Drama

Absence of Malice (1981) Sydney Pollack, Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Absence of Malice (1981)
Mike Gallagher is a Miami liquor wholesaler whose deceased father was a local mobster. The FBI organized crime task force has no evidence that he’s involved with the mob but decide to pressure him perhaps revealing something – anything – about a murder they’re sure was a mob hit. The let Megan Carter, a naive but well-meaning journalist, know he is being investigated and Gallagher’s name is soon all over the newspaper. Gallagher has an iron-clad alibi for when the murder occurred but won’t reveal it to protect his fragile friend Teresa. When Carter publishes her story, tragedy ensues. Needing to make amends, Carter tells Gallagher the source of the first story about him and he sets out to teach the FBI and the Federal Attorney a lesson.

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Poruchik Kizhe / Lieutenant Kizhe (1934) Aleksandr Faintsimmer, Mikhail Yanshin, Boris Gorin-Goryainov, Nina Shaternikova, Comedy, Drama

Poruchik Kizhe (1934)
A sarcastic comedy about the Russian-Soviet bureaucracy, based on the eponymous novella by Yuri Tynyanov. Set in the reign of Emperor Paul I. A copying error by a military scribe turns the Russian words for “the lieutenants, however” into what looks like “lieutenant Kizhe”. The Tsar reads the error, and wants to meet this (non-existent) Lieutenant Kizhe. His courtiers are at first too frightened to contradict the Tsar, but then the fiction turns out to be all too convenient for them. So Lieutenant Kizhe gets himself exiled to Siberia, recalled from exile, promoted, and married. He dies and receives a state funeral. In many ways, he is the most charming and lovable character in the film, even though he remains throughout the film a “confidential person, without a shape”.

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Shattered Image (1998) Raoul Ruiz, Anne Parillaud, William Baldwin, Lisanne Falk, Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Shattered Image (1998)
Confusing realities surface in this paranoid film dealing with the fragile nature of a young woman (Anne Parillaud) recovering from rape and an apparent attempted suicide. In one reality, she is a killer destroyer of men. In another she is the new wife on a Jamaican honeymoon with her husband (William Baldwin), who is trying to help her recover. Which is real is the question as the story unfolds.

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Bush Mama (1979) Haile Gerima, Barbarao, Johnny Weathers, Susan Williams, Drama

Bush Mama (1979)
Bush Mama is the story of Dorothy and her husband T.C. He is a discharged Vietnam veteran who thought he would return home to a hero’s welcome. Instead he is falsely arrested and imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Her life revolves around the welfare office and a community facing poverty and unemployment. As a result of the film’s events, both the main characters become radicalized and Dorothy eventually turns to violence.

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