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1.

Anatomy of a Murder

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A small-town Michigan lawyer takes on a difficult case: that of a young Army lieutenant accused of murdering the local tavern owner who he believes raped his wife. A gripping, envelope-pushing courtroom drama, Anatomy of a murder was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex. More than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words. With its outstanding supporting cast and influential jazz score by Duke Ellington, it is an American movie landmark.
DVD
2012; 1959
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Canoa

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"One of Mexico's most highly regarded works of political cinema, Canoa: A Shameful Memory reimagines a real-life incident that had occurred just eight years before its release, when a group of urban university employees on a hiking trip were viciously attacked by residents of the village of San Miguel Canoa who had been manipulated by a corrupt priest into believing the travelers were communist revolutionaries. Director Felipe Cazals adopts a gritty documentary style to narrate the events in Canoa while referencing the climate of political repression that would lead to the massacre of student protesters in Mexico City thereafter. The resulting film is a daring commentary on ideological manipulation, religious fanaticism and mass violence, as well as a visceral expression of horror"-- [...]
DVD
2017; 1976
Clemons (Stacks)
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Kōshikei

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A Korean man is sentenced to death in Japan but survives his execution, sending the authorities into a panic about what to do next. At once disturbing and oddly amusing, Oshima's constantly surprising film is a subversive and surreal indictment of both capital punishment and the treatment of Korean immigrants in his country.
DVD
2016
Clemons (Stacks)
4.

Foreign Correspondent

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A full-throttle espionage thriller, starring Joel McCrea as a green Yank reporter sent to Europe to get the scoop on the imminent war. It's wall-to-wall witty repartee, head-spinning plot twists, and brilliantly mounted suspense set pieces, including an ocean plane crash climax with astonishing special effects.
DVD
2014; 1940
Clemons (Stacks)
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Homicide

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An inner-city detective is investigating the murder of an elderly candy shop owner and finds odd clues along the way, while at the same time trying to find out who he has become.
DVD
2009; 1991
Clemons (Stacks)
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El Espíritu de la Colmena

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Shortly after the Spanish civil war, a six-year-old girl attends a traveling movie show of Frankenstein and becomes haunted by her memory of it.
DVD
2006; 1973
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ernest Hemingway's the Killers

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Melodramatic thriller based on the Hemingway story about two hit men who become curious about the life and death of the man they were hired to kill.
DVD
2003; 1946
Clemons (Stacks)
8.

Die 3groschenoper: The 3 Penny Opera

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"Set in the impoverished back alleys of Victorian London, The threepenny opera follows underworld antihero Mackie Messer (a.k.a. Mack the Knife) as he tries to woo Polly Peachum and elude the authorities. With a palpable evocation of corruption and dread, set to Weill's irresistible score, The threepenny opera remains a benchmark of early sound cinema." -- Container.
DVD
2007; 1931
Clemons (Stacks)
9.

Blow Out

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Jack is a movie sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination. He enlists the help of Sally, a possible eyewitness to the crime who may be in danger herself, to uncover the truth. With its jolting stylistic flourishes, intricate plot, profoundly felt characterizations, and gritty evocation of early-1980s Philadelphia, this is an American paranoia thriller unlike any other, as well as a devilish reflection on the act of movie making.
DVD
2011
Clemons (Stacks)
10.

Night Train to Munich

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Takes viewers on a World War II era journey from Prague to England to the Swiss Alps, as Nazis pursue a Czech scientist and his daughter who are being aided by a debonair British undercover agent.
DVD
2010; 1940
Clemons (Stacks)
11.

Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly

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"In an atomic adaptation of Mickey Spillane's novel, directed by Robert Aldrich, the good manners of the 1950s are blown to smithereens. Snarling private detective Mike Hammer's decision one dark, lonely night to pick up a hitchhiking woman sends him down some terrifying byways. Brazen and bleak, it's a film noir masterpiece and an essential piece of cold war paranoia. Featuring as nervy an ending as has ever been seen in American cinema."--Container.
DVD
2011
Clemons (Stacks)
12.

Kawaita Hana

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In this cool, seductive jewel of the Japanese New Wave, a yakuza, fresh out of prison, becomes entangled with a beautiful yet enigmatic gambling addict. What at first seems a redemptive relationship ends up leading him further down the criminal path.
DVD
2011; 1964
Clemons (Stacks)
13.

Something Wild

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A straitlaced businessman meets a quirky, free-spirited woman at a downtown New York greasy spoon. Her offer of a ride back to his office results in a lunchtime motel rendezvous, just the beginning of a capricious interstate road trip that brings the two face-to-face with their hidden selves. Featuring a killer soundtrack and electric performances from Jeff Daniels.
DVD
2011
Clemons (Stacks)
14.

Les Yeux Sans Visage: Eyes Without a Face

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A plastic surgeon, holed up in a Paris mansion, is obsessively slicing off the faces of kidnapped women and grafting the flayed skin onto the rotting countenance of his beloved young daughter, disfigured in an automobile accident.
DVD
2004; 1959
Clemons (Stacks)
15.

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

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Based on a true story of author Laurens van der Post's experiences as a WWII prisoner of war.
DVDBlu-Ray
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
16.
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A Greek pacifist leader is murdered at a rally. Despite the official police report of accidental death, a journalist's persistent questioning leads to a full-scale investigation, revealing corruption in high places.
DVD
2009; 1969
Clemons (Stacks)
17.

Breathless: A Bout de Souffle

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A small-time hood kills a police officer and tries to leave France, but his American girlfriend betrays him to the police, leading to a deadly conclusion.
DVD
2007; 1960
Clemons (Stacks)
18.

Made in U.S.A.

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Paula, a leftist writer, goes from Paris to the French town of Atlantic-Cité when she learns of the death of a former colleague and lover, Richard P.
DVD
2009; 1966
Clemons (Stacks)
19.

Dillinger Is Dead: Dillinger È Morto

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A famous gas mask designer, trying to deal with his pill-addicted wife and the maid he is having an affair with, finds a gun that might have belonged to the famous John Dillinger.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
20.

L'empire de la Passion: Empire of Passion

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1895, a small Japanese village. Part-time barmaid Seki is married to Gisaburo, a hardworking rickshaw man. Toyoji is a younger man at loose ends since leaving the army. Toyoji seduces Seki, and they embark on a desultory affair. Later, an impetuous action of Toyoji's prompts the lovers to murder Gisaburo. Three years later, Gisaburo's ghost appears, a sad and confused lost soul whose vague desperation drives his murderers to anguished guilt. This film was director Oshima's venture into the kaidan (Japanese ghost story), and was highly acclaimed on its release in 1978.
DVD
2009; 1978
Clemons (Stacks)