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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.
Description: Butch Fenton, major of American army, comes for Villa's head and he's gonna receive it. The "Punitive Expedition" proved to be the last major campaign of the U.S. Cavalry. Mexican revolution is the first social movement of the century.
Description: The Turkish Passport says the storyline of diplomats posted to Turkish embassies and consulates in few European countries, who saved numerous Jews during the Second Globe War. Whether they pulled them out of camps or took them off trains that were taking them to concentration camps, the diplomats, in the end, ensured that the Jews, who were Turkish citizens, should return to Turkey and thus be saved. Based on the testimonies of witnesses, who traveled to Istanbul to search safety, the Turkish Passport also uses written historical documents and archive footage to say this storyline of rescue and bring to light the happenings of the time.
Description: Their fates were linked by the magical Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, nicknamed the “White City” for its majestic beauty. Architect Daniel Burnham built it; serial assassin Dr. H. H. Holmes used it to lure victims to his World’s Fair Hotel, designed for murder. Both boys left behind them a strong legacy, one of brilliance and energy, the another of sorrow and darkness.
Description: After arriving in Texas to escape a scandal back east, lawyer Sam Houston just wants to hang out his shingle, hold a weak profile, and stay out of any political intrigue. However, when President Jackson personally orders him to lead the war for Texan independence, he overcomes his reluctance to become involved and leads his compatriots to a string of victories over the Mexican army.
Description: Guerra di Troia (AKA: Trojan Horse) is a 1961 historical drama movie set in the tenth and final year of the Trojan War. The movie focuses primarily on the exploits of the Trojan character Aeneas during this time. The movie was directed by Giorgio Ferroni and starred Steve Reeves as Aeneas and John Drew Barrymore as Odysseus. From Wikipedia, the gratis encyclopedia
Description: "Under Ten Flags" is a WWII film loosely based on the real storyline of the German navy commerce raider Atlantis, a converted Auxilliary Cruiser, and her Captain Bernhard Rogge. Atlantis, camouflaged as a merchant ship, cruised the South Seas ( Atlantic, Indian & Pacific) and sank or captured 22 merchant ships from May 1940 through November 22, 1941 when she was sunk by the British Cruiser HMS Devonshire. Rogge was one of the several German officers of flag rank who were not arrested by the Allies after the fight ended. This was due to the very proper and ethical method he exercised his command of Atlantis. After the fight he advanced to Rear Admiral in the West German Navy and became a high-ranking NATO commander.
Description: A fresh doctor from Moscow arrives at a provincial mental institution. His interest is the peculiarities of the psyche of a patient who believes that he is Yakov Yurovsky, the boy who assassinated the last Russian tsar. In the course of their conversations it transpires that the patient is a type of philosopher, not without a gift for suggestion. In a while the doctor himself falls under his patient’s influence: he tends to relive that fatal night of June 16-17, 1918 when, without any investigation or trial, Tsar Nicholas II, who had recently abdicated, was murdered, together with his wife, daughters and incurably ill heir. Later the doctor realizes that the tragedy of the last Russian tsar is in part his own tragedy, too...
Description: A Confederate officer is named off to war. He leaves his wife and daughter in the care of George, his faithful Negro servant. After the officer is killed in battle, George continues in his caring duties, faithful to his trust.
Description: Director Charles Marquis Warren's 1955 period drama about abolitionist John Brown's crusade to gratis the slaves stars Raymond Massey, Jeffrey Hunter, Debra Paget, Larry Pennell, Leo Gordon, James Best, John Smith, Dennis Weaver, James Edwards, Guy Williams, James Anderson, Dabbs Greer, Robert "Smoki" Whitfield and Tom Irish.
Description: Though nearly as lavish as the 1938 MGM movie of the same name, the 1955 French historical epic Marie Antoinette is not nearly as coherent or entertaining. Michele Morgan stars as the Austrian princess who becomes the last Queen of France in waning years of the 18th century. Jacques Morel costars as Lord Louis XVIII, Antoinette's slow-witted, ineffectual husband, while Richard Todd is the dashing European ambassador who briefly brings romance into the heroine's life. The episodic screenplay seldom sticks to the mission long enough to feature the reasons behind the fall of the French aristocracy and the ultimate execution of the royal family. In addition, Michele Morgan is a bit too frosty and distant to warrant audience sympathy. Marie Antoinette was filmed simulatenously in French- and English-language versions.
