Despite losing all that they had at the roulette table, Phillip Eden (Richard Dix) and his young daughter Alice live a life full of joy and wonder, free from the oppressive Florence – Phillips estranged wife and Alice’s mother. That life has now been threatened by Bernice, a jilted lover of Phillips, who informs him that she has reported his whereabouts to Florence. Looking to keep Alice out of his wife’s domineering clutches, Phillip restrains Bernice in his apartment and flees to Italy. There, he is arrested for Bernice’s murder and Alice is returned to her mother (and Florence’s new husband) in England. Eleven years pass, and during that time spent in her mother’s “care,” Alice’s spirit has been crushed, causing her invalidism. Learning of his daughter’s condition, Phillip escapes from prison and embarks on a mission to save his now- grown daughter’s soul.
A low-level triad “big brother” has a hot-tempered “little brother” who can’t keep out of trouble, and consequently is in constant need of being bailed out by his protector. The “big brother” is super cool, but lacks the ambition to rise in the ranks of the triad societies – and once he meets his cousin from Kowloon and falls in love with her, he even thinks about leaving “the life”.
Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) Julie Christie, Peter Finch, Alan Bates, John Schlesinger, Drama, History, Romance
Based on Thomas Hardy’s 19th century novel, Bathsheba Everdene is a willful, passionate girl who is never satisfied with anything less than a man’s complete and helpless adoration. And she captures the lives and loves of three very different men: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer who is captivated by her beauty and proposes marriage; William Boldwood, a prosperous man in his early forties and a confirmed bachelor; and Sergeant Frank Troy, a handsome, reckless swordsman given to sudden fits of violence.
Days of Glory (1944) Jacques Tourneur, Gregory Peck, Tamara Toumanova, Alan Reed, Drama, Romance, War
In late 1941, with the Nazi invasion of Russia still advancing, the Red Army leaves bands of guerillas behind in the forests. One such band is joined by beautiful ballet dancer Nina; initially inept, a series of bitter lessons gradually make her a seasoned soldier. The group still form human attachments, despite the shadow of grim death that makes their greatest hope one of selling their lives dearly…
L’assedio / Besieged (1998) Thandie Newton, David Thewlis, Claudio Santamaria, Bernardo Bertolucci, Drama, Romance
When an African dictator jails her husband, Shandurai goes into exile in Italy, studying medicine and keeping house for Mr. Kinsky, an eccentric English pianist and composer. She lives in one room of his Roman palazzo. He besieges her with flowers, gifts, and music, declaring passionately that he loves her, would go to Africa with her, would do anything for her. “What do you know of Africa?,” she asks, then, in anguish, shouts, “Get my husband out of jail!” The rest of the film plays out the implications of this scene and leaves Shandurai with a choice.
Falbalas / Paris Frills (1945) Jacques Becker, Raymond Rouleau, Micheline Presle, Jean Chevrier, Drama, Romance
A philandering young dress designer plays fast and loose with the hearts of all the fair maidens he encounters, and leaves them in a Paris lurch. But when he meets the fiancée of his best friend, he falls deeply and truly in love with her. The girl is soon faced with two choices; marry the reliable fiancée whom she doesn’t love, or run off with the dress designer with whom she is infatuated. She sees that she also has a third option and makes the wise choice…she rejects both. The dress designer is not too well equipped for accepting rejection, and he makes a bad decision.
Le roman de Werther (1938) Max Ophüls, Pierre Richard-Willm, Annie Vernay, Jean Galland, Drama, Romance
William, a once obese and troubled teen, goes back to his family’s home after being gone, without word, for ten years and finds it (and his family) haunted with his past. He had moved to the city and become a fit, well-adjusted gay man, but during his visit home, he becomes unhinged as the newly remembered reasons for his miserable adolescence come to life in each of their presents.
Big Business Girl (1931) William A. Seiter, Loretta Young, Frank Albertson, Ricardo Cortez, Comedy, Romance
College graduate Claire McIntyre plans to conquer the business world, while her dropout boyfriend Johnny takes his swing band to Paris. Eventually, Claire catches the eye (in more ways than one) of ad executive Robert Clayton. Between her ability and her legs, she soon rises in the hierarchy. But the unexpected return of Johnny brings on an era of romantic misunderstandings. Will Clayton on one side and an obliging blonde on the other succeed in parting Claire and Johnny?
The Pooles are unable to have a baby after years of trying. They apply to the Rock-A-Bye Adoption Agency, and are assigned Miss Novick as an investigator. Through a farfetched mis-communication she gets a very bad impression of Augie Poole and indicates her report will be unfavorable. Through even more far-fetched circumstances, Augie is able to change Miss Novick’s mind, and later comes to believe the baby she is carrying is his. Rock-A-Bye does find the Pooles a baby, and Augie is convinced it is Miss Novick’s, and that he is the real father…so much so that his wife comes to believe it, too. She threatens to leave him, but all the misunderstandings are finally cleared up for a happy ending.