Drama

Sign of the Pagan (1954) Douglas Sirk, Jeff Chandler, Jack Palance, Ludmilla Tchérina, Biography, Drama, History

Sign of the Pagan (1954)
Roman centurion Marcian is captured by Attila the Hun en route to Constantinople, but escapes. On arrival, he finds the eastern Roman emperor Theodosius plotting with Attila to look the other way while the latter marches against Rome. But Marcian gains the favor of Pulcheria, lovely sister of Theodosius, who favors a united Empire. As Attila marches, things look bleak for the weakened imperial forces. But the conqueror has an awe of the power of the Christians’ God…
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Prea târziu / Too Late (1996) Lucian Pintilie, Razvan Vasilescu, Cecilia Bârbora, Victor Rebengiuc, Drama, Thriller

Prea tarziu (1996)
Germany 1996. A man rummages through a bag, finding some sticks of dynamite. A few months earlier, in the Jiu Valley, a remote province in Romania, prosecutor Costa arrives to investigate some deaths that took place in a coal mine. Costa soon meets Alina. The two become lovers, but the mysterious mining deaths continue. Costa discovers something that took place before his arrival. Ficht and Ferz are twins, both afflicted by mental illness. Ficht goes in and out of hospital, while Ferz, like the prototype in an inverse evolution, has transformed into a kind of animal, following a regression from man to beast, and has found his habitat in the mine.
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Another Man’s Poison (1951) Irving Rapper, Bette Davis, Gary Merrill, Emlyn Williams, Crime, Drama

Another Man's Poison (1951)
Mystery writer Janet Frobisher lives alone in a dark English country house, when she’s not philandering with her secretary’s fiancée. At an extremely awkward moment, she has an unwelcome visitor: George Bates, who claims to be the partner in crime of Janet’s estranged husband. George insinuates himself into Janet’s home and life despite her efforts to get rid of him; the tangled relationships develop into a macabre, murderous cat-and-mouse game.
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Bangiku / Late Chrysanthemums (1954) Mikio Naruse, Haruko Sugimura, Ken Uehara, Sadako Sawamura, Drama

Bangiku (1954)
What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money, and has become a wealthy money-lender, spending her days cold-heartedly collecting debts. Even her best friends, Tomi, Nobu, and Tamae, who were her fellow Geisha, are now indebted to her. For all of them, the glamor of their young lives has passed; Tomi and Tamae have children, but their children have disappointed them. Kin has two former lovers who still pursue her; one she wants to see, and the other she doesn’t. But even the one she remembers fondly, when he shows up, proves to be a disappointment.
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Je suis le seigneur du château / I’m the King of the Castle (1989) Régis Wargnier, Jean Rochefort, Dominique Blanc, Régis Arpin, Drama, Thriller

Je suis le seigneur du chateau AKA I'm the King of the Castle (1989)
Thomas is the 12-year-old son of a millionaire who lives in a big mansion surrounded by woods in France. When his mother dies, his father hires a widowed maid to take care of everything while he is away. The woman brings her only son, Charles, to live with them and, hopefully, be company to lonesome Thomas. The rich boy and the poor one become enemies from the very first encounter. Moved essentially by jealousy and fear, Thomas decides to turn Charles’ life into a hell on Earth, especially after their parents eventually fall in love. As the title suggests, he wants to make it clear to the invader who is the lord of the castle.
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The Florentine Dagger (1935) Robert Florey, Donald Woods, Margaret Lindsay, C. Aubrey Smith, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Florentine Dagger 1935
Juan Cesare, a descendant of the Borgia’s of Vienna, thinks he may have a murder streak in him acquired from his long-dead relatives, is is love with Florence Ballau, but her father lodges a strong protest. Papa Ballau is later found dead with a Florentine dagger of the Borgia type stuck firmly in him. Juan is all wrought up and tortured by thoughts he may have been the killer. But there is also a disfigured housekeeper on the premises who may or may not have had a motive.
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Pork Chop Hill (1959) Lewis Milestone, Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn, War, Drama, Action

Pork Chop Hill (1959)
Grim story of one of the major battles of the Korean War. While negotiators are at work in Panmunjom trying to bring the conflict to a negotiated end, Lt. Joe Clemons is ordered to launch an attack and retake Pork Cop Hill. It’s tough on the soldiers who know that the negotiations are under way and no one wants to die when they think it will all soon be over. The hill is of no particular strategic military value but all part of showing resolve during the negotiations. Under the impression that the battle has been won, battalion headquarters orders some of the men withdrawn when in fact they are in dire need of reinforcements and supplies. As the Chinese prepare to counterattack and broadcast propaganda over loudspeakers, the men prepare for what may be their last battle.
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