With the end of the North American Civil War, the manufacturers of repeating rifles find a profitable means of making money selling the weapons to the North American Indians, using the front man John Lattimer to sell the rifles to the Cheyenne. While traveling in a stagecoach with Calamity Jane and William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his young wife Louisa Cody that want to settle down in Hays City managing a hotel, Wild Bill Hickok finds the guide Breezy wounded by arrows and telling that the Indians are attacking a fort using repeating rifles. Hickok meets Gen. George A. Custer that assigns Buffalo Bill to guide a troop with ammunition to help the fort. Meanwhile the Cheyenne kidnap Calamity Jane, forcing Hickok to expose himself to rescue her.
The Lawless Breed (1953) Raoul Walsh, Rock Hudson, Julie Adams, Mary Castle, Action, Biography, Western
Released from jail, John Wesley Hardin leaves an account of his life with the local newspaper. It tells of his overly religious father, his resulting life of cards and guns, and his love for his step-sister replaced on her death during a gun fight with that for dance-hall girl Rosie.
The Eddy Duchin Story (1956) George Sidney, Tyrone Power, Kim Novak, Victoria Shaw, Biography, Drama, Music
In the late 20’s, the talkative newly graduated in pharmacy and aspirant piano player Eddy Duchin comes from Boston to New York expecting to play with the orchestra of Leo Reisman at fancy New York’s Central Park Casino. However he had misunderstood the invitation of the maestro and while leaving the place, he meets the wealthy socialite Marjorie Oelrichs that asks Leo Reisman to give a chance to Eddy. He plays in the intermission and becomes a successful piano showman. Two years later, Marjorie and Eddy get married and in the Christmas, Marjorie has a baby, Peter, but she dies after the delivery. Eddy rejects Peter blaming him for the death of Marjorie and only five years later he meets his son. With the World War II, Eddy Duchin breaks up his band and enlists to fight in the war. With the end of the war, Eddy returns to New York with the intention of getting closer to Peter but he sees the boy connected to his friend Chiquita.
Il cardinale Lambertini / Cardinal Lambertini (1954) Giorgio Pastina, Gino Cervi, Nadia Gray, Arnoldo Foà, Drama, Biography, History
In 1739 in Bologna, Archbishop Prospero Lambertini protects the love of Charles and of Countess Isabella, with the opposition of the powerful, and after many vicissitudes he marries them. He goes to Rome and becomes Pope Benedict XIV.
Il caso Mattei / The Mattei Affair (1972) Francesco Rosi, Gian Maria Volontè, Luigi Squarzina, Gianfranco Ombuen, Biography, Drama
Enrico Mattei helped change Italy’s future, first as freedom-fighter against the Nazis, then as an investor in methane gas through a public company, A.G.I.P., and ultimately as the head of ENI, a state body formed for the development of oil resources. October 27, 1962, he died when his private airplane crashed, one minute before it should land at Milan airport. Officially, he died of a flight accident. Actually, many journalists explored other plausible reasons for the untimely landing of the small aircraft.
Storia di Piera / The Story of Piera (1983) Marco Ferreri, Isabelle Huppert, Hanna Schygulla, Marcello Mastroianni, Biography, Drama, Erotic
This sometimes confusing erotic drama about the incestuous relationship of a mother and daughter is based on the autobiography of Italian theater actress Piera Degli Esposti though it focuses more on her mother Eugenia (Hanna Schygulla).
Patsy Cline was the first female solo artist to be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Thirty-two years after her untimely death in a plane crash in Tennessee, her “Greatest Hits” album sold over six million copies. Loved by her fans today as much – if not more – than she was at the height of her fame, the life, the loves and most of all the voice of Patsy Cline is legendary. This film tells the story of the passionate, fun-loving, soft-spoken, loud-living life of one of country music’s – and one of popular music’s – greatest singing stars. This film covers the years 1956 through 1963, from her rise to fame and the top of the charts through TB talent shows and country bars – through her turbulent marriage to Charlie Dick and the demands of touring which would lead to the fatal plane crash.
The UFO Incident (1975) Richard A. Colla, James Earl Jones, Estelle Parsons, Barnard Hughes, Biography, Drama, History
Through memory flashbacks accessed by hypnotic regression, depicts the alleged UFO abduction of Betty and Barney Hill on September 19, 1961 in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Upon returning from a trip into Canada, Betty (a social services worker in Portsmouth, New Hampshire) and Barney (a postal employee in Boston) are plagued by crippling anxiety and nightmarish visions. Turning to Dr. Benjamin Simon for help in piecing together the happenings of that night, the Hills enter into therapy and independently relate a most unearthly tale.
Night and Day (1946) Michael Curtiz, Cary Grant, Alexis Smith, Monty Woolley, Biography, Drama, Musical
The fictionalized biography of composer Cole Porter from his days at Yale in the 1910s through the height of his success to the 1940s. The film’s attempted biography matches many public myths surrounding Cole at the time, despite its lack of relationship with truth. For instance, truth and movie are different in regards to: his sex life (he was a gay man in a marriage of convenience with a divorcee friend), his relationship with his wife, Monty Wooley was a contemporary (not Professor), and his French military experience was a hoax.
Tár úr steini / Tears of Stone (1995) Hilmar Oddsson, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Ruth Olafsdottir, Winfried Wagner, Biography, Drama
Germany in the 1930s. Jón Leifs has a promising future when he falls in love with and marries a Jewish girl, Annie Riethof. The couple settles in Berlin, where Annie is a succesful concert pianist. Jón’s quest for success soon becomes a quest for survival. His love for music has to fight his love for his Jewish wife and Jewish daughters. He is forced to choose between his career and his family, in a country which has become hell on earth.