LA RONDE France 1950 DIR Max Ophüls 97 min Soldiers, chambermaids, poets, prostitutes, aristocrats—all are on equal footing in Max Ophüls’s multicharacter merry-go-round of love and infidelity. This epically mounted drama revolves around a group of intertwining people from varying social classes. Directed by the great Max Ophüls, La Ronde is another entry into Ophüls powerful cinematic vision of the world as a circus.
'Adieu Philippine' France 1962 Michel plans one last fling before being sent to Algeria on military service. Only slowly does he realise that the girls he takes with him on holiday love him for who he is, not for what he pretends to be. Directed by one of the lesser known members of the French New Wave, Jacques Rozier, Adieu Philippine was one of the first films to confront the French-Algerian conflict. Free from all of the restraints that held back other films at the
Roger Corman & Jack Hill's THE WASP WOMAN (1959). B-Movie king Roger Corman is a master of transforming the lowest budget and the pulpiest of material into the most vivid popular entertainment. He is a poet of ingenuity, making the most with the least—and The Wasp Woman is a fine example of turning “cheap cinema” into something rich.
In another release from the Anchor Bay Wim Wenders collection, the director’s love of the films of Yasujiro Ozu takes him to Tokyo to make a documentary that tries to uncover the relevancy of Ozu in modern-day Japan.