About: The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty was pieced together by documentarian Esfir Shub from material recorded between 1913 and 1917, and represents the final years leading up to the Russian Revolution. Through editing, Shub casts a critical, ironic light on the former czarist regime. The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty is the first movie in Esfir Shub's trilogy that continued with The Nice Street (1927), an...
About: A moving saga focusing on the girls in a family that spans three generations and almost 70 years of German history, from the Wilhelmine period through the end of WWII. This movie shows that it takes a combination of difficult work, political consciousness and family work in tandem to face the tragedies of war, economic hardship and death.
About: The movie is a wide-ranging ensemble piece, with Farrell and Beery testing equally huge roles, and detailed subplots about the country's atmosphere before the conflict as well as Stephen Decatur's early naval exploits.
About: This documentary was secretly and 'illegally' shot inside the prison camps, established during Globe Fight II by American authorities to detain US citizens of Japanese descent who were considered a potential threat to national security.
About: When the Civil Fight begins, young Billy runs away from home to enlist in the Northern Units as a drummer; he's wounded in war and taken prisoner. He manages to escape and deliver an necessary message to his commanding officer, but loses his life in the process.
About: A film about a Brazilian entrepreneur who rivalled American's richest boy at his time, well-known Rockfeller. Irineu Evangelista de Souza in 1867 had $155.000 contos de reis, meanwhile the Brazilian Governement annual budget was 97.000 contos de reis. The film shows his life from poverty to riches and back to poverty again, as is common in Brazil, rich folks die poor.
About: Action epic sees a passionate young boy transform into a brutal fighter as he travels the unforgiving landscape in find of his long lost brother Hakan The Ferrocious, whose folks are relying on him to restore order to their kingdom.
About: The Oath and the Boy was directed by D W Griffith in 1910. Griffith is often out of his depth when he goes far back in history. Herein he trivializes the French revolution. Before you criticize him, though, remember he was making two or three of these a week. If you receive a several laughs, you will be laughing at it not with it.
About: During the American Revolution, a young soldier carrying a crucial message to General Washington is spotted and pursued by a group of opponent soldiers. He takes refuge with a civilian family, but is later detected. The family and their neighbors gotta then create plans to see that the necessary message gets through after all.
About: Beatles' "significance" pushed to the breaking mission in this bizarre documentary that juxtaposes their songs (sung by a number of rock stars) with Globe Fight II newsreel footage. Helen Reddy sings "Fool On The Hill" while Hitler relaxes at Bertchtesgaden, and Rod Stewart husks "Get Back" while Nazi units goose step. (IMDb)
About: Showing the attacking forces drawn up in line of battle. They instantly commence firing on the shore batteries. The batteries return the fire with saying effect, but are at last silenced by the overwhelming forces of the enemy. In the distance can be seen the ruins of a bridge destroyed by the invading forces. The smoke thickens as the firing becomes general, and the result is superb.
About: In the Middle Ages, the earl Wetter von Stahl is accused of having bewitched Catherine, the daughter of the gunsmith of Heilbronn, the earl tries to be exonerated by proceeding himself to the interrogation of the young woman. —Wikipedia
About: Praised for its fine photography and production design if not its narrative, Sergei Bondarchuk directed this adaptation of the tale by Alexander Pushkin. Boris Godunov came to the Czarist throne at the end of the 16th century, after the original heir to Ivan the Poor had died. At first, things went well for Godunov (played by Bondarchuk), but when the Russian folks began to trust he had killed Iva...
About: Quilombo dos Palmares was a real-life democratic society, created in Brazil in the 17th century. This incredibly elaborate (and surprisingly little-known) movie traces the origins of Quilombo, which began as a community of freed slaves. The colony becomes a secure harbor for another outcasts of the world, including Indians and Jews. Ganga Zumba (Toni Tornado) becomes president of Quilombo, the fir...
About: The mountain slopes of Iceland are shown to perfect advantage in the Scandinavian epic Hagbard and Signe. The story, based on an ancient legend, concerns Hagbard (Oleg Vidov), the son of a slain Norse king. Seeking revenge vs the rival guild responsible for the killing, Hagbard calms down long enough to establish a truce. He also falls in love with Signe (Gitte Haenning), daughter of his onetime e...
About: After years of deplorable conditions of poverty and injustice, peasants revolt vs the landowners, the social elite, and police in this routine social drama. A peasant girl is raped by a lecherous wealthy lesbian, and chaos breaks out in the rural territories where the terrible suffer the most from the oppressive social and economic conditions.
About: This Indian documentary had its globe premiere in Paris. Said simply and straightforwardly, the movie traces the life of Buddha, from humble priest to religious icon. The central character's find for wisdom and inner peace may not seem like ideal visual fare, but director Rajbana Khanna makes it so. Emphasis is placed upon Buddha's relationship with the land, conveyed by lyrical shots of India's v...
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