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Description: A French-Greek co-production, filmed in Paris, in which the forty-year-old Maxim is released from prison after five years in prison. As he tries to adjust to life on the outside, he accidentally meets a Parisian taxi-driver who commits suicide right before his eyes. Without a pause he takes the dead cabbie's zone behind the wheel and begins making the rounds of the city, transporting passengers (Jean-Pierre Léaud plays the role of a client who recites Cavafy throughout the whole ride). He feels the air of freedom, a king of Paris and master of himself, up to the moment that he meets young Anies, and his life falls into fresh paths. In the end, he takes off, destination unknown.
Description: Following the shooting of a movie on the life of Jesus named This Is My Blood, Marie Palesi (Juliette Binoche), the actress who plays Mary Magdalene takes refuge in Jerusalem in find of the truth behind the myth. The director of the film, Tony Childress (Matthew Modine), who also plays Jesus, can think of only one thing: self-promotion. In Fresh York, tv journalist Ted Younger (Forest Whitaker) presents a programme about the life of Jesus.
Description: After growing up in Switzerland, 13-year-old Marta returns to a town in southern Italy with her mother and older sister. Independent and inquisitive, she joins a catechism class at a local church. However, the minigames and religious pop songs she encounters there do not nearly satisfy her interest in faith. Struggling to search her place, Marta pushes the boundaries of the class, the priest, and the church.
Description: Flying from his opponents in the Catholic Church, the gratis thinking philosopher, poet and scientist Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) has found some security in Venice. But the Roman Inquisition, fearing his influence in Europe, wants to bring him on trial for 'heresy'.
Description: Each day life for young boys and girls in Budapest is on display. All "teenage savages" at the time when communism disappeared in Eastern Europe, they actually view the globe in a sinister way. Examples: A girl becomes irritated with a boy who has left his dog. A father has an argument with his wife about an alarming (to the parents) arousal of sexuality in their 10 y.o. daughter. A young woman is distressed by her growing realization that she is more and more like her sadistic grandmother. A conversation between two guys, apparently about an old car, takes an unexpected turn. - Written by Gonz30
Description: A railroad official, Owen Legate comes to Dodson, Mississippi to shut down much of the town's railway (town's main income). Owen unexpectedly finds love with Dodson's flirt and main attraction, Alva Starr. Alva and Owen then test to escape Alva's mother's (Hazel) clutches and the town's revenge.
Description: Lynn Markham moves into her late husband's beach house...the morning after former tenant Eloise Crandall fell (or was pushed) from the cliff. To her annoyance, Lynn finds both her true estate agent and Drummond Hall, her muscular beachcomber neighbor, making themselves quite at home. Lynn later has no doubts of what her scheming neighbors are up to, but she finds Drummond's physical charms difficult to resist. And she still doesn't know what really happened to Eloise.
Description: Based on the bestselling ebook by Andrew Ross Sorkin, 'Too Large to Fail' offers an intimate look at the epochal financial crisis of 2008 and the strong boys and girls who decided the fate of the world's economy in a matter of a several weeks.
Description: The duke of York, nicknamed Bertie, was born as royal 'spare heir', younger brother to the prince of Wales, and thus expected to spend a relatively personal life with his Scottish wife Elisabeth Bowes-Lyon and their daughters, in the shadow of their reigning father, George V, and next that of his elder brother who succeeded to the British throne as Edward VIII. However Edward decides to place his love for a divorced American, Wallis Simpson, above dynastic duty, and ends up abdicating the throne, which actually falls to Bertie, who reigns as George VI.
Description: Ajay (Siddharth) comes to Kasi, where his thoughts and concepts on life and death undergo a sea change after he meets a young boy. He relocates to Chennai and stays in a house owned by a couple S V S Murthy (Mouli) and Jayam (Geetha). They treat him as their own son. A do-gooder, Ajay with his jovial nature wins the heart of all those whom he comes across. Vidya (Nithya Menen), a image journalist meets Ajay and falls for his nice nature. Ajay with the support of Vidya even gets road kids receive sponsorship for their education. But things take a turn when Vidya expresses her love to Ajay. He quietly walks off the zone and decides to leave Chennai. But a rude accident to Vidya puts the responsibility on Ajay's shoulders to receive her back to health. He takes her to USA for a surgery. Meanwhile a flashback reveals that Ajay was a successful doctor in the United States and who led a satisfied life.
Description: The final part of Mikhalkov's trilogy about Divisional Commander Kotov finds him returning home during Globe Fight II having been betrayed, narrowly escaped execution for treason and nearly reduced to dust in a prison camp. Only to explore that everything has changed and he will have to war again for his name, for his honor, and for his love.
Description: A delinquent teenager's only url to society is the attachment he feels towards an older brother-figure. When the older man begins spending time with a fresh girlfriend, the teenager starts to feel even more alienated, and gets involved with drugs and the police.
