Als Martin vierzehn war / When Martin Was Fourteen (1964) Walter Beck, Ulrich Balko, Erik Veldre, Hans Hardt-Hardtloff, Drama, Family, History
Kiss of Fire (1955) Joseph M. Newman, Jack Palance, Barbara Rush, Rex Reason, Adventure, History, Western
Boli zhi cheng / City of Glass (1998) Mabel Cheung, Leon Lai, Qi Shu, Nicola Cheung, History, Romance
Satan Never Sleeps (1962) Leo McCarey, David W. Orton, William Holden, Clifton Webb, France Nuyen, Drama, History, War
A priest (William Holden) arrives at a mission-post in China accompanied by a young native girl who has joined him along the way. His job is to relieve the existing priest (Clifton Webb), who is now too old and weak to continue with the upkeep of the church. However, Communist soldiers arrive at the mission and seize it as a command post. Their leader rapes the native girl and impregnates her, only later to realise that Communism is no good for him. In the end, the foursome flee to the border, but are pursued by Communist forces along the way.
Another Way / Egymásra nézve (1982) Károly Makk, János Xantus, Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieslak, Ildikó Bánsági, Grazyna Szapolowska, Biography, Drama, History
Political and sexual repression in Hungary, just after the revolution of 1956. In 1958, the body of Eva Szalanczky, a political journalist, is discovered near the border. Her friend Livia is in hospital with a broken neck; Livia’s husband, Donci, is under arrest. In a flashback to the year before, we see what leads up to the tragedy. Eva gets a job as a writer. She meets Livia and is attracted to her. Livia feels much the same, but as a married woman, has doubts and hesitations. In their work, they (and Eva in particular) bang up against the limits of telling political truths; in private, they confront the limits of living out sexual and emotional truth.
Les Misérables (1935) Richard Boleslawski, Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke, Drama, History, Romance
This is by far the best version of Les Misérables ever made in my opinion and the critics. Charles Laughton makes this movie, but literally every scene and every character add to this amazing film. If you have never seen a Charles Laughton movie this one will get you hooked.
Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (1957) Michael Anderson, Richard Todd, William Hartnell, Akim Tamiroff, Drama, History, War
In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.
Agora (2009) Alejandro Amenábar, Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Adventure, Drama, History
Alexandria, 391 AD: Hypatia teaches astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy. Her student Orestes is in love with her, as is Davus, her personal slave. As the city’s Christians, led by Ammonius and Cyril, gain political power, the institutions of learning may crumble along with the governance of slavery.