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Description: In this highly stylized Brazilian drama a sax user fondly remembers one unbelievable night spent with his life's love and decides to search her again. He embarks upon a quest through the wild roads of Rio to search her. Along the method he meets an assortment of odd urban underworld characters.
Description: This big-budget historical epic from acclaimed Egyptian director Youssef Chahine details a crazed turn by Patrice Chereau as Napoleon Bonaparte. The film, an Egyptian-French co-production, deals with Napoleon's occupation of Alexandria and its result on a typical Egyptian family. Michel Piccoli leads the cast as a general in Napoleon's units who tentatively befriends a local poet.
Description: Antoine leaves his fresh bride behind to go on a skiing excursion with his uncle up the mountain behind their village of Derborence. Nine weeks after an avalanche apparently buries them alive, Antoine returns home. Certain that his uncle has also survived, he resolves to go back up and look for him—leaving his now-pregnant wife behind once more.
Description: In other indictment of the flaws of our so-called civilization, this satire from the late director Marco Ferreri details Christopher Lambert as Michel, a miserable boy who has failed at love and finds solace in a mechanical key holder.
Description: This movie depicts the life of the 19th-century Portuguese writer Wenceslau De Moraes by means of nine ancient ballads from China. The writer married a Chinese girl after he left his wife and family to go live in Macao. Later, he moved to Japan where he fell in love with a Japanese woman, staying in Japan for the rest of his life. Mixed in with the career and loves of Moraes is the history of Portugal at home and in its colonies.
Description: A young couple who are amateur roller-skating buffs practice their selected avocation at a Parisian roller rink. Their hopes rise with a possibility to go to Chicago to compete, especially when a magazine reporter assures them that his company will back them -- but then lets them know some sex-related business is a part of the package. Caught up in the couple's drama are few another characters who look like they might need some support themselves, making the trouble of how to receive to the Windy Town seem more and more insoluble.
Description: The storyline of Cecilia is a storyline of the society that dominated 19th-century Cuba, a society divided between whites, blacks, and those who were mixed, the mulattos. (Since the Spanish conquistadors killed off the Indian population in Cuba not long after they took over the island, there are no mestizos, or those of mixed-Indian blood in Cuba as in another Caribbean nations.) At any rate, the drama about the life and loves of Cecilia (Daisy Granados) takes zone vs the backdrop of graphically violent mistreatment of slaves and the rumors of a slave rebellion after the Cubans hear of slaves turning vs their captors in Haiti.
Description: Andras (Zygmunt Malanowicz), an older boy employed as a furniture designer, gets a life-jarring shock when he returns from a trip and finds that some of the work he developed has been given over to a younger employee. This instigates a mid-life crisis over his own identity and his sense of safety and self-worth, all exacerbated by a newest divorce and estrangement from his son. Recognizing that he needs help, the boy goes for therapy and begins to face his problems. Therapy counteracts some of the hurt of living, and the boy begins to consider his son, his relationships with women, and his father in a various light.
Description: A mix of characters and actions make only a semblance of a plot in this confusing tale of intrigue, undefined crimes, and incest. A newspaper reporter is working on a storyline about a criminal serving time in jail. He interviews the prisoner, has an affair with the criminal's daughter, and also spends some time in bed with his editor's wife. His amorous life is an adjunct to his searching out the features of the prisoner's situation -- though tragedy strikes before the journalist can wrap everything up. In the meantime, it becomes clear that the daughter and imprisoned father had an incestuous relationship, raising more questions than answers.
Description: The main hero in this effective, convincing drama is Witold (Tadeusz Bradecki) who is high in what soon would be termed the "emotional quotient" or the ability to bounce back from adverse, tragic circumstances. Witold has been nursing both his sick mother and a deeply rooted desire to climb the Himalayas. His father had died climbing in those mountains, and they have an allure for Witold as well. But his dreams start to crumble when his mother succumbs to her disease and problem brews at work. The case becomes terrible enough to scramble Witold's life with no indication of future improvement.
