• Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker

    Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker

    D: Martin Kitrosser. Jane Higginson, William Thone, Tracy Fraim, Mickey Rooney, Brian Bremer, Neith Hunter, Clint Howard. Toys are out to kill a little boy at Christmastime, but who’s respon- sible? Drunken toymaker Petto (Rooney) or his odd son Pino? (The names are clumsy clues.) Overplotted but OK horror thriller with a lot of sex. No plot connection to earlier films in series. [R]

  • Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

    Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

    D: Lee Harry. Eric Free- man, James L. Newman, Elizabeth Kaitan. Embarrassing (and unnecessary) follow-up to the Santa Claus-killer film has hero’s younger brother continuing the psychotic carnage. About half the footage here is lifted from the original film (including a memorable scene featuring Linnea Quigley); new scenes are perfunctory. [R]

  • Il successo

    Il successo

    D: Dino Risi. Vittorio Gassman, Catherine Spaak, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Luciana Angi- olillo. Gassman has proper joie de vivre for playing middle-aged playboy who introduces student Trintignant to life of frolic with tragic results; well played and haunting.

  • Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival

    Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival

    D: Murray Ler- ner. The Who, The Doors, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Tiny Tim, The Moody Blues, Kris Kristofferson, Miles Davis, Dono- van. Top-notch documentary chronicling the on- and offstage activities at Great Britain’s version of Woodstock/Altamont: the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, a musical smorgasbord that was as ineptly organized as it was musically significant. Priceless footage of rock acts, in- cluding Hendrix and The Doors’ Jim Mor- rison just before their deaths. Because of financing problems, it took Lerner a quarter- century to complete this.

  • Masculin Féminin

    Masculin Féminin

    D: Jean-Luc Godard. Jean-Pierre Léaud, Chantal Goya, Marlene Jobert, Michel Debord, Catherine-Isabelle Duport, Eva-Britt Strandberg, Brigitte Bardot. Engaging, original concoction mixes politics, sex, comedy, nostalgia with standard boy-meets-girl theme. Interviewer/journalist Léaud has affair with would-be rock star singer Goya; they’re Godard’s “children of Marx and Coca-Cola.” Adapted, oddly enough, from a Guy de Maupassant story!

  • Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember

    Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember

    D: Anna Maria Tató. Film lovers in general and fans of the late actor in particular should savor this full- bodied documentary portrait, made by Mastroianni’s longtime companion, who filmed him not long before his death in 1996. Mastroianni reminisces, jokes, reflects on his career and the directors with whom he worked—and, most tellingly, exudes a love of and passion for life. Originally 199m.; made for Italian television.

  • The Stranger Returns

    The Stranger Returns

    D: Vance Lewis (Luigi Vanza). Tony Anthony, Frank Wolff, Yolanda Modio, Gia Sandri. Poor imitation of Sergio Leone Western finds Anthony blood-bathing a murderous bandit into submission. Sequel: THE STRANGER RETURNS. [R]

  • Lo zio indegno

    Lo zio indegno

    D: Franco Brusati. Vittorio Gassman, Giancarlo Giannini, Andrea Ferreol, Stefania Sandrelli, Beatrice Palme. Playfully lecherous uncle (Gassman) is forced to seek temporary asylum with his rich, repressed nephew (Giannini). Predictably, uncle Gassman’s outrageous antics—which range from seducing Giannini’s mistress and passing out his blood-test certificates to all the ladies (“for your security”) —result in setting Giannini’s placid life on its ear. A little too laid back to achieve the farcical comedy attempted here.

  • Lady on the Bus

    Lady on the Bus

    D: Neville D’Almedia. Sonia Braga, Nuno Leal Maia, Paulo Cesar Pereio, Jorge Doria, Yara Amaral, Claudio Marzo. Braga, the least likely of all actresses to project frigidity, is unresponsive on her wedding night—but wait! Soon she begins sampling other men, and sampling, and sampling. . . . Follow-up to DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS has even more sex but far less wit and charm. A dull ride. [R]

  • A Judgment in Stone

    A Judgment in Stone

    D: Ousama Rawi. Rita Tushingham, Ross Petty, Tom Kneebone, Shelley Peterson, Jessica Stern, Jonathan Crombie, Jackie Burroughs. Tushingham is well cast in this otherwise tiresome, drawn-out chiller as a repressed, illiterate, and psychotic spinster who takes a job as a housemaid with tragic results. Aka THE HOUSEKEEPER. Remade in France as LA CÉRÉMONIE. [R]

  • J.W. Coop

    J.W. Coop

    D: Cliff Robertson. Cliff Robertson, Geraldine Page, Cristina Ferrare, R. G. Armstrong, John Crawford. Vivid character study of none-too-bright drifter who sets his sights on becoming No. 1 rodeo star. Tour de force: director/cowriter/star Robertson scores in all departments. [PG]

  • Il y a longtemps que je t'aime

    Il y a longtemps que je t'aime

    D: Jean-Charles Tacchella. Jean Carmet, Marie Dubois, Alain Doutey, Rachel Jenevein, Jose Laccioni. Middle-aged couple (Carmet, Dubois) decide to separate after a quarter century of marriage. Spirited and attractively played, but still forgettable; a disappointment from the director of COUSIN, COUSINE.