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Description: The twin sisters Helena and Irene are born in Helsinki during Globe Fight II. A several months soon their mother, Sirkka, leaves the women in the care of their grandmother, an old communist, and runs away with a German soldier. Their life under the security of their grandmother and the teachings of communism ends first with the death of Stalin, then with that of their grandmother. The women are eight years old when they are place in an orphanage. Their mother shows up at the orphanage in the company of Ramon, a Spanish trapeze artist. They are on a talent find for a German circus. Ramon trains the reluctant Irene during circus tours in Central Europe. She becomes the trapeze star of the circus. The difficult work later exhausts Irene and she falls from height, as if on purpose. Helena has secretly learned the art of fire-eating. Actually she is burdened with both her mother and her sister. The violent life, however, separates the three from every other. In the present-day Helsinki the middle-aged...
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Description: Seven Something is a love storyline and was shot by three various directors. As such, the movie is divided into three parts; the first is called "14," featuring issues of two teenagers and social networks. The second part is called "21/28" and is about two former actor and actress lovers who work together again after being apart for seven years. The third part is named "42.195" and is about a girl who meets a young boy who encourages her to finished a marathon
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Description: A Sicilian widow earns her living as a clairvoyant, in Milan, but she hasn't got any power at all. Her son instead holds supernatural powers and with the support of his mother he becomes a powerful sorcerer. But he fails perhaps to understand the true strength he possesses inside and unbinds uncontrolled forces that lead folks that surround him to go mad.
Description: Made at a time when Iran had a seemingly revolving door for incoming European directors and bottomless funding for their projects, Plaisir d'amour en Iran is a short, sort of love storyline between a handsome Iranian (Ali Raffi) and a visiting French girl (Valérie Mairesse). The movie was shot at the Shah Masjed in romantic Esfehan.
Description: Kren frames the photo to recommend a proscenium, with a view to the harbor that conveys a literal sense of “tele-vision”. The static framing of the photo and the clearly stratified mise-en-scène can hardly provoke interpretation. The sight of the women does so all the more. Kren, the gentle voyeur - who turns the viewer into a secret accomplice - observes three teenagers, and probably like them, awaits a rendezvous. (Thomas Trummer)
Description: A street film set in Iraq in 2003 during the fall of Saddam. Two Kurds are looking for the parents of a five-year-old man who has been found in the road in tears. His name is Saddam too. At the same time the boy's parents are looking for him everywhere, worried because of the boy's name which is actually taboo. All the attempts of the two Kurds to receive rid of the kid fail: neither the Americans nor the boys of religion at the mosque wish him. Tiny Saddam starts to become a true problem. In the roads and all around them, they are surrounded by the chaos and crazy atmosphere of those days, with violence everytime on the verge of exploding.
Description: Stylish, sophisticated and absolutely broke, Dino (Vittorio De Sica) and Maria (Marlene Dietrich) pursue a romance until they realize neither of them has any money, which forces the gold diggers to turn their attention to a wealthy widower (Arthur O'Connell) and his daughter (Natalie Trundy). A compulsive gambler who owes few anxious investors a tiny fortune, Dino has problem cutting his losses, no matter how terrible the losing streak. [Netflix]
Description: An undercover narcotics officer is killed, and after his funeral some yakuza break into his apartment and rape his wife, Nami, while looking for the drugs they claim he stole from them. Afterwards Nami attempts to commit suicide, but after being rescued by a mysterious yakuza she decides to infiltrate the gang and receive revenge.
Description: Erotic drama set in an underground Tokyo club named The Bedroom, where the female clientele are drugged into a trance-like state and are subjected to various styles of bizarre, fetishistic sex by the male clientele.
Description: When the world's first spaceship is close to its target (Mars), the TV-network GNN starts its live coverage of the last two hours of the point and then the issues start. The landing-computer malfunctions, the captain Eugene Slader gets very sick and back on World it is discovered that large financial corporations have an interest in the failure of the point - and we, the viewers, can see it all live on television.
Description: A easy stage of two rather flamboyantly-dressed Edwardian kids attempting to feed a spoonful of medicine to a sick kitten. The movie is necessary for being one of the earliest movies to slash to a close-up, then back again to the same medium shot as before.
