The Velvet Vampire (1971)

Director/Coscreenwriter: Stephanie Rothman By Roderick Heath At a time when women directors were still excruciatingly thin on the ground even in Hollywood’s least reputable quarters, Stephanie Rothman forged herself an intriguing place in movie history. Rothman had proven herself a stalwart operative for Roger Corman and his low-budget movie factory at AIP during the 1960s. …

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Forever Amber (1948)

The Days of High Adventure: A Journey through Adventure Film Director: Otto Preminger By Roderick Heath Cinematic adventuring tends to be a macho occupation filled with derring-do for the hell of it, but Forever Amber depicts a different kind of adventure and adventurer at its heart. Amber St. Claire, eponymous heroine of Otto Preminger’s rollicking, …

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Lady Snowblood (1973)

Shurayukihime Director: Toshiya Fujita By Roderick Heath The late ’60s and early ’70s were something of a golden age in Japanese commercial cinema, with rugged genre reinventions displaying a great confidence in a modernising milieu and industry. In particular, a number of electrifying, blood-lusting, visually chic jidai geki works like the Lone Wolf and Cub …

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