Description: The years of the tsar’s adolescence and youth were permeated with deadly danger coming from some of the Boyars, the rebellious Streltsy and Tsarevna Sophia who aspired for power. But already at that early time Peter demonstrates a profound, bright intellect, a powerful will and the sense of purpose, which support him disarm both his launch and secret enemies.
Description: After the end of the Spanish Civil War, General Antonio Escobar Huerta stoically awaits his execution, accused of military treason and sentenced to death for having sworn allegiance to the Republic. Despite being a boy of deep religious convictions, Antonio Escobar decided to create an oath honoring the legally constituted government of the Second Spanish Republic vs the military uprising led by Francisco Franco and supported by the Catholic Church. While waiting for his execution in prison, he recalls the beginning of the Civil War, the years of wars during which he ascended to the rank of General, and his own decisions, of which he has no regrets. With a clear conscience, Escobar waits his own execution with the calm of those who know they have done their duty. "If my life and that of all who have fallen serves to avoid this from event again, our blood will not have been in vain" - Antonio Escobar Huerta.
Description: In this first episode, we are introduced to Takezo, what Musashi used to be before he became the boy of legend. His beginning are not exactly auspicious. He sides with the Toyotomi at Sekigahara, and as a effect finds himself on the losing side of the historic battle. He and his mate Matahachi manage to escape the slaughter although the latter is wounded in his leg. They stumble across the young Akemi who makes her living with her mother Oko by robbing corpses of their armor and anything else they can sell. Oko takes it into her head to seduce Matahachi, which she does first by skillfully sucking the gangrene from his blood, and then just by sucking.
Description: “The Forgotten Faces (1961), a movie reconstruction of the Hungarian revolution of 1956, won Watkins other amateur Oscar, and to this day, the movie is praised in England as "one of the most memorable amateur movies ever made".
Description: A 2009 Cuban drama by Rebeca Chávez taking zone in Santiago de Cuba at the beginning of revolution. In the late 1950s, the town of Santiago de Cuba was afire, the website of some of the fiercest resistance to the murderous dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. The film's narrative unfolds over 24 hours in the lives of few youthful members of the underground as they confront their own uncertainty about the morality of armed struggle and the necessity of severing bonds that had seemed unbreakable.
Description: Blanche is the young, pure, pretty wife of the Master of the castle, in a secluded land. Each boy is in love with her, including the Lord and his servant Bartolomeo, visiting the Master.
Description: it's a quick moving blood and thunder tale well rendered and at least rooted in fact, and has a nice feel for the period. It's interesting to have a look at somewhere else in medieval Europe besides England and France for a change. After all, Spain, Portugal, and the Italian states and some another principalities were large users at that time, too.
Description: Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives captures a spirited group of girls who taught themselves how to deliver babies on a 1970s hippie commune. Today as nearly one third of all US babies are born via C-section, they war to protect their knowledge and to promote respectful, secure maternity practices all over the globe. From the backs of their technicolor school buses, these pioneers rescued American midwifery from extinction, changed the method a generation approached pregnancy, and filmed nearly everything they did. With unprecedented access to the midwives' archival video collection, as well as modern day footage of life at the alternative intentional community where they live, this documentary shows childbirth the method most folks have never seen it--unadorned, unabashed, and awe-inspiring.
Description: A band of Basque immigrants treks through the Old West toward California, where they hope to place down roots and launch wineries. When the group's leader (Carl Esmond) dies, his widow Gabrielle (Susan Hayward) marries his brother (Jacques Bergerac) in accordance with Basque tradition. But it's a loveless union; Gabrielle is smitten with Lon Bennett (Jeff Chandler), the scout who's been hired to tutorial them on their journey. [netflix]
Description: In "Fabiola" (1918) Herr Guarzzoni moved from the earliest days of Christianity when the fresh faith was struggling to just survive to a soon period in the Roman Empire when the religion was a major force and attempting to victory over Rome.
Description: This concert, recorded to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the landmark musical Les Miserables, gathers the casts of the show's 2010 original production at the Queen's Theatre, the 1985 original production by the London company, and the 2010 production at the Barbican together for one performance. Together with talents like Michael Ball, Hadley Fraser, and John Owen-Jones, the performers show the play's musical numbers in a semi-theatrical style, totally costumed and with all the emotion of the musical's heyday.