Description: When Ruth Whitney abandons her two kids with her sister Barbara is left to take care of them, at first none of them like it but later they grow to like every other. Then over a year soon Ruth comes back telling she wants her children and Barbara goes to court to war for custody.
Description: Jan Hus is a 1954 Czechoslovak movie directed by Otakar Vávra. It is the first part of the "Hussite Revolutionary Trilogy", one of the most popular works of the Czechoslovak director, finished with Jan Žižka (1955) and Proti všem (Against All Odds, 1957).
Description: When a hot young prosecutor learns that a boy he got convicted and executed was in fact innocent, he quits his DA job and becomes a defense attorney. He grows rich and strong defending guilty racketeers, but eventually sees the errors of his ways.
Description: Study of interracial marriage in the 1960's. A white divorcée falls in love with and marries an African-American man. When her ex-husband sues for custody of her child, arguing that a mixed household is an improper zone to raise the girl, the fresh husband wars for his parental rights in court, fighting vs a judge who represents the prejudices of the era.
Description: A pregnant Los Angeles widow adventures to her late husband's Minnesota hometown to finally meet his mother and family, but she quickly discovers they're a very strange--and homicidal--lot. Director Lamont Johnson's 1972 thriller stars Patty Duke, Rosemary Murphy, Richard Thomas and Sian Barbara Allen.
Description: Living an indolent life in a luxurious palace, Prince Gautama (Rai) is insulated by his family from the harshness of the globe outside. But he is destined to learn greater truths: shocked to explore the pain and suffering of so many in his kingdom, he abandons his privileged existence, and his wife Gopa (Seeta Devi), to become a wandering teacher, eventually finding enlightenment and founding Buddhism. Featuring superimposed photos and deep-focus shots that were highly impressive for the time, Light of Asia astutely combines a deeply felt spirituality with the surefire attraction of Indian exotica, which helped create it a considerable success in Europe.
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This is the only ver of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" that enables the viewer to watch the storyline as if it were new. It's the only one in which the wonderful happenings proceed from commonplace surroundings: it's set contemporaneously and shot like a documentary program. It's also the only one in which the two characters are believably distinct: one would never guess that the fussy, ascetic Jekyll and the careless, garish Hyde should be the same man. It's the only ver that makes clear Jekyll's hypocrisy, which was the mission Stevenson was emphasizing and which I never understood before: what Jekyll's mate can't understand--the reason Jekyll blocks the investigation of Hyde's crimes--is not that the criminal has some keep over him, but that he himself is the criminal and is protecting his own nice name. Barrault's make-up as Hyde is rudimentary compared to the elaborately gruesome make-ups of the another versions, but what he makes of the hero is far more meaningful. This Hyde is comic until he turns violent; he's a cross between Chaplin's tramp, a juvenile delinquent of the 50's, and an aboriginal--figures that can all be seen as embodiments of anarchy. He does exactly as his impulses compel him. Jekyll does the same--but while his patients are anesthetized, so they won't know. This ver of "Jekyll", without unique results or filmic style and in modern dress, is the only serious one. I think Stevenson would have respected it.
