Biography

Annibale / Hannibal (1959) Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, Edgar G. Ulmer, Victor Mature, Gabriele Ferzetti, Rita Gam, Action, Adventure, Biography

Annibale (1959)
After making his historic crossing of the Alps with elephants transporting supplies and troops, Hannibal marches on Rome in a war of revenge. During his advance, he captures Sylvia, the niece of Roman Senator Fabius Maximus but, instead of holding her prisoner, he shows her his powerful army and herds of elephants, then sets her free. He is sure she will report what she has seen to his Roman enemies. Hannibal defeats the Romans at the battle of Trebbia and sends a message to Sylvia that he is marching on Rome. Sylvia succumbs to her love of Hannibal and they have a rendezvous, but are surprised by a Roman patrol. Hannibal escapes and Sylvia is confined to the temple of the Vesta Goddess. She escapes and meets Hannibal again. Hannibal orders his brother Hasdrubal to Carthage to take over command of the reinforcements preparing to join Hannibal. Hannibals wife Danila arrives from Carthage unexpectedly and Sylvia runs away and returns to Rome, where she is tried for high treason and …
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The Plainsman (1936) Cecil B. DeMille, Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, James Ellison, Biography, History, Romance

The Plainsman (1936)
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.
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Sweet Dreams (1985) Karel Reisz, Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth, Biography, Drama, Music

Sweet Dreams (1985)
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.
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Night and Day (1946) Michael Curtiz, Cary Grant, Alexis Smith, Monty Woolley, Biography, Drama, Musical

Night and Day (1946)
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.
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Ciao! Manhattan (1972) John Palmer, David Weisman, Edie Sedgwick, Wesley Hayes, Isabel Jewell, Biography, Drama, Romance

Ciao! Manhattan (1972)
Ciao! Manhattan is the semi-biographical tale of 1960s counterculture icon Edie Sedgwick. Ciao! follows young Susan Superstar (Sedgwick) through her tumultuous party years in Manhattan as one of Warhol’s Superstars. Through actual audio recordings of Sedgwick’s account of her time in Warhol’s Factory in New York City, paired with clips from the original unfinished script started in 1967, Ciao! captures the complete deterioration of Sedgwick’s fictional alter-ego. The striking similarities between Sedgwick and Susan’s life story, especially when recounted by Sedgwick in the midst of drug-induced audio interviews, make the film’s candid depiction of excess and celebrity especially haunting. The film is dedicated to the memory of Sedgwick and ends with the actual headlines announcing Sedgwick’s (not Susan Superstar’s) death, thus inseparably associating the fictional and the genuine figure.
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The Other Side of the Mountain (1975) Larry Peerce, Marilyn Hassett, Beau Bridges, Belinda Montgomery, Biography, Drama, Romance

The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)
Based on the true story of Jill Kinmont. In 1955, eighteen-year-old Jill is a truly talented, gifted skier and a shoo-in for the 1956 Winter Olympics. But Jill comes close to losing everything when she takes a near fatal fall off a mountain during the last race of the season. Paralyzed from the shoulders down, Jill now has to climb another kind of mountain-working her way up from total helplessness to leading a fulfilling life. With the help of family, friends, and an extraordinary man, Jill begins the quest up that mountain.
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