After living seven years with the mechanic Aldo, having a daughter with him, the simple woman Irma is informed that her absent husband had just died in Sydney. She becomes upset when Aldo proposes to marry her and she tells him that she is going to leave him. Unable to explain how much he loves her, Aldo takes their daughter Rosina and travels with her, meeting different women in different places, trying to establish a new relationship and fill the emptiness of his sentimental life. He visits his former lover Elvia; he meets and lives with the widow Virginia, who owns a gas station; he lives with the prostitute Andreina. But these relationships never complete the needy Aldo.
“Mazurka” was Willi Forst’s third film as a director, made directly after having achieved a major international success with “Maskerade”. This time, Forst chose to make a drama based on an allegedly real murder case. A young and unexperienced music student (Theek) is courted by a famous pianist (Albrecht Schönhals), but just when she is about to fall for him, the pianist is shot by an unknown woman (Negri). At the court trial, the woman finally tells her own story and the reason for the crime she committed, and a complex family tragedy is unveiled…
Frank Mansfield has wanted to win the Cockfighter of the Year medal for ages. Frank never speaks. After shooting his mouth off one too many times then losing a champion rooster in a casual hotel room cockfight, he swore never to speak again until he’s won that award… He makes a bet with old crony Jack to be settled at the upcoming meet. Frank puts his car and his trailer on the line; he loses. Jack gets the trailer, and Frank’s part-time girlfriend who goes with it. Frank’s long-time girlfriend Mary Elizabeth wants him to get serious and settle down. But Frank has to raise some money for a new cock – $500 – then he can form a partnership with fellow cocksman Omar Baradansky and make another try for that medal…
En familie / A Family (2010) Pernille Fischer Christensen, Jesper Christensen, Lene Maria Christensen, Pilou Asbæk, Drama
Ditte (Lene Maria Christensen) owns a gallery, has a loving boyfriend (Pilou Asbæk) and her dream job in New York is within reach. But Ditte is also the youngest generation of the famous bakery dynasty, Rheinwald, and when her beloved, but dominating father (Jesper Christensen) comes down with a serious illness, Ditte is faced with the grueling decision: To pursue her own dreams, or to continue the legacy of her family. A Family is a moving and modern story about complicated family ties, the new wife, the new kids – and about following your dreams to find your own place in history.
Fate Is the Hunter (1964) Ralph Nelson, Glenn Ford, Nancy Kwan, Rod Taylor, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Kenjû zankoku monogatari / Cruel Gun Story (1964) Takumi Furukawa, Jô Shishido, Chieko Matsubara, Tamio Kawachi, Action, Crime, Thriller
Businessmen arrange the early release from prison of Togawa, serving time for taking revenge on the truck driver whose carelessness confined Togawa’s sister, Rei, to a wheelchair. They want Togawa to hijack an armored truck loaded with 120 million yen; their leverage is to promise him money for surgery for Rei. Togawa consents and plans the heist with three others. The plan is solid, but it doesn’t go smoothly. Togawa must improvise, there are traitors somewhere, and double-crosses mount. Can Togawa escape with enough money to help his sister and ensure a passage out of Japan? Loyalty matters.
Hong Kong Confidential (1958) Edward L. Cahn, Gene Barry, Beverly Tyler, Allison Hayes, Drama, Thriller
Secret agent Casey Reed is assigned to locate a missing Arab prince kidnapped by Communists who hope to force the prince’s father, king of the small Arab nation of Thamen, to cancel the signing of an agreement allowing a US missile base in his country. Reed, fronting as a nightclub singer with his unsuspecting girlfriend Fay, gets a lead which ultimately leads to his capture by the Communists. He learns that he and the Arab prince are both to be killed in order to blame the kidnapping on the US.
Watch on the Rhine (1943) Herman Shumlin, Hal Mohr, Bette Davis, Paul Lukas, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Drama
Sara and Kurt Muller and their three children are returning to her mother’s home in Washington DC after 18 years in Europe. A Romanian Count living there discovers Kurt’s attache case full of money. He also finds out from friends at the German Embassy that Kurt is working with an anti-Nazi underground group in Germany. He tries to blackmail Kurt. Kurt shoots him and must flee. When Sara hears no more of Kurt, she knows that her oldest son Joshua will soon leave to work in the underground.
Nusumareta yokujô / Stolen Desire (1958) Shôhei Imamura, Osamu Takizawa, Shin’ichi Yanagisawa, Hiroyuki Nagato, Comedy
Man was made to be happy for simple reasons and unhappy for even simpler ones – just as he is born for simple reasons and dies for even simpler ones… Isa and Bahar are two lonely figures dragged through the ever-changing climate of their inner selves in pursuit of a happiness that no longer belongs to them.