The 1920’s and 30’s career of singer Helen Morgan is followed from her early days singing outdoors in a carnival, through her speak-easy and chorus-girl days, to her stardom on Broadway in Ziegfeld’s “Show Boat”.
Interrupted Melody (1955) Curtis Bernhardt, Glenn Ford, Eleanor Parker, Roger Moore, Biography, Drama, Music
Abraham Lincoln (1930) D.W. Griffith, Walter Huston, Una Merkel, William L. Thorne, Biography, Drama, History
This is a biographical film on the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Young Dali, already famous in Europe, arrives in New York in the 1940s because that’s where the money is, and the war isn’t.
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) William Dieterle, Paul Muni, Josephine Hutchinson, Anita Louise, Biography, Drama, History
In 1860 Paris, chemist Louis Pasteur is considered a quack within the medical community for advocating that doctors and surgeons wash their hands and boil their instruments to destroy microbes that can kill their patients.
The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky (2001) Paul Cox, Derek Jacobi, Delia Silvan, Chris Haywood, Biography, Music, Drama, Documentary
Dramatization of Russian ballet star Vaclav Nijinsky’s diaries which detail his madness as well as his homosexual relationship with Ballet Russe impresario Sergei Diaghilev and his marriage to his Hungarian wife.
Wittgenstein (1993) Derek Jarman, Karl Johnson, Michael Gough, Tilda Swinton, Biography, Comedy, Drama
A dramatization, in modern theatrical style, of the life and thought of the Viennese-born, Cambridge-educated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), whose principal interest was the nature and limits of language.
Details a young woman’s summer in New York working for a Mademoiselle-like magazine, return home to New England, and subsequent breakdown all amidst the horrors of the fifties, from news of the Rosenbergs’ execution to sleazy disc jockeys and predatory college boys.