Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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BR: Beat the Devil (1953)

BR: Beat the Devil (1953)

July 5, 2019 | By

One of the oddest films ever made, Beat the Devil is many things: a dry comedy, a slick celluloid pastry with a hollow centre, a cheat, and an interminably dull production which…

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DVD: Between the Lines (1977)

DVD: Between the Lines (1977)

July 5, 2019 | By

Joan Micklin Silver’s chance meeting with ex-Boston Phoenix writer Fred Barron at a film expo resulted in ‘a coming of age’ dramady about people who’ve ‘come of age’…

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Edward Dmytryk’s Warlock (1958) + Bluebeard (1972)

Edward Dmytryk’s Warlock (1958) + Bluebeard (1972)

June 21, 2019 | By

Two genre gems by Edward Dmytryk – the message-heavy western WARLOCK (1958) on Twilight Time Blu + the eurosleaze classic BLUEBEARD (1972) on DVD.

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BR: Warlock (1959)

BR: Warlock (1959)

June 21, 2019 | By

The film, itself based on a praised 1958 novel by Oakley Hall, could be summarized as High Noon (1952) with double the characters and tripled conflicts…

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DVD: Bluebeard (1972)

DVD: Bluebeard (1972)

June 21, 2019 | By

It’s unsure whether director / co-writer Edward Dmytryk was aware of any thin connections to the violent & fetishistic giallo genre, whereas the film’s other co-writers, Maria Pia Fusco and Ennio De Concini…

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Melo-Noir: Black Widow (1954) + Slightly Scarlet (1956)

Melo-Noir: Black Widow (1954) + Slightly Scarlet (1956)

June 16, 2019 | By

A pair of noir-melodramas boasting striking mid-century style: Nunnally Johnson’s BLACK WIDOW (1954) on Twilight Time Blu + Allan Dwan’s delicious SLIGHTLY SCARLET (1956) on VCI DVD.

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BR: Black Widow (1954)

BR: Black Widow (1954)

June 16, 2019 | By

Nunnally Johnson’s adaptation of Patrick Quentin’s novel Fatal Woman is almost as slick as this stellar big screen production…

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DVD: Slightly Scarlet (1956)

DVD: Slightly Scarlet (1956)

June 16, 2019 | By

Slightly Scarlet is a strange amalgam that shouldn’t work so well, being part noir, melodrama, and crime film, and yet everything hums…

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Women in Prison, Part IV: Le evase (1978)

Women in Prison, Part IV: Le evase (1978)

June 10, 2019 | By

Review of Giovanni Brusadori’s infamous WIP drama ESCAPE FROM WOMEN’S PRISON / LA EVASE (1978), new on Blu via Severin Films / Unobstructed View.

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BR: Escape from Women’s Prison / Le evase – Storie di sesso e di violenze / Violez les otages (1978)

BR: Escape from Women’s Prison / Le evase – Storie di sesso e di violenze / Violez les otages (1978)

June 10, 2019 | By

Reportedly one of the most infamous women in prison (WIP) films, Giovanni Brusadori’s lone feature film is far removed from the U.S. poster art…

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