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RR (aka Railroad) is a 2008 film by American, James Benning. Shot in 16 mm film, as most of Benning's films are, RR is another in Benning's series of American experimental landscape films; this one focusing on trains and their surrounding environs. In Railroad, Benning explores themes of American consumerism and overconsumption in what Benning calls a "collaboration" with the trains themselves.
The film is an exercise in minimalist restraint. Basically it is a series of static shots of trains. There is an empty frame, the train enters, then it passes and leaves. In other words, it is "porno" for rail fans and trainspotters (often referred to as "foamers," implying they foam at the mouth at the mere sight of a train). The obsessive gaze of Benning's fixed static frame causes the viewer to wait and watch, obsessing like train fanatic Benning does, on the imagery of the locomotive and the exploration of the random colors of its cars, the machinery and the various American landscapes the trains are surrounded by.
"Like Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir (NYFF 2008), Samuel Maoz’s extraordinary military drama is based on the director’s own experiences serving in the Israeli army during the 1982 Lebanon war. But comparisons between the two films end there: Whereas Folman’s film was a quest for lost memories, Maoz uses his all too vivid recollections to bring us inside a single Israeli tank during the first 24 hours of the invasion. And when we say inside, we mean it: taking his cue from such masters of claustrophobic intensity as Don Siegel and Sam Fuller, Maoz restricts the film’s action entirely to the tank’s interior, showing us the outside world only—as the soldiers themselves see it—through the lens of a periscopic gun sight. The blisteringly intense result offers a one-of-a-kind snapshot of the camaraderie, terror, and gallows humor of wartime. Winner of the Golden Lion at this year's Venice Film Festival."
Quoting the synopsis on the 2009 New York Film Festival site.
"Boudoir philosopher Catherine Breillat’s bloody chamber piece takes an outrageously deadpan approach to Charles Perrault’s grisly bedtime story about the aristocratic ogre who marries and murders a series of wives. Her Bluebeard is a middle-aged behemoth, easily four times the size of his child bride. The fairytale is acted out in a 16th century setting and explicated, often hilariously, by a contemporary pair of young sisters. The more sexually curious of the two is named Catherine and the movie’s double ending, while not exactly Perrault’s, is pure Breillat. The French director’s idiosyncratic follow-up to her sensuously carnal, literary period piece, The Last Mistress (NYFF 2007), is a perversely chaste and highly personal adaptation of Perrault’s classic fairytale."
Quoting the synopsis from the 2009 New York Film Festival site.
Knife in the Water (Polish: Nóż w wodzie) is a 1962 Polish drama film co-written and directed by Roman Polański, which was nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It is Polanski's first feature film, featuring three characters in a story of rivalry and sexual tension.
Andrzej (Leon Niemczyk) and Krystyna (Jolanta Umecka) are driving to a lake to go sailing when they come upon a young man (Zygmunt Malanowicz) hitchhiking in the middle of the road. After nearly hitting him, Andrzej invites the young man to pick his seat and to take a nap while they continue driving. When they arrive at the docks, instead of leaving the young man behind, Andrzej invites him to sail with them for the day. The young man accepts the offer, and, not knowing much about sailing, is forced to learn many hard lessons from Andrzej.
Meanwhile, tension gradually builds between Andrzej and the unnamed hitchhiker as they vie for the attentions of the young wife. The title refers to the major turning point in the film when Andrzej taunts the young man with the latter's treasured pocket knife, which is accidentally lost in the water. A fight ensues between Andrzej and the hitchhiker and the
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, often shortened as Precious, is a 2009 American drama film directed by Lee Daniels. Precious is an adaptation by Geoffrey S. Fletcher of the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire. The film stars Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey. The film marked the acting debut of Sidibe.
The film, then without a distributor, premiered to acclaim at both the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, under its original title of Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire. At Sundance, it won the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize for best drama, as well as a Special Jury Prize for supporting actress Mo'Nique. After Precious' screening at Sundance in February 2009, Tyler Perry announced that he and Oprah Winfrey would be providing promotional assistance to the film, which was released through Lions Gate Entertainment. Precious won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The film's title was changed from Push to Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, to avoid confusion with the 2009 action film Push. Precious was also an official selection at the 62nd Cannes Film
The Trial of Joan of Arc (French: Procès de Jeanne d'Arc) is a 1962 historical film by the French director Robert Bresson. Joan of Arc is played by Florence Delay.
As usual in Bresson's mature films, The Trial of Joan of Arc stars non-professional performers and is filmed in an extremely spare, restrained style. Bresson's screenplay is drawn from the transcriptions of Joan's trial and rehabilitation.
Bresson's Joan of Arc is often compared with The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) by Carl Theodor Dreyer. Bresson compared that film unfavorably with his own, expressing his dislike of the actors' "grotesque buffooneries" in Dreyer's film.
The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival.
"With this absorbing three-part epic documentary, Zhao Dayong joins the ranks of the essential Chinese independent filmmakers, led by Jia Zhangke and Wang Bing. Zhiziluo is a remote village in China’s mountainous southwest, lined with empty shells of buildings and watched over by a Chairman Mao statue. In this dilapidated ghost town, the young filmmaker Zhao documents remarkable signs of life: father and son pastors, parsing the Bible and the teachings of long-departed missionaries; lovers whose relationships are reduced to a matter of economics; a 12-year-old boy, left behind by his parents and living a near-feral existence. Throughout, Zhao composes brilliant, haunting images that use the harsh beauty of the landscape as a counterpoint to a study of different forms of abandonment, and different modes of survival."
Quoting the synopsis on the 2009 New York Film Festival site.
Changeling is a 2008 American drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by J. Michael Straczynski. Based on real-life events in 1928 Los Angeles, the film stars Angelina Jolie as a woman who is reunited with her missing son—only to realize he is an impostor. She confronts the city authorities, who vilify her as an unfit mother and brand her delusional. The dramatized incident was connected to the "Wineville Chicken Coop" kidnapping and murder case. Changeling explores female disempowerment, political corruption, child endangerment, and the repercussions of violence. Ron Howard intended to direct, but scheduling conflicts led to his replacement by Eastwood. Howard and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer produced Changeling alongside Malpaso Productions' Robert Lorenz and Eastwood. Universal Pictures financed and distributed the film.
