Taxi Zum Klo (1981)

“I’m your normal, tired, neurotic, polymorphously perverse teacher.” Synopsis: A sexually adventurous gay schoolteacher (Frank Ripploh) resists monogamy with his new partner (Bernd Broaderup). Genres: Character Studies German Films Homosexuality Sexuality Teachers Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, this humorous cult film by German writer/director Frank Ripploh (who essentially plays himself) is a “self-indulgent”, […]

“10” (1979)

“She was the most beautiful girl I have ever seen.” Synopsis: A middle-aged composer (Dudley Moore) in a steady relationship with a singer (Julie Andrews) becomes obsessed with a beautiful young woman (Bo Derek) he spots through a car window. Genres: Blake Edwards Films Composers Dudley Moore Films Julie Andrews Films Midlife Crisis Obsessive Love […]

Gulliver’s Travels (1939)

“There’s a giant on the beach!” Synopsis: When a sailor named Gulliver washes ashore on the island of Lilliput, he finds himself in the midst of a rivalry between the King of Lilliput and the King of Blefiscu. Genres: Animated Features Giants Literature Adaptation Musicals Rivalry Royalty and Nobility Review: Gulliver’s Travels holds historical distinction […]

Hurricane, The (1937)

“No jail can hold Terangi very long — if it has a window in it, he’ll fly away! If it has water around it, he’ll swim away!” Synopsis: A South Pacific native (Jon Hall) working as a sailor on a tall ship is unjustly jailed for hitting a white man; when he tries to escape, […]

Naked Prey, The (1966)

“Man — lacking the will to understand other men — became like the beasts, and their way of life was his.” Synopsis: A safari leader (Cornel Wilde) in 1800s Africa is captured by a tribe, set loose with no clothing or weapons, and hunted by a group of warriors. Genres: Africa Cornel Wilde Films Escape […]

Eyes Without a Face / Yeux Sans Visage, Les (1960)

“My face frightens me; my mask frightens me even more.” Synopsis: A renowned surgeon (Pierre Brasseur) hoping to graft a new face onto his injured daughter Christiane (Edith Scob) enlists the help of his loyal assistant (Alida Valli) in kidnapping unsuspecting young women with similar features. Genres: Disfigured Faces Father and Child French Films Georges […]

Breaking Glass (1980)

”I don’t like the way life is for the majority of us — I don’t say I can change it, but I can sing about it.” Synopsis: An anti-establishment punk singer (Hazel O’Connor) rises to fame and sells out. Genres: Aspiring Stars Musicals Musicians Punk Rock Response to Peary’s Review: Breaking Glass tells the familiar […]

On the Waterfront (1954)

“I’ve been on the docks all my life, boy, and there’s one thing I’ve learned — you don’t ask no questions, you don’t answer no questions.” Synopsis: A longshoreman (Marlon Brando) stands up to his corrupt union boss (Lee J. Cobb), against the advice of his brother (Rod Steiger). Genres: Character Arc Corruption Elia Kazan […]

Just Imagine (1930)

“If you make this trip successfully, you’ll be the most distinguished person in the world!” Synopsis: In 1980, a young man named J-21 (John Garrick) is unable to marry his girlfriend, LN-18 (Maureen O’Sullivan), because another man (Kenneth Thomson) has been voted a better candidate. In order to distinguish himself as worthy of LN-18’s hand, […]

Stripper, The (1963)

“When I was a kid, did you used to kiss me goodnight?” Synopsis: After her abusive boyfriend (Robert Webber) leaves her stranded in a small town without money, stage-show actress Lila Green (Joanne Woodward) stays with some acquaintances: a woman (Claire Trevor) she used to babysit for, and the woman’s grown son (Richard Beymer), who […]