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Description: Raja Harishchandra is a 1913 Indian silent film, directed and produced by Dadasaheb Phalke, and is the first full-length Indian detail film. The movie was based on the legend of Raja Harishchandra, recounted in the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The silent movie had intertitles in Marathi and its cast and staff were primarily Marathi people. The movie opens with a stage of a tableaux patterned on the painting by Raja Ravi Varma, of Raja Harishchandra and his wife with their son. The movie revolves around the noble and righteous king, Harishchandra, who first sacrifices his kingdom, followed by his wife and eventually his kids to honour his promise to the sage Vishwamitra. Though, in the end, satisfied by his high morals, the Gods restore his former glory, and further bestow him with divine blessings.
Description: It is the word "horde" that had meant, for many countries and nations, bloody raids and being under humilating contribution for centuries - a strange and scary globe with its own guidelines and customs. To be or not to be for Rus (Ruthenia), that is the price of the one-man point as he is departing to this globe to accomplish a feat. The movie says the storyline of how Saint Alexius, the Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia, healed the Tatar Queen Taidula, Jani-Beg's mother, from blindness, in 1357.
Description: In a span of ninety mins the movie aims to present how the Netherlands administered its colony as a colonial enterprise and what the relations were like at the time. The usual commentary has been omitted and in its zone poems and songs in Bahasa Indonesia have been included in a digital sound composition. In Mother Dao the Turtlelike, the viewer sees how the colonial machinery in the 1920s was implanted in a globe so various from Western Europe.
Description: Silent movie master D.W. Griffith's first talkie works as a companion piece to his classic BIRTH OF A NATION, providing a detailed biographical sketch of the 16th president. We see his birth in a log cabin, the tragic death of his first love, Ann Rutledge (Una Merkel), his debates with Douglas, his accepting of the presidency, the poor toll of the Civil War, and finally the tragic assassination at Ford's Theater. Griffith shows his usual meticulous attention to period detail, and the framing of the different vignettes has the feel of historical photographs come to life. Walter Huston is perfect in the game role, with a portrayal that subtly evolves from laconic, wizened rascal to noble elder statesman. This is a fascinating, worthy film, and an interesting historical document in and of itself.
Description: Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (1884-1943) was the Japanese Naval commander who was given the order to attack Pearl Harbour, an order he was duty bound to obey which went vs his own private beliefs. While this infamous attack is a weak mission in Japanese and US history it wouldn’t have happened if the Japanese government had listened to Yamamoto in 1939 and searched for a more peaceful method to end their fight campaign, proving his many ominous presages of the outcomes of the attack to come true.
Description: Port Royal, Jamaica, home to the true Pirates of the Caribbean. Once the world's wickedest town - until an earthquake swept into the sea. Actually a dive squad is using fresh technology to bring the sunken town to life; and to walk in the footsteps on pirates.
Description: Sakay is a 1993 Filipino historical drama movie directed by Raymond Red. The movie stars Julio Diaz, Tetchie Agbayani, and Leopoldo Salcedo. The movie covers the life of Filipino patriot and character Macario Sakay, who was declared an outlaw and a criminal for continuing hostilities vs the United States after the "official" end of the Philippine Insurrection.
Description: Set in the Middle Ages the movie says the storyline of a wonder child, the tiny sculptor Wawrzek, who goes to work for a nice master, Wit Stwosz. The storyline culminates in the unveiling of Stwosz's best masterpiece, the Altar of St. Mary's Church in Cracow.
Description: The Eureka Stockade was a civilian revolt vs the gold licence. Drawings and archival photographs depict the happenings that lead to the war between gold miners and authorities at the Eureka Stockade. It describes the emergence of Peter Lalor as the leader of the Stockade and how the diggers used the Southern Cross flag.
Description: A studio. A boy and a woman. Moving photos on the screen, which he comments on, spurred on by her questions. All the footage was shot from the window of a flat: views of the street, the metro line running above it, the canal, into the windows of the buildings opposite. The flat belongs to the man’s lover, the boy is a guest, spending his nights there but never his days. By the canal, young boys from Afghanistan set up makeshift shelters as the boy looks on, developing increasing sympathy for them. The seasons change, winter, spring, summer.