After hearing about the case from a contact at Los Angeles City Hall, Straczynski spent a year researching the historical record. He said he drew 95% of the script from around 6,000 pages of documentation. The shooting script was Straczynski's first draft and his first produced film screenplay. Several actors campaigned for the lead;
All the Way Home is a 1963 drama film about a young boy and his mother dealing with the sudden death of his father. It stars Jean Simmons, Robert Preston, and Pat Hingle, with the boy being portrayed by Michael Kearney. It was based on the 1957 James Agee novel A Death in the Family and the 1960 Tad Mosel play All the Way Home.
The Headless Woman (Spanish: La Mujer Sin Cabeza) is a 2008 Argentine feature film directed by Lucrecia Martel.
After hitting something with her car–either a boy or a dog, middled-aged dentist Verónica (María Onetto) experiences an enigmatic breakdown consisting of memory loss and emotional detachment.
It premiered in competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
24 City (Chinese: 二十四城记/二十四城記; literally: The Story of 24 City) is a 2008 film directed and co-written by Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke. The film follows three generations of characters in Chengdu (in the 1950s, the 1970s and the present day) as a state-owned factory gives way to a modern apartment complex. The film was also known as The Story of 24 City during production.
The apartment complex featured in the film is an actual development (also called "24 City") built on the former site of an airplane engine manufacturing facility. Jia will also produce a documentary about the location.
The film's narrative style is described by critics as a blend of fictional and documentary storytelling, and it consist of five authentic interviews and four fictional scenes delivered by actors (but presented in a documentary format).
24 City made its debut shown in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Film Comment, official journal of the Film Society of Lincoln Center listed the film at the end of 2008 as the 2nd best unreleased (without US theatrical release) film of the year.
The Hollywood Reporter called the film a "moving elegy to modern-day China" and said of the
An Autumn Afternoon (秋刀魚の味, Sanma no aji, "The Taste of Mackerel Pike") is a 1962 Japanese drama film directed by Yasujirō Ozu. It stars Ozu regular Chishu Ryu as the patriarch of the Hirayama family who oversees the wedding of his daughter, played by Shima Iwashita. It was Ozu's last film; he died in the following year.
Shūhei Hirayama (Chishū Ryū) is an ageing widower with a 32-year-old son, Kōichi (Keiji Sada), who is married, and two unmarried children – a 24-year-old daughter Michiko (Shima Iwashita) and a 21-year-old son Kazuo (Shin'ichirō Mikami). The ages of the children, and what they respectively remember about their mother, suggest that she died just before the end of the war, perhaps in the bombing of Tokyo in 1944-45. Since his marriage, Kōichi has moved out to live with his wife in a small flat, leaving Hirayama and Kazuo to be looked after by Michiko.
Hirayama and five of his classmates from middle-school, Kawai (Nobuo Nakamura), Horie (Ryūji Kita), Sugai (Tsūzai Sugawara), Watanabe (Masao Oda) and Nakanishi hold regular reunions at a restaurant called Wakamatsu ("Young Pine"), which is owned by Sugai. They reminisce about old times and banter with each other. For
Ashes of Time Redux is a 2008 film directed by Wong Kar-wai.
"For Ashes of Time, Wong Kar-wai swapped the conventions of the wuxia genre for his beloved theme of love and loss. The film can also be regarded as a wuxia version of Days of Being Wild. For Ashes of Time Redux, the whole film was put back in the post-production mill with a result that appeals to ear and eye.
Although sometimes described as Wong Kar Wai's adaptation of the Jin Yong novel Legend of the Condor Heroes, it would probably be more accurate to call Ashes of Time the wuxia version of Days of Being Wild. Despite marking his first venture into wuxia, Ashes of Time saw Wong disregard the conventions of the genre in favour of probing into the lives of the three heroes, drawing out sentimental themes of love and loss. The use of voice over driving multiple plot lines, the monologue quality of the dialogues, the baroque quality of its music and the self-conscious lyricism of its images have all added to the defamiliarisation of wuxia conventions. Although the three major battle scenes are choreographed differently, each one does away with the traditional wuxia conventions of movements and battle arrays. Without a doubt, Ashes of Time is an auteur film that shows the wuxia genre in a whole new light."
Quoting the description from the 2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam site.
Broken Embraces (Spanish: Los abrazos rotos) is a 2009 Spanish romantic thriller film written, produced, and directed by Pedro Almodóvar; a four-way tale of dangerous love, and was shot in the style of a hard-boiled 1950s American film noir, or its descendant, the neo-noir genre. Many themes include noir references such as film posters in sets, angular, high contrast lighting and the characters' struggle with their illicit passions. However, like most Almodóvar films, it is filmed in bright color rather than the black-and-white emblematic of noire. The cast includes many Almodóvar regulars such as Ángela Molina, Lola Dueñas and Penélope Cruz (her fourth film with the director). The film's soundtrack includes Cat Power, Uffie, and Can.
"Harry Caine" (Lluís Homar) is a blind writer who shares his life with his agent Judit (Blanca Portillo) and her adult son, Diego (Tamar Novas). Slowly, events in the present begin to bring back memories of the past. Harry hears that millionaire Ernesto Martel (José Luis Gómez) has died; a young filmmaker, Ray X, appears and turns out to be Martel's son, Ernesto, Jr. (Rubén Ochandiano). After Diego is hospitalized for an accidental drug overdose in a
"One of the most accomplished unraveling-couple films of recent years, writer-director Maren Ade’s second feature brilliantly captures the growing disconnect between mismatched young lovers Chris (Lars Eidinger) and Gitti (Birgit Minichmayr), whose moments of tender intimacy are often immediately followed by cruel passive-aggressive behavior. On vacation with Gitti at his parents’ villa in Sardinia, architect Chris feels his artistic greatness has been unrecognized; his sulking is sometimes indulged by his far more sanguine girlfriend. After spending time with an older, more successful friend and his pregnant wife, the fault lines in Chris and Gitti’s relationship grow even wider. For all the film’s emotionally volatile scenes, Everyone Else never devolves into histrionics, its precise examination of the hazards of coupledom always ringing honest, true, and instantly recognizable."
Quoting the synopsis on the 2009 New York Film Festival site.
