Romance

Joki / The River (2001) Jarmo Lampela, Sanna Hietala, Antti Ikkala, Jyri Ojansivu, Drama, Romance

Joki (2001)
Episodic study of feelings where six stories intertwine over one Saturday in a small town. Two boys save a young woman, Anni, and her baby from suicide by drowning. Esa, a down-on-his-luck musician in need of a loan, arrives to his father’s 60th birthday party. Waitress Leena tries to stir up a romance between her co-workers at a pizza parlor. Middle-aged Ilpo comes home early from the paper mill and finds a strange man in their bedroom. Old Milja waits for her daughter Merja at the hospital where she is visiting her terminally ill husband Henri. Teenage Santeri tries to cope with his homosexuality.

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In nome del Papa Re / In the Name of the Pope King (1977) Luigi Magni, Nino Manfredi, Danilo Mattei, Carmen Scarpitta, Drama, History, Romance

In nome del Papa Re (1977)
In 1867, with Garibaldi’s forces close to bringing Rome into the Italian kingdom, Monsignor Colombo da Priverno, a world-weary judge on the papal court, wants to resign, disgusted by the violence to which the papacy resorts to hold secular power. That night, three rebels blow up the Zouaves’ barracks. Colombo learns that a brief liaison with a countess 20 years’ before produced a son, one of the rebels arrested for the bombing. He uses his influence to gain the youth’s release, hides him, and then engages in doomed battles of wit with the court and with the Black Pope to free the other two. Can this priest be a father, blunt power, and live out his faith?

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Brief Ecstasy (1937) Edmond T. Gréville, Paul Lukas, Hugh Williams, Linden Travers, Drama, Romance

Brief Ecstasy (1937)
Brief Ecstasy (1937) is a remarkable film, and the stand-out title of the set. A melodrama with expressionist touches, it has strong echoes of its near namesake, Brief Encounter (1945), but there is a bit of Rebecca in there too with a sinister housekeeper threatening the young wife of an older man. You can find the jealous obsession of Othello as well in a tale of a young woman (played by the beautiful – and beautifully lit – Linden Travers), who misses out on marrying a man she meets in a tearoom, then weds the professor for whom she works, only to have the first lover turn up five years later.

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Bachelor Apartment (1931) Lowell Sherman, Mae Murray, Irene Dunne, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Bachelor Apartment (1931)
While entertaining one of his many lady friends, Wayne Carter, a well-to-do Park Avenue bachelor, is interrupted by the arrival of attractive Helene Andrews, who has come to his infamous apartment to fetch her younger sister Lita, whom she believes is dining with him. To her surprise, Helene finds Lita eating dinner not with Wayne, but with the butler, Rollins, and after apologies, excuses herself, impressing Wayne with her honest yet determined ways. Equally determined, Wayne then tracks down the elusive, out-of-work stenographer and offers her a position as executive secretary in his investment firm. At first Helene rejects Wayne’s offer, but finally is convinced of his good intentions and accepts the job. To ingratiate himself further, Wayne arranges for Lita, an aspiring musical revue star, to get an act in a show backed by his friend, Lee Graham.

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Border River (1954) George Sherman, Joel McCrea, Yvonne De Carlo, Pedro Armendáriz, Romance, Western

Border River (1954)
Zona Libre is a small enclave across the river from America. Despotically ruled by General Calleja, it offers sanctuary to outlaws, at a price. Newly arrived is Clete Mattson who has $2million in gold to buy guns for the Confederacy. But who can he trust with so much money around? Certainly not Calleja, but maybe the eye-catching Carmelita? The General thinks she’s his property but she seems rather to fancy Mattson. Whatever’s going on, Mexico wants the place back.

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