Description: In this standard Hungarian drama, the results of sterility and jealousy on a marriage are played out vs a backdrop of Globe Fight II and the rising Nazi persecution of Jews. Director Marta Meszaros usually focuses on problems like pregnancy, middle-age, and another subject without questioning the broader picture. In this drama, Sylvia (Lili Monori) cannot have children, and she convinces married Jewish girl Irene (Isabelle Huppert) to have a kid and then give the kid to her for adoption. The plan works but it also backfires. The method in which the kid was adopted causes friction between Sylvia and her husband, and to create matters worse, Sylvia's husband falls in love with Irene. A crisis looms when he asks his jealous wife to give Irene her identity papers because Jews are being deported and Irene will die without their help.
Description: Set in Dubrovnik, this drama chronicles a friendship between three men, that began just before Globe Fight II. One of the boys is of Italian origin, other is the wealthy heir of a shipping fortune, and the third is the son of a Jewish antique-store owner. Before the war, they are quick friends, enjoying one another's company at carnivals and at a personal fencing club. However, when the fight comes, the Italians and Germans transport in to make the Independent State of Croatia. The Italian mate becomes a fascist and courts and marries the sister of his rich friend. Later enough, atrocities are being committed, and anyone suspected of Jewish or Serbian parentage or anti-fascist leanings, is killed.
Description: Injustices and misdemeanors in agencies like the local police and the National Safety Bureau (West Germany's equivalent of the American FBI) are featured in this highly politicized drama about Brasch, a teacher (Helmut Griem) and Koerner (Martin Benrath), a NSB agent. A polarized society is, at one end, terrified after a public official (Hanns Martin Schleyer) is kidnapped and at the another end, enraged by the mysterious, sudden deaths of members of the Baader-Meinhof leftist guerrillas in prison. Brasch sympathizes with the liberal causes, and after he implicates Koerner and the NSB in some dirty dealings that resulted in the suicide of a young teen, the schoolteacher is fired -- and so is Koerner for being caught out. Both boys react combatively to their dismissals and the drama escalates.
Description: Mourning for a lost relationship can be each bit as devastating as mourning for someone who has died. In this drama based on the director's own novel, a couple with an unhappy marriage accept to a trial separation. They test to patch things up, and at the same time another relationships start to develop for them.
Description: While attending an international symposium which seeks to reduce the incidence of the test of torture by nations around the globe, a film director (Jose Luis Gomez) encounters a girl (Geraldine Chaplin) whom he decides to cast in a enjoy about state torture. As happenings proceed, he and the woman, the wife of a dentist, become lovers. All along, however, right-wing types have been persecuting, and the entire endeavor goes sour.
Description: The returning soldier is amnesia victim Alan Bates, who remembers nothing of his life before suffering shell-shock--not even his long-term marriage to snooty Julie Christie. Spinsterish Ann-Margret, who has long harbored a fondness for Bates, hopes to take advantage of his memory loss. But both Christie and Ann-Margret are challenged by a third woman, Bates' childhood sweetheart Glenda Jackson. Terrible Bates deals with all of this by not dealing with it. A fairly faithful rendition of the Rebecca West novel on which it is based, Return of the Soldier ambles along at its own languid pace to a inconclusive conclusion.
Description: A young boy who long ago gave over the difficult work of being a composer for the simple life of a rich man's son is bamboozled into slapping together a musical production. Having borrowed right and left, and plagiarized the works of a friend, he feels cheap, very cheap. He feels even worse when the terrible thing is a success.
