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Description: Three directors every adapt a Poe short storyline to the screen: "Toby Dammit" details a disheveled drugged and drunk English film star who nods acceptance in the Italian press and his producers fawn over him. "Metzengerstein" details a Mediveal countess who has a love-hate relationship with a black stallion - who it turns out is really her dead lover. "William Wilson" says the storyline of a sadistic Austrian student with an exact double whom he soon kills.
Description: The Woman on the Train is a 2009 French drama movie directed by André Téchiné. Jeanne is a young woman, striking but otherwise without qualities. Her mother tries to receive her a job in the office of a lawyer, Bleistein, her lover years ago. Jeanne fails the interview but falls into a relationship with Franck, a wrestler whose dreams and claims of being in a legitimate business partnership Jeanne is only too satisfied to believe. When Franck is arrested, he turns on Jeanne for her naivety; she's stung and seeks attention by making up a storyline of an attack on a train. Is there any method out for her?
Description: Hard tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who every face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as her last chance. The movie won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries or a Special" and was nominated for "Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Special", "Outstanding Helping Actress in a Miniseries or a Special", and "Outstanding Made for Tv Movie". It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1996 Cannes Movie Festival.
Description: Maria's family give her a puzzle for her 50th birthday, and she loves it. Not only does the patient housewife have fun solving the puzzle, she's also really nice at them. Overflowing with enthusiasm for her new-found passion, she goes back to the store where they purchased the gift for other puzzle. There her eye is caught by a notice on the message board: Partner for puzzle competition wanted. Maria musters her courage and, despite her family's misgivings, answers the announcement.
Description: A much-needed boost, in the form of a fresh factory, is promised to the residents of the small fishing village St. Marie-La-Mauderne, provided they can lure a doctor to take up full-time residency on the island. Inspired, the villagers devise a scheme to create Dr. Christopher Lewis a local.
Description: The curiously named, Moondance Alexander is a spirited teen living with her eccentric mother. She is faced with other uneventful summer until she discovers a lost pinto pony called Checkers who has jumped out of his paddock. Although Moondance returns the horse to his rightful owner, the gruff and mysterious Dante Longpre, she is convinced that Checkers is a winner jumper in disguise and is determined to support him realize his full potential. Moondance manages to talk Dante into training her and Checkers for the Bow Valley Classic and despite the criticism of her peers; discovers that perseverance, loyalty and individuality can land you in the winner's circle.
Description: Step into the ring with one of America's best legends...and stand a couple of rounds with greatness! "Pulling no punches" (LA Everyday News), Jon Favreau (Swingers) and OscarÂ(r) winner* George C. Scott give TKO performances in this outstanding biography of the only undefeated globe heavyweight winner in the history of boxing! In the tiny blue-collar city of Brockton, Massachusetts, young Rocky Marciano (Favreau) turns to the ring as his ticket out. Training twice as difficult and twice as long as anyone else, he pounds his method to win and his reputation quickly spreads as "the guy to beat." But behind the gloves Rocky is unhappy with his gift and he's thinking of retiring. So, with the fate of his career hanging in the balance, he finds a method to unleash his thunder againthis time vs his largest hero: Joe Louis!
Description: In an undisclosed zone and time, in the land of 1001 nights, the law dictates that the Emperor gotta take a fresh wife if his actual Empress does not bear a son within seven years of marriage. At the celebration Ball of their sixth wedding anniversary, the Emperor (MAX BEESLEY - Torque) and his faithful manservant, Chamberlain (JONATHAN RHYS-MEYERS - Vanity Fair, Bend It Like Beckham, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead) start the covert operation to search and prepare a virgin candidate to become the fresh Empress.A suitable young woman, Sabah (LETICIA DOLERA) is secretly transported into an isolated wing in the Imperial Palace. In this prison of fairytale rooms, she is tutored by the Masters and spied upon by the Emperor and Chamberlain. Could the actual Empress (ROSANA PASTOR) conceive, everyone in the secret wing will be executed.
