A sarcastic comedy about the Russian-Soviet bureaucracy, based on the eponymous novella by Yuri Tynyanov. Set in the reign of Emperor Paul I. A copying error by a military scribe turns the Russian words for “the lieutenants, however” into what looks like “lieutenant Kizhe”. The Tsar reads the error, and wants to meet this (non-existent) Lieutenant Kizhe. His courtiers are at first too frightened to contradict the Tsar, but then the fiction turns out to be all too convenient for them. So Lieutenant Kizhe gets himself exiled to Siberia, recalled from exile, promoted, and married. He dies and receives a state funeral. In many ways, he is the most charming and lovable character in the film, even though he remains throughout the film a “confidential person, without a shape”.
Fantasmi a Roma / Ghosts of Rome (1961) Antonio Pietrangeli, Marcello Mastroianni, Belinda Lee, Sandra Milo, Comedy, Fantasy
In this seldom seen Italian fantasy classic, Marcello Mastroianni plays duel roles: First, as the young inheritor of his ancestral estate and second as the ghost of the young man’s recently dead uncle…
Chiyari Fuji / A Bloody Spear on Mount Fuji (1955) Tomu Uchida, Chiezo Kataoka, Ryûnosuke Tsukigata, Chizuru Kitagawa, Adventure, Drama
Love / Anna Karenina (1927) Edmund Goulding, John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, George Fawcett, Drama, Romance
In Czarist Russia, Anna Karenina falls in love with the dashing military officer Count Vronsky and abandons her husband and child to become Vronsky’s mistress. Tragedy ensues when Vronsky chooses his military career over Anna.
Le premier homme / The First Man (2011) Gianni Amelio, Michel Crémadès, Jacques Gamblin, Mickaël Batret, Drama
Franco-Italian production filmed in French and Italian directed by Amelio, based on the latest novel by Albert Camus, “The first man” unfinished work published in 1994. The protagonist is Jacques Cormery (alter ego of Camus), who returns to Algeria to remember his childhood.
Mun mot mun / Mouth to Mouth (2005) Björn Runge, Peter Andersson, Marie Richardson, Sofia Westberg, Drama
The teenage girl Vera left her family after an incident at home, and is now living with a middle-aged drug addict, Morgan, who is using her as a prostitute to get money for drugs and debts. Meanwhile, the rest of her family is falling apart, and her father, Mats, is trying to figure out how to get her back before it’s too late.
…All the Marbles (1981) Robert Aldrich, Peter Falk, Vicki Frederick, Laurene Landon, Action, Comedy, Drama
Harry manages The California Dolls, a female wrestling tag team endlessly touring America, and he’s also romantically involved with one of them. Their fortunes seem on the slide (particularly when Harry accepts an engagement involving mud wrestling!) but then the big grudge match beckons.
Bush Mama is the story of Dorothy and her husband T.C. He is a discharged Vietnam veteran who thought he would return home to a hero’s welcome. Instead he is falsely arrested and imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Her life revolves around the welfare office and a community facing poverty and unemployment. As a result of the film’s events, both the main characters become radicalized and Dorothy eventually turns to violence.
The Double Man (1967) Franklin J. Schaffner, Yul Brynner, Britt Ekland, Clive Revill, Mystery, Thriller
Following the death of his son, in a skiing accident in the Austrian Alps, the cold and emotion-less Dan Slater travels to Austria for the funeral. In the face of official indifference he decides to investigate and little by little strange inconsistencies start to appear leading Dan to conclude that the death of his son was no accident. A retired, former undercover operative, Frank Wheatley, whom he had hoped would watch out for his son proves useless as Dan seeks out the murderer’s. Eventually, Dan finds Gina, the companion of wealthy socialite Mrs. Carrington, who puts him on the correct trail little realizing that he is falling into a cunning, cleverly thought out trap laid by Berthold. Berthold hopes to kidnap Slater and substitute him with an exact double in order to obtain a mole in the highest echelons of the CIA. Will he succeed or will Frank and Gina realize something is amiss and rescue Slater?
Mark of the Phoenix (1958) Maclean Rogers, Julia Arnall, Sheldon Lawrence, Anton Diffring, Crime, Drama, Thriller
A sample of an advanced new metal is stolen and made into a cigarette case in Brussels ready for smuggling to the East. An American jewel thief accidentally finds it in his possession and becomes the centre of much attention