"This vision of shipboard revolt may not be Potemkin redux, but, its postmodern gags and spikey haired actors notwithstanding, it’s not so far away. Kanikosen (translated as The Crab Canning Ship) is based on a 1929 muckracking agitprop by martyred leftist writer Takiji Kobayashi but its most direct source is the recent manga (graphic novel) version published amid the current recession, that gave the text a second life among Japanese youth. Enter the filmmaker and sometimes actor who calls himself Sabu. His Kanikosen is not simply cartoonish (or kabuki) but purposefully anachronistic and powerfully absurd—a work of protest and, thanks to one exceedingly funny musical number, an entertaining celebration of proletariat internationalism."
Quoting the synopsis on the 2009 New York Film Festival site.
One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images...
Raymond Lohan wearily follows his normal routine: an ordinary man doing the job of a prison officer in the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland, 1981. Working within one of the infamous H-Blocks, where republican prisoners are on the Blanket and No-Wash protest, is a living hell for both prisoner and prison officer.
Vincere is a film that is based on the life of the first wife of Benito Mussolini. It stars Giovanna Mezzogiorno as Ida Dalser and Filippo Timi as Benito Albino Mussolini. It was filmed under the direction of Marco Bellocchio, who also wrote the screenplay with Daniela Ceselli, and it was released 22 May 2009 in Italy. It was the only Italian film in competition at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
It won four Awards at the Chicago International Film Festival (Cinematography, Actor (Filippo Timi), Actress (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and Director) and won four Silver Ribbon (Actress (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), Cinematography, Editing and Art Direction). Giovanna Mezzogiorno was rewarded with the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress 2010.
The movie relates the story of Ida Dalser, who fell in love with the future Italian Fascist leader, Benito Mussolini, supported him while he was unemployed in the early 1910s, and married him, presumably around 1914. She bore Mussolini a son, Benito Albino, before the outbreak of World War I. The two lost touch during the war years and, upon discovering him again in a hospital during the war, she also discovered Rachele Guidi, who had married
Gomorrah (Italian: Gomorra) is a 2008 Italian film directed by Matteo Garrone, based on the book by Roberto Saviano. It deals with the Casalesi clan, a crime syndicate within the Camorra — a traditional criminal organization based in Naples and Caserta, in the southern Italian region of Campania.
The film opens with the murder of gangsters relaxing in a tanning salon.
This shooting occurs between clans of the DiLauro camorra syndicate which rule Scampia-Secondigliano, and triggers the so-called "Faida di Scampia" (Scampia feud) which is the backdrop of the entire movie. The Faida erupted between members of the DiLauro syndicate and the so-called "scissionisti" (the separatists) who were led by Raffaele Amato who was a brother of two of the killed men in the opening scene. This fact is understood in the scene in which don Ciro tries to switch sides and join the "scissionisti" faction by talking to a camorra boss (who fictionally is Amato, in fact the actor resembles the real Amato) and at a point says "we were all friends before..." and the boss replies "before! Before we were all friends...then BUM ! BUM ! BUM!...your friends started doing the sh*t...my parents were good people and
The Last Command is a 1928 silent film directed by Josef von Sternberg, and written by John F. Goodrich and Herman J. Mankiewicz, from a story by Lajos Biró. Star Emil Jannings won the very first Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performances in this film and The Way of All Flesh, the only year that multiple roles were considered. In 2006, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. The supporting cast includes Evelyn Brent and William Powell.
In 1928 Hollywood, director Leo Andreyev (William Powell) looks through photographs for actors for his next movie. When he comes to the picture of an aged Sergius Alexander (Emil Jannings), he pauses, then tells his assistant (Jack Raymond) to cast the man. Sergius shows up at the Eureka Studio with a horde of other extras and is issued a general's uniform. As he is dressing, another actor complains that his continual head twitching is distracting. Sergius apologizes and explains that it is the result of a great shock he once experienced.
The film then flashes back ten years to Czarist
To Die Like a Man (Portuguese: Morrer Como Um Homem) is a 2009 Portuguese drama film directed by João Pedro Rodrigues, produced by the production company Rosa Filmes.
It tells the story of a homosexual drag-queen at the end of his career. The cast includes several Portuguese real-life drag-queens, with no previous, or little, acting experience. The story has been allegedly inspired by the real story of Joaquim Centúrio de Almeida (artistic name: Ruth Bryden), a Portuguese drag-queen, and has motivated a lawsuit on account of plagiarism of a biographical book on the life of Almeida by the late author Carlos Castro, who was murdered in 2011.
It competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. It was selected as the Portuguese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards but it didn't make the final shortlist.
Critical reception has been mixed. Variety.com's Leslie Felperin stated that he disliked the film's excessive running time (138'), that too much of the time is taken up by music and singing, feeling that the movie and storyline were unremarkable. However, the movie was voted "Best Undistributed Film" of 2009 in the Village
Electra (Greek: Ilektra) is a 1962 Greek film based on the play, Electra, written by Euripides. It was directed by Michael Cacoyannis, as the first installement of his "Greek tragedy" trilogy, followed by The Trojan Women in 1971 and Iphigenia in 1977. It starred Irene Papas in the lead role as Elektra, and Yannis Fertis as Orestis.
The film was entered into the 1962 Cannes Film Festival where it won the award of Best Cinematic Transposition. The film was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
"The French director Henri-Georges Clouzot is renowned for suspenseful classics such as Le Salaire de la peur (in English, The Wages of Fear) and Diabolique. Now this incredible documentary gives us new appreciation for his creativity by bringing to light footage from his unfinished film L'Enfer. In 1964, Clouzot set out to direct the story of a husband, played by Serge Reggiani, who suffers bouts of paranoid jealousy over his new bride, played by the twenty-six-year-old Romy Schneider. Hollywood investors promised Clouzot an unlimited budget, which he spent experimenting with months of camera tests. As an art lover – his previous films included Le Mystère Picasso – Clouzot took inspiration from the kinetic and kaleidoscopic visuals that were emerging in galleries. L'Enfer'simages were rumoured to be incredible, but the film was shut down three weeks into production and the footage went unseen for over forty years."
Quoting Thom Powers
Night and Day (밤과 낮, Bamgwa nat) is a 2008 South Korean film directed by Hong Sang-soo.
Seong-nam, a painter in his forties, travels to Paris to escape arrest for smoking marijuana, leaving his wife behind in Korea. While there he meets an old girlfriend, Min-seon, and is introduced to a small community of Korean artists.
Night and Day premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on 12 February 2008. It was released in South Korean theatres on 28 February, and as of 13 July had received a total of 13,928 admissions with a gross of $75,557.