Description: This silent-screen classic, like many others produced near the end of the silent era, was both a theatrical extravaganza boasting an original orchestral score and an item which languished in obscurity for many years. When Carlo Piccardi took what was left of the score by Maurice Jaubert and re-created it, the existing footage was restored and paired with a fresh orchestral performance which was shown in Paris in 1988. The film's storyline concerns the travails of a girl who has been living quite comfortably as the mistress of a colonel in the Tsar's units in Russia. However, she eventually encounters a penniless young lieutenant and falls madly in love with him, as he does with her. Despite her greatest intentions of remaining with the colonel, and his intention to avoid problem with his fellow soldiers, they cannot forswear this relationship, and tragedy is the inevitable result. The game refers to a moving incident in the story, and translates as "the unbelievable lie of Nina Petrovna."
Description: In 1570 B.C., Rome was a marsh, the Acropolis an empty rock, but Egypt was 1,000 years old. The pyramid-builders were gone, yet Egypt still awaited its Fresh Kingdom, an empire forged by conquest and remembered for eons. EGYPT'S GOLDEN EMPIRE comes to life through letters and records evoking the passion and riches of a time when Egypt was the center of the known world, its Pharaohs named gods, and nice cities, temples and tombs built.
Description: A movie scrapbook, images, phrases from our past, hiding their meanings behind veils. Let's lift those veils, one by one, to search how images, at one time seeming innocent, have revealed, after decades, to have homosexual overtones.
Description: How will the Germans react to the armistice of the 8th of September 1943, due to which Italy betrays them and sides with the allied forces? This is the distressing questions that a group of 16 Italian - Greek Jews evacuated at The Meina Hotel ask themselves.
Description: As he did with his critically-acclaimed "Blockade," a documentary re-creation of the WWII siege of Leningrad, which received its NY theatrical premiere in March 2007, filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa has once again scoured the Russian movie archives for "Revue," choosing excerpts from newsreels, propaganda films, TV shows and detail movies that show an evocative portrait of Soviet life during the 1950s and 1960s. With scenes taken from the length and breadth of the “Soviet Motherland,” "Revue" illustrates industry and agriculture, political life, famous culture, and technology. The film’s fascinating flow of disparate scenes representing typical Soviet life of the period is, seen from today’s perspective, alternately poignant, funny, and tragic
Description: Talbot uses a phony land grant to rule thirteen million acres, taxing everyone heavily and evicting those who won't pay. The Three Mesquiteers becomes mysterious "night riders" to war this evil.
Description: From Diego Luna and Alejandro Fernandez, to Carla Morrison and Chavela Vargas, Duncan Bridgeman weaves a cinematic tapestry composed of original songs and insights from the most iconic artists and performers of contemporary Mexico. With striking visuals, the film captures the rich diversity of Mexican geography, art, music, and culture. It is a rare look at the country's true identity, and an unparalleled celebration of what it truly means to be "Hecho en Mexico."
Description: Goltzius and the Pelican Company says the storyline of Hendrik Goltzius, a late 16th century Dutch printer and engraver of erotic prints. A contemporary of Rembrandt and, indeed, more celebrated during his life, Goltzius seduces the Margrave of Alsace into paying for a printing press to create and publish illustrated books. In return, he promises him an extraordinary ebook of pictures of illustrating the Old Testament’s biblical stories. Erotic tales of Lot and his daughters, David and Bathsheba, Samson and Deliah and John the Baptist and Salome. To tempt the Margrave further, Goltzius and his printing company will offer to perform dramatisations of these erotic stories for his court.
