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Description: Detail movie adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish enjoy about General Macbeth whose ambitious wife urges him to test wicked means in order to gain power of the throne over the sitting king, Duncan.
Description: In early 1939 , the Spanish Civil Fight , is coming to an end. For the Republic, the decisive war of the Ebro has meant the loss of Catalonia and the practical annihilation of his army. The Prime Minister Juan Negrin , tries one last tactic ; lengthen the Spanish contest for the foreseeable fight unite Europe can save the Second Republic . In order to avoid Negrin plans , domestic preparing a landing operation unprecedented . About thirty boats with more than 20,000 men, proceed from Castellón and Malaga to Cartagena . The so named " Expedition to Cartagena" fail and one of his ships , the " Castle Olite " , will never return . Of the 2,112 boys engaged in the Olite , 1,476 die , 342 are injured and 294 taken prisoner. The sinking of the " Castle Olite " by batteries republican offshore Cartagena , on March 7, 1939 , is one of the darkest and least known of the Spanish Civil Fight .
Description: "El rey de Canfranc" is a documentary directed by Jose Antonio Gonzalez Blanco and Manuel Priede which says the storyline of Alber le Lay, head of customs at the French border in the Aragonese Pyrenees, headquartered in Canfranc railway station. During Globe Fight II, he remained Lay a spy network from the station that allowed the escape of refugees and Jewish families as well as the passage of supplies to territories under the yoke of the Vichy regime. His collaboration with the French Resistance he acted, on more than one occasion, death.
Description: Movie refers to the happenings of the end of Globe Fight II in one of the villages in the Western Ukraine. Sergeant of the Soviet Army, Roman Karpenyuk arrives for three days on holiday in his native village to his girlfriend Anychka. However, NKVD, Ukrainian insurgent units and armed marauders stand on his way.
Description: The storyline of fight veteran Sviatoslav Yavir. He follows the secret train that transports to the Siberia Ukrainian women, including his wife and daughter, repressed by the totalitarian regime.
Description: Harlem Road Singer says the little-known storyline of Reverend Gary Davis, the nice American ragtime, blues and gospel guitarist. Not only is he one of the best folk guitar users of all time, he also represents the sweep of famous melody in America during the twentieth century. Harlem Road Singer traces his adventure from the tobacco warehouses of the rural south to the roads of Harlem, and onto the 1960s folk melody scene, a blind road musician and itinerant preacher who rose out of abject poverty to influence a generation of musicians from Ramblin’ Jack Elliott to the Grateful Dead.
Description: In the spring of 2005, an old mother living in Hanoi receives a diary. The diary carriers the notes of a young girl doctor who worked at a national liberation front hospital for two years starting in 1968 until her death. The diary was first discovered by a US militairy officer, who kept it for 35 years.
Description: Via the Chicago Reader: "After Globe Fight II an Italian soldier returns to his hometown near the Alps and, unable to search a job, hooks up with a crotchety hermit who scavenges buried shells and bombs for scrap metal."
Description: This is a storyline of strange, impossible, inexplicable love between a Muslim Turk girl and a non-Muslim Bulgarian man. Ivan (the Bulgarian) is a pure and romantic young fellow, who gets caught up in the so-called "regeneration process" (when ethnic Turks' names were forcibly changed to Bulgarian ones). He is responsible for the official seals, which is needed to trouble the fresh identity documents after the forced name changes. The schoolteacher Ayten tries to steal the seals, thinking that this method she can slow down the ethnic genocide. Their unexpected and unusual meeting brings these two characters together and makes them fell close, forcing Ivan to take a fateful decision -he gotta either "rename" Ayten, or face the consequences if he does not.
Description: WWII from Zone delivers Globe Fight II in a method you've never experienced it before. This HISTORY unique uses an all-seeing CGI eye that offers a satellite view of the conflict, allowing you to experience it in a method that puts key happenings and tipping points in a global perspective. By re-creating groundbreaking moments that should never have been captured on camera, and by illustrating the importance of simultaneity and the hidden results of crucial incidents, HISTORY presents the war's monumental moments in a never-before-seen context. And with fresh notification brought to the forefront, you'll better understand how a nation ranked 19th in the world's militaries in 1939 emerged six years soon as the planet's only atomic superpower.
Description: Born in a village in Sudan, kidnapped by slavers, often beaten and abused, and soon sold to Federico Marin, a Venetian merchant, Bakhita then came to Italy and became the nanny servant of Federico's daughter, Aurora, who had lost her mother at birth. She is treated as an outcast by the peasants and the another servants due to her black skin and African background, but Bakhita is type and generous to others. Bakhita gradually comes closer to God with the support of the type village priest, and embraces the Catholic faith. She requests to join the order of Canossian sisters, but Marin doesn't wish to give her up as his servant, treating her almost as his property. This leads to a moving court situation that raised an uproar which impacts Bakhita's freedom and ultimate decision to become a nun. Pope John Paul II declared her a saint in the year 2000.
