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.
Poruchik Kizhe / Lieutenant Kizhe (1934) Aleksandr Faintsimmer, Mikhail Yanshin, Boris Gorin-Goryainov, Nina Shaternikova, Comedy, Drama
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”.
Chiyari Fuji / A Bloody Spear on Mount Fuji (1955) Tomu Uchida, Chiezo Kataoka, Ryûnosuke Tsukigata, Chizuru Kitagawa, Adventure, Drama
Love / Anna Karenina (1927) Edmund Goulding, John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, George Fawcett, Drama, Romance
In Czarist Russia, Anna Karenina falls in love with the dashing military officer Count Vronsky and abandons her husband and child to become Vronsky’s mistress. Tragedy ensues when Vronsky chooses his military career over Anna.
Le premier homme / The First Man (2011) Gianni Amelio, Michel Crémadès, Jacques Gamblin, Mickaël Batret, Drama
Franco-Italian production filmed in French and Italian directed by Amelio, based on the latest novel by Albert Camus, “The first man” unfinished work published in 1994. The protagonist is Jacques Cormery (alter ego of Camus), who returns to Algeria to remember his childhood.
Mun mot mun / Mouth to Mouth (2005) Björn Runge, Peter Andersson, Marie Richardson, Sofia Westberg, Drama
The teenage girl Vera left her family after an incident at home, and is now living with a middle-aged drug addict, Morgan, who is using her as a prostitute to get money for drugs and debts. Meanwhile, the rest of her family is falling apart, and her father, Mats, is trying to figure out how to get her back before it’s too late.
Shattered Image (1998) Raoul Ruiz, Anne Parillaud, William Baldwin, Lisanne Falk, Crime, Drama, Fantasy
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.
…All the Marbles (1981) Robert Aldrich, Peter Falk, Vicki Frederick, Laurene Landon, Action, Comedy, Drama
Harry manages The California Dolls, a female wrestling tag team endlessly touring America, and he’s also romantically involved with one of them. Their fortunes seem on the slide (particularly when Harry accepts an engagement involving mud wrestling!) but then the big grudge match beckons.
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.
Mark of the Phoenix (1958) Maclean Rogers, Julia Arnall, Sheldon Lawrence, Anton Diffring, Crime, Drama, Thriller
A sample of an advanced new metal is stolen and made into a cigarette case in Brussels ready for smuggling to the East. An American jewel thief accidentally finds it in his possession and becomes the centre of much attention