that followed but the Italian giallo thriller genre as well. With a dream cast that includes Michel Piccoli, Simone Signoret, Jacques Perrin, Catherine Allegret and Jean-Louis Trintignant.


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

“Mama, nobody sends you a turd and expects to live. Nobody!” In 1972, Baltimore’s favorite filmmaking son, John Waters, unleashed this torrid tale about the battle to retain the title “The Filthiest Person Alive” - starring 300 lb. drag queen Divine. This “exercise in poor taste” does not disappoint, with ample doses of foot festishization, scatology, cannibalism and even coprophagia (look it up!). When was the last time you saw something so vile, so repulsive, on the big screen?


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