Description: Vietnam 1791. Old Truong, the Emperor’s Master of Arms, feels the end of his life coming. But he has yet to search a successor. The country has to be prepared for fight and the Emperor is furiously impatient. He gives Master Truong two weeks to search the one. Truong sets off to visit Master Wing, a popular former General who is actually living as a easy fisherman on the shores of a lake. He has three children. Truong wants to use the two sons as his potential successors and asks to see a demonstration of their fighting skill.
Description: This historical featurette focuses on Caesar Rodney of Delaware who in the summer of 1776 cast the deciding vote, at the meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, so that the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
Description: This short movie says the real storyline of the heroic sacrifice of Father Damien, the Belgian priest who suffered a living death in order to bring hope and God's comfort to the lepers confined on the Hawaiian island of Molokai.
Description: This Greatest Short Topics Academy Award winning movie starts in the spring of 1940, just before the Nazi occupation of the Benelux countries, and ends instantly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It chronicles how the folks of "Main Road America", the country's military forces, and its industrial base were fully transformed when the decision was made to gear up for war. Original footage is interspersed with contemporary newsreels and stock footage.
Description: he movie depicts a dramatic episode in Danish history: the tumultous relationship between Lord Christian VII of Denmark and his English consort Caroline Matilda in Eighteenth century Copenhagen and the Queen's tragic affair with the royal physician and liberal reformer Johann Friedrich Struensee.
Description: A biopic of Rainis (born as Jānis Pliekšāns), a Latvian poet, playwright, translator, and politician, whose works had a profound influence on the literary Latvian language, and the ethnic symbolism he employed in his major works has been central to Latvian nationalism.
Description: Taking Tiger Mountain was the very first model movie produced during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Set during the civil fight in 1946, it follows a detachment of the People's Liberation Units in Mandchuria as they are fighting a group of bandits hiding in the mountains. Based on a novel from the 50s, Taking Tiger Mountain was first a revolutionary opera before being made into movie by director Xie Tieli.
Description: Andrés Bonifacio, the freedom warrior known as the father of the Philippine revolution, was executed by rival revolutionaries in 1897. His wife, Gregoria de Jesus, searched for his body in the mountains for 30 days. It was never found.
Description: In early spring of 1833, the smoldering resentment of American settlers in Texas vs their oppression by Mexico dictator General Santa Anna/Ana coming to a head. When a decree is issued that no more Americans may enter Texas, William H. Wharton, fiery head of a faction determined on independence or nothing, warns Stephen F. Austin that the time for half-measures is past. Austin, responsible for bringing the Americans to Texas as colonists, reminds Wharton that a settler's revolt vs Mexico would dishonor his name and the arrangements he had with the Mexican government. He gets the "Whartonites" to accept to a general convention of all colonists. Almerian Dickinson, largest land owner in the settlement of Gonzales, deeply in love with his wife Anne, warns Wharton that a bloody revolt would endanger each wife and mother in the colony. He proposes they send Austin to Mexico Town to ask Santa Anna to grant Texans a voice in their own government.
Description: Toussaint opposes the Spanish units and joins the French troops. On Saint-Domingue he succeeds to push the English back. He proclames himself as the gouvernor of Saint-Domingue. To restore the economy he takes a bold descision. He calls for the workers to return to the plantages...
Description: Fleeing religious persecution in Germany, the Leininger family seeks a fresh begin in uncharted country - America. It is the mid-1700s and British and French forces are struggling for control over the abundant resources of this fresh territory. Carving out a homestead can be arduous work, but the Leiningers labor joyfully. Then the unthinkable: In a terrifying raid, Delaware fighters kidnap the two young Leininger daughters and attempt to indoctrinate them into native culture. Through their ordeal they never lose hope and "their faith becomes their freedom".
Description: Ludwig II of Bavaria, more commonly known by his nicks the Swan Lord or the Dream King, is a legendary figure - the handsome boy-king, loved by his people, betrayed by his cabinet and found dead in tragic and mysterious circumstances. He spent his life in pursuit of the ideal of beauty, an ideal that found expression in three of the most extraordinary, ornate architectural schemes imaginable - the castle of Neuschwanstein and the palaces of Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee. Today, these three buildings are among Germany's largest tourist attractions. Dan Cruickshank explores the rich aesthetic of Ludwig II - from the mock-medievalism of Neuschwanstein, the iconic fairytale castle that became the inspiration for the one in Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty, to the rich Baroque splendour of Herrenchiemsee, Ludwig's respond to Versailles. Dan argues that Ludwig's castles are more than flamboyant kitsch and are, in fact, the key to unravelling the eternal enigma of Ludwig II.
