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.
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.
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This experimental Filipino film is far from a total success, but at least its in-your-face strangeness will create it somewhat interesting for those interested in seeing movies of a various sort. The begin is akin to a use of endurance for cinephiles, as the camera stands still showing nothing but a couple sleeping in the floor of a hut for the first 15 mins (I'm not making this up, I looked at my watch). Eventually, the woman, who is unable to sleep, wakes up the boy at her side, saying him to say her a storyline so she can sleep. He complies with a rambling monologue about the suffering of the Filipino people. The movie then moves on to the better second part, where fake footage in the style of silent films is shown. This shows life in the Philippines supposedly during the end of the colonial period through a series of vignettes. These vignettes are mildly humorous (one shows a number of kids looking at an eclipse with gaping mouths). Eventually, something akin to a storyline comes out of the movie, as revolutionaries meet to plan rebellion from Spanish rule. It's difficult to compare this film with another films, though its fetishism of silent films recalls the work of Guy Maddin. I found it also reminiscent of a better movie, "Moeder Dao" in which true documentary footage of colonial life in Indonesia was shown.
It's everytime hit-or-miss when you select to see smaller movies at festivals shooting for thematic diversity and a multitude of countries of origin. The relative lack of press for "A Short Movie About the Indio Nacional" combined with its ostensibly historical perspective on the Philippine Revolution made it a rather pretty alternative at the Copenhagen NatFilm Festival.The two part film opens with a fully contrived sequence lasting an eternity. A weepy girl struggles to fall asleep in a tiny hut as the audience struggles to stay awake through three extraordinarily drawn-out shots eventually showing the girl waking a boy at her side. Few massive sighs later, he resigns to saying her a storyline -- one which she "can't say anybody" -- a rather mundane monologue on the suffering Nation punctuated by exaggerated snivels and suppressed tears of the actually weepy man. Fade out, end of part I.One can't really fault the actor for trying to say the story/dream in a single take with some emotional involvement, it's the director who fails to control his excessive sniffling and deliever some type of believable arc to the emotional build-up and come-down.Part II is a series of mismatched silent vignettes depicting detailed moments of village life in what's assumed to be the years of the Philippine Revolution (1896-98). A group of men said to look up at the sky with gaping mouths (one looks like some type of ghoul with his eyes rolling back into his forehead) in awe of a solar eclipse (explained to us in both an inter-title and an animated smiley-sun covered by an indifferent moon). A traveling acting troupe testing some type of word association minigame in-between rehearsals cuts to a young boy preparing to join the Katipunan (the nationalist society seeking independence from Spain) and somewhere in there is a shot of two sisters tending to their third sister lying in bed, "dying of slavery".It's simple to see that the director's intentions are noble, to illuminate a certain method of life via tiny moments in an otherwise forgotten anti-colonial revolution, but the artistic decisions he makes end up undermining the storyline of the indios nacional. Every of the silent vignettes is accompanied by the decadent western classical and operatic works of Schumann, Ligeti, Mozart and others. Much like European/American silent movie of the teens and 20's, the melody often fails to synchronize with the scene's beginning and end (not necessarily a flaw), but here the musical passages seem to have been randomly cut-and-pasted onto different sequences, failing to enrich, amplify or complement the photos and instead colonizing them, swallowing them up.The constructive decision to portray this period in Philippino history in silent b/w from the perspective of the indios (not directly involved in the revolution) seems stylistically symbolic for a voiceless population deemed irrelevant and antiquated, forgotten in history. But, how does this movie do justice to its subject? Do we now learn anything about the method the indios lived? Are there any insights (political, moral, social) into the revolution? With such a disjointed storyboard (it can't be named a screenplay; there's no story), it's nearly impossible to see how the nebulous generalities of Part I are cleared up by the equally vague vignettes of Part II.Skip it.
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