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Description: While visiting Hollywood a starstruck film fanatic (Eddie Cantor) fantasizes about himself cast in an Arabian adventure. Director David Butler's comedy--with many songs--also details Tony Martin, Roland Young, Gypsy Rose Lee (billed as Rose Hovick), John Carradine, June Lang, Virginia Field, Charles Lane, The Peters Sisters and many big-name guest stars testing themselves.
Description: Welcome to the Secret Cinema, actually featuring a series of movies on the real-life misadventures of Jane, a Fresh York Town office secretary. See Jane being sexually harassed by her boss, Mr. Troppogrosso. See Jane receive dumped by her boyfriend, Dick. See Jane humiliated in lots of ways. And here's the kicker: Jane doesn't know that her life is being filmed, or that she's being set up by some of the folks closest to her. But she's starting to have her suspicions.
Description: Idyllic Suburbia. Mom 'n' Apple Pie. Or not. This outrageous comedy turns suburban America on its head. Angry cow disease, Corporate Greed, Mob Mentality, the Cult of Motherhood, propaganda, discrimination, and risky kitchen utensils all search a home in this wild social satire.
Description: Twelve daughters are abandoned by their parents, who are too terrible to educate so many children. The twelve daughters are rescued by a "Yak" girl who promises to take care about them as her own daughters. She deceived them and force them to drink a potion that transform the young women into pretty maidens.
Description: Theatrical agent Waldo Main (John Eldredge) is inducted into the army, and turns his (now clientless) agency over to his secretary Dottie Duncan (Joan Davis). Dottie decides to organize an all-girl orchestra to fill the void caused by so many orchestra members being named to service due to WWII, and joins struggling singers/songwriters Sally Richards (Jane Frazee) and Sue Ford (Judy Clark) in this endeavor. Dottie's screwball schemes to receive engagements for the group often lead to disaster.
Description: In 1915, Kansas theatre usher Merton Gill is a rabid silent-movie fan. When he brings Mammoth Studios gratis publicity by imitating star Lawrence Rupert's heroics, they bring him to Hollywood to generate other headline; he thinks he'll receive a film contract. Disillusioned, he haunts the casting offices, where he meets and is consoled by Phyllis Montague, bit user and stunt-woman. When Merton finally gets his "break," though, it's not quite what he envisioned.
Description: With a fight on and most boys being drafted, Howard Oil Supply Company has no salesmen left. So daughter Jean hits the street and does not create one sale. She finally gets one tentative sale with the Black Hills Oil Co., but Earl wants dinner with her. With the shortage of housing due to the war, Jean needs a military husband to receive a zone to stay in Clayfield, which is next to Camp Clay. She gets Lt. Mallory to act as her husband just to register. Then things go wrong as his commanding officer is there and believes them to be married. It gets worse as Don's mother shows up and then Jean's father.
Description: A teenager (Pat Boone), recently in problem with the police, is sent to live with his aunt and uncle on their Kentucky farm in order to rediscover life's values. Director Henry Levin's 1957 musical makeover of "Home In Indiana" also stars Shirley Jones, Arthur O'Connell, Jeanette Nolan and Dolores Michaels.
Description: Karl Foyle and Paul Prentice were greatest friends at school in the Seventies. But when they meet again in present-day London things are definitely not the same. Karl is actually Kim, a transsexual, and she has no desire to stir up the past while she's busy forging a neat and orderly fresh life. Prentice, on the another hand, has charm but is a social disaster stuck in a dead-end job. His main talent is for getting them both into trouble. Amid the squabbles, they begin to fall in love. One night, Kim invites Prentice to a romantic dinner at her flat. Prentice, finding the seduction unexpectedly effective, freaks out. He proceeds to create a public display of both of them and winds up in court. Humiliated and angry, Kim runs away. Only she can save Prentice now, but will real love triumph for a fresh made girl and an aging punk?
Description: Edwige Fenech plays the sexy personal teacher of Franco (Alfredo Pea) who instantly falls madly in love with her. Franco tries and tries to seduce her by faking his own suicide.
Description: Wacky, unrestrained, and with its own mystifying internal logic that cannot be entirely chalked up to the language barrier, this low-budget Turkish exploitation movie from the 1973 is very weird, and both deliever a very nice time. THE DEATHLESS DEVIL introduces us to a young boy (Kunt Tulgar) who discovers that he was adopted, and that his father was really a superhero called Copperhead. Like anyone who finds out such blood runs in his veins, he dons the Copperhead mask and goes into action. First on his list is the nefarious, mustached Dr. Satan, who has plans to steal technology that will allow him control the world's robots and electronics. This technology belongs to a kindly professor and his cute daughter, whose security is actually in Copperhead's hands. As he wars to bring the villain down, he finds time to play the numerous Turkish beauties who disrobe for him.
