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Description: An adaptation of nine stories from Bocaccio's "Decameron": A young Sicilian is swindled twice, but ends up rich; a boy poses as a deaf-mute in a convent of curious nuns; a girl gotta hide her lover when her husband comes home early; a scoundrel fools a priest on his deathbed; three brothers take revenge on their sister's lover; a young woman sleeps on the roof to meet her boyfriend at night; a group of painters wait for inspiration; a crafty priest attempts to seduce his friend's wife; and two mates create a pact to search out what happens after death. Pasolini is up to his old tricks satirizing the Church, and throwing in liberal doses of life and love
Description: A short movie depicting the execution of Mary, Queen of the Scots. Mary is brought to the execution block and made to kneel down with her neck over it. The executioner lifts his axe ready to bring it down. After that frame Mary has been replaced by a dummy. The axe comes down and severs the head of the dummy from the body. The executioner picks up the head and shows it around for everyone else to see. One of the first camera tricks to be used in a movie.
Description: The storyline of America's rise to power starting in 1959, it uses nothing but archive footage and America pop music. Showing the consequences on the rest of the globe and in peoples mind.
Description: Fact-based fight drama about an American battalion of over 500 boys which gets trapped behind opponent lines in the Argonne Forest in October 1918 France during the closing weeks of Globe Fight I. Based on a real story, The Lost Battalion is set in 1918 during the final months of WWI. Assigned to capture an opponent stronghold in Charlvaux at the height of the Argonne campaign, the boys of the AEF 308th Battalion, 77th Division, are led by young American major Charles Whittlesey, an inexperienced but dedicated "citizen soldier." Fully slash off from the another allied troops, unaware of their vulnerability, and barraged by "friendly fire," the 500-plus boys of the 308th bravely keep their position, suffering wonderful losses and unspeakable deprivations in the process -- while the battalion's superior officers, far from the firing line, callously prepare to write off the boys as expendable casualties.
Description: The Apache Indians have reluctantly accepted to settle on a US Government approved reservation. Not all the Apaches are able to adapt to the life of corn farmers. One in particular, Geronimo, is restless. Pushed over the edge by broken promises and important actions by the government, Geronimo and thirty or so another fighters form an attack squad which humiliates the government by evading capture, whi
Description: Namus (Armenian: Նամուս, meaning "honor") is a 1925 silent movie by Hamo Beknazarian, based on Alexander Shirvanzade's 1885 novel of the same name, which denounces the despotic rites and customs of Caucasian families. It is widely recognized as the first Armenian detail film.
Description: Following With Fire and Sword', this is an adaptation of the second and most spectacular part of Sienkiewicz's trilogy of warfare, romance, and derring-do. With fight raging across Europe in the 17th century, a dashing fighter wars for the heart of a young gentlewoman. With almost four hundred actors, thousands of extras and twenty three thousand costumes, this is one of the most famous movies in Polish cineman and received an Oscar nomination for Greatest Foreign Feature.
Description: Diederich Heßling is afraid of everything and everyone. But as he grows up, he comes to realize that he has to offer his services to the powers-that-be if he wants to wield power himself. His life motto actually runs: bow to those at the top and tread on those below. In this way, he everytime succeeds: as a student in a duel-fighting student fraternity and as a businessman in a paper factory. He cajoles the obese district administrative president Von Wulkow and wins his favor. He slanders his financial rivals and hatches a plot with the social democrats in the city council. On his honeymoon with his rich wife Guste, he finally finds a possibility to do his beloved Kaiser a favor. And when a memorial to the Kaiser is unveiled in the city where Diederich lives and works, he delivers the address. He stands behind the lectern in the pouring rain, saluting his Kaiser. The crowd is dispersed. Everything is laid in ruins...
Description: In 1883, the Apache Indians lead by Geronimo reluctantly surrender to the attacks of American and Mexican troops, in exchange for a zone and meal for their warriors. Later though, Geronimo escapes the camps and declares fight vs the Americans.
Description: On the morning of December 7, 1941, a surprise attack by Japanese naval aviation vs the American held island of Oahu and Pearl Harbor thrust the United States into Globe Fight II. This storyline features one of the most momentous happenings in American history and a crucial turning mission in the 20th century. Most importantly, it is a storyline of the folks who were there, said through eyewitness accounts of American and Japanese veterans, some of whose stories have never been told. This is a storyline of perseverance and heroism in the face of overwhelming odds. This is the storyline of Pearl Harbor.