Description: This is the epic storyline of a B-24 'Liberator' bomber aircraft named 'Shady Lady', that took off from Darwin, Australia, on Friday, 13th August 1943, on what was at that time, the world's longest ever attempted bombing mission. Under the command of 'Doug' Craig, 'Shady Lady' set off with 10 another aircraft to attack the oil refineries at Balikpapan, Borneo. With the goal hundreds of miles behind opponent lines, this was an audacious attempt to strike back at the Imperial Japanese Army. 'Shady Lady' survived intense tropical thunderstorms, serious turbulence, massive opponent antiaircraft fire and was chased by Japanese Zero warriors - but never made it back to base. 'Shady Lady,' after 16 hours and 35 mins in the air, ran out of fuel and was crash-landed in a salt-pan, in the remotest part of Northern Australia. Local help from the Aborigines and a heavy rescue point amazingly saw 'Shady Lady' - fly again.
Description: The Spanish Dancer is the storyline of Maritana, a gypsy woman who dances in courtyards and even says people's fortunes. Despite her gypsy occupation, Maritana wishes to be a Countess. Her ambitions are realized when she meets the handsome Count Don Cesar de Bazán, if only the Lord of Spain would stay out of their way!
Description: Filmed on the rooftops of lower Manhattan, this performance movie details the original Last Poets performing 28 numbers adapted from their legendary Concept-East Poetry appearance at Fresh York's Paperback Theater in 1969. Described as “a conspiracy of ritual, road theater, soul melody and cinema."
Description: A part of Joan of Arc's life. At the beginning, Jeanne (Joan) has already left Domremy, she is trying to convince a captain to escort her to the Dauphin. It ends during Jeanne's first battle, at Orleans. Meanwhile, Jeanne is depicted more as a fighter than a saint (all cliches are avoided), with only her faith for strength.
Description: In 1427, Lady Maria Van Arnstein is informed that her beloved husband Michel Van Arnstein was murdered in a war vs the Hussitas. However he was now betrayed by his ambitious cousin Hettenhein that wants his lands and castle. The Pope's Nice Inquisitor Janus Suppertour meets Lord König Sigismund and says that he wants Maria for him. Meanwhile Maria does not search blood in Michel's sword and believes that he is alive. She asks to the lord for a period to seek out Michel and Sigismund grants ten days to her. She leaves the Hohenstein Castle and heads to the lands of the independent Solkony that are preparing to a fight vs the Hussitas that wish the right of gratis will to follow the religion they want. Along her journey, Maria will meet leaders and will support to bring peace to Solkony. But her beloved Michel is amnesic and does not recall his previous life with her.
Description: In the beginning of the 19th Century many Anglosaxons are settling in the Mexican province of Texas. As the years go by, political conflicts between the settlers and the Mexican government are escalating which would lead to fight and Texan independence.
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As he did with his first two Vietnam films, "Platoon" and "Born on the 4th of July", Oliver Stone creates a strong tale of the devastation of the Vietnam War. What makes this film so unique, both from Stone's earlier work and virtually each another American film about the Vietnam War, is that "Heaven and Earth" is said from the perspective of a Vietnamese woman. This film is based on two ebooks of memoirs written by Le Ly Hayslip, a Vietnamese girl who grew up in a easy farming village in central Vietnam but whose life --- and those of most Vietnamese people, we can infer --- is turned upside-down by the madness of the Vietnam War.Strictly as a movie, this is a nice but not nice film. Even at almost 2 1/2 hours, the structure is a bit stilted in order to accommodate such an extensive story. The first 30 mins are mostly voice-overs and the film doesn't pick up steam until later, when scenes are allowed to flow for extended amounts of time and we become caught in the drama. Tommy Lee Jones gives other brutally realistic performance as a lifetime military boy who can't leave the fight behind. Hiep Thi Ly is okay as Le Ly Hayslip; not Tommy Lee Jones caliber acting, but she competently plays a very hard role. I read she was an amateur actress only selected after an extensive casting call, and I'm glad that they decided to go with an current young Vietnamese girl instead of selecting a generic asian actress. It might not create a difference to most, but it certainly felt more "real" to me with an authentic Vietnamese-American in the main role. Oliver Stone shows his mastery of mood and camerawork as he jumps from the beauty of the Vietnam countryside, to the ravages of war, to the shocking (for Le Ly) wealth of suburban America. The film occasionally drags but overall I'd still give it an 8 out of 10 because it's such a strong and necessary addition to the cinematic depiction of the Vietnam War.The film also inspired me to read the 2 ebooks ("When Heaven and World Changed Places" and "Child of War, Girl of Peace") it was based on. Stone had to compress many happenings in order to fit the run time; for example, the Tommy Lee Jones hero is a fabrication based on 3 various boys (and probably meshed into one boy as much for the drama such an explosive hero provides as for the time constraints), while her ebooks spend extensive time on all 3 relationships. However, the dialogue for few key scenes were taken almost word for word from her books, and I thought it captured the spirit of the storyline remarkably well, especially for a major studio movie. I highly suggest anyone interested in the movie or in the fight to read these books, and I commend Oliver Stone for making a trilogy of necessary movies not just for cinema, but for American history.
Oliver Stone has everytime had a unique bond with Vietnam. He is a veteran of that fight and the theme about a veteran trying to cope with his fight experiences is a topics that comes back in few of his movies. This is the last film in his Vietnam trilogy. His first film was "Platoon" (1986), his second "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) and the third one was "Heaven & Earth" (1993).In Heaven & World he says the real storyline of a Vietnamese village woman who survives a life of suffering and hardship during and after the Vietnam war. Before she meets and marries the U.S. marine Steve Butler, she already has had an whole life behind her. She once fled for the violence of the Viet Cong, leaving her farming village for Saigon together with her mother. But later she disgraced herself by becoming pregnant with her fresh master's kid and as an unmarried mother, she tried to create a living by being a freedom fighter, a hustler and sometimes a prostitute. As later as they are married, they transport to the USA, but life on the another side of the ocean certainly isn't as excellent as she imagined it to be...Some folks tell that it is a nice thing that Oliver Stone has finally made a film that shows the Vietnamese perspective of the fight and I agree, but only to a certain extend. It's real that we only receive to see films that present the American side of the storyline and that we need another films that give us a broader view on the matter, but "Heaven & Earth" isn't the only 'reversed' Vietnam film. Perhaps not many folks know this, but the French film "Indochine" (1992) does approximately the same. The main difference with "Heaven & Earth" is that it doesn't talk about the 'American' period, but about the French colonial period that proceeded it and in which time the Vietnam fight really started (The French had almost lost all their wars when the Americans came to support them and thereby got fully stuck into the fight themselves...). But it is true, Oliver Stone has done a great job with this movie. He has made it an interesting hero study, with the fight everytime show in the background. The acting is very nice and I don't think there should have been a better actor than Tommy Lee Jones to enjoy the role of Major Steve Butler. The another actors all did a nice job too, in fact, I might tell that Stone has had an perfect cast to work with and he probably got the most and the greatest out of them.If there is one lesser mission to this movie, although only a tiny one, than it gotta be the language. The Vietnamese all begin by speaking almost excellent English to every other, but when they speak to Americans their English is poor, yet when they speak to every another in front of an American its in Vietnamese. I trust it would have been better if Stone had selected to allow the Vietnamese speak their own language all the time and to speak with an accent when speaking to the Americans. But as I already said, I only see this as a minor feature and it certainly didn't spoil the nice times that I had with this movie. This is an underrated film that deserves to be seen by a nice audience. I give it a 7.5/10 at least, perhaps even an 8/10.
I don't understand why most folks don't appreciate this movie. I guess one reason is that it's not simple to look at your own people, US soldiers, as enemies, or at your country - in the final - as the land of fatty meaninglessnes. Or maybe they were expecting something various from Stone, something more than that history - not so unusual as someone observed - of a easy vietnamese country girl. The point, for me, is that this is not a movie about the vietnam war, which is only the background. If you create the effort to forget the vietnam war, its historical and cultural legacy, to avoid being on the side of one of the armies (maybe is easier for me, being an italian), you'll explore one of the most intense film about the family and the bonds with the world where you belong. Stone through the storyline of this easy woman succeeded in saying the storyline of whole humankind, analizing those which are its roots, its ties, its hopes, its condemnations. Honestly, one of the greatest films I've ever seen. Sincere, profound, touching. True.
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