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Description: This unique 3-disc collector's edition DVD set uses a compilation of the "best of" Universals Newsreels, short subjects, and film trailers, which magically captures the essence of the decade of spins, fins, and late night drive-ins. DVD details contain 2.5 hours of shorts and trailers, and printed tutorial booklet. Let this specially collected selection of Universal Newsreels, short subjects, and film trailers move you back to the America of the 1950's. The spirits of vehicles with fins, drive-ins, and sock hops are named up with these visual documents of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, The Edsel, Princess Grace, Sputnik, Joe DiMaggio, Sugar Ray Robinson, Elizabeth Taylor, and more. Whether you were there and just wish to relive the nice old days, or you missed it and wish to see what it was all about, FOREVER 50s is your video time machine.
Description: Like old troops everywhere, they are fading away, but these German veterans of Globe Fight Two have an wonderful and sometimes shocking storyline to tell. This is a special occasion to see and hear the last testimonies of Hitler's armies. These are remarkable private accounts of Germany's rise and fall from the inside. Learn how those responsible for the maelstrom sent their armies to defeat only to see them crushed as the globe united vs them; of boys seduced by the siren call of Hitler only to pay a very massive price.
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Description: Between 1795 and 1801, 306 drowned folks were recovered from the Seine river, near Paris. Peter Greenaway propouns a historical approach were 25 significant situations of drownings are catalogued, dissected and elaborated, with multilayered visuals and 'documentary' asides.
Description: BHOPALI documents the experience of second generation kids affected by the Union Carbide gas disaster of 1984, the worst industrial disaster in history, and subsequent contamination of groundwater by Union Carbide Corporation (an American company actually owned by Dow Chemical, the second biggest chemical company in the world). It follows few kids as they and their families cope with the ongoing medical and social disaster, as well as their memories of that traumatizing night that shocked the globe and changed Bhopal forever. Set vs the backdrop of vehement protests for the 25th anniversary of the disaster, the Bhopalis continue to war for justice, proving to be anything but victims. Set vs a backdrop of high stakes activism, global politics, and human rights advocacy, this movie explores the ongoing struggle for justice vs Union Carbide, the American corporation responsible for the disaster. Featuring Noam Chomsky, Satinath Sarangi, and attorney Rajan Sharma.
Description: 1991 was the year when the normally dominant Honda Marlboro McLaren squad received a shock! The Williams-Renaults, when reliable, were by far the most competitive vehicles in the Championship. Ayrton Senna thoroughly dominated the early races of the '91 Championship but it later developed into a tense-way war as Nigel Mansell clawed his Williams-Renault into contention. The FIA F1 Globe championship continues to be at the pinnacle of globe motorsport. The reason is clearly shown in this compilation packed with unseen movie material including interviews and on-board camera shots held back especially for you to enjoy.
Description: Spain, under Philip IV (1621-1665). The movie is based on a novel by Gonzalo Torrente Ballester. The Lord (Gabino Diego) is stunned to see the naked body of Marfisa (Laura del Sol), the most pretty prostitute of the city and Court. After that, he also wants to see the Queen (Anne Roussel) naked. However, the King, despite the opposition and the scandal of the Church, will not stop until he reaches his wishes.
Description: The young composer Mikhail Glinka performs his fresh work at a soiree at earl Vielgorsky's house. However, the public is accustomed to Western music, and reacts coldly to the creation of the composer. This makes him very sad, but later he decides to go learn the art of melody in Italy. After returning from Italy, he is full of desire to write national Russian opera. Vasily Zhukovsky proposes a subject: a feat of Ivan Susanin. Tsar Nicholas I change the name of the opera to A Life for the Tsar and assigns a librettist - Baron Rosen. Acquaintance with the future co-author shocked Glinka: Rosen speaks Russian with a noticeable German accent. The premiere was successful, but Glinka was still not entirely satisfied with the libretto: "False words were written by Rosen". When Nicholas I learned that Ruslan and Lyudmila was written on Pushkin's subject, he sees it as sedition. The bitter experience of the composer brighten his supporters.
Description: 2000 heralded other season packed full of exciting F1 action. Ferrari wasted no time putting the pressure on McLaren, underlining just how competitive they had become. Michael Schumacher’s early dominance threatened to conclude the championship before it had really begun. But once McLaren found their form first David Coulthard and then Mika Hakkinen challenged for the title.
Description: A biography of the English mathematician Alan Turing, who was one of the inventors of the digital pc and one of the key figures in the breaking of the Enigma code, used by the Germans to send secret orders to their U-boats in Globe Fight II. Turing was also a homosexual in Britain at a time when this was illegal, besides being a safety risk.
Description: At early 16th century a priest joins the spanish conquerros in order to bring christianity to the indios. The expedition is murdered by the indios, only the priest is sparred. Santiago, the priest, first tries to continue christianization, but finally becomes one of them - until the Spaniards return.
Description: The Grand Inquisitor Janus still obsessed with Marie. Her beauty and courage do not go unnoticed, but to her dismay, she finally reached a full life with her husband and daughter Trudi.
Description: This documentary takes a look at gargoyles, the stone or cement monsters that adorn the lofty tops of buildings. Thought by some to include the trapped souls of the condemned and believed by others to ward off evil, these adornments are sources of curiosity even today.
Description: Barely historical presentation of the life of Jim Bowie. Here he goes to Fresh Orleans to sell lumber but falls in love with Judalon. To match his rivals he gotta become sophisticated and does so. By the time he sells the mill, begins a plantation and tries to wed Jedualon the girl has wed playboy Phillipe. Along the method to real wisdom he designs a unique knife made from part of a meteorite.
Description: Filmmaker Jarreth Merz directs this eye-opening documentary about the 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, chronicling the start-to-finish drama of campaigning in a nation that's long served as a measure of the continent's political stability.
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Description: In Thebes in ancient Greece, Lord Oedipus kills his father and marries his mother Jocasta, having two sons - Eteocles and Polyneices - and two daughters - Ismene and Antigone. Lord Oedipus dies a beggar in the exile after gouging out his own eye, and Eteocle agrees to reign in Thebes in alternating years with Polynices. However, he refuses to resign after the first year and Polynieces raises an units and attacks Thebes, and they slay every other. The ruler of Thebes Creon decrees that Eleocles could have an honorable burial while the body of the traitor Polyneices could be left on the battlefield to be eaten by the jackals and vultures. However, Antigone, who was betrothed to Creon's surviving son Haemon, defies Creon's orders and buries her brother. When Creon is reported of the attitude of Antigone, he sentences her to be placed in a tomb alive. Antigone hangs herself in the tomb and Haemon tries to slay his father first and then he kills himself with his sword...
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Here's a second, more sober and realistic review.This movie has a very made-for-TV quality, and despite a decent cast, the acting and script is quite plain and corny...the melody in particular is very hammy in some scenes (clearly the producers and directors thought gospel singing throughout quiet dialog scenes was needed to INSTRUCT the audience how to feel - a tag of poorly executed drama). The melody cues are horribly instructive and rob most of the scenes of genuine depth.It's everytime a shame when a worthwhile storyline is said so poorly, but this reeks of misconceived earnest intentions. You feel the desperation of the authors to elicit emotion, but it's so bogged down in contrived melodrama it misfires fully and will greatly disappoint anyone looking for an insightful racial drama.That IMDb score needs to come down a bit closer to reality..it's no Oscar material, that is most certain.
In the rush to produce the recent multi-million dollar, big-budgeted, sfx-filled, star-laden cinematic extravaganza, many distributors are missing the occasion to release movies of top quality that appeal to the emotional lvls of us all. Granted, film-making is a business and the bottom line is still profits. However, there is a huge audience that is seeking a nice storyline with a cast and team of talented specialists whose work is evident on the large screen.This audience can create a movie into a top-grosser, too."The Lena Baker Story" is a prime example of a movie that appeals to the moviegoer that wants a story, a genuine masterwork that was made by a filmmaker that truly understands movie and storytelling. Adapted from the ebook by Lela Bond Phillips, with assistance by Karan Pittman, and written for the screen by director Ralph Wilcox, the film is riveting from beginning to end. Saying the storyline of the happenings leading up and the eventual execution of impoverished South Georgia native Lena Baker in 1945, the film speaks to us all about such negatives as racism, abuse of women, poverty, and the imperfections of the legal system. However, the film also touches on such positives as the strength of the church, the unbinding love of family, and the find for justice, no matter how long the latter takes.Wilcox, himself an actor, has assembled a cast of well-known faces, as well as fresh ones, and they all have "come up to the plate" in their respective parts. Because of Wilcox's appreciation of the craft, there are no tiny parts in this film. Even the smaller roles let every actor a possibility to shine.Kaya Camp and Jasmine Farmer are outstanding in their respective roles of young Lena and young Nettie. They are also supported by first-time actor Lamar Perkins, Jr. as young Royal. A moving portrayal of a youngster showing off his reading ability is provided by young Christopher Hayward, Jr. Natalie Richardson and Santana Shelton in the roles of the teen-aged Lena and Nettie, respectively, are magnificent in their limited screen time.Along with the aforementioned performers, memorable turns are provided by helping users Susie Spears, Frank Roberts, and Deborah Callaway Duke.As far as the principal cast is concerned, they are as talented as talented can get. Chris Burns dons the "black hat" role of the son of the farmer Lena was forced to kill. Brown is quite effective, especially in the stage wherein he physically assaults Baker. Veteran massive Michael Rooker brings a bit of pathos to his "good-old-boy-sheriff" role and exemplifies how law officials of the past had to enforce convictions that they knew were wrong.Beverly Todd is captivating as Lena Baker's mother. Her part is one of quiet strength and love for her daughter and Todd tackles the role that only an actor of endless talent should do.Though his part may be considered the "villain" of the piece, Peter Coyote manages to convey a bit of sympathy as the abusive and alcoholic "Mr. Arthur." Because of Wilcox's perfect screenplay, viewers see in Coyote's part the "grays" that so many have, neither nice nor terrible but somewhere in the middle. Coyote, a longtime veteran of films and television, usually immerses himself in whatever role he takes and this time is no different.He is magnificent.Because Tichina Arnold is primarily known for her comedic roles in such tv fare as "Martin" and "Everybody Hates Chris," her role as Lena Baker is riveting. Each time that she is on screen, she owns it. She has managed to make one of the most memorable characters in cinematic history, a girl that due to the conditions of her surroundings and the times in which she lived, was forced to compromise her religious teachings and upbringing, ultimately being forced into a case that should only end tragically.Particularly effective is her first stage with Todd as mother and daughter are reunited after Lena's first brush with the law. Arnold is equally impressive in the final confrontation between Baker and Arthur, as well as the emotionally-draining scenes of the preparation for Baker's execution.A review of the movie would not be finished without giving credit to cinematographer Michael Shawn Lewallen and composer Todd Cochran. Lewallen has given the film's South Georgia zone shots the "look" of a more expensive production and few scenes present the expanse of the rural south most effectively. Cochran deftly combines traditional hymns with subtle underscoring that never overpowers a scene, providing the excellent musical accompaniment to a movie of such power.The movie is headed for Cannes soon this year and if there is any justice in this world, "The Lena Baker Story" could come back with a boatload of honors for the director/screenwriter, the producers, the unparalleled cast, and another contributors to this monumental cinematic achievement.
From the perspective of a Christian, I loved the gospel melody so much that I felt that the melody complimented the film even more. I am a gospel lover and I would like to know if there is a soundtrack? I also feel that the significance of this film was missed by some viewers. The church setting and God-Lovers who had no choice but to be disposed to Satan driven sin (rape, alcohol, sex slavery, lying, fornication, murder, racial hatred, lynchings, lust and everything else that is wrong with this world) are all in the Bible and the storyline line a (real-life movie) of what our ancestors endured during those times were just as true as the nose on our faces. Gospel melody - in my opinion- is an expression of God's Holy Bible and how Christians could live their lives. I cried when I saw how our ancestors were treated (like garbage) and the gospel melody made it that much reality. Please, Please, produce more films like this with gospel music. Back in the slavery era, God's Church and gospel melody was the only "Peace of mind" that our ancestors had from those who were obviously "satan-deceived." Hold up the perfect work of the truth. Please do not "sugar coat" how things were, if the gospel melody had not been added to this storyline line, especially since this is how it really was, then you would be short-changing Black History and the History of Gospel Music.A God - Loving Black Girl who Loves her Gospel Music!
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