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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★½

    Some striking effects and a sense of mystery help the film maintain interest, but it doesn't add up to a whole lot.

  • The Midwife

    The Midwife

    ★★★

    The strong performances by 2 top French Catherines, Frot and Deneuve, as characters with radically different personalities, elevates this film with a predictable plotline.

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  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★★★

    Outstanding and powerful film based on actual events. A young French doctor visits a Polish convent after WW2 where she discovers that several nuns had been raped by Russians and are pregnant.

    Director Anne Fontaine masterfully combines tension, shame and faith in the film. The screenplay develops a wide range of characters portrayed by an exceptional cast.

  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    ★★★★★

    One of my favorite American films. this intense, emotionally powerful masterpiece depicts the desperation driving a Depression-era dance marathon.

    The film is full of memorable portraits - Jane Fonda's bitter desperation contrasting with Michael Sarrazin's sensitivity as her dance partner, Susannah York's increasingly frazzled would-be-actress, Red Button's aging sailor, and Oscar-winning Gig Young as the manipulative master of ceremonies.

    Sydney Pollack's superb directions gives a vivid sense of the harsh conditions of the marathon. The sprints where contestants race and 3 couples are eliminated are particularly harrowing.