Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen / Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970) Werