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Description: Four young ladies – Redhead, Blackie, May Lily and Irina, – earn a living very much in the style of 1990s Russia. The women pick up horny rich boys on the roads and lure terrible fellas into their lair. Offering them alcohol and promising sex, they are just selecting the right moment to stifle and rob them. The women have a faithful bodyguard Baban, who supports to hold their dirty deeds under cover. In turn the women sometimes allow Baban watch their lesbian orgies. Blackie’s tiny daughter is other full-fledged member of this “family” – the bodyguard Baban is her greatest friend, and sometimes she likes to peek at her mommy and mates having sex through a small hole in the wall. They all share one dream – to save up money, break away from the post-Soviet misery and spend next Christmas in Paris. –Obskura
Description: A corrupt mayor, his undercover agents and two rival gangs of drug traffickers. This risky cocktail serves as the basis for a thriller accented with black humor and high impact dialogues. It shows in a dynamic and contemporary style the underworld of drug trafficking in Latin America and its results on society.
Description: This is the oldest known Chinese-American film and one of the earliest movies to have a female director. The storyline appears to be one of a young "Westernized" Chinese couple living in America and the cultural clash they experience with the man's traditional family. The film has no surviving intertitles (if it ever had any), so there's room for interpretation. Formally premiering in 1917, this movie did not thereafter obtain commercial distribution.
Description: The wives of few high-powered doctors feel neglected due to their husbands' focus on their careers, so they embark on a regimen of sex, drugs and booze. An all-star cast drives this glossy combination of soap opera and murder mystery, heavily drenched in booze and sex. Feeling neglected, one of the game characters decides she’s going to sleep with all her husband’s friends… but when she’s suddenly killed in the act, all of the wives’ clandestine activities start coming to light. Dyan Cannon, Gene Hackman, Richard Crenna, Carroll O’Connor, Rachel Roberts, Janice Rule, Ralph Bellamy, Scott Brady, Richard Anderson and many more round out the cast.
Description: Since she was three months old, Yasmeen has been living with a foster family. Seventeen years have passed by and unbreakable bonds of love have formed between her and her parents and siblings. When Yasmeen is about to be adopted and officially recognised as a member of the family, a girl begins hassling her, claiming to be her mother.
Description: By applying all his knowledge in electricity and electronics, Raúl Tréllez, a bum who lives in the downtown roads of Bogotá, struggles to control the time of a red light so that jugglers, cripples and another homeless folks can achieve longer shows in the red light corner.
Description: Anna: Shout Queen Assassin takes us on a adventure into the globe of indie grind house movie auditions with a twist. Our young actress is desperate to create it in the movies. She is invited to a series of filmed auditions, testing out different scenarios on camera. The trouble is, the director is a perverted sicko with only one thing on his mind. As the actress progresses through an ever more bizarre series of roles she slowly realizes all the boy wants is sexual satisfaction. Forced to strip, and do carnal things in the name of the art, she eventually flips and takes matters into her own hands.
Description: The movie depicts the period leading up to the coup and few days after it. In a time of economic turmoil, six generals are kidnapped and killed by the PKI and Air Force, purportedly to preempt a coup vs President Sukarno. General Suharto destroys the coup and, afterwards urges the Indonesian populace to commemorate those killed and war vs all forms of communism. The movie shows the G30S leadership as ruthless and planning "every transport to the last detail", taking joy in using excessive violence and torturing the generals, depictions which have been read as portraying "the state's opponents as outside the realm of the human".
Description: The movie shows how Italy's historic national character Giuseppe Garibaldi (embodied by Renzo Ricci) leads a military campaign known as Expedition of the Thousand in 1860 and conquers Sicily and Naples. When the Bourbon monarchy has left Southern Italy, he helps Victor Emmanuel II of Italy who achieves a lasting unification under the aegis the House of Savoy. Roberto Rossellini has told he was prouder of this movie than of any another movie he ever made.
Description: Susan is a filmaker working on a documentary about subway suicides at Mexico City. Roberto is an illegal mexican inmigrant that works cleaning windows at Fresh York. Roberto meets Susan and they begin hanging out, sharing their own experiences.
Description: A young girl tries to leave her troubled past behind. She meets her old flame by accident and they fall in love again, but this obsessive relationship threatens to consume them.
Description: Mockumentary about a pornographic movie starlet who commits suicide during the filming of a documentary about the adult movie business, leading to the discovery of a snuff film.
Description: A blind girl and her husband live in a rural home. Regina, their daughter dissapeared, but in reality, Regina is been used as her father's pet. Her father Antonio keeps her in the yard while her mother hopes Regina will call home and wonders why the dog her husband cares so much never barks.
Description: Stunningly pretty law student Antonia Scherer and her girlfriend Judy are earning holiday cash as Paparazze for a slimy gossip columnist called WALZ. Part of the job involves trying to snap images of popular folks on the Cote d'Azur. The two women promptly catch a snap of the eldest son of a mega rich banking family, in a suggestive situation. Realizing that she has been spotted by him, Antonia runs off with the movie but is then involved in an accident and loses consciousness. She wakes up to search herself on Leonhardt's personal yacht.