Description: The U.S. government recognizes land grants made when the West was under Spanish rule. This inspires James Reavis to forge a chain of historical evidence that makes a foundling woman the Baroness of Arizona. Reavis marries the woman and presses his claim to the whole Arizona territory.
Description: This is the first movie to dramatize how President Hinckley was prepared by the King from his youth. From boyhood lessons, to tender moments with his mother in their library, to overcoming rejection in the point field, you will feel the warmth that endeared him to so many soon in life. In the railroad yard, behind a typewriter, and hand-in-hand with Marjorie, the love of his life, Gordon B. Hinckley grew to become a giant among men.
Description: France, 1893. Joseph Bouvier attempts to shoot his love who refused to marry him and to commit suicide. Upon release from the filthy asylum where he was placed, with bullets still remaining in his head, he wanders the country streets and rapes and murders many teenagers over years. The judge Rousseau captures him, but to serve his ambition seeks to avoid that Bouvier is simply declared insane.
Description: A friendship started in childhood in Thessaloniki firstly turned into being comrade in arms and then a half-century brotherhood and fraternity following the same ideals until the death upon proclamation of the Republic; Ataturk & Salih Bozok Veda Ataturk (The Farewell Ataturk) is the storyline of a brotherhood, portrayal of milestones in Ataturk's life and the storyline of a commander commanding a generation that challenged the death to save the homeland.
Description: Dr Gerald Bull was a genius at designing and building superguns (very huge long range guns capable of shooting at ranges more than 100 miles). When an operational plan by the CIA to export sanctioned arms to apartheid-South Africa through him was exposed, the CIA denied all knowledge and he went to jail. He was soon released, and moved to Belgium to begin a subsidiary, of which a major project was to support Saddam Hussein build a fresh supergun capable of firing over 500 miles.
Description: In 1866, a fresh gold discovery and an inconclusive symposium force the U.S. Units to build a street and fort in zone ceded by previous treaty to the Sioux...to the disgust of frontier scout Jim Bridger, whose Cheyenne wife led him to see the conflict from both sides. The powder-keg case needs only a spark to bring war, and violent bigots like Lieut. Rob Dancy are all too likely to deliever this. Meanwhile, Bridger's possibility of preventing catastrophe is dimmed by equally wrenching private conflicts. Unusually accurate historically.
Description: A group of archaeologists, members of a sect that worships ancient Egypt, working from a sample of her DNA, attempt to bring back to life the pretty Cleopatra. Shot on zone among the pyramids of Egypt and a stone's throw from the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, Private's Cleopatra takes us from the turbulent and sexually charged globe of ancient Egypt to the show day as Antonio Adamo leads us on a torrid trip through time in the company of some of the most tempting talent imaginable. Working with a cast that contains such well known names as Julia Taylor, Rita Faltoyano, Sandra Russo and Bobbi Eden, Cleopatra mixes the ancient and the modern, as a group of archaeologists excavating in modern day Egypt raise rather more than just a cloud of dust from the tomb they are investigating. We are sucked into a sexual sandstorm of the most ardent sex action imaginable as the ancient queen of the desert, Cleopatra, bewitches all those she meets with her extraordinary powers.
Description: Messalina (played by superb Betty Roland) is a power-hungry nymphomaniac who will stop at nothing to become Empress of Rome. She brings herself to the attention of Caligula by battling in the gladiator arena and it is not long before she achieves her goal, upsetting the Emperor's youngest sister Agrippina, who hopes that her son Nero will eventually become ruler of Rome. Agrippina successfully plots Caligula's downfall, but Messalina rains on her parade by instantly jumping into the sack with his successor, Claudius. But naughty old Messalina can't commit herself to one man, and shags everyone in sight, including a grotesque, but well-endowed, frequenter of brothels, a randy midget, her eunuch(!?!?) and an ex-lover. When she ends up pregnant, and it is obvious that the father is not Claudius (since he has been away fighting in foreign lands), Agrippina finally sees her occasion to be rid of her nemesis once and for all.