Description: A turbulent era in Argentine politics is highlighted in this well-wrought drama, set in Buenos Aires at the end of 1945, about Clara (Graciela Borges), a young, half-Jewish girl awakening to the reasons behind the political conflicts of her time and place. Clara's father was a Communist who fought the Nazis in Argentina and possessed a list of the top Nazi exiles and their contacts. Through a former lover, Clara -- a successful broadcast journalist -- starts to see her Jewish roots (and the leftists) in a entire fresh light. Meanwhile, the political storms sweeping through Argentina are setting the scene for the Peronist government to come.
Description: In what appears to be an inexplicable incident, a boy drives up to a resort hotel in midwinter, throws away his vehicle keys, enters, and proceeds to agitate everyone he meets with his urgency -- a message he is somehow unable to communicate. Then he leaves, disappearing in the snow. Later, the folks he appeared to have upset have gathered to find for him and search him frostbitten, but alive. Visiting him at the sanatorium to which he has been taken, they gradually explore what was really happening.
Description: Originally Actas De Marusia, this Mexican movie re-creates a dark chapter in the history of Chile. The stage is a tiny Chilean mining city in 1907. Suffering under the despotic rule of the British mine owners, the workers scene a revolt. The government's solution is to utterly destroy the city rather than let the rebellion to spread. Letters from Marusia was adapted from a novel by Patricio Manns, which in turn was based on eyewitness accounts of the 1907 massacre.
Description: Whatever his reasons or intent, when the young boy carrying a cello starts working at the old-folks home, he strikes up an acquaintance with the boy known as "the Maestro" (Fernando Fernan Gomez), who is full of plans to produce a enjoy based on a Caribbean love affair and journey in his youth. As he listens to the old man's reminiscences of love, he thinks of his own girlfriend (both are played by Angela Molina). Eventually, the beloved eccentric's enjoy is produced, accompanied by the boy's cello music.
Description: In this Canadian made oddball mix of melody and drama, an actress (Carole Laure) in a traveling musical revue is involved with the show's director until she meets and falls for an aging ecological activist. He too is drawn to her, and together they test to stop a factory from being built over an old-growth forest.
Description: The long arm of the Inquisition, or the "Holy Office," reached at least as far as 16th-century Mexico (known as Fresh Spain at the time). Many Spanish Catholics of Moorish or Jewish origin found it expedient to flee to the Fresh Globe to escape the suffocating attentions of the Inquisition. In Spain, simply being descended from these suspect peoples is sufficient to guarantee a gruesome death by immolation. In the Fresh World, it took slightly more. This 1974 Mexican movie deals with the suffering of one family of conversos who are secretly practicing Judaism and are betrayed to the Inquisition by a family member. Interestingly, a tiny family guild of such secret Jews was discovered in Fresh Mexico as recently as the late 1980s. They managed to hold their faith a secret for nearly five hundred years.
Description: In this Italian film, part melodrama and part social/political commentary, two factory workers living in Northern Italy form a romantic connection. The woman, torn between the freedoms of the North and her traditional Sicilian values, slowly allows herself to love, then marry, her co-worker. Later after her wedding, she dies as a effect of industrial pollution from her job.
Description: The "Hamlet" in this well-mounted Italian spoof is the Danish prince, not a tiny city or village. The film irreverently draws on both the Shakespeare enjoy and the 1877 storyline by Jules Laforgue. In the story, Hamlet (Carmelo Bene) is a would-be playwright. He suffers from inept Freudian analysis by Polonius (Pippo Tuminelli), and Ophelia and Gertrude (Isabella Russo & Luciana Cante) are girls conjured up in his erotic imagination.
Description: The gritty lives of Portuguese villagers are shown in this action drama which shows the interaction between a married couple who have taken an unusual vow of celibacy and a gang of gypsies who are terrorizing their village. The movie highlights many ancient religious traditions still actual in these regions, as the villagers, devout Catholics, help the gypsy con-men by purchasing religious relics from them.
Description: The seven girls inmates in Poslednata Duma are imprisoned because they have been associated with partisans opposing the fascist puppet government of the German Nazis. Every of them has the power to save herself if she will betray the others, and every bravely refuses to do so, even though it means they all will die. Despite their grim situation, and the atrocities perpetuated on them as political prisoners, they manage to laugh, and even celebrate a festival.