Description: Six polar explorers arrives to a remote island in Arctic for a year-long scientific expedition. When their ship departs, they unpack only to search a young stowaway, who romanticized Arctic heroes, and tried to join them on multiple opportunities finally succeeding. That's how six became seven. Life of polar explorers is tough, and full of danger. During one year they are largely isolated from the mainland, and could survive using their resourcefulness, smarts, knowledge, and existing supplies with occasional unreliable radio communications. The Seven are resilient, cheerful, they forged a real friendship. Actually they are ready to face the unforgiving Arctic.
Description: In early April 1951, the mighty Soviet government descended upon an innocent group of Christians in the western Soviet Union—Jehovah’s Witnesses. Thousands of families—including tiny children, pregnant women, and the elderly—were loaded into boxcars for a grueling 20-day-long train trip to Siberia. They faced permanent exile in harsh, primitive conditions.
Description: The Da Vinci Code has raised questions about religion art and faith across the globe. Actually take a 2000 year adventure through time to examine the surprising truths and controversial concepts set forth in Dan Brown's worldwide bestseller.
Description: Kingdom of Castile, the late fifteenth century. The movie chronicles the happenings that Cristóbal Colón lived (Antonio Vilar) from their stay in the Convent of La Rabida, his meeting with the Catholic Monarchs and, above all, the nice odyssey that led to cross the Atlantic and reach the shores of America (1492), thus beginning a fresh era in the history of mankind.
Description: Sir Gotz von Berlichingen, a knight who wars for God and his Emperor, is the bitter opponent of the Bishop of Bamberg, who has managed to persuade Gotz's old mate Adalbert of Weislingen to war for him. He allows Adalbert to kidnap him and bring him to his castle, where he tries to convince his old mate to come over from the "dark side". Complications ensue.
Description: The young daughter of a park ranger in Tanzania is distressed to learn that she and her father gotta permanently return to England, thus separating her from the one thing she loves most, a pet Bushbaby. Fearing what the future holds she decides to set the pet gratis but while doing so misses the boat back to England. After meeting up with a friendly native they test to resolve the case together. Things take a turn for the worse when it is falsely reported that the native has kidnapped her, thus putting a price on his head
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This costumer film is partially based on historical happenings . It's developed in the court of Felipe II (Juanjo Puigcorbe) , the Prudent Lord , also named the Noon demon . The case of Weak Countries ruled under Juan of Austria , his illegitimate brother is extremely risky . The protestant rebellion and the harassing by William of Orange create Flandes an uncomfortable zone . Duke of Alba (Fabio Testi) regaining the lord favour attempts to force measures over the rebels . Meanwhile , Ana of Mendoza (Julia Ormond) married one of Philip's minister , bore sons , and later became a widow Duchess of Pastrana and princess of Eboli . She wears a patch over her right eye and is an ambitious girl with selfish aims . Antonio Perez (Jason Isaacs) is the first secretary to the Crown . Ana of Mendoza and Antonio later become lovers and make a scandal in court , everytime the scenario of perpetual intrigue . Escobedo , John of Austria's private secretary (Joaquim De Almeida) is sent to ask for liberation of Mary of Scotland and support to stifle revolts . He comes from Flandes to Madrid, but he aware passionate romance between Antonio Perez and Ana Mendoza . Then , a deadly conflict takes zone ..This is a lavish but slowly-paced costumer that has Julia Ormond wearing a black eye-patch as the one-eyed Ana of Mendoza whose superb beauty is hard to resist . Ormond is marvelously photographed throughout but the role , as written , and she gives her tiny occasion to really shine , though being wasted . Jason Isaacs gives a convincing hero as astute and mean Antonio of Mendoza . Jordi Molla plays with enormous distinction as Mateo Vazquez , the incorruptible priest . Personality and charisma of Juanjo Puigcorbe's portrayal as one of the most remarkable European lords that ever reigned . The rest of the helping cast is average , as Blanca Jara as Morisca Desirea and Jurgen Prochnow as Espinosa , but neither the love storyline , nor the characters have much interest with the effect which this duo doesn't work either as romantic couple . Extraordinary costume design by Javier Artiñano , accompanied by colourful , though some misty , cinematography by Carlos Suarez . Luxurious sets create perfect test of true territories in Spain and has a look of a nice production . The motion picture was professionally directed by Antonio Del True .In 1955 was filmed by Terence Young an inferior ver about these historic deeds titled 'That lady' starred by Olivia De Havilland in the role of Julia Ormond ; Gilbert Roland , role of Jason Isaacs ; Dennis Price, similarly to Jordi Molla hero and Paul Scofield , role of Juanjo Puigcorbe , among others. And recently a TV series starred by Belen Rueda as Princesa de Éboli , Hugo Silva as Antonio Pérez and Eduard Fernández as Felipe II .
