The Public Eye on VHS video. Movie starring Joe Pesci and Barbara Hershey. With Richard Riehle, Stanley Tucci, Jerry Adler, Jared Harris. Directed by Howard Franklin. 1992.
Murder. Scandal. Crime. No matter what he was hooting, “The Great Bernzini” never took sides, he only took pictures… Except one.
Academy Award winner Joe Pesci is a brash, 1940’s tabloid photographer whose camera leads him into a shadowy underworld of mob violence, unlikely romance and dangerous corruption in this atmospheric mystery-thriller.
New York, 1942. Prowling the crime-ridden, midnight streets of the city, freelance shutterbug Leon “Bernzy” Bernstein (Pesci) captures life’s seamy side in his lens — and dreams of the day his pictures will be recognized as works of art. Then, ravishing nightclub owner Kay Levitz (Barbara Hershey) lures Bernzy into investigating the thugs trying to muscle in on her business. Before he knows it, he falls for the unattainable Kay — and plunges camera first into a treacherous realm of black market scams and mafia gang war. Now, Bernzy’s either going to take the fall or take the one-in-a-million shot that could change his life forever.
The Trial on VHS. Movie starring Anthony Perkins, Orson Welles. With Arnoldo Foa, Jess Hahn, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Elsa Martinelli. Based on the novel by Franz Kafka. Directed by Orson Welles. 1962.
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Gripping adaptation of Kafka’s novel makes for a frightening story of a nameless man accused of a crime without being informed of what it was.
Orson Welles’ inspiring scenes, unique staging and direction makes for fascinating, disturbing entertainment.
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Penn & Teller Get Killed on VHS video. Movie starring Penn Jillette, Teller, Caitlin Clarke, David Patrick Kelly. Directed by Arthur Penn. 1989.
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What more do you want?
The “bad boys of magic” go over the edge in this mind-blowing comedy/mystery about two insanely competitive practical jokers who accidentally set in motion a diabolical time-bomb of a plot.
Penn & Teller, the award-winning stars of Broadway and television, employ the same shock tactics they use on Late Night with David Letterman, The Arsenio Hall Show and Saturday Night Live to create a crazed, role-switching murder mystery set in the dizzying world of Atlantic City casinos.
In a TV interview, thrill-loving Penn mentions his idea of a fun practical joke: “I wish somebody were trying to kill me. Wouldn’t that be great? It would give focus to my life, excitement! I’d be like James Bond.” Twenty-million people hear him. One decides to deliver a punchline he’ll never forget.
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