Description: An abandoned baby man is rescued from floodwaters by Kantaben and Nattubhai, the kindly proprietors of a tiny orphanage. They name the baby Krishna, because the method he was found parallels the legend of how the god King Krishna came to live with his adoptive parents as a baby. Orphan Krishna lives happily in the orphanage with Kanta and Nattu and the another foundling children. But over the years, as one by one his another mates are adopted out to families but he remains, young Krishna comes to trust that he is unadoptable, unwanted, and will never search a family. In despair, all alone one night he goes to a temple and prays to King Krishna. This is the storyline of how King Krishna himself (in his childhood 'butter thief' avatar) comes to World and befriends the young orphan Krishna ... and supports him to explore his family
Description: Straub examines the process by which happenings enter our cultural mainstream, and the process by which their test as part of a communications system is transformed into Culture. Corneille’s enjoy of political intrigue in Late Empire Rome is used as a base.
Description: A special dramatic-comedy about a young couple in the early stages of their relationship, facing their first major crossroad when a poor illness spreads nationwide overnight. They face what should be their final hour holed up in a basement and amidst it all they gotta decide what’s next. A thought-provoking zombie film from Rogue Lumen.
Description: Reflected in an artificial and bombastically staged illusory globe with Wagnerian compositions, glossy and satirical time references, 19th century German figures and traditions are stripped of their mythology and interpreted by the Germany of 1972.
Description: Having previously staged Verdi's 1887 opera Otello at the Met and La Scala, filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli committed his production to movie in 1986. Starring as the fatally jealous Moor of Venice is Placido Domingo, who had also headlined Zeffirelli's 1976 La Scala staging (production on the movie was briefly interrupted while Domingo participated in the rescue operations following the Mexico Town earthquake). While Katia Ricciarelli as Desdemona and Justino Diaz as Iago perform their own singing, Zeffirelli's Cassio--played by real-life European prince Urbano Barberini--is dubbed by Ezio de Cesare. The director made few cuts in the original libretto and score in order to accommodate the film's two-hour time limit, but these excisions are done with taste and discretion. Because of the excessive violence in the third act--two murders, a suicide, a superficial throat-slashing--Otello was released with a PG rating.
Description: Set vs the background of unregulated coalmining in northern China, the protagonist Guansheng gotta deal with an unquiet conscience when his mentor, Zhongmin, dies in a mine explosion. Zhongmin's ghost returns with a request which motivates Guansheng out of his lethargy but which will test him to the depths of his soul. (Adelaide Movie Festival)
Description: About Crying is a storyline about a relationship that is close to end. Vera and Alejandro are facing a long night with decisions, doubts, fears, lies, silence and arguments. This storyline is a trip from the high Barcelona to the sea.
Description: This Brazilian movie is set during the period of its initial colonial discovery and settlement. The game refers to a word the native peoples used for the coastal lands: "pindorama," or "place of the tiny trees." A ponderous and grandiose film, it was roundly booed when it was aired at the 1971 Cannes Movie Festival.
Description: A young boy with an interest in ornithology arrives to study the work of falcons and their human trainers. The head falconer is a cold and heartless boy who obstinately demands perfection from everyone around him. His work is his life, and he doesn't care if his girlfriend makes love to another men. The young boy observes all he can before leaving behind the potentially inhuman case for brighter horizons.
Description: David (Mark Stevens) is a physician who returns to Spain 30 years after his involvement in the Spanish Civil War. Actually a member of a medical convention, he looks up old mates and finds his former lover, actually a married girl with a flamenco-dancing daughter. He and the daughter (Manuela Vargas) have an instant and mutual attraction to every other. He considers running away with the exotic beauty before asking his wife to join him for an extended holiday after the convention .
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