Description: Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper bears an unrequited love for him.
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"The Celluloid Closet" is a documentary that dares to go where others haven't gone before. Hollywood, that dream factory, has everytime been a magnet for the artistic gays and lesbians that have had a lot to endure and have never been recognized to the valuable contributions they have made to the medium.Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have compiled a comprehensible acc of how homosexuals have been discriminated by the industry where they have been show since the early days of silent films. In fact, films have everytime attracted homosexuals who, for the sake of being in the pictures, have gone to extremes in order to work in this form of entertainment.We are given perfect background by a lot of folks that explain the many intricacies these closeted individuals have endured while trying to have a career in the movies. Interviews with Arthur Laurents, Tony Curtis, Armistead Maupin, Susie Bright, Whoopie Goldberg, Jan Oxenburg, Jay Presson Allen, Gore Vidal and others, expand on the material we are watching. Lily Tomlin's narration is an asset.Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman deserve credit for their frank attempt to illustrate Hollywood's hypocritical treatment to the folks who, in a way, have added to the prestige and to the artistic quality of the movies.
Based on the ebook by Vito Russo, written by Armistead Maupin, and narrated by Lily Tomlin, THE CELLULOID CLOSET uses interviews and hundreds of movie clips to examine the method in which Hollywood has presented gay and lesbian characters on movie from the age of silent cinema to such newest movies as PHILADELPHIA and DESERT HEARTS. Throughout the documentary, the focus is on both stereotypes and the different methods that more constructive directors and writers worked around the censorship of different decades to make implicitly homosexual characters, with considerable attention given to the method in which stereotypes shaped public ideas of the gay community in general. Overtly homosexual characters were not particularly unusual in silent and pre-code Hollywood films, and CLOSET offers an interesting sampling of both swishy stereotypes and unexpectedly sophisticated characters--both of which were doomed by the Hayes Code, a series of censorship guidelines adopted by Hollywood in the early 1930s.The result of the Code was to soften some of the more grotesque stereotypes--but more interesting was the impetus the Code gave to movie makers to make homosexual characters and plot lines that would go over the heads of industry censors but which should still be interpreted by astute audiences, with movies such as THE MALTESE FALCON, REBECCA, BEN-HUR, and REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE situations in point. Once the Code collapsed, however, Hollywood again returned to stereotypes in an effort to money in on controversy--with the effect that throughout most of the sixties and seventies homosexual characters were usually presented as unhappy, maladjusted monsters at best, suicidal and psychopathic entities at worst.The movie clips are fascinating items and are often highlighted by interviews of individuals who made the films: Tony Curtis re SOME LIKE IT HOT and SPARTACUS, Shirley MacLaine re THE CHILDREN'S HOUR, Stephen Boyd re BEN-HUR, Farley Granger re ROPE, and Whoopie Goldberg re THE COLOR PURPLE, to name but a few. All are interesting and intriguing, but two deserve unique mention: Harvey Fierstein, who talks about the hunger he had as a youth to see accurate reflections of himself on the screen, and Susan Sarandon, who makes an eloquent statement on the power of movie as "the keeper of the dreams."Although the material will have unique appeal to gays and lesbians, it could be of interest to any serious movie buff with its mix of trivia and significant fact. The DVD also contains notable packs of out-takes from interviews that are often as interesting as the material that made the final cut. If the documentary has a fault, however, it is that it offers no "summing up," preferring instead to present only how far the portrayal of homosexuals has come and indicating how far it has yet to go. Suggested to any one interested in movie history and interpretation.Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer
Entertaining, thought-provoking and (at times) very funny documentary chronicling gay topics matter in motion pictures from the silents up to 1995. The narration (by Lily Tomlin) is insightful and the cameos and comments by different stars who have played gay (Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Harry Hamlin) or are gay (Harvey Feinstein, the late Quentin Crisp, Paul Rudnick) are very entertaining and in two situations (with Susan Sarandon and Gore Vidal) utterly uproarious. Unique attention could be paid to the "Ben-Hur" segment when you realize Stephen Boyd was testing it gay and Charlton Heston was fully oblivious! This is a very necessary movie and could be seen by everybody gay OR straight. A gotta for movie buffs. Don't miss this one! My only complaint--it's too short! The DVD ver has additional interviews that are just great.
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