I usually wait some time after a film is released to watch it. I prefer to avoid the crowds and rely on some friend's advice. Still, I am not everytime consistent with this and, sometimes, films like this one painfully bring me back to the right path."La conjura de El Escorial" should have been excellent. Perfect as most of its actors (a very experienced, international cast) or its historical recreation (location spots, costumes ). And yet A nice film needs a nice script. When the script is bad, and this one is terrible (or, to tell the least, very uneven), all hope is lost. The narrative is hesitant; there are few unneeded, distracting (and even positively disgusting) scenes; the whole love-story subplot (of course there is one!) is difficult to believe, simplistic and boring The movie's changing pace is made worse by the editing: for instance, a fadeout between two scenes with some 20 seconds between them and involving the same characters. I also suspect the terrible editing is to blame for not understanding how and why a number of scenes take place, the character's reasons for a change of mind, and son on. Quite true, some takes are brilliantly shot; but others are simply laughable (NOT funny). Take the wars for instance. I was wondering why they forgot to enjoy the theme tune of Benny hill's show. Bud Spencer or Terrence Hill should have signed it- but we're talking of a 16th century sword fight Terrible action scenes, terrible editing, mostly static dialogs: technically speaking, this is more of a enjoy than a movie.All things considered, I trust Antonio del True (director and scriptwriter here) is much to blame for this waste of my time and money. The film is worth watching, perhaps, if you like costumes or have a historical interest in 16th century life in Spain. Also, it is probably one of the greatest renditions of Phillip 2nd of Spain (a very interesting king), much unlike most productions. But if you like movies, please, forget this one.
The 'conjuration' in the game refers to a true event: the political assassination in Madrid of a high-ranking official in the Spanish court in 1578. A plaque marks the spot today in the exact corner of the road where it happened.The script starts with the stage of the murder and then takes us back to recount the happenings leading up to it. There are many characters involved, and although at the beginning it is not clear why we are being introduced to so many, eventually they all search a reason for being there, from a priest who ends up a the centre of the investigation, to a young 'morisca', a half-Moorish woman who is plucked from the roads to serve in a rich house.The movie is not very imaginatively shot and some of the expository dialogue is quite clumsy: some actors seem to be there just to summarise in words what the atmosphere at the time was, which is everytime a pitfall in historical films. Many actors means many lines of dialogue and this movie -not short, about two hours and a quarter long- is full of conversations, often stilted and stagy. There's a lot of standing upright with broody brows with the purpose of looking imposing and serious, in bunches around the lord or another necessary characters. It is not a slow film, however, but it's not a swashbuckler either. In fact, the one time when we are given a nice old sword-fight, it goes so lamely clichéd, with stalls of fruit and ceramic bowls being turned upside down in a road store and a couple of unrealistic war moves, that it feels utterly wrong.In its favour, the costumes are nice and many scenes are shot at El Escorial itself, the palace-cum-monastery where lord Phillip II pored over the business of governing the world's leading superpower. Some of the actors are quite nice in their roles, and this despite a cast mixing Spanish and foreign stars. I would single out for praise Julia Ormond, who looks not a day younger than her 43 years old. With her ageing beauty, she brings alive one of the most fascinating characters of her time, the eyepatch-wearing princess of Eboli. Joaquim de Almeida is also very nice as the vigorous secretary Juan de Escobedo, acting his scenes with much-needed energy. It is a pity, though, that the role of Jason Isaacs, Antonio Pérez, fizzles out somewhat towards the end, when he could be one of the most memorable characters, according to the true story. Juanjo Puigcorbé plays a more ironic and even affable Phillip than the sombre and adust quasi-monk we have seen in another portrayals. And I personally took a liking to Jürgen Prochnow's character, a local 'alguacil' (sheriff) who becomes involved in the matter both through his job and his personal life.The question at the heart of the movie is: did Lord Phillip II order the dismissal of one of his own officials? This has been much debated by historians, and the evidence is not conclusive. It may have been in his favour because of political rivalries, but the public backlash would have been uncomfortable (as it in fact was), even for a monarch as self-assured and with so nice a grip on power as he happened to be. This matter is one of the central charges vs him laid out by the so-called 'Leyenda negra' (Black legend), with which another European rulers and political opponents sought to discredit him in public, in particular in the Netherlands and Britain. Whether the movie takes a stance on it or not, you will have to see it.
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