Description: Biography of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of modern Pakistan is said through flashbacks as his soul tries to search eternal rest. The flashbacks begin in 1947 as Jinnah pleads for a separate nation from the Muslim regime, infuriating King Mountbatten. Mountbatten then tries to enlist Gandhi & Nehru to persuade Jinnah to stop his efforts. Gandhi sides with Jinnah, which upsets Nehru. However, Jinnah turns down the offer to become prime minister and the movie takes other slide back to 1916, which reveals all of the political implications that have occurred.
Description: Ramona works in a concert agency and is sent after the rock band 'Children of Paradise' who have disappeared. Since she can't drive, she has to take the train and bus and eventually hitchhike. On her method through the Canadian back country she meets the weirdest folks - and learns to drive, what leads to... roadkill.
Description: In 1867, with Garibaldi's forces close to bringing Rome into the Italian kingdom, Monsignor Colombo da Priverno, a world-weary judge on the papal court, wants to resign, disgusted by the violence to which the papacy resorts to keep secular power. That night, three rebels blow up the Zouaves' barracks. Colombo learns that a brief liaison with a countess 20 years' before produced a son, one of the rebels arrested for the bombing. He uses his influence to gain the youth's release, hides him, and then engages in doomed wars of wit with the court and with the Black Pope to gratis the another two. Can this priest be a father, blunt power, and live out his faith?
Description: The viscous conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is actually a generation old. For many of the kids of the region, the terrorist fight has been going on for their whole lifetimes, killing their family and friends, and overshadowing their lives. They are the Kids of Rage
Description: Features the life of the Russian monk Rasputin. The movie shows his rise to power and how it corrupted him. His sexual perversions and madness ultimatly leads to his gruesome assasination.
Description: In 17th-century Salem, Hester Prynne gotta wear a scarlet A because she is an adulteress, with a kid out of wedlock. For seven years, she has refused to name the father. A vigorous older stranger arrives, recognized by Hester but unknown to others as her missing husband. He poses as Chillingworth, a doctor, watching Hester and searching out the identity of her lover. His eye later rests on Dimmesdale, a young overwrought pastor. Enmity grows between the two men; Chillingworth applies psychological pressure, and the pastor starts to crack. A ship stops in Salem, and Hester sees it as a providential refuge for her daughter, herself, and her lover. But will Dimmesdale flee with her?
Description: Scientists from the mid-nineteenth century have searched for the fossil remains of the "missing link" in evolution - the half-man, half-ape that would explain where mankind came from. But over the last century and a half, it has been the concept of what a missing url is that has evolved. The history of this scientific quest - peopled with fanatics, frauds, amateurs, professionals, the lucky, the unlucky, the unfairly neglected and the undeservedly praised - is the topics of this documentary. Reenactments depict scientists making their discoveries and then stretch back hundreds of thousands, even millions, of years to depict the typical lives of our human and human-like ancestors. Interviews with leading scientists fill in the details.
Description: While on vacation in Rhodes, Athenian fight character Darios becomes involved in two various plots to overthrow the tyrannical king, one from Rhodian patriots and the another from sinister Phoenician agents.
Description: This is the second part of a projected three-part epic biopic of Russian Czar Ivan Grozny, undertaken by Soviet film-maker Sergei Eisenstein at the behest of Josef Stalin. Production of the epic was stopped before the third part should be filmed, due to producer dissatisfaction with Eisenstein's introducing forbidden experimental filming techniques into the material, more evident in this part than the first part. As it was, this second part was banned from showings until after the deaths of both Eisenstein and Stalin, and a change of attitude by the subsequent heads of the Soviet government. In this part, as Ivan the Poor attempts to consolidate his power by establishing a private army, his political rivals, the Russian boyars, plot to assassinate him.
Description: The movie follows the life of Napoleon from his early life in Corsica to his death at Saint Helena. The movie is notable for its test of zone shooting for numerous scenes, especially at the French estates of Malmaison and Fontainebleau, the Palace of Versailles, and websites of Napoleonic wars including Austerlitz and Waterloo.
Description: A modern-dress adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's Elizabethan tragedy about Lord Edward II's homosexual relationship with the ambitious Gaveston, and his overthrow by the queen and the outraged nobility.
Description: In flashback, fifty years after inventing the light bulb, an 82-year-old Edison says his storyline starting at age twenty-two with his comeback in Fresh York. He's on his method with invention of an early form of stock store ticker.
Description: A movie about the early part of the French Revolution, shown from the eyes of the citizens of Marseille, counts in German exile and, of course, the lord Louis XVI, every showing their own tiny problems.
