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Showing posts with label 1966. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1966. Show all posts

Monday, August 21, 2017

Naked Evil (1966)


"Smash the bottle and you unleash the devil!" What looks like an innocent piece of pottery filled with dust and feathers holds the key to terror in NAKED EVIL, an eerie horror gem that historically proceeded the Black horror trend of the 1970s and explored the terrifying themes of possession and exorcism years before THE EXORCIST. Two street gangs are tearing each apart an English town, and now one of them is turning to Jamaican black magic in the form o an "obi" - a bottle containing a ruthless demon which kills it recipient when opened. Violent deaths and graveyard desecrations lead the police to a local youth hostel, where Father Goodman and headmaster Mr. Benson - both experts in voodoo traditions - are the only chance of stopping this nameless, faceless evil!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Man Called Adam (1966)

A star-studded cast invigorates this film of a jazz trumpeter (Sammy Davis Jr.) who experiences both the prejudices of the music industry and terrible guilt following the traffic accident that killed his family, a tragedy he feels personally responsible for. Co-stars include several giants of jazz and popular music: Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ossie Davis, and Mel Tormé, as well as Peter Lawford and Cicely Tyson. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Black Girl (1966)

"Black Girl [Original title: La noire de...]" (1966) is a French-Senegalese arthouse drama film written and directed by pioneering African filmmaker Ousmane Sembène. The movie is a simple but stark reality of a Senegalese woman who left home with a white couple with promises of work in France but instead lives as a housemaid in isolation. The film's star is Mbissine Thérèse Diop, who appeared in her first film. Arthouse films rely heavily on symbolism that can go past casual movie watchers' attention. There isn't any action or intense dialogue, but more so the narrative of a woman suffering within herself and by her employer's bigoted behaviors.

Director: Ousmane Sembène
Writer: Ousmane Sembène

Starring Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine, Momar Nar Sene, Ibrahima Boy

A young Senegalese woman moves to France to work for a wealthy white couple but soon finds out that life in the tiny apartment is a prison, mentally and physically.