Frankly, I have lost count of how many cinematic adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", I have watched but, since Jean Renoir is one of my favourite film-makers, this rarely-seen movie had everytime been one of my holy grails. Before now, it had been accessible only as an unsubtitled French DVD - which I had even considered purchasing at one mission but actually I am sure glad I waited!Curiously enough for such a master of the movie medium, Renoir's ver was shot for TV - it even begins off with the bubbly writer/director entering the studio to 'present' the present - although it did receive eventually released to French theaters in late 1961. Having told that, it is quite appropriate given the topics matter that Renoir himself seemed to be in an experimental state of mind: shooting with three to eight cameras and cutting only at the end of every sequence, his intention was to gratis his actors from the filmic constraints of relentless cutting and repeated takes. No one benefited more from this deliberately 'flat' approach to the material than his inspired choice for lead actor, Jean Louis Barrault, the celebrated mime best-known for his role in Marcel Carne''s CHILDREN OF PARADISE (1945): his is a truly remarkable performance. We see Cordelier (the Jekyll figure) during three stages of his life: the time when, as a young general practitioner, he first hit upon the notion that nice and evil should be separated; the distinguished research scientist, gracefully aged but something of a recluse and, of course, Opale - wearing no make-up except for a set of false teeth and a shaggy wig, Renoir and Barrault's bizarre idea of Hyde as a prancing ("light as air" as he himself puts it) thug with overgrown hair whose mayhem perhaps feels more like the thrill-seeking antics of a spoiled brat (at times recalling Renoir's earlier creation, Boudu, as a matter of fact) rather than the handiwork of someone who is supposedly evil incarnate...although, he does kick the living hell out of his victims as they lie helplessly on the ground!Two another notable secondary characters are the lawyer (Teddy Bilis) who is baffled by Cordelier's singular will but who sticks by his mate till the bitter end, and Michel Vitold's irascible psychiatrist, a rival of Cordelier's and whose heart condition Opale sadistically exploits; interestingly, Vitold would soon enjoy the villainous banker Favraux in Georges Franju's marvelous makeover of JUDEX (1963). Renoir regular Gaston Modot is also featured as Barrault's elderly handyman: he had been the lead in Luis Bunuel's L'AGE D'OR (1930) and the stage here in which Opale kicks a crutch from under a limping boy recalls the one in the notorious Surrealist movie where Modot's anarchic protagonist pushes a blind boy into a busy street. Other veteran of Renoir's cinema is composer Joseph Kosma whose unbelievable score emerges as other major asset. The fact that its plot essentially centers around the mysterious goings-on in the household of an eminent physician reminded me of the contemporaneous EYES WITHOUT A FACE (1959) even if, as I told earlier, there is tiny room here for poetic photos so prevalent in Franju's film. Incidentally, just as I never refer to that movie by its silly American moniker - THE HORROR CHAMBER OF DR. FAUSTUS - I loathe Lionsgate's decision to attach the unflattering game THE DOCTOR'S HORRIBLE EXPERIMENT to the Renoir picture! Despite the action being relocated to Paris and set in contemporary times, this is now one of the most faithful renditions of Stevenson's work: it is virtually the only movie ver which lends its central theme of nice vs. evil a spiritual resonance (the doctor even commits suicide, while still in his Opale persona, by taking a lethal dose of his own potion) where most another adaptations had just opted to concentrate on the element of repressed sexuality inherent in Stevenson's original. In fact, there is no significant female hero here at all. Renoir does give us tips in that direction, however, as we do see Cordelier (rather than Opale) corrupted - time and again, we are said on his tape-recorded confession - into ravishing his patients while they are under the anaesthetic. The metamorphosis is clearly a painful one and Cordelier assumes a foetal position during the first transformation indicating a physical rebirth; interestingly, given that the movie is not structured in a linear fashion, we meet Opale, roaming the roads of Paris at night, before we are formally introduced to his benign alter-ego, Dr. Cordelier. In conclusion, THE TESTAMENT OF DR. CORDELIER not only emerges as easy one of the greatest filmed versions of the novel - edged only by the Rouben Mamoulian/Fredric March 1931 milestone and just ahead of Walerian Borowczyk's delirious DOCTEUR JEKYLL ET LES FEMMES (1981), which it predates in few aspects - but as yet other nice Renoir work. Hardly the "risible...probably the only disaster in the Renoir canon" dismissal one reads about in David Quinlan's ebook on movie directors! On a more private note, I am disappointed by the sheer lack of online reviews of this necessary 3-Disc Set from Lionsgate and, hopefully, I will not only receive to the rest of the Renoir movies therein in due time but may also take this occasion to watch Giorgio Albertazzi's similarly updated 4-hour adaptation made for Italian TV, JEKYLL (1969), which I recently acquired.
This is a French TV movie with the quality of a major cinema production. The opening is cute unusual - director Jean Renoir plays himself as he arrives at the studio and then makes the concluding audio recordings as the narrator of his film.It's a fascinating variation of the Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde theme, this time they are named Dr. Cordelier and Monsieur Opale. It's nearly wonderful that both are played by one actor: Jean-Louis Barrault. How he uses his pantomimic and dancing abilities to portray Opale, the dark incarnation of Cordelier freed from all moral restraints, is phenomenal. His body movements and facial expressions are so weird ... and the walking-stick in his hand almost seems to lead an own life. What an outstanding performance!
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