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Such a courageous film, so full of history and culture but filtered through the irony of the centuries. The eternal ugly side of politics reflects itself on the mirror of the past, with the bitterness of Scipio, the cynicism of his brother Lucio, the moral (and physical) beauty of his wife Emilia (Silvana Mangano), the stern but utilitarian morality of Cato, the indifference of the Gods, while the roman ruins of the scenery, and the modern language (roman dialect in the original) of the characters (splendid all the actors),demonstrate that past is present. Forty years old, this film keeps being a excellent metaphor not only of the current Italian case but of the human factors, tragedy and comedy together. For refined palates.
This semi-historical talkathon about the Ancient Roman fighter Scipio Africanus is an attempt at an intimate 'anti-epic' in the style of Pasolini's Medea or Oedipus Rex. If nothing else, it reminds us just how inspired those another movies are. Shooting in the deserts of Morocco or Eastern Turkey, Pasolini makes us feel his camera has somehow time-travelled back to Antiquity - and the storyline he says has the intensity of Greek tragedy or primal myth.In the far-less-gifted hands of writer-director Luigi Magni, we receive a bunch of big-name actors standing round in cut-price togas. All of them seem to wonder just what they are doing there, and whether or not they can be bothered to stay. Most ludicrous are the authentic Roman ruins that stand in for sets. Did nobody mission out that these were NOT ruins at the time the storyline takes place, but fresh and glittering triumphs of modern architecture?A pity, because the cast is highly skilled. A bald Marcello Mastroianni tries difficult as Scipio, Silvana Mangano looks predictably stunning as his wife and Vittorio Gassman is brilliantly slimy as his arch-enemy - the wily, cat-loving statesman Cato. The struggle between Scipio and Cato (i.e. between military force and civilian government) is as relevant today as it was when it happened. You can hear the same debate any night on the evening news...
Much too hard to be totally grasped by not Italian-mother-tongue folks ... I'm scared I don't accept with the main review by the Scottish fellow. Things are quite various from what appear to be, although I can understand the mission of view of a non Italian ... This movie is not so much about an episode in Roman history, as it is indeed about life and folks themselves ... All over the globe and all along times ... Here, the figure of Scipio is one that entails all boys with an unbreakable ideal in their mind and his war vs a globe of common folks hopelessly prone to daily trivialities ... It is a storyline about the impossibility for the soon to comprehend the former, and about inevitability of disenchantment of this heroic figure, as he expects gratitude and respect for his out-of-the-ordinary deeds ... Even the role of his wife Emilia (well performed by Silvana Mangano) is there to underline the fact that Scipio was a trouble even before his conquests, in his family relations, and afterward he became a trouble to all Romans at huge ... There are two connections to Greek tragedy as well in the "narrating" roles of Giove Capitolino (Turi Ferro) and Licia (Wendy D'Olive) ... Which represent the ideals of the mythological Rome of the Fathers; both of which - in the end - can't support but see Scipio go away and give up his home city with sadness and dismay ... I've watched this movie each time it was broadcast by the TV, and I gotta admit that I myself was disappointed originally, because of some apparent approximations - like for instance the improbable aforementioned ruins - and mostly for the test in dialogues of show Roman slang ... But indeed this is an issue: The end of the heroes - like Scipio and Cato himself - didn't preserve the republic in the end and even today - in our show republic - we can see the same misery in human behavior; the ruins where already there in those times and were the ruins of humanity and decency; the test of Roman slang is the metaphor of the language of the resentful people, nice only at talking about miserable things ... Scipio went to fight to save his homeland and their national pride ... high-minded and ready to victory or die for Rome ... But on his return, he found a various country; one without anymore fear and ready to live a quiet life in freedom and safety: NO MORE HEROES NEEDED ! Scipio learns the truth only thanks to a cruel outburst by Emilia, that clarify things to him. Then he goes to Senate and falsely confesses any type of misdeeds ... This is the main point, in which a very cryptic (for non Italians) dialect exchange of lines explains why all that fuss was required ... Scipio and Cato are finally aware - in personal - of being probably the only two honest boys in Rome, but nobody has to know ... for the sake of the Republic (in which everybody is - and gotta be - equal) ... the only necessary thing to be protected ...*** PS. Much too hard to be totally grasped - in the original release - by not Italian-mother-tongue folks ... Not even to mention it, in a dubbed version! ...
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