The adventure begins when Jack trades his cow for some magic beans from peddler Jeremy Keen. The beans sprout a beanstalk high into the clouds, and Jack and Jeremy climb it to discover a giant, a goose that lays golden eggs, and Princess Serena who is trapped in a harp by a magic spell and can only be released by a kiss.
Worried About the Boy (2010) Julian Jarrold, Douglas Booth, Jonny Burt, Mathew Horne, Biography, Drama, Music
In 1980 young George O’Dowd baffles his parents with his love of frocks and make-up and moves into a squat with kindred spirit Peter,who dresses as Marilyn Monroe and calls himself Marilyn. They make a splash at Steve Strange’s trendy Blitz Club where George gets a job in the cloakroom but George is unlucky in his relationships with men until he meets wannabe musician Kirk.
L’amour de loin / Love from Afar (2004) Peter Sellars, Dawn Upshaw, Monica Groop, Gerald Finley, Music, Drama, Romance
L’amour de loin (Love from Afar) is the first opera by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho from a five act French libretto by Amin Maalouf. The opera was given its world premiere performance on 15 August 2000 at the Salzburg Festival and its US premiere on 31 July 2002 at the Santa Fe Opera.
In 1924, stage-struck Boston blueblood Hannah Adams picks up musical star Tim O’Connor and takes him home for dinner. One thing leads to another, and when Tim’s show rolls on to Chicago a new Mrs. O’Connor comes along as incompetent chorus girl. Hollywood beckons, and we follow the star careers of the O’Connor family in silents and talkies. Includes good imitation “silents” with classic cameo by Buster Keaton.
Dixie (1943) A. Edward Sutherland, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Billy De Wolfe, Biography, Comedy, Musical
A young songwriter leaves his Kentucky home to try to make it in New Orleans. Eventually he winds up in New York, where he sells his songs to a music publisher, but refuses to sell his most treasured composition: “Dixie.” The film is based on the life of Daniel Decatur Emmett, who wrote the classic song “Dixie.”
Sally, Irene and Mary (1938) William A. Seiter, Alice Faye, Tony Martin, Fred Allen, Comedy, Music, Romance
Three manicurists hope to become entertainers through the auspices of their wisecracking agent (Fred Allen). Sally (Alice Faye) is the smart one, Irene (Joan Davis) the funny one, and Mary (Marjorie Weaver) the cute-and-innocent one. The girls secure work in a Greenwich village nitery, where Sally falls for star singer Tony Martin. The threesome’s career becomes stalled until Mary inherits an old ferry boat, which she converts into a floating nightclub. Among the highlights of Sally Irene and Mary is a jitterbug number by Joan Davis and supporting appearances by Jimmy Durante and Gypsy Rose Lee (billed under her real name, Louise Hovick). The film was based on a non-musical play by Eddie Dowling and Cyril Rood, previously filmed in 1925.
Blue Note – A Story of Modern Jazz (1997) Julian Benedikt, Andreas Morell, Freddie Hubbard, Gil Melle, Herbie Hancock, Documentary, Music
“It must ‘schwing!'” was the motto of Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two German Jewish immigrants who in 1939 set up Blue Note Records, the jazz label that was home to such greats as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins. Blue Note, the most successful movie ever made about jazz, is a testimony to the passion and vision of these two men and certainly swings like the propulsive sounds that made their label so famous. The only documentary about the legendary Jazz record label includes original footage from concert recordings by Blue Note label artists, original footage of Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff and interviews with Carlos Santana, Rudy Van Gelder, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock among others.Grammy nominated for “Best Long Form Music Video” in 1997, Blue Note also went on to earn a Peabody Award (1998), Vision Award (1998) and a Rocky Award nomination.
In the 1990s, Paul gets his first taste of the world of Parisian nightlife. Mad about music, he creates a DJ duo, “Cheers,” with his best friend.
They rapidly find a fanbase and experience giddy, euphoric, dangerous, and ephemeral success as they rise in the House music world. Caught up in his passion, Paul forgets to construct his life.
West Side Story (1961) Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise, Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Crime, Drama, Musical
Musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set in New York City, where rival street gangs (the Jets and the Sharks) battle for territory and respect. Is the love affair between former Jets leader Tony, and Maria, sister to Sharks’ leader Bernardo, doomed to failure?
The film begins with the finishing of a water canal for the village set in the present. Radha (Nargis), as the mother of the village, is asked to open the canal and remembers back to her past when she was newly married, mirroring the new independence of India. The wedding between Radha and Shamu (Raaj Kumar) was paid for by Radha’s mother-in-law, who got a loan from the moneylender Sukhilala. This event starts the spiral of poverty and hardship that Radha endures. The conditions of the loan are disputed, but the village elders decide in favor of the moneylender, after which Shamu and Radha are forced to pay three-quarters of their crop as interest on the loan of 500 rupees. While trying to use more of their land to alleviate their poverty, Shamu’s arms are crushed by a boulder. He is shamed by his helplessness and is humiliated by others in the village. Deciding that he is no use to his family, he leaves and does not return. Soon after this, Radha’s mother-in-law dies.