Picnic on the Grass (1959)

“Thanks to science, what was once a mystery can now be controlled and analyzed.” Synopsis: A politically ambitious scientist (Paul Meurisse) promoting the societal benefits of artificial insemination finds himself falling for a voluptuous country girl (Catherine Rouvel) who wants a baby. Genres: Comedy French Films Jean Renoir Films Scientists Sexuality Review: The central premise […]

Shoot the Moon (1982)

“You always remember the wrong things.” Synopsis: A husband (Albert Finney) and wife (Diane Keaton) with four daughters (Dana Hill, Viveka Davis, Tracey Gold, and Tina Yothers) undergo a bitter separation after fifteen years of marriage. Genres: Alan Parker Films Albert Finney Films Diane Keaton Films Marital Problems Review: Alan Parker’s no-holds-barred portrait of a […]

Tattered Dress, The (1957)

“Get this through your head: it’s not that New York lawyer you have to be afraid of, it’s me.” Synopsis: When a high-powered lawyer (Jeff Chandler) successfully defends a wealthy philanderer (Phillip Reed) against murder, the local sheriff (Jack Carson) takes offense and plots to charge Chandler with bribery of a juror (Gail Russell). Genres: […]

Cocktail Molotov (1980)

“I’ve fought in Algiers. I’ve been a policeman for 20 years. And I can tell you one thing: we’ve gone mad.” Synopsis: A restless teenager (Elise Caron) runs away from her bourgeois Parisian home with her boyfriend (Philippe Lebas) and his buddy (Francois Cluzet), just as the 1968 student uprisings and strikes begin. Genres: Coming […]

One, Two, Three (1961)

“Where I come from, everyone’s against the Yankees.” Synopsis: A Coca-Cola executive (James Cagney) in Cold War Germany panics when he learns that his ward — the teenage daughter (Pamela Tiffin) of his supervisor (Howard St. John) — has married a Communist (Horst Buchholz). Genres: Billy Wilder Films Cold War Comedy Cross-Cultural Romance Jimmy Cagney […]