Un grand amour de Beethoven / Beethoven’s Great Love (1936) Abel Gance, Harry Baur, Annie Ducaux, Jany Holt, Biography, Drama, Music
1801, in Vienna, two young women, his pupils, are in love with him. Thérèse de Brunswick’s love remains unrequited even though she and Beethoven are engaged for years; Juliette Guicciardi, whom Beethoven loves but who marries a count, regrets that decision, but by then he and Thérèse are engaged.
Das Mädchen Johanna / Joan The Maid (1935) Gustav Ucicky, Angela Salloker, Gustaf Gründgens, Heinrich George, Biography, Drama, History
The story of Joan of Arc has been filmed so often that it need not be repeated here. This 1935 version obviously can’t quite compete with the masterworks Dreyer, Bresson, or Rivette derived from the same story, but it’s nevertheless a very effective film which focuses much more on the intrigues of the men around Joan than on the girl herself, who gets surprisingly little screentime.
Operação Outono / Operation Autumn (2012) Bruno de Almeida, John Ventimiglia, Diogo Dória, Nuno Lopes, Biography, History, Thriller
Operation Autumn is a political “thriller” about the covert operation of the assassination of Presidential candidate Humberto Delgado, carried out by the PIDE (the fascist Portuguese regime’s secret police) in February of 1965 in the Spanish boarder town of Villanueva del Fresno.
Il vangelo secondo Matteo / The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) Pier Paolo Pasolini, Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini, Biography, Drama, History
Esther and the King (1960) Raoul Walsh, Mario Bava, Joan Collins, Richard Egan, Denis O’Dea, Biography, Drama, History
Der Choral von Leuthen / The Anthem of Leuthen (1933) Carl Froelich, Walter Supper, Otto Gebühr, Olga Tschechowa, Elga Brink, Biography, Drama, History
Raging Bull (1980) Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Biography, Drama, Sport
When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he’s a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he’s a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment.
Christy Brown is a spastic quadriplegic born to a large, poor Irish family. His mother, Mrs Brown, recognizes the intelligence and humanity in the lad everyone else regards as a vegetable. Eventually, Christy matures into a cantankerous writer who uses his only functional limb, his left foot, to write with.