Description: wacked..! says the storyline of Michael and his mates Mani and Dani. All three of them are patients in a psychiatric institution with the same goal: they wish out! The lively interplay between the characters sets the stage and provides insight into the manic-depressive protagonist's inner world. A serious topic, portrayed in an entertaining and direct manner.
Description: In the French countryside at the beginning of the 20th century, Raboliot, who gets his name from looking like a burrowing rabbit, is a small-time poacher who loves and lives for freedom. Married with two kids but traumatised by the war, it is only when he is out hunting at night that he feels really gratis and happy. But these escapades do not please the local policeman, Sommedieu, who is set on putting an end to them.
Description: The storyline follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps, who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, Kipps starts to uncover tragic secrets, his unease growing when he glimpses a mysterious girl dressed only in black. Receiving only silence from the locals, Kipps is forced to uncover the real identity of the Girl in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race vs time when he discovers her real identity.
Description: A judge in an unnamed country interviews three actors, together and singly, provoking them while investigating a pornographic performance for which they may face a fine. Their relationships are complicated: Sebastian, volatile, a massive drinker, in debt, guilty of killing his former partner, is having an affair with that man's widow. She is Thea, high strung, prone to fits, and seemingly fragile, currently married to Sebastian's fresh partner, Hans. Hans is the troupe leader, wealthy, self-contained, and growing tired. The judge plays on the trio's insecurities, but when they finally, in a personal session with him, perform the masque named The Rite, they may have their revenge.
Description: Two students are late for the last commuter train and have to spend a night in a strange town. They rack their brains about where to search shelter and quite by possibility they overhear a talk between father and son. The son is an adolescent who is head over heels in love with a woman few years his senior. He is living through the first drama of his life though his love is just puppy love. Then, being resourceful fellows, they think of a plan to pass one of them for the elder son of this family. The reason they give for his unexpected comeback is that he is a kid of the father's long-forsaken love. They presume this cock-and-bull storyline will come off, and right they are!
Description: Santiago returns home from the Peruvian units ill-prepared to cope with the realities of life. Haunted by his violent military past, he is conflicted by his desire for education and his temptation to join his comrades in a decadent life of crime.
Description: George McAllister (John Carroll), the black sheep of a wealthy family who has squandered his share of the family inheritance, and lives in constant jealousy, hatred and resentment of his half-brother Barry (Robert Paige), who has been helping him. George gets his woman friend, Carlotta Duval (Vera Ralston), a job as Barry's nurse with the plan of eventually marrying him. She does, but instead of going ahead with the original plan or getting rid of Barry, inheriting his cash and marrying George, she finds that she is really in love with Barry.
Description: A storyline about the 14 year old Heleen who makes the transition of kid to adult with pain and effort in the wild 70s. While her parents going to divorce she is exploring the globe of sex, drugs and love on her own.
Description: "A girl is born to give her body to men; her father or strangers could create no difference." Respectable Police Commissioner Josephine reinvestigates an insignificant murder situation of a 11 years old girl. The murderer is the mother of the victim, Becky. Under intense interrogation, Becky refused to admit that she knew all along that her boyfriend was raping her tiny daughter at home. The harsh interrogation drives Becky into killing herself. What is the truth that the raging Commissioner is trying to search out? What is the seemingly defenseless mother hiding? Or is she acually saying the truth? Is the phrase, "A girl is born to give her body to men." the entire truth?
Description: When a rich middle-aged housewife discovers that her husband has been cheating on her she goes out with two mates to a male brothel in mainland China. There she meets male gigolo Bill. Her mate also has an eye for Bill.
Description: Shortly after Globe Fight II, the town of Rio de Janeiro experiments a period of nice cultural, political and economic effervescence, when all the dreams – or nearly all – seem possible. In this exciting scenery of transformation, Paulo discovers love, friendship and sex through his childhood and adolescence in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
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Description: Squanto is a high-born Indian fighter from a tribe on the Atlantic coast of North America which devotes its life to hunting and rivalry with a neighboring tribe. Everything changes forever after a ship arrives from England, prospecting the region's commercial potential for the rich Sir George, who uses all his wealth and influence only for ever greater profit. When it returns, few Indians search themselves captives on board, including Squanto. The arrogant Christians consider themselves utterly superior to the 'heathen savages' and treat them as brutally as they do beasts. Squanto wars a bear in a circus, not understanding how boys can be so cruel to that monster either, and manages a spectacular escape, but where gotta he go? He finds shelter and support in a rural monastery, where it takes his protector some effort to prevent the others considering the unknown as diabolical. In time sir George's boys come looking for him most brutally...
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Description: The movie follows Will Fletcher, a musician, and Eve Fisher, who works in a pub where he is performing, during one night in London. After Will has saved Eve from a drunken customer at closing time, they stay up all night together, meandering through the roads of London and forging a relationship. Next morning, Eve takes him to see her Alzheimer's-suffering grandmother. The movie is often compared to Richard Linklater's movies "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset", as the style is very similar.
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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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