Edna marries Texan Sam Gladney, operator of a wheat mill. Edna discovers by chance how the law treats children who are without parents and decides to do something about it. She opens a home for foundlings and orphans and begins to place children in good homes, despite the opposition of “conservative” citizens, who would condemn illegitimate children for being born out of wedlock. Eventually Edna leads a fight in the Texas legislature to remove the stigma of illegitimacy from birth records in that state, while continuing to be an advocate for homeless children.
The Benny Goodman Story (1956) Valentine Davies, Steve Allen, Donna Reed, Berta Gersten, Biography, Drama, Music
Bio of swing band leader ‘Benny Goodman’ from age 10 (1919) to his landmark Carnegie Hall band concert in 1938. Not exactly historically accurate, but great music. Also, guest appearances by many great musicians of the time.
Mein Name ist Bach / My Name Is Bach (2003) Dominique de Rivaz, Vadim Glowna, Jürgen Vogel, Karoline Herfurth, Biography, Drama
Francesco, giullare di Dio / The Flowers of St. Francis (1950) Roberto Rossellini, Aldo Fabrizi, Gianfranco Bellini, Peparuolo, Biography, History, Drama
The film dramatizes about a dozen vignettes from the life of St. Francis and his early followers – starting with their return in the rain to Rivotorlo from Rome when the Pope blessed their Rule and ending with their dispersal to preach. The unconnected chapters are like parables, some with a moral. The slight and comic Ginepro returns naked to St. Mary’s of the Angels, having given away his tunic, but not his ricotta. The aged Giovanni shouts and holds onto his cape; the beatific St. Clair pays a visit. Humble Francis doubts his leadership, hugs a leper, and sends his brothers spinning, dizzy, and smiling into the world. This brotherhood is infused with whimsy as well as belief.
I Want to Live! (1958) Robert Wise, Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Biography, Crime, Drama
Barbara Graham is a woman with dubious moral standards, often a guest in seedy bars. She has been sentenced for some petty crimes. Two men she knows murder an older woman. When they get caught they start to think that Barbara has helped the police to arrest them. As a revenge they tell the police that Barbara is the murderer.
Patty Hearst (1988) Paul Schrader, Natasha Richardson, William Forsythe, Ving Rhames, Biography, Drama
The true story of a rich girl who was abducted by American revolutionaries in the 1970’s. Her time spent with her captors made her question herself and her way of life and she joined forces with the cause that her abductors were fighting for. This created a US scandal and Patty Hearst has become a pop culture fixture.
Factory Girl (2006) George Hickenlooper, Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Hayden Christensen, Biography, Drama
In the mid-1960s, wealthy debutant Edie Sedgwick meets artist Andy Warhol. She joins Warhol’s famous Factory and becomes his muse. Although she seems to have it all, Edie cannot have the love she craves from Andy, and she has an affair with a charismatic musician, who pushes her to seek independence from the artist and the milieu.
Nedodrzaný slub / Broken Promise (2009) Jirí Chlumský, Ondrej Vetchý, Ina Marojevic, Vlado Cerný, Biography, Drama, Family
A true story of a Jewish boy Martin,talented soccer player,has to make a risky lifetime decisions in order to survive in WWII. When he sees his family is taken to Poland one by one he voluntarily goes to working camp ,where he finds out that he is not safe anywhere.
Chisum (1970) Andrew V. McLaglen, John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Christopher George, Biography, Western
As one of the founders of the town of Lincoln, John Chisum is increasingly worried as Lawrence Murphy moves in on the local stores, bank and land by questionable means. Chisum and fellow honest ranch owner Henry Tunstall try and use the law, but Murphy owns that too. Confrontation threatens and Tunstall’s man Billy Bonney is not slow to get involved.
Enskilda samtal / Private Confessions (1996) Liv Ullmann, Pernilla August, Max von Sydow, Samuel Fröler, Biography, Drama
Five conversations frame a flawed marriage in this film written by Ingmar Bergman about his parents. Guilt-ridden wife Anna (Pernilla August) divulges an extramarital affair to a priest, her uncle Jacob (Max von Sydow). He presses her to confess her sins to her husband, Henrik. As the film moves back and forth in time, the notion of truth is tested. Tomas, the lover, and Henrik will find that Anna’s confessions do not absolve anyone, and have the power to inflict more pain.