Night and Day won the award for Best Film at the 17th Buil Film Awards, held on 9 October 2008. Hong Sang-Soo was nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Serbis is a 2008 film directed by Brillante Mendoza.
"Morality has two sides-absolute and relative.
The Pineda family operates a run-down movie house in a city in the province which shows dated sexy double-feature films. The family has taken up actual residence in the old building as well. The matriarch Nanay Flor, her daughter Nayda, son-in-law Lando and adopted daughter Jewel take turns manning the ticket booth and the canteen. Her nephews Alan and Ronald are the billboard painter and projectionist respectively.
Nanay Flor had filed a bigamy case against her estranged husband and is attending the court hearing today when, after a number of years, the decision will be finally handed down. It is within this context that the story unfolds. As the rest of the members go about their daily activities, we get a glimpse of how they suffer and deal with each other’s sins and vices - relational, economic or sexual."
Quoting the description from the 2008 Cannes Film Festival site.
A Movie is a 1958 experimental collage film in which Bruce Conner put together snippets of found footage, taken from B-movies, newsreels, soft-core pornography, novelty short films, and other sources, to a musical score featuring Respighi's The Pines of Rome.
The film is associational, in which a number of narratively and spatially unrelated shots from a number of sources are edited together to evoke emotions and make thematic points. A Movie consists of many shots of animals and people moving quickly, precariously balanced objects, cars and people crashing, and, perhaps most importantly, violence and war.
In 1994, A Movie was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Ro.Go.Pa.G. (also known as "RoGoPaG") is a 1963 film, which consists of four segments, each written and directed by one of the four film directors - French Jean-Luc Godard (segment "Il Nuovo mondo"), and three Italian: Ugo Gregoretti (segment "Il Pollo ruspante"), Pier Paolo Pasolini (segment "La Ricotta") and Roberto Rossellini (segment "Illibatezza").
The movie title is an abbreviation of the author's last names: Rossellini, Godard, Pasolini, Gregoretti.
Illibatezza ("Chastity") by Roberto Rossellini is a story of a beautiful stewardess which attracts unwanted attention from one of the air travellers - a middle aged American. The two overnight by chance in the same hotel. She has a fiance back home, to whom she sends video recordings made with her portable camera. These show how, in order to shoo away the unwanted flirtatious attentions of the traveller, all she had to do was to act in an aggressively provocative way; his sexual attraction being fueled by the shyness with which she initially tried to endure his advances.
Il Nuovo Mondo ("The New World") by Jean-Luc Godard is set in Paris and shows the end of the world, caused by a nuclear explosion in the sky 120,000 meters above
Che is a two-part 2008 biopic about Ernesto "Che" Guevara directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Benicio del Toro. Rather than follow a standard chronological order, the films offer an oblique series of interspersed moments along the overall timeline. Part One is entitled The Argentine and focuses on the Cuban revolution from the landing of Fidel Castro, Guevara, and other revolutionaries on Cuba to their successful toppling of the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista two years later. Part Two is entitled Guerrilla and focuses on Guevara's attempt to bring revolution to Bolivia and his demise. Both parts are shot in a cinéma vérité style, but each has different approaches to linear narrative, camerawork, and the visual look.
Filmmaker Terrence Malick originally worked on a screenplay limited to Guevara's attempts to start a revolution in Bolivia. When financing fell through, Malick left the project, and subsequently Soderbergh agreed to direct the film. He realized that there was no context for Guevara's actions in Bolivia and decided that his participation in the Cuban revolution and his appearance at the United Nations in 1964 should also be depicted. Peter Buchman was hired to
Hadewijch is a 2009 French film directed by Bruno Dumont. It won the International Film Critics' award at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
Hadewijch (Julie Sokolowski), a young novice Sister, is a fanatic Christian making herself suffer by fasting and standing in the winter rain. The Mother Superior (Brigitte Mayeux-Clergot) expels her deeming her blind faith dangerous. She becomes Céline again, daughter of a parisian diplomat. She meets a young man named Yassine (played by Yassine Salim), but tells him that she cannot fall in love with him because she is in love with Jesus; she is still a virgin and planning to stay that way.
He introduces her to his brother Nassir (Karl Sarafidis), a radical Muslim who convinces her to participate in a terrorist attack in the Paris metro. Afterwards she tries to commit suicide by drowning in a pond but she is rescued by a young ex-convict.
Summer Hours (French: L'Heure d'été) is a 2008 French drama film directed by Olivier Assayas. It is the second in a series of films produced by Musée d'Orsay, after Flight of the Red Balloon. In the film, two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession.
The film received its United States premiere on October 1, 2008, at the 46th New York Film Festival.
The Criterion Collection released a special edition of the film on April 20, 2010.
Principal photography began in Paris on June 4 and was completed on July 27, 2007.
The film was known under the working titles Souvenirs du Valois and Printemps Passé.
Summer Hours was a critical triumph. It received 93% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and was one of the most highly-decorated foreign-language films in the United States in 2009. The film won and was nominated for numerous critics' awards:
Édith Scob was nominated for a César Award for her portrayal of Hélène.
Tulpan is a 2008 Kazakh drama film. It was directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy and distributed by Zeitgeist Films. Tulpan is Kazakhstan's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign Language Film category. It won the award for Best Film at the 2nd Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Asa, a recently discharged Russian Navy sailor, is living in the remote Kazakhstan steppe with his sister Samal, her older husband, Ondas, and their three children. He dreams of becoming a herdsman with his own ranch, but needs to be married before he will be able to fulfil his dream. Asa hopes to marry Tulpan, the daughter of a neighboring family and the only woman eligible for marriage perhaps within a hundred miles. However, her parents are unwilling to see their daughter married off to an unemployed man with few prospects and Tulpan herself appears to have little interest in Asa. The plot of the story follows the trials of Asa, his surrogate family, and his western culture-loving friend Boni.
Director Sergey Dvortsevoy was born in Kazakhstan, lived there for 28 years working for an aviation company, and was very familiar with Kazakhstan's countryside. In an interview at the New York Film Festival he
Life During Wartime is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Todd Solondz, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 2009. It is a direct, but loose sequel to his 1998 film Happiness, with new actors playing the same characters. It stars Allison Janney, Shirley Henderson, and Ciarán Hinds, among others.
Solondz said Life During Wartime was "a little more politically overt" than previous works."
Life During Wartime won the Golden Osella award for best screenplay at the 66th Venice International Film Festival.