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Description: Juan Manuel intends his wife Clara, who is blind, sign the will in his favor, but she refuses. With them lives Soledad, goddaughter Clara. A day comes Carlos, nephew of Juan Manuel, who is interested in Soledad. Carlos is going to study medicine in the United States and maintains correspondence with Soledad. Juan Manuel shows interest in Soledad but prevents Clara meet her. She is the daughter of Clara, who hid that Juan Manuel had killed the father of Soledad and also caused her blindness.
Description: Virgile returns to the Riviera some time after severing all his ties to the region. His reunion with his gang of mates proves to be a memorable occasion. But within the walls of a villa, the fate of the mates is to take a decisive turn. As old wounds resurface, they all start to ask themselves one question: just where can one go with friendship?
Description: Shiwa, the son of a terrible Chinese farmer, is doing well at school. But when his mother dies and his sister leaves the house, he's the only one left to take care of his disabled father.
Description: The film is an entertaining and a cinematic adventure of a morally-stricken Chief Minister who works efficiently and actively to support a beleaguered elderly singer who is yet to obtain the government allotted flat applied for eight long years ago! The storyline line depicts originally of characters such as the CM, his wife, his PA, the Principle Secretary and many personnel from the assembly. Storyline revolves within the time period of afternoon 3 PM to 6 AM dawn during which it highlights the political decision making process and also gives us an insight to the unending mind minigames between politicians and bureaucrats within our system.
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Description: At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the occasion to rebuild his squad when he trades for the number one pick. He gotta decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a several hundred young boys with NFL dreams.
Description: The film stars you see on the screen have once been chosen amongst others. The glamor of the premiere is preceded by mug shots, selections, interviews, wining, dining, backstabbing and sex. In the end, everyone gets what they deserve.
Description: "Marius" takes zone in Marseilles' Old Port, at the La Marine Bar, owned by César and his son Marius. Marius' largest dream is to embark on one of the boats passing by his dad's bar and to set off to a faraway land. Fanny, a young and cute seafood peddler, has secretly been in love with Marius since her childhood; Marius, never admitting it, has everytime loved Fanny. One day, a sailor drops by La Marine and offers him a job on an exploratory ship. Trying to keep him off and to create him jealous, Fanny confesses his love to him and provokes a war between Marius and one of César's old friends, Panisse, a boat merchant, who despite his old age, has been courting Fanny for a while. Torn between the call of the sea and his love for her, Marius abandons his dream to be with Fanny who gives herself to him. As César and Honorine, Fanny's mother, are getting ready for the wedding, Marius changes his mind, drawn back to the call of the sea.
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Do folks watch Astaire and Rogers movies for more than the pleasure of their dancing and singing? Both performed the dialog parts in their musical comedies well too, but most folks think of their films as a series of occasions to see nice dance numbers and to hear melody by Gershwin, Kern, Berlin, Porter, or Youmans. I doubt if they recall the plots."Flying Down To Rio" deals with a traveling orchestra that assists in advertising a hotel in Rio De Janairo. Nobody recalls that, but they recall Youmans' music "Orchids in the Moonlight" and his dance (for Astaire and Rogers) "The Carioca". They also remember the large production number of the young girls on the airplane wing ("Ah, Rio, Rio by the Sea - Oh!"). Except for that, several recall the character is Gene Raymond and the heroine is Delores Del Rio. The running gag of the three agents of the bank that is trying to sabotage the fresh hotel (and who are only seen as top hatted shadows) may be recalled - but it isn't really worth recalling.In the soon musicals the same issues exist. The storyline of "Gay Divorcée" (originally "Gay Divorce" on Broadway) is how Rogers hires Eric Rhodes to be found with her at a resort hotel so her husband can have grounds for divorce. The Porter score including "Night and Day" and "The Continental" was nice - but who recalls the plot (though Rhodes is very funny as the perpetual hired "other man" for immediate divorces. The final irony of the plot (almost like a flat joke's punch line) is that Eric Blore knows a nasty secret about the husband, who (for his own reasons) does not wish a divorce.The series did test to tie the couple down to more than frivolous plots dealing with mistaken identities or fake personalities. FOLLOW THE FLEET and CAREFREE tried to have plots dealing with sailors putting on a present and with a psychologist falling in love with a patient who was engaged to his greatest mate (Ralph Bellamy, of course). Both were amusing, but rather slapdash. CAREFREE had a curious concluding moment, when a hypnotized Rogers is literally slapped out of her state of hypnosis. Rogers looks like she has been the victim of domestic violence as she is married.By 1939 Astaire and Rogers were tired of the series, and wanted to go their separate ways. The public was also getting tired of the series. So finally they were given a property that reversed the formula. Instead of the melody and dancing ornamenting a bare plot, the plot incorporated the melody and dance by saying the storyline of the best ballroom dance