Description: It's summer. Lisa goes each day in a vacation hotel to give French lessons to Mario, the owner's son. the beauty and personality of Lisa quickly raise the attraction of tourists, but also jealousy of mothers who see their husbands and son prowling around the lovely young girl ...
Description: Ahmad Idham's local comedy sees four friends, Ajis, Ben, Yaya and Diana, who are assigned to hike into an abandoned cave, Gua Bewah, in order to study the history of the zone as their final year project for college. However, to finished the assignment they would need to support of a fifth member, which they search in the mysterious and gothic external student Marsha. Marsha reveals that she can tutorial them to an zone of the cave that no modern human has ever entered. However, the group does not count on the different supernatural events that they have to face once they are there...
Description: Alberto intercepts a call between two troubled women. Intrigued by the situation, he decides to meet one of two girls, Claudia, and becomes her lover. The two start a relationship the leads from one twisted minigame to another.
Description: In this film a couple of comedians test to disappear for a while and end up in an asylum, where confused as the mad, and test to escape, but one of them falls in love and that complicates things.
Description: Edwige Fenech stars in this Italian sex-comedy as the fresh teacher in all-boys Catholic school. All of the men desire for the possibility to "learn" more about their fresh teacher, but only 1 student gets the opportunity.
Description: Luisa De Dominicus is a Milanese piano teacher who moves to Lucca to be with the boy she loves: Ferdinando 'Bonci' Marinotti, a town councilman campaigning for mayor on a platform of moral values. She is of the belief that Fernando is single, living with his ailing mother. This, of course, is far from the case. The men living in her apartment building mistakenly trust Luisa is a call-girl who uses piano teaching as a cover for her real profession, and word later spreads among the building's dirty old men. The resourceful men drill a well-concealed hole in the wall between Signorina Luisa's flat and the bedroom of the landlord's son, Marcello Busatti, allowing them a spectacular view of their spectacular neighbor. Marcello quickly becomes infatuated with Luisa, but is also conflicted regarding her supposed profession. Eventually Luisa learns of Fernando's philandering nature, and after a vigorous misunderstanding, satisfies Marcello's unrequited lust/love.
Description: Forever Plaid is an affectionate musical homage to the close-harmony 'guy groups' that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950s. This quartet of high-school chums, and their earnest dreams of recording an album, ended (symbolically, and even literally) in death, when their cherry red '54 Mercury collided with a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their method to see the Beatles' American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. The women were fine. The enjoy starts with the wondrous and wondering Plaids returning from the afterlife for one final possibility at musical glory.
Description: Ciccio and Franco flee Naples because they are wrongly accused of having murdered a local camorra boss and enlist in the Foreign Legion. They are inept but are mistaken for brave folks by their commander and sent to break a weapon smuggling ring.
Description: Two attendants in a public toilet in Fresh York save the life of the Mafia boss Attanasia. Attanasia turns one of them into a successful boxer by setting up his matches and makes the another into his right hand. When a gang fight begins the two are accused of the murders and are sentenced to death. When the execution day comes they refuse to leave their cell, even when they are proved innocent.
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Grimly convincing portrayal of life in junior high school for the unpopular. If you aren't blown away by how realistic this is then you weren't unpopular enough: this is the true deal. This film strips away the rosy patina of nostalgia that covers most another movies that portray the grim nature of childhood. I admire the movie for avoiding the common trap of making the lead an innocent victim. Heather is, when the occasion arises, just as cruel as anyone else in the film. The film doesn't create Heather a child, but instead makes her a confused human being full of conflicting emotions such as hatred, lust, anguish and guilt.I think to understand this film though, you need to realize that you are viewing everything from Heather's mission of view. Teachers and parents are ridiculously unfair, classmates are alarmingly sadistic, and you should mission at some action and say, oh, I doubt that would happen, but there's a powerful emotional truth; this is what it feels like to be an unhappy child. When I watch films about unpopular kids, I am everytime disappointed because their lives are better than mine was, and this is the first film I should mission to and say, if you wish to see what I was dealing with in Junior High, watch Dollhouse. But while I everytime wanted a film that shows the unvarnished truth, it is really hard to watch. Although if you can create it through the first half hour it gets just a shade less horrific. And it does have a quirky sense of humor that lightens it some. I avoided this film for years because I was scared it would be too painful, and a mate told no, it's not that painful, and she was sort of right and sort of wrong. But it's definitely worth seeing.