The plot revolves around the three sisters featured in Happiness: Trish (Allison Janney), Joy (Shirley Henderson), and Helen (Ally Sheedy).
Since the events of Happiness, Joy has married Helen's former neighbor Allen Mellencamp (Michael Kenneth Williams), who continues to struggle with his compulsion to make obscene phone calls. On the occasion of their anniversary, he gives Joy an engraved ashtray, which appears to be the same one given to her by Andy in the opening scene of Happiness.
Trish has been raising her three children, Billy (now off at college), Timmy and Chloe. She has begun dating recently divorced Harvey Weiner (Michael Lerner),
Police, Adjective (Romanian: Poliţist, Adjectiv) is a 2009 Romanian drama film directed by Corneliu Porumboiu. The movie focuses on policeman Cristi, who is investigating a teenage boy who has been smoking hashish. Over time, Cristi begins to question the ethical ramifications of his task.
Police, Adjective won the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
The film was the official Romanian entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.
The Art of the Steal is a 2009 documentary film directed by Don Argott
“…openly, generously pleasurable and inviting… Don Argott’s “Art of the Steal,” energetically traces the history and scandals surrounding the Barnes Foundation, home to one of the world’s most celebrated collections of modern art…. being moved from its original home outside that city to downtown, a bitterly contested relocation that has pitted politicians and other power elites against those dedicated to preserving Barnes’s wishes.”
Quoting Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"The slow-motion hijacking of the world's greatest privately held art collection is documented in impeccable, heartrending fashion in 'The Art of the Steal."
"The cinema's most senior filmmaker, Manoel de Oliveira, brings us this deceptively simple, perfectly set gem. Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl is based on a short story by José Maria de Eça de Queiroz, the renowned nineteenth-century author often regarded as the Flaubert of Portugal. While on a train bound for the Algarve, a beleaguered man (de Oliveira's grandson and regular lead, Ricardo Trêpa) recounts his troubles to his sympathetic neighbour (Leonor Silveira). He is Macário, a former Lisbon accountant who worked for his uncle's shop and fell madly in love with Luisa (Catarina Wallenstein), the titular blond-haired beauty who lived across the street from his office window. Every day he would spy on her as she coquettishly waved her Chinese fan. When his uncle discouraged him from pursuing the relationship, Macário decamped for Cape Verde, where he could make enough money to ask for Luisa's hand. But an unexpected twist intervenes, and de Oliveira's detached irony, whimsical characters and anachronistic storytelling turn this miniature morality tale into another of his lasting accounts of thwarted love.
Superbly shot, Eccentricities is also a celebration of Portuguese artists. The film's many references to painting and literature add rich textures to the luscious drawing rooms where the characters gather. The only music in the film is a piece played by Ana Paula Miranda on the harp as celebrated actor Luis Miguel Cintra reads a poem in a nod to Portugal's cultural tradition. By turns entertaining and enlightening, de Oliveira's new film displays an incredible youthfulness belying his one hundred years."
Quoting Diana Sanchez and Andréa Picard.
The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Based on the 1900 children's novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, the film stars Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Frank Morgan, with Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, Clara Blandick and the Singer Midgets as the Munchkins. Notable for its use of special effects, Technicolor, fantasy storytelling and unusual characters, it has become, over the years, one of the best known of all films and part of American popular culture.
The film is mostly in Technicolor, but its opening and closing sequences are in sepia-tinted black-and-white, including all of the film's credits. It was directed primarily by Victor Fleming. Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf received credit for the screenplay, but there were uncredited contributions by others. The lyrics for the songs were written by E.Y. Harburg, the music by Harold Arlen. Incidental music, based largely on the songs, was by Herbert Stothart, with borrowings from classical composers.
Although the film received largely positive reviews, it was not a huge box office success on its initial
Wild Grass (French: Les Herbes folles) is a 2009 French film directed by Alain Resnais. The film competed in the main competition at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.
After working with the producer Bruno Pésery on his previous four films, Alain Resnais took up an invitation from Jean-Louis Livi to make a new one. For a subject, he was drawn to the novels of Christian Gailly by the author's "ironic and melancholy voice", and also by the musical quality of his writing and dialogue. He settled upon L'Incident, and obtained Gailly's permission to adapt it for the cinema when he undertook not to require Gailly's involvement in the preparation of the script. Although Resnais had worked closely with novelists on some earlier projects, this was the first time in his career that he took an existing novel as the basis for a film.
Marguerite Muir is a dentist, single and middle-aged, independent and unpredictable of mood. Georges Palet is in his late 50s, married, and unemployed; he too is temperamental, and burdened by something in his past (unexplained but possibly criminal). When Georges discovers the discarded wallet from Marguerite's stolen handbag and hands it in to the police station, he
The Fiances (Italian: I fidanzati) is a 1963 Italian film directed by Ermanno Olmi. It tells the story of a young man who moves to Sicily for a job, but pines for his girlfriend back home. It was entered into the 1963 Cannes Film Festival.
The White Ribbon is a 2009 German-language film, released in black and white, written and directed by Michael Haneke. The drama darkly depicts society and family in a northern German village just before World War I. According to Haneke, the film is about "the origin of every type of terrorism, be it of political or religious nature."
Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (literally, "The White Ribbon, a German Children's Story") premiered at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival in May 2009 and won the Palme d'Or, followed by positive reviews and several other major awards, including the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film received two nominations for Academy Awards: 2009 Best Foreign Language Film (representing Germany) and 2009 Best Cinematography (Christian Berger).
The memories of an unnamed elderly tailor form a parable from the distant year he worked as a village schoolteacher and met his fiancée Eva, who serves as nanny to the twins of a local baron. The setting is the fictitious Protestant village of Eichwald, Germany, from July 1913 through August 1914, where the local pastor, the doctor and the baron rule the roost over the area's women,
A Christmas Tale (French: Un conte de Noël) is a 2008 French comedy-drama film by Arnaud Desplechin, starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Mathieu Amalric, Anne Consigny, Melvil Poupaud, Emmanuelle Devos and Chiara Mastroianni. It tells the story of a family with strained relationships which gathers at the parents' home for Christmas, only to learn that their mother has leukemia. It was in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
Junon Vuillard is Abel Vuillard's wife, and the iron-willed matriarch of the Vuillard family. Junon held her family together through many tough times, and although her willpower helped the family survive and prosper, it also has left many bad feelings among her children. Junon is still a handsome woman, and though her husband (who owns a small fabric dying plant) has become obese and clearly aged, he retains a remarkable clarity, acceptance, tolerance, and unconditional love for his family, and it is clear that he and their love for each other is the lynchpin that holds an otherwise fragmented family together, albeit uneasily.