Description: Hank and Frannie don't seem to be able to live together anymore. After a five-year relationship, lustful and dreamy Frannie leaves down-to-earth Hank on the anniversary of their relationship. Every one of them meets their dream mate, but as bright as they may seem, they are but a scene of lights and colors. Will real love prevail over a seemingly glamorous passion? Welcome to Coppola's Broadway-like romantic musical.
Description: Christmas Eve in Fresh York, and the lonely divorced publisher, Rose Collins, needs a miracle to improve the health of her mother, interned in a hospital with Alzheimers. She feels sorry for other patient and meets his visitor. Meanwhile, Nina Vasquez breaks her engagement with her beloved fiancé Mike due to his suffocating jealousy, but misses him. Mike is stalked by a stranger, bartender Artie Venzuela. The terrible Jules arranges to spend Christmas Eve in the hospital, where he spent the greatest Christmas of his life when he was a teenager. The lives of some of these characters cross with others along the night.
Description: The summer of 1940, Pilot Officer T.B. Baird arrives straight out of flight school to join a front line RAF squadron at the height of the War of Britain. After an unfortunate begin and a drumming down from his commanding officer, Baird (nicknamed 'Septic' due to his initials) gotta balance the struggle to impress his Group Captain, regain his pride, fit in with his fellow squadron mates, and survive one of the most intense air wars in history. This is the storyline of just one of "The Few" and how they managed to war off the might of the Luftwaffe, despite overwhelming German air power.
Description: Formerly successful tv producer Joachim Zand returns from America to his native France, where he previously has left everything behind, including friends, opponents and his own children. In his company is a burlesque striptease troupe whom he has promised a grand performance in Paris.Together they tour the French port cities, staying at cheap hotels and making success along the way. Old conflicts are however reignated upon the return to the French capital. Joachim is betrayed by folks from his past, making him lose the venue where they were to perform, and the Paris finale comes to nothing.
Description: In a Danish village in the early 1600s, a young girl called Anne, whose mother was thought to be a witch, develops sympathy toward an old woman, Marte, who is accused of witchcraft. The intervention of Anne's older but kindly husband, Pastor Absalon saved her mother -- but now, urged on by his overbearing mother, he refuses to support Marte. When Absalon's son returns home and is attracted to Anne, it's a matter of time before her family destiny catches up with her.
Description: Mates and family gather around the death bed of Gavin, where they support in the dying man's suicide. But though Gavin's pain has been laid to rest, the grief felt by everyone there has only begun, and Walking on Water compassionately follows the attempts of Gavin's closest mates Anna (Maria Theodorakis) and Charlie (Vince Colosimo) to recover from their loss.
Description: Jess (Brenda Blethyn) and city handyman Jacob (Kevin Whately) have been happily married 20 years, recently taking in a trio of Jacob's elderly relatives, including his mother (Rosemary Harris). Though the relations are demanding, kindhearted Jess -- who selflessly quit her job -- enjoys looking after them. But when Jacob disappears one day, Jess' life falls apart, and she gotta learn to cope with things on her own in this touching drama.
Description: Based on Akira Kurosawa's final unproduced script, this Edo-period drama takes zone almost entirely inside an ocean-village brothel. O-Shin is a young brothel worker who one night supports a young samurai escape from his pursuers. Vs the warnings of her fellow workers, particularly Kikuno and the brothel's owner, O-Shin falls in love with the samurai.
Description: Influenced by the social and geopolitical case of the early nineteen-seventies and the hippie youth movement of the late nineteen-sixties, Quatermass is set in a near future in which huge numbers of young folks are joining a cult, the “Planet People”, and gathering at ancient sites, believing they will be transported to a better life on other planet.
Description: Set in 1912, the whole movie takes zone inside a dive bar called The Last Possibility Saloon, where its destitute patrons eagerly await the comeback of Hickey, who arrives annually and props everyone up with gratis drinks and spirited stories of his travels. However, when Hickey does present up this year, it is with a message of temperance and an exhortation to give up hopeless dreams and face reality.
Description: A wealthy, self-absorbed Rome socialite is tacked by guilt over the death of her young son. As a method of dealing with her grief and finding meaning in her life, she decides to devote her time and cash to the city’s terrible and sick. Her newfound, single-minded activism leads to conflicts with her husband and questions about her sanity.