squad of the first half of the 20th Century, Vernon and Irene Castle.I have often felt that had Vernon Castle lived beyond 1917 into the period of talkie movies, and stayed married to Irene, they might have been in some of the Astaire Rogers movies (the choreography of two rival couples dancing would have been fascinating). Vernon might have played a mentor or rival or father to Fred. But it wasn't to be. As the movie shows Vernon (who was English-born) enlisted in the Air Corps in 1917, and was killed in a freak accident saving the life of a pilot he was training (the stage in the movie is quite savage in showing the crash).In the four years (1913 - 1917) when they swept the globe with their mastery of dancing, Vernon and Irene Castle became leading celebrities. The movie follows the slow steps to fame they took, including getting stuck for awhile in Paris because Vernon was hired only to be a comic actor, not to be a dancer. It shows how Edna Mae Oliver (as their agent and friend) gets them the breaks they deserve, and how they end as figures of social change (ballroom dancing regained popularity, and they did make not only fashions for boys and girls but also "the Castle Walk" dance step). That this all happened in four years suggests what their impact would have been if they lived into the 1940s together (Irene Castle died in the 1960s).There are some delicious moments in the film: Ginger Rogers auditioning for her date Fred Astaire by doing "Yama Yama Man" finished with a costume in her parlor. She is imitating the originator of the song, Bessie McCoy. Walter Brennan trying to protect Rogers from Astaire (whose intentions he constantly suspects). Watch him in a tiny stage watering the grass of the lawn, and ignoring Astaire's questions. Oliver noticing the rhythmic swaying of the overhead lamp in her apartment due to the dancing going on upstairs (where Fred and Ginger are dancing). But what is greatest is the feeling of impending doom over the couple. We know Vernon is going to die so that means their success and their life together will end soon.This sense of doom makes "The Storyline of Vernon and Irene Castle" special among the Astaire - Rogers movies - it is a downer. There is no getting away from the loss of happiness Irene Castle suffered, nor the loss of talent the theater and dance globe suffered. The concluding moment of the movie everytime haunted me - Irene and Vernon dancing in spirit together, twirling in a never-ending, eventually disappearing embrace. When I saw the movie the first time, Irene Castle was still alive. The second time she was gone but the two stars were still living. Actually Fred and Ginger are gone too. That final ghostly dance manages to encompass two sets of dance legends, and increases the sadness that surrounds this - to me - greatest of their films.
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! First of all, Fred and Ginger are where it's at in my opinion, so my feelings about this film are not all that surprising. I own all the Astaire/Rogers movies, and this one is my second favorite. (the Barkleys of broadway rules) The dancing is nice even if it is not really what we'd expect F&G to be doing. I am a romantic-type-person, so I absolutley love all the "sweethearts" and "darlings" and (possible spoiler here)"Irene, I'm terribly in love w/ you. I never thought I'd fall in love, but I have, and I'm glad I have, and will you please marry me?" That makes me cry each time. 2 KISSES!!! Many pecks. YEA! The end is sooooooo sad. I absolutley hate seeing Ginger cry-it just about breaks my heart. (don't mind me, I'm obsessed.)Anyway-this is a nice movie-SEE IT if you possibly can. I thought it was great.
For their last movie at RKO, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers co-starred in The Storyline of Vernon and Irene Castle. It was the only time the squad ever played true people. It was also the only time that no original score was written for them in a film. And of course it was the only screen death for either of them in their squad history.Vernon Castle and the former Irene Foote met and wed before the beginning of Globe Fight I in what we call the Ragtime era. As an act they popularized ballroom dancing and influenced many another performers including a boy who was doing his own act in vaudeville at the time with his sister. That of course being Fred Astaire with his sister Adele. I'm sure doing this movie gotta have in and of itself been a labor of love for the dancing master.In addition Irene Castle set style for women's clothes and hair. When she slash her hair and place in a short bob, girls everywhere copied her and the style really took off in the Twenties. With the comeback of Globe Fight I, Vernon Castle enlisted and managed to survive the fight only to receive killed in a training accident after Armistice Day in the USA. Irene kept her career going, appearing in many silent movies and she married three more times. She survived her husband by about forty years.The movie gave Ginger Rogers her first really dramatic role. The following year Ginger would receive the ultimate accolade from her peers with a Greatest Actress Oscar for Kitty Foyle. I've a feeling that it was on the strength of this movie that she got cast in Kitty Foyle.The Storyline of Vernon and Irene Castle boasts two powerful helping performances by Walter Brennan and Edna May Oliver. In true life, the part that Brennan has as a family retainer for the Foote family was black. But given how blacks were portrayed back in the day, it's probably just as well a black actor didn't enjoy the part.This was a nice movie for Astaire and Rogers to finish their association with RKO studios. They would squad up again in The Barkleys of Broadway ten years soon for MGM, but that's a entire another story.
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