Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on 8 mystery films.
Secrets, lies, clues and questionable motives: follow these films as they insist on (or resist) throwing light on the dark corners of human nature.
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When a real estate agent is framed for the murders of his wife and her lover, it is up to his faithful secretary to solve the mystery.
Lars von Trier’s stunning debut film is the story of Fisher, an exiled ex-cop who returns to his old beat to catch a serial killer with a taste for young girls. Influenced equally by Alfred Hitchcock and science fiction, von Trier boldly reinvents expressionist style for his own cinematic vision of a post-apocalyptic world. Shot in shades of sepia, with occasional, startling flashes of bright blue, THE ELEMENT OF CRIME combines dark mystery and operatic sweep to yield a pure celluloid nightmare.
In this deadly game of cat and mouse Roland Wolf is writing a book on the life of game show host Christian Legagneur… or is he? He spends a weekend doing research in which he meets Legagneur’s oddball friends and his juvenile charge who suffers from a mysterious ailment.
A Scotland Yard man investigates a psychiatrist’s diabolical revenge against his adulterous wife’s lover.
A young man embarks on an obsessive search for the girlfriend who mysteriously disappeared while the couple were taking a sunny vacation trip. His three-year investigation draws the attention of her abductor, a mild-mannered professor with a clinically diabolical mind. An unorthodox love story and a truly unsettling thriller, Dutch filmmaker George Sluizer’s THE VANISHING unfolds with meticulous intensity, leading to an unforgettable finale that has unnerved audiences around the world.
An extraordinary performance by Dirk Bogarde grounds this intense, sobering indictment of early-sixties social intolerance and sexual puritanism. Bogarde plays Melville Farr, a married barrister who is one of a large group of closeted London men who become targets of a blackmailer. Basil Dearden’s unmistakably political taboo buster was one of the first films to address homophobia head-on, a cry of protest against British laws forbidding homosexuality.
When a real estate agent is framed for the murders of his wife and her lover, it is up to his faithful secretary (Fanny Ardant) to solve the mystery.
After a woman’s new husband disappears on a business trip, she discovers a pair of mysterious postcards hidden away in a book that may be clues to his fate.