"Welcome to the Dollhouse" was the introduction of an necessary voice in the American cinema. Todd Solondz's incisive study of a suburban family is one of the greatest indie movies of the last decade. Having seen it in its theatrical release, we had the occasion recently to take a fresh look at it. Mr. Solondz has created a picture of what cruelty does to a child, and how prevalent it is everywhere.When we first meet the Wieners, living in suburban Fresh Jersey, they appear to be the ideal family. Both parents, on the surface, look normal, but in watching them closely we come to the conclusion they are not. Some couples are not meant to be parents and the Wieners, obviously, while supportive of the older son, Mark, and the pretty younger daughter, Missy, turn a blind eye toward Dawn, their middle daughter who is going through a difficult time as she begins junior high school.Not only is Dawn an unhappy girl, but she is the object of cruelty in the hands of the another students, both in her class, and in her school, in general. We watch as Brandon, the punkish boy, starts to taunt Dawn in his own sadistic way. Another women come right out and ask Dawn whether she is a lesbian. There's also other woman that terrorizes her when both meet in the school bathroom. Each time Dawn tries to rebel, it turns out in disaster. Her school teacher doesn't even see anything wrong with Dawn, who is obviously affected by all she is experiencing at this crucial moment.Dawn hits a nerve with Brandon when she calls him a retard. Tiny does she know his own brother is mentally challenged. Usually in the situation of bullies like Brandon, they are acting up their frustrations by taking it on others they perceive as weaker, which is why he thinks he can do anything to Dawn because she will never do anything to him.In a stage that gives cruelty a fresh name, we watch as the Wieners are having dinner one night. When Dawn contradicts something her mother has said, she is punished by not getting her dessert. We watch in total disbelief as the another Wieners start to eat and Dawn's slice of chocolate cake remains near her mother until Missy asks to share that piece with Mark.Dawn only has a friend. The young man who shares her interests in hanging out in the dollhouse in the Wiener's backyard. When the hunky Steve Rogers joins Mark's band, Dawn discovers an irresistible attraction toward this loser. Dawn turns vs her only mate and will call him names that we all realize is her own method to deal with emotions she has no control on. Instead of finding happiness among her peers, Dawn only encounters scorn and ridicule.In Heather Matarazzo, the director found a young talent to give life to Dawn Wiener. Ms. Matarazzo has a peculiar type of beauty, but she is made to wear horrible clothes to capture the essence of this sad young teen. Ms. Matarazzo under the guidance of Mr. Solondz makes an appealing Dawn. This young actress gave her hero a range of emotions that even older, and more accomplished, actress wouldn't have given to this lost soul.The rest of the cast is perfect. Brendan Sexton plays Brendan, the man from a terrible and broken home that has to deal with the blow life has given him. Angela Pietropinto as Mrs. Wiener is seen as the mother from hell. Mattew Faber and Daria Kalinina enjoy Dawn's siblings.This was a movie that place Todd Solondz on the map. As he has shown with soon films, he is a voice to be reckoned with in the independent cinema.
This is a shining example of the potential of independent cinema. More specifically, American independent cinema. If you place together nearly each Hollywood film dealing with early adolescence, their combined weight in truth would not equal what we see in this one film. For some reason, it seems that most screenwriters and directors seem to look back on their youth with blinding nostalgia - painting the entire experience like it was some type of carefree paradise. One full of prank playing, football games, pep rallies, getting laid, wild parties and having an all-around nice time. What makes this film so strong and so special is that it never shies away from being honest, even when it gets really nasty. As you are reading this, children all over globe are being ignored, taunted, degraded, pushed around, abused... And they are doing anything to test escape it. Running away, turning to drugs, committing suicide...WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE basically features the life of a tween social outcast and middle kid called Dawn Weiner (Heather Matazzaro). For Dawn, each day is a struggle for both survival and distraction from her 'real life'... She is degraded on a everyday basis by her peers at school who refer to her as either "lesbo" or "weiner dog," is receiving sexual threats from fellow outcast Brandon (Brendan Sexton III) and has to deal with a finished lack of love and nurturing from her frustratingly inept parents, who don't test to hide the fact that they prefer her brainy older brother and ballerina younger sister to her.Part of the genius of this movie is that, despite the extremely grim topics matter, it is also blisteringly funny. You will laugh and you will wince... and often at the same time. The acting (largely from a group of unknowns) is spot-on, the writing is perfect and the suburban sets are appropriately gaudy.Interestingly, I've noticed skimming through another reviews and on the message board, that those who are/were near the bottom social ring in middle and high school seem to search more to grab on to here and much more emotional impact. Many of the haters seem to think this is wholly fabricated... possibly because they didn't have to deal with the the abuse, the whispering, the daily torment that many others have to endure. Or possibly because they place someone else through it.
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