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  • The Outlaw and His Wife

    The Outlaw and His Wife

    ★★★★

    In Iceland, Victor Sjostrom, an escaped convict, is employed by Edith Erastoff on her farm. They fall in love, and when the sheriff comes after Sjostrom, they escape into the wilds. With their daughter, they live happily in a small cave. John Ekman, who helped in their escape, has been outlawed and comes to live with them. After two years, Ekman develops a desire for Erastoff. He menaces her but restrains himself. Knowing that continued restraint is impossible, he starts…

  • The Light Touch

    The Light Touch

    ★★★

    Stewart Granger stars as a thief who specializes in paintings. Granger’s confederates are sophisticated George Sanders and Sander’s assistants intelligent Norman Lloyd and dumb strong-arm Mike Mazurki. Granger plans to double-cross Sanders and collect all the proceeds from the sale of his latest theft, a Renaissance painting of Christ. He has an anxious buyer, Kurt Krasner, lined up. He uses young, pretty and trusting Pier Angeli as part of his plot. Granger’s plotting falls apart after he marries Angeli, and…

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  • The Curse of the Cat People

    The Curse of the Cat People

    ★★★★½

    This is a badly titled, but excellent, film, produced by Val Lewton, who was for a time the breadwinner for RKO Studios. Made after the unexpected smash hit, Cat People, this film is a sequel of sorts. The story focuses on Amy, the daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed, who married after the death of his first wife (the cat person of the title), Irena, and her strange friendships with one real and one imaginary (or is she a ghost?)…

  • The General

    The General

    ★★★★★

    Buster Keaton's masterpiece.