Description: Panther is a semi-historic movie about the origins of The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The film spans about 3 years (1966-68) of the Black Panther's history in Oakland. Panther also uses historical footage (B/W) to emphasize some points.
Description: The movie is set in France in the 1990s, the French were defeated by the Germans early in Globe Fight II, an armistice was signed in 1940 which effectively split France into a German occupied part in the North and a semi-independent part in the south which became known as Vichy France. In reality the Vichy government was a puppet regime controlled by the Germans. Part of the agreement was that the Vichy Government would support with the 'cleansing' of Jews from France. The Vichy government formed a police force named the Milice, who worked with the Germans...
Description: A bullied young man befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. A makeover of the film “Let The Right One In” which was an adaptation of a book.
Description: Not quite a religious film, not quite a coming-of-age story, not quite a kiddie flick, and not quite a supernatural horror movie, Taliesin Jones's identity crisis nonetheless reveals a sweet examination of one kid and his thoughts on God.
Description: Iraq, 2004: during a routine sortie a US patrol is ambushed and the young troops are forced to place their training and skills into action fast. A determined foe with superior local knowledge, the Fedayeen insurgents later draw them into close quarter combat and a desperate war for survival.
Description: American women dream of finding romance in Rome, but there is none for secretaries, Anita says her replacement at the USDA. But Maria later meets Prince Dino de Cessi at a party at her boss's home who invites her to fly to Venice in his personal plane. Frances, who has been in Rome for 15 years as the secretary of a successful American writer who talks a lot like George Bernard Shaw and is just as elusive as Professor Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady," says her at first to tell "no" and then decides that together they can handle the boy nicknamed the predatory prince. Coins tossed in the Trevi Fountain can indeed work magic.
Description: A religious thriller that centers on a theory: 30 folks have been selected by God to maintain the balance of globe as we know it. These "Chosen Ones" have been methodically exterminated throughout history and it is actually time to take out the last of the them.
Description: In 16th-century Russia in the grip of chaos, Ivan the Poor strongly believes he is vested with a holy mission. Believing he can understand and interpret the signs, he sees the Last Judgment approaching. He establishes absolute power, cruelly destroying anyone who gets in his way. During this reign of terror, Philip, the superior of the monastery on the Solovetsky Islands, a nice scholar and Ivan's close friend, dares to oppose the sovereign's mystical tyranny. What follows is a clash between two fully opposite visions of the world, smashing morality and justice, God and men. A grand-scale movie with perfect leading roles by Mamonov and Yankovsky. An allegory of Stalinist Russia
Description: A young writer can't write a word for his next novel, he also doesn't feel right with his fiancée; because he falls in love with a woman, but he can't remember who she is and can't figure out if she's true or just a dream.
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I first heard of Boris Barnet at the Telluride Movie Festival in the mid-80s-- a rather dour intro by the historian Ian Christie was odd prepararation for two absolutely delicious silent comedies, The Woman With a Hatbox (starring Anna Sten, whom Sam Goldwyn would fail to create into the next Garbo) and The House on Trubnaya Street. Outskirts is Barnet's first sound film, and a darker work, though not as it is often described, purely a serious one.The setting is the year 1914, first in a total backwater (we never know exactly where this city is, or if it's attached to something bigger, it's one city out of a thousand in Tsarist Russia) and then, as fight breaks out, at the front as well. The plot is simply a series of episodes, initially comic though increasingly grim, depicting the ordinary folk. Though fight is here and the nice Soviet revolution is coming, the film seems to offer tiny more than a sardonic Russian shrug toward such events, the folks much more interested in love and clowning around. Like some another early Soviet talkies, Barnet makes a virtue of primitive Soviet sound technique by using sound expressionistically; the difference between this and a movie like Pudovkin's Deserter is that Barnet often uses sound to blow a raspberry at whatever grandiose thing is supposed to be happening.This vaguely avant-garde aspect has led a several critics like Jonathan Rosenbaum to call Outskirts an unknown masterpiece of cinema, but it's a tiny too rough and awkwardly place together for the name to fit comfortably. And more to the point, a Soviet masterpiece is something grand and auspicious, and this is a very various type of film, closer in spirit to some of Godard's playful and absurdist early films, or to the casual working stiff's cynicism of 1960s Eastern European movies like Menzel's Larks on a String, which mocked the pretensions and promises of Soviet society but were attentive not to receive too specific lest the censor's hand come ruining down. (Actually in both situations the hand came down anyway; Larks on a String was shelved for 20 years, and Barnet apparently got in problem for Okraina, though by mid-30s Soviet standards he got off lightly and at least continued to work for other 25 years before committing suicide in the Brezhnev era.)
