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Claudette Colbert doesn't have a dime, but before you know it she's borrowed the last name of an amorous taxi driver she's met, and all Paris thinks she's a Hungarian princess with glamour to spare. The talented team of Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett wrote this slender but amusing romp, which is based ever so loosely on the Cinderella story. Mitchell Leisen, known for his careful work with female stars, directed it. The stellar supporting cast includes everyone from Don Ameche and John Barrymore to Mary Astor and Monty Woolley. (Not rated; MCA Universal Home Video)

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Tyrone Power plays a stalwart member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, dealing with a hostage crisis to avoid war between Indians and white settlers. Although the story is corny and most of the characters are stereotypes down to their bones, Power has an old-fashioned charm that's fun to watch, and director Joseph M. Newman keeps the action quick and colorful. Thomas Gomez gives the most memorable supporting performance as the hero's slovenly but likable Indian sidekick. Also in the saddle are Cameron Mitchell and Penny Edwards. First released in 1952. (Not rated; Fox Video)


Shohei Imamura is regarded as one of Japan's most original directors on the strength of such films as ''Black Rain'' and ''The Ballad of Narayama,'' among many others. He makes one of his most forceful statements about contemporary decadence in this ambitious 1979 melodrama dealing with the life and times of a serial killer. Some of the action is awfully savage, but Imamura's intentions are anchored in a serious desire to show how social forces ranging from family jealousy to religious rivalries contribute to a lack of moral order that results in tragedies like those at the core of this story. Shinsaku Himeda did the vivid cinematography, and Ken Ogata plays the evil protagonist in a much-praised performance. (Not rated; Home Vision Cinema)

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