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THE VIOLENT ROAD (1958)

the_violent_rd_200.jpgBrian Keith toplines this tense tale of drama and adventure with wildcat teamsters taking a spin to eke out some wages of fear. Propelled by one of the most startling starts to ever begin a cinema suspenser, Violent Road sees a sextet of desperate men transporting deadly and explosive chemical ingredients for rocket fuel over abandoned road and mountain passes in a race for fortune over fatality. The ragtag team includes The Trucker (Keith), The Scientist (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.), The Kid, The Mechanic, The Vet, and The Gambler. Join them on their soul-searing journey across a twisted path of noir and noise! 16x9 Widescreen

 

 
Arsene Lupin Double Feature

barrymore_lobby_card_270.jpgI'm always interested to see how movies focused upon thieves, con artists, and the like manage to coerce morally-upright audiences to their side. The Sting did it by having the swindlers in its cast taking down a heartless mobster. The Godfather did it by creating a grand tragedy from Michael Corleone's descent into crime out of duty to his family. What's not so easy to play off of is the escapism angle, that little voice inside reminding us of all the bad stuff we'd be doing if we could get away with it. The "heroes" of these tales can be too impossibly smug to relate to, but not so in the case of Arsene Lupin. Created by French author Maurice Leblanc, the suave gentleman thief has ruled over the fantasies of readers for well over a hundred years. A number of media adaptations were inspired by Lupin's success, and while the character never caught on stateside, that didn't stop Old Hollywood from bringing him to the silver screen in two Arsene Lupin titles that the Warner Archive Collection has recently released in one handy double feature.

 

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