|The Golem 1920 N/R, 80 min.|
Genre: Fantasy / Horror
Director: Carl Boese, Paul Wegener
Cast: Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrueck, Lyda Salmonova, Hans Sturm, Ernst Deutsch, Fritz Feld, Max Kronert, Otto Gebuhr, Dore Paetzold, Lothar Muthel
Set in the 16th century, this is the story of an animated clay giant–a Golem–used to protect Jews. When the Golem goes berserk, terror strikes at the villagers' hearts.
|Isle of the Dead 1945 N/R, 72 min.|
Genre: Drama / Horror / Thriller / Mystery
Director: Mark Robson
Cast: Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew, Marc Cramer, Katherine Emery, Jason Robards Sr., Helen Thimig, Alan Napier, Skelton Knaggs, Ernst Deutsch, Sherry Hall, Erick Hanson
Nikolas Pherides (Boris Karloff) is a Greek general who, after a battle during the Balkan War of 1912, goes with American journalist Oliver Davis (Marc Cramer) to a nearby island to find Pherides' deceased wife's grave. They receive help from Swiss archaeologist Albrecht (Jason Robards Sr.) who provides them with a roof over their heads and advice. When they reach the grave, they discover that the remains are no longer there. Pherides decides to track down the grave robbers and, in the process, hears stories from superstitious Kyra (Helen Thimig) about a vampire Thea (Ellen Drew). Meanwhile, the island's inhabitants are dying. Are they victims of a plague caused by corpses on a nearby battlefield, or are the deaths being caused by Kyra? The closing scene of Mrs. St. Auburn (Katherine Emery) being buried alive brings a chilling climax to this horror story.
|So Ends Our Night 1941 N/R, 120 min.|
Director: John Cromwell
Cast: Fredric March, Frances Dee, Margaret Sullavan, Glenn Ford, Erich von Stroheim, Anna Sten, Joseph Cawthorn, Leonid Kinskey, Alexander Granach, Sig Ruman, Allan Brett, Roman Bohnen, William Stack, Lionel Royce, Ernst Deutsch
In this World War II story, political refugees Josef Steiner (Fredric March), Ruth Holland (Margaret Sullavan), and Ludwig Kern (Glen Ford) traverse Europe trying to stay one step ahead of the Nazis. As they move from one country to another, Ruth and Ludwig fall in love, and Josef risks his life going to visit his dying wife, Marie (Frances Dee).
|The Third Man 1949 N/R, 93 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Director: Carol Reed
Cast: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard, Orson Welles, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Bernard Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Paul Horbiger, Eric Pohlmann, Ernst Deutsch, Erich Ponto, Siegfried Breuer, Hedwig Bleibtreu, Carol Reed, Karel Stepanek
This is a great thriller. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) is a writer who discovers that his friend Harry Lyme (Orson Welles), who he thought was dead, is indeed alive and in charge of a European Black Market organization. When Holly becomes involved in uncovering Harry's criminal activity, he also must deal with the multinational police. An Oscar was presented for Best Cinematography, and Carol Reed was nominated for Best Director.
|Trial 1948 N/R, 74 min.|
Genre: Foreign / Drama
Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Cast: Ewald Balser, Ernst Deutsch, Josef Meinrad, Heinz Moog, Ivan Petrovich, Gustav Diessl, Marianne Schonauer, Rega Hafenbrodl, Albert Truby, Aglaja Schmid
Amidst anti-Semitism in Hungary during the 19th century, this film is the story of Jews who were represented by a famous lawyer in a murder case in which the "victim" was actually a suicide victim.
|1. The Golem (1920)|
2. Isle of the Dead (1945)
3. So Ends Our Night (1941)
4. The Third Man (1949)
5. Trial (1948)
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