Il Messia / The Messiah (1975) Roberto Rossellini, Pier Maria Rossi, Mita Ungaro, Carlos de Carvalho, Biography, History
I sequestrati di Altona / The Condemned of Altona (1962) Vittorio De Sica, Sophia Loren, Maximilian Schell, Fredric March, Drama, History
Stanley and Livingstone (1939) Henry King, Otto Brower, Spencer Tracy, Nancy Kelly, Richard Greene, Adventure, Drama, History
When American newspaperman and adventurer Henry M. Stanley comes back from the western Indian wars, his editor James Gordon Bennett sends him to Africa to find Dr. David Livingstone, the missing Scottish missionary. Stanley finds Livingstone (“Dr. Livingstone, I presume.”) blissfully doling out medicine and religion to the happy natives. His story is at first disbelieved. When Livingstone later dies, Stanley returns to continue the good doctor’s work (which, of course, never really happened).
Ba-rakia ha-hamishi / The Fifth Heaven (2011) Dina Zvi-Riklis, Amit Moshkovitz, Yehezkel Lazarov, Alena Yiv, Drama, History
Mivtza Hamaniya / Operation Sunflower (2014) Avraham Kushnir, Yehoram Gaon, Baruch Brener, Daniella Kertesz, Drama, History
The Iranians are bringing missiles out of their bunkers and within an hour and a half they will be prepared to “push the button” and launch the missiles at any point in Israel. Against the time that is running out, a drama is being reconstructed. It is a political, scientific and human drama that took place in Jerusalem and Paris during the 1950’s – 60’s. On his return from a trip to a concentration camp, Ben Gurion gives an order to develop Israel’s nuclear option – as an insurance policy for the remainder of the Jewish people. At the time only the USA, Great Britain and Russia had the bomb.
Custer of the West (1967) Robert Siodmak, Robert Shaw, Mary Ure, Ty Hardin, Biography, Drama, History
The story of U.S. Army commander George Armstrong Custer, a flamboyant hero of the Civil War who later fought and was exterminated with his entire command by warring Sioux and Cheyenne tribes at the battle of Little Big Horn in 1876.
Agostino d’Ippona / Augustine of Hippo (1972) Roberto Rossellini, Dary Berkani, Virgilio Gazzolo, Cesare Barbetti, Biography, History
This biography tells the life story of Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo, a North African region during the last years of the Roman Empire. The film details Augustine’s struggle to maintain religious decorum in a civilization on the verge of plunging into the Dark Ages.
Alexander the Great (1956) Robert Rossen, Richard Burton, Fredric March, Claire Bloom, Biography, Drama, History
An epic film that follows the life of Alexander the Great, the macedonian king that united all ancient greek tribes and led them against the vast Persian Empire. Alexander conquered most of the then known world and created a greek empire that spanned all the way from the Balkans to India
Dreszcze / Shivers (1981) Wojciech Marczewski, Tomasz Hudziec, Teresa Marczewska, Marek Kondrat, Drama, History
Set in the early 1950’s, during the Stalin’s Personality Cult. The story opens in a provincial town. Tomek’s father, a former member of the Home Army is arrested so the mother is left with the task of raising two kids alone. The neighbor upstairs commits suicide when her husband is also arrested and transported to the prison camp. It’s winter so the kids keep their hands warm at school by hand-beating themselves. The teachers at school are mean, narrow minded idealists, When they ask the kids who goes to church on Sundays, the whole class stands up to defeat the purpose of the propaganda lesson. Tomek is sent to the training school in the summer. There he absorbs most of the ideology pumped into his head, and when his father is released from prison he finds another boy he has left.