True Crime

True Crime

12 Episodes

While most genres wax and wane in popularity over time, one thing remains constant: our unending fascination with true crime stories. Real-life murderers, mobsters, and swindlers have provided models for popular horror, disquieting psychological realism, and avant-garde experiments alike. Inspired by some of the most infamous cases of all time—including the Papin sisters (LES ABYSSES, LA CÉRÉMONIE), John Dillinger (DILLINGER), Jack the Ripper (FROM HELL), and the Zodiac Killer (ZODIAC)—these ripped-from-the-headlines tales of notorious killers and outlaws prove that truth is often stranger, and more shocking, than fiction.

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    Episode 1

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    Episode 1

    Directed by Fritz Lang • 1931 • Germany

    A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. "Who Is the Murderer?" pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann... In his harrowing masterwork M, ...

  • Try and Get Me!

    Episode 2

    Directed by Cy Endfield • 1950 • United States
    Starring Frank Lovejoy, Kathleen Ryan, Richard Carlson

    Inspired by the highly publicized 1933 murder of department store heir Brooke Hart (also the basis for Fritz Lang’s FURY), this noir from blacklisted director Cy Endfield follows desperate, unem...

  • Salvatore Giuliano

    Episode 3

    Directed by Francesco Rosi • 1962 • Italy

    July 5, 1950--Sicilian bandit Salvatore Giuliano's bullet-riddled corpse is found facedown in a courtyard in Castelvetrano, a handgun and rifle by his side. Local and international press descend upon the scene, hoping to crack open the true story behind ...

  • Les abysses

    Episode 4

    Directed by Nico Papatakis • 1963 • France
    Starring Francine Bergé, Colette Bergé, Pascale de Boysson

    Inspired by the notorious case of Christine and Léa Papin—French sisters working as maids who murdered their employer’s wife and daughter in 1933—Nico Papatakis’s debut feature was a succès de s...

  • In Cold Blood

    Episode 5

    Directed by Richard Brooks • 1967 • United States
    Starring Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe

    Truman Capote’s best seller, a breakthrough narrative account of real-life crime and punishment, became an equally chilling film in the hands of writer-director Richard Brooks. Cast for their uns...

  • The Honeymoon Killers

    Episode 6

    Directed by Leonard Kastle • 1969 • United States

    Martha Beck (Shirley Stoler) is sullen, overweight, and lonely. Desperate for affection, she joins Aunt Carrie's Friendship Club and strikes up a correspondence with Ray Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco), a charismatic smooth talker who could be the man...

  • In the Realm of the Senses

    Episode 7

    Directed by Nagisa Oshima • 1976 • Japan
    Starring Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda

    IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES (AI NO CORRIDA), by the always provocative Japanese director Nagisa Oshima, remains one of the most controversial films of all time. Based on a true incident, it graphically depicts the all-co...

  • Vengeance Is Mine

    Episode 8

    Directed by Shohei Imamura • 1979 • Japan
    Starring Ken Ogata, Mayumi Ogawa, Mitsuko Baisho

    A thief, a murderer, and a charming lady-killer, Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) is on the run from the police. Director Shohei Imamura turns this fact-based story—about the seventy-eight-day killing spree of a r...

  • Smooth Talk

    Episode 9

    Directed by Joyce Chopra • 1985 • United States
    Starring Laura Dern, Treat Williams, Mary Kay Place

    Suspended between carefree youth and the harsh realities of the adult world, a teenage girl experiences an unsettling awakening in this haunting vision of innocence lost. Based on Joyce Carol Oate...

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    Episode 10

    Directed by Edward Yang • 1991 • Taiwan

    Among the most praised and sought-after titles in all contemporary film, this singular masterpiece of Taiwanese cinema, directed by Edward Yang, finally comes to home video in the United States. Set in the early sixties in Taiwan, A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY is ...

  • La cérémonie

    Episode 11

    Directed by Claude Chabrol • 1995 • France, Germany
    Starring Sandrine Bonnaire, Isabelle Huppert, Jacqueline Bisset

    Claude Chabrol’s forty-ninth feature stands as the crowning achievement of his prolific career—a coolly riveting study of class dynamics, the psychology of crime, and the sordid se...

  • Deep Crimson

    Episode 12

    Directed by Arturo Ripstein • 1996 • France, Mexico, Spain

    In this alternately macabre and mirthful thriller, based on a true-crime story, renowned Mexican director Arturo Ripstein brings a stylish audacity to the tale of the "Lonely Hearts Killers," a couple who, in the 1940s, posed as brother ...