The inhabitants of a Spanish village gather for the visit of a death defying tightrope walker. He comes with his own attractive aura of danger and drama, and the crowd are not disappointed. Animated in a sketchy style on paper, this film powerfully uses the graphic freedom of this technique to select and embellish, to swoop and wander around the village. Austere sound effects and an Albeniz guitar piece are used to heighten this charmingly modest drama in which ordinary things – a hammer driving a nail, a flock of birds wheeling in the sky – are given their due.
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Charlie is a black New York lawyer who is falsely accused of a crime in a Texas town. Escaping from his tormentors, Charlie takes refuge in a farmhouse. Here he meets unmarried, pregnant Marlene Chambers. Hostile towards each other at first, Charlie and Marlene become friends.
An intriguing composite of what looks like animation and pageant-like live action is The Divine Miracle, which treads a delicate line between reverence and spoof as it briefly portrays the agony, death and ascension of Christ in the vividly coloured and heavily outlined style of Catholic devotional postcards, while tiny angels (consisting only of heads and wings) circle like slow mosquitoes about the central figure.
Trip tells the story of a young boy from the province who eagerly rides a jeepney to Manila yet ends up disillusioned of what city life is really all about just by meeting all the passengers.
A croupier is murdered in a Mexico City gambling casino and the Lone Wolf is suspected. Sharon Montgomery, wife of diamond merchant Charles Montgomery, becomes involved in a jewel heist, in which again the Lone Wolf is a suspect.
Tom Masterick, a dock worker, is wrongfully convicted of a murder charge. His death sentence is commuted to a long prison term. When released as an old man, he vows to find the real killer.
Streetwise, tough cop “Nails” Niles and his partner are lured into a deathtrap from which only Niles survives. Obsessed with finding his partner’s murderer, Niles burrows deep into the underground of the L. A. crime scene to find the guilty parties at any cost.
Ira Davidoff is a successful television writer who pens a tale in which one of the characters commits arson. A young and impressionable boy watches this TV drama–and shortly afterward dies in a fire of his own making. The boy’s attorney, in concert with several politicians and “clean TV” advocates, holds Davidoff’s script responsible for the tragedy.