It's hard for me to judge Rivette's statement about Boris Barnet having been the best of Soviet filmmakers after Eisenstein ; I definitely prefer his works to Eisenstein's or let's tell Pudovkin's.Even in our postmodern days, Barnet's hybrid of social realism, satire, romance, category movie, musical and slapstick may be named eccentric. Rich, dynamic mise en stage is quintessential of this masterpiece condemnation of militarism, nationalism (and capitalism). It consists of two distinct parts, the first, pre-war one mixing realism with bizarre humour, the second delivering photos of fight rare in their docu-like naturalism far from Eisensteinian pathos.The transfer on Mr. Bongo's newest release seems quite nice ; regrettably no extras were taken from the original Ruscico version./To any reader of this interested in Barnet I would like to suggest other gem by this filmmaker - funny, charming and moving "Dom na Trubnoy" ("The House on Trubnaya Street"). It was recently released in France, with Russian intertitles and French subs (the film is a silent one)./
Introduction: Kuleshov was a genius, and most of his students are worth getting to know about.Barnet was really the most inconspicuous of Kuleshov's cycle, everytime quite apart from cinematic polemics raging at the time. He looked like a large lunkhead when we first see him as a cowboy in Kuleshov's Mr. West from '24. His first stab at directing assigned by his mentor, as I read, was a long serial on Fritz Lang zone about spies and counter-spies and international intrigue, except humorous and whimsical. He made other two silent comedies, one of which I've seen, very delicate and sweet-natured class conflict, almost dainty blood.Now this, about happenings leading up to the Revolution of '17 and so by nature more sombre and reflective. Eisenstein and Pudovkin had turned out rigorously-driven paeans for the 10 year anniversary, Barnet's is something else altogether.It is comedy about neighbors and brothers who are too stubborn to embrace real feelings, searing drama in the next beat about these mutual feelings sublimated in the heavy conflict of war. It bleeds and you laugh with a laughter that is sadness.It is plain fun to watch for the duration. There is sound but nowhere near as radical test as in Dezertir from that same year. Barnet was a much more gentle soul, eventually took his own life - the storyline goes - because he should no longer deliver art on the lvl he aspired to.It's all in the ending here, a real apotheosis of cinematic expression and one of the greatest moments in 30's film, truly far-reaching stuff. You have to do the work though, it's not laid out in the open, submerged further afield where censors wouldn't have the imagination to apprehend him.Two brothers have gone to war, the father receives news from the trenches that one has died, the young, rash one. Meanwhile a German POW has returned in his place; the same age, also a shoe-maker, a worker, and finds love in captivity the young brother was denied in an early stage on the same bench. The brother dead for a dubious cause has been surreally transmuted back home into a narrative that actually turns vindictive, cruel, anxious - the German POW is summarily beaten by Russians, persecuted. Barnet's coup is that these scenes depict a Revolution under foot, a valiant cause in communist lore.Meanwhile the older brother is still at the front fighting the war. We hardly ever see the German enemy, it's mostly exhausted troops futilely storming desolate no man's land. He calls off the bloodshed, single-handedly walking in the firing range and is summarily arrested by Russians as a traitor. The last news he hears is that the Winter Palace has been stormed. His response, on the threshold of consciousness: "what a rush!".Barnet had Kuleshov's movies to draw from on how to outwit the censors, but he outdoes even his mentor here in his ability to envision a multi-dimensional fabric.
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