HAIL, MAFIA!
JE VOUS SALUE, MAFIA!
1965, 90 min, France/Italy, Dir: Raoul Lévy

In the mid-1960s, veteran French producer Raoul Lévy hit the ground running as a director with a trio of star-studded adventures, including this criminally overlooked mob thriller with Henry Silva, Jack Klugman and Eddie Constantine. Silva and Klugman play unlikely NYC hitmen sent to Europe to hunt down international businessman Rudy Hamburg (Constantine), who is suspected to be a mafia informant. Shot by legendary French New Wave cinematographer Raoul Coutard, HAIL, MAFIA is a stunning road movie across the French countryside, as philosophical as it is suspenseful.


LOVE IS MY PROFESSION
EN CAS DE MALHEUR
1958, 105 min, France/Italy, Dir: Claude Autant-Lara

Distinguished lawyer Jean Gabin defends Brigitte Bardot, a prostitute who has committed a robbery. After he gets her acquitted, she becomes his mistress. Alas, Gabin’s efforts to teach Bardot some class run into trouble in the form of her other lover - a handsome young student (Franco Interlenghi) with a murderous temper. With Edwige Feuillère. Based on a novel by Georges Simenon. In French with English subtitles.


THE TRUTH
LA VERITÉ
1960, Sony Repertory, 130 min, France/Italy, Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Brigitte Bardot tops her amazing work with Godard and Vadim in this scorching portrait of amour fou. She stars as Dominique, a hedonistic free spirit on trial for the murder of her lover, musician Sami Frey. Clouzot breaks ground in his fearless look at private insecurities, revealing what supposedly constitutes a “sordid” lifestyle, and why it is so threatening to bourgeois society. Co-written by Clouzot and his wife, Véra (star of DIABOLIQUE). Winner of the 1961 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. In French with English subtitles.


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