‘Spring Symphony” is a story of love, hate and artistic ambitions. Nastassja Kinski and Herbert Gronemeyer star as Clara Wieck and Robert Schumann, star-crossed classical musicians of the nineteenth century trying to overcome the stifling objections of Wieck’s father.
To Hell and Back (1955) Jesse Hibbs, Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Charles Drake, Action, Biography, Drama
True-life account of the military career of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in WWII. Native of Texas, he was placed in charge of his many younger siblings on the death of his mother and decided to join the military at the age of 18 to provide for them.
Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (1998) Jennifer Baichwal, Paul Bowles, William S. Burroughs, Cherifa, Documentary, Biography
One of the most enigmatic artists of the 20th century, writer, composer and wanderer Paul Bowles (1910-1999) is profiled by a filmmaker who has been obsessed with his genius since age nineteen. Set against the dramatic landscape of North Africa, the mystery of Bowles (famed author of The Sheltering Sky) begins to unravel in Jennifer Baichwal’s poetic and moving Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles.
Prince of Players (1955) Philip Dunne, Richard Burton, Maggie McNamara, John Derek, Biography, Drama
A tragic and sentimental story that depicts the early career of the 19th century American actor, Edwin Booth with some mention of the events leading to the assassination of President Lincoln by Edwin’s brother, John Wilkes Booth. In the film, Edwin’s days in the spotlight dwindle shortly after his brother is caught and killed for assassinating Lincoln.
The film suggests Nijinsky was driven into madness by both his consuming ambition and self-enforced heterosexuality, the latter prompted by his romantic involvement with Romola de Pulszky, a society girl who joins impresario Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes specifically to seduce Nijinsky.
Van Diemen’s Land (2009) Jonathan auf der Heide, Oscar Redding, Arthur Angel, Paul Ashcroft, Biography, Drama, History
The true story of Alexander Pearce, Australia’s most notorious convict. In 1822, Pearce and seven fellow convicts escaped from Macquarie Harbour, a place of ultra banishment and punishment, only to find a world less forgiving.. the Australian wilderness. Abandon all hope you who enter.
Xi meng ren sheng / The Puppetmaster (1993) Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Tian-Lu Li, Giong Lim, Kuei-Chung Cheng, Biography, Drama, War
Joseph Haydn is the composer whom Mozart and Beethoven revered, yet he is too often overshadowed by his younger contemporaries. Director Phil Grabsky hopes to redress the balance in this biographical account of Haydn’s life and work.
In Search of Chopin (2014) Phil Grabsky, Juliet Stevenson, David Dawson, Leif Ove Andsnes, Documentary, Biography, Music
In a new film from the director of award-winning and critically acclaimed trilogy In Search of Mozart, In Search of Beethoven & In Search of Haydn Phil Grabsky brings us the music and life story of one of the world’s favourite composers, Fryderyk Chopin.
Rosa Luxemburg (1986) Margarethe von Trotta, Barbara Sukowa, Daniel Olbrychski, Otto Sander, Biography, Crime, Drama
Wronke Prison, 1916. Social democrat Rosa Luxemburg faces a mock execution. Twenty years earlier, Rosa’s political gifts are acknowledged by everyone, as she struggles for democratic government in Germany and revolution in Poland. There she works closely with Leo Jogiches. Their political activity creates some difficulty for their personal relationship… As international tensions rise, Rosa makes speeches denouncing war and militarism. She seems too radical for her fellow Socialists. She meets Karl Liebknecht. When World War I begins, Rosa and Karl are united in opposition…