The couple has three children, all grown and in their 30s. Their eldest daughter is Elizabeth,
Tokyo Sonata (トウキョウソナタ, Tōkyō sonata) is a 2008 film directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. It won the award for Best Film at the 3rd Asian Film Awards and received 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards nominations for Achievement in Directing and Best Screenplay. At the 2008 Cannes Film Festival it won the Prix Un Certain Regard.
Tokyo Sonata is about a middle-class family in Tokyo, the Sasakis, which consists of Ryūhei Sasaki, his wife Megumi, and their two sons Takashi and Kenji.
Ryūhei has a good office job, but is suddenly fired because Chinese workers are cheaper. While attempting to find a new job, Ryūhei encounters an old classmate on the street, Kurosu, who has also recently been downsized. Kurosu uses a feature on his mobile phone that plays the ring tone periodically, so that it may fool others into believing he's still employed. This intrigues Ryūhei, who decides to hide the fact that he's been fired from his family. While the two men hopelessly try to find new work, Kurosu's wife slowly begins to suspect her husband's unemployment. Kurosu is later found dead together with his wife from gas poisoning in a double suicide, thought to be initiated by Kurosu.
Takashi, the oldest son,
"Portugal’s Pedro Costa, one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary cinema, has created a concert film unlike any other. Ne change rien captures, in lustrous, spectral black and white, a series of rehearsals and performances by the French actress and chanteuse Jeanne Balibar. It’s a film to get lost in: a symphony in light and shadow, a monument to artistic creation and process. The breathy Balibar and her collaborators (including the guitarist Rodolphe Burger) embark on long, looping jams or break a song down into bars and phrases, reshaped and repeated until they resemble an incantation."
Quoting the synopsis on the 2009 New York Film Festival site.
Happy-Go-Lucky is a 2008 British comedy-drama film written and directed by Mike Leigh. The screenplay focuses on a cheerful and optimistic primary-school teacher and her relationships with those around her. The film was well received by critics and resulted in a number of awards for Leigh, lead actress Sally Hawkins and supporting actor Eddie Marsan.
The film is about a primary school teacher's relationship with a driving instructor, from whom she receives lessons. Thirty years old and single, Pauline "Poppy" Cross shares a London flat with her best friend Zoe, a fellow teacher. Poppy is free-minded, high-spirited and kind-hearted. The film opens with Poppy trying to engage a shop employee in conversation. He blatantly ignores her, yet his icy demeanour does not bother her. She maintains her good mood even when she discovers her bicycle has been stolen. Her main concern is not getting a new one or finding the bicycle, but that she did not get a chance to say goodbye to it. This prompts her to decide to learn how to drive.
When Poppy takes driving lessons for the first time, her positive attitude contrasts starkly with her gloomy, intolerant and cynical driving instructor, Scott. He
36 Views from the Pic Saint-Loup (French: 36 vues du pic Saint-Loup) is a 2009 French-language drama film directed by Jacques Rivette. It was screened in the main competition at the 66th Venice International Film Festival.
Independencia is a 2009 Filipino drama film directed by Raya Martin. It was the first Filipino film to be screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival when it was shown at the 2009 festival.
Wendy and Lucy is a 2008 American drama film directed by Kelly Reichardt. Reichardt and Jon Raymond adapted the screenplay from his short story "Train Choir". The film stars Michelle Williams and Will Patton. It had its world première at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and was screened at several additional film festivals before receiving a limited theatrical release in the United States on December 10, 2008.
Wendy Carroll (Michelle Williams) is a young woman who sets her sights on Alaska in hopes of starting a new life with her dog Lucy, travelling in her car with limited supplies and a straining budget of a little over $500 left for the trip. Stranded in Oregon when her car breaks down and lacking the funds to repair it, Wendy faces yet another challenge when she is apprehended for shoplifting and Lucy disappears while she is in police custody.
The film won both Best Picture and Best Actress at the 12th Toronto Film Critics Association Awards. Wendy and Lucy was placed at 87 on Slant Magazine's best films of the 2000s.
The film appeared on many critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008, including those of the Chicago Reader, New York Post, Newsweek, The Austin Chronicle, LA
4 Nights with Anna is a 2008 film directed by Jerzy Skolimowski.
"These four nights with Anna have variously been described as “an off beat love story”, “a deeply gothic tale”, “hints [of] really being far, far from what it seems”, and Skolimowski (Deep End, Moonlighting) “back in the game”. This is almost all that should be revealed in advance so that a viewer can be left wondering where this story of a strange obsession in a nameless Eastern European village might lead. Concerns with voyeurism and the transfer of guilt that Skolimowski here has in common with Hitchcock are embedded in an austerely ambiguous narrative with surrealist affinities in which the sense of lives connected by pain and desire is punctuated with dark humour and even moments of slapstick. Skolimowski is indeed “back in the game”.
Quoting Bruce Hodsdon.
Antichrist is a 2009 film written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. It follows horror film conventions and tells the story of a couple who, after the death of their child, retreat to a cabin in the woods where the man experiences strange visions and the woman manifests increasingly violent sexual behaviour. The narrative is divided into a prologue, four chapters and an epilogue. The film was primarily a Danish production but co-produced by companies from six different European countries. It was filmed in Germany and Sweden.
After premiering at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where Gainsbourg won the festival's award for Best Actress, the film immediately caused controversy, with critics generally praising the film's artistic execution but strongly divided regarding its substantive merit. Other awards won by the film include the Robert Award for best Danish film, The Nordic Council Film Prize for best Nordic film and the European Film Award for best cinematography. The film is dedicated to the Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–86).
Prologue: With background music "Lascia ch'io pianga" from Handel's Rinaldo (1711). A couple's young
Harakiri (Japanese: 切腹, Seppuku) (1962) is a Japanese film directed by Masaki Kobayashi. The story takes place between 1619 and 1630 during the Edo period and the reign of the Tokugawa shogunate. It tells the story of Hanshiro Tsugumo, a rōnin ("wave man" - a warrior without a lord), who was ordered to stay alive after his lord was deposed - instead of committing seppuku ("stomach-cutting" - a form of ritual suicide). He is told to live so that he can care for his daughter, grandson and son-in-law, the son of the lord's highest Samurai ( "those who serve in close attendance to nobility") and closest friend of Tsugumo who commits Harakiri with his lord.
On May 16, 1630, Hanshiro Tsugumo arrives at the estate of the Iyi clan, looking for a suitable place to commit seppuku. At the time, it is told, it was fairly common for disgraced samurai to make the same request, or threat, in the hope of receiving alms from the lord of the house. To deter him Kageyu Saito, counselor of the clan, tells Hanshiro a warning story wherein another ronin, Motome Chijiiwa – formerly of the same clan as Hanshiro – had made the same request and the samurai retainers of the house forced him to complete the
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) is a British drama film made by Romulus Films and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the United States. The film was directed by Albert Lewin and produced by Lewin and Joe Kaufmann from his own screenplay, based on the legend of The Flying Dutchman.
The film starred Ava Gardner and James Mason, featuring Nigel Patrick, Sheila Sim, Harold Warrender, Mario Cabré and Marius Goring. The cinematographer was Jack Cardiff. Most of the movie was shot on location in Tossa de Mar, Catalonia, Spain, where a statue of Gardner has been erected on the hill overlooking the town's main beach.
MGM delayed its release until Gardner's star-making role in 1951's Show Boat. The tactic worked, and this film solidified her status as a rising star.
In the early 1930s fishermen in the small Catalan port of Esperanza make a grim discovery in their nets, the bodies of a man and a woman. The resultant ringing of church bells in the village brings the local police and the resident archaeologist, Geoffrey Fielding (Harold Warrender), to the beach. Fielding returns to his villa, and retells the story of these two people, trying to make sense of the events.
"Former animator Andrey Khrzhanovsky combines scripted scenes, archival footage, several types of animation, and surrealist flights of fancy to create this stirring portrait of poet Joseph Brodsky and the postwar Soviet cultural scene. Exiled from his native Russia in 1972, the Nobel Prize-winning poet once claimed that if he were ever to return to the Motherland, he would do so anonymously. Stepping off from that premise, Khrzhanovsky and screenwriter Yuri Arabov have created an ironic fairy tale of a trip for Brodsky. The journey covers not only geography but time as well, as the audience is transported back to the Russia of the Fifties and Sixties to the artistic explosion that erupted in the wake of de-Stalinization and the Thaw. A Room and a Half is both a moving tribute to one of the 20th century’s major poets as well as a fascinating look at cultural life under the watchful eyes of an authoritarian regime."
Quoting the synopsis on the 2009 New York Film Festival site.
The Wrestler is a 2008 sports drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Robert D. Siegel and starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. Production began in January 2008 and Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired rights to distribute the film in the U.S.; it was released in a limited capacity on December 17, 2008 and was released nationwide on January 23, 2009. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on April 21, 2009 in the United States. It was released in the United Kingdom on June 1, 2009. Aronofsky considers The Wrestler to be a companion piece to his 2010 film, Black Swan, as both films feature a character with a demanding art.
Rourke plays an aging professional wrestler who continues to wrestle matches in an attempt to cling on to his 1980s heyday despite his failing health, while also trying to mend his relationship with his estranged daughter and find romance with a stripper.
The film received universal critical acclaim and won the Golden Lion Award in the 2008 Venice Film Festival in August, where it premiered. Film critic Roger Ebert called it one of the year's best films, while Rotten Tomatoes reported that 98% of critics gave the film positive
Trash Humpers is a 2009 American drama film directed by Harmony Korine. Shot on worn VHS home video, the film features a "loser-gang cult-freak collective" and their whereabouts in Nashville, Tennessee.
Walking his dog late at night in the back alleys of his hometown of Nashville, Korine encountered trash bins strewn across the ground in what he imagined as a war zone. Overhead lights beamed down upon the trash in a Broadway-style that Korine found very dramatic. They began to resemble human form, beaten, abused and “very humpable.” Korine remembered, as a teenager growing up in Nashville, a group of elderly peeping toms who would come out at night. He has described them as "the neighborhood boogeymen who worked at Krispy Kreme and would wrap themselves in shrubbery, cover themselves with dirt, and peep through the windows of other neighbors." Putting these two ideas together, Korine found conception for the film.
As a child of the 1980s, Korine grew in the age of VHS. He remembers his first camera, given to him by his father, and reusing the tape over and over again. “There was something interesting about certain images or scenes bubbling up to the surface.” On the rationale for
Muriel (French: Muriel ou le Temps d'un retour, literally Muriel, or the Time of a Return) is a 1963 French film directed by Alain Resnais. It was Resnais's third feature film, following Hiroshima mon amour (1959) and L'Année dernière à Marienbad (1961), and in common with those films it explores the challenge of integrating a remembered or imagined past with the life of the present. It also makes oblique reference to the controversial subject of the Algerian war which had recently been brought to an end. Muriel was Resnais's second collaboration with Jean Cayrol, who had also written the screenplay of Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog) (1955).
Hélène, a widow who runs an antique business from her own apartment in Boulogne-sur-Mer, is visited by a past lover, Alphonse. Her stepson, Bernard, is tormented by the memory of a girl named Muriel whom he has participated in torturing while doing military service in Algeria.
The story takes place over 15 days in September–October 1962. (The screenplay provides specific dates and times for each scene, but these are not apparent in the film.) An extended sequence takes place on the first day (a section lasting about 45 minutes: the
"This breathtaking chronicle follows an ever-surprising group of modern-day cowboys as they lead an enormous herd of sheep up and then down the slopes of the Beartooth Mountains in Montana on their way to market. Call it an abstract Western or the last round-up. Filmmakers Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor spent three summers in Montana documenting the process by which sheep are raised, ranched, sheered, and driven hundreds of miles to graze in high pastures of Sweet Grass county. The mode is strictly observational, and there is plenty to see—and hear. Sweetgrass is routinely awe-inspiring and often hilarious. As David D’Arcy reported from the Berlin Film Festival where the documentary had its premiere, “the sheep aren’t just in the landscape, they are the landscape.” The Big Sky country has never looked more spectacular—or, thanks to the ranchers as well as their animals, sounded more cacophonous—and, after Sweetgrass, it will never look the same."
Quoting the synopsis on the 2009 New York Film Festival site.
White Material is a 2009 French film directed by Claire Denis and co-written with Marie NDiaye.
The films stars Isabelle Huppert as Maria Vial, a struggling French coffee producer in an unnamed African country, who decides to stay at her coffee plantation in spite of an erupting civil war. The film was very well received, earning high ratings and appearing in several movie critics' top lists for 2010.
Maria is a white farmer who runs (with her ex-husband, his father, and their son) a failing coffee plantation in an unnamed African country in the present day. Civil war has broken out and rebel soldiers, many of them child soldiers, are advancing on the area. Rebels on the radio advocate attacks on emblems of colonialism. Maria's workers leave, but she refuses to abandon the plantation, and searches for men to finish harvesting of the coffee. As she and her family await the inevitable, the tensions in their personal relationships, and in their relations with the African community, become exposed. Maria puts the farm in even more danger when she looks after a wounded rebel officer known as 'The Boxer'.
White Material has an overall approval rating of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 93%
Barrenvento (English: The Turning Wind) is a 1962 Brazilian film and the feature debut of film director Glauber Rocha. The movie stars Antonio Pitanga, Lucy de Carvalho, and Aldo Teixeira. It belongs to the Cinema Novo movement, addressing the socio-political problems of 1960s Brazil.
In a village of xaréu (Kingfish) fishermen, whose ancestors came as slaves from Africa, persist old mystic cults connected to candomblé. The arrival of Firmino, a former inhabitant who moved to Salvador, running away from poverty, transforms the peaceable panorama of the place, and polarizes tensions. Firmino is attracted to Quota, but he is not able to forget Naína who, on her part, likes Aruã. Firmino orders dispatch against Aruã, that isn’t attained, in opposite to the village that sees the cut net, impeding the fishing. Firmino stirs up the fishermen to revolt against the owner of the net, coming to destroy it. Policemen arrive at the village to control the equipment. In his fight against exploitation, Firmino argues against the master, mediator between the fishermen and the owner of the net. A fisherman convinces Aruã of fishing without the net, since his chastity would make him a protected man
Lola Montès (1955) is an historical film, and the last completed film by Max Ophüls. The film is based loosely on the life of the 19th century dancer and actress Lola Montez — portrayed by Martine Carol — and tells the story of her numerous affairs, most notably with Franz Liszt and Ludwig I of Bavaria. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in North America by The Criterion Collection in February 2010.
The film presents scenes from the life of the 19th century dancer Lola Montès as told by her via flashbacks from her current life — as a performer in a circus, where the ringmaster (Ustinov) befriends her.
This would be the last film directed by Ophüls before his death of a heart attack in March 1957. As originally shown in France in 1955, the audience sees the events of Lola Montès' life through the use of flashbacks. Use of the technique was criticized upon its release and the movie did poorly at the box office. In response, the producers re-cut the film and shortened it in favor of a more chronological storyline, against the director's wishes.
According to Roger Ebert, a "savagely butchered version was in circulation for a few years" following Ophuls' death. The film critic
Magnet of Doom (French: L'aîné des Ferchaux) is a 1963 French film, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville.
To avoid financial scandal, the banker Ferchaux (Charles Vanel) flees Paris for America. To accompany him as his personal secretary and bodyguard he hires a young boxer, Michel Maudet (Jean-Paul Belmondo).
The outdoor scenes were shot on location in the U.S.. It was Melville's first feature film shot in color.
Mother (Hangul: 마더; RR: Madeo; MR: Madŏ) is a 2009 South Korean drama film directed by Bong Joon-ho, starring Kim Hye-ja and Won Bin.
Kim Hye-ja, a veteran Korean actress, plays an unnamed widow living alone with her only son, selling medicinal herbs in a small town in southern South Korea while doing unlicensed acupuncture to the town's women on the side. Her son Do-joon is shy, but prone to attack anyone who mocks his intellectual disability. She dotes on him and scolds him for hanging out with Jin-tae, a local ne'er-do-well.
A high school girl is discovered dead on a rooftop in town, shocking the residents and pressuring the incompetent police to find the killer. With only circumstantial evidence placing Do-joon near the scene of the crime, the police are happy with their cursory investigation and arrest the boy. His defense attorney is unreliable, and the police trick Do-joon into signing a confession, leaving him facing a long jail sentence. The police could not figure out why and who would display the girl's dead body on the rooftop where the entire town is in plain view.
The mother, horrified and unconvinced that Do-joon is even capable of murder, gets involved in unraveling
The Class is a 2008 French drama film directed by Laurent Cantet. Its original French title is Entre les murs, which translates literally to "Between the walls". It is based on the 2006 novel of the same name by François Bégaudeau. The novel is a semi-autobiographical account of Bégaudeau's experiences as a French language and literature teacher in a middle school in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, particularly illuminating his struggles with "problem children" Esmerelda (Esmeralda Ouertani), Khoumba (Rachel Regulier), and Souleymane (Franck Keïta). The film stars Bégaudeau himself in the role of the teacher.
The film received the Palme d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, making it the first French film to do so since 1987, when Maurice Pialat won the award for Under the Sun of Satan.
The film covers an academic year, beginning with the teachers gathering for the autumn term, introducing themselves to each other and being welcomed by the principal, an unsmiling figure wearing rimless glasses. It ends with an informal game of football between staff and pupils and a long hand-held shot of an empty classroom.
The camera never leaves the school. The film is set in the staff room,
The Servant is Harold Pinter's 1963 film adaptation of a 1948 novelette by Robin Maugham. A British production directed by Joseph Losey, it stars Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig, and James Fox.
The first of Pinter's three film collaborations with Losey, which also include Accident (1967) and The Go-Between (1970), The Servant is a tightly-constructed psychological dramatic film about the relationships among the four central characters examining issues relating to class, servitude and the ennui of the upper classes.
Tony (James Fox), a wealthy young Londoner, hires Hugo Barrett (Dirk Bogarde) as his manservant. Initially, Barrett appears to take easily to his new job, and he and Tony form a quiet bond, retaining their social roles. Relationships begin shifting, however, and they change with the introduction of Susan (Wendy Craig), Tony's girlfriend, who seems to be suspicious of Barrett and to loathe all he represents. Barrett brings Vera (Sarah Miles), whom he presents as his sister, into Tony's household as a maidservant, but it emerges that Vera is actually Barrett's lover. Through Barrett's and Vera's games and machinations, they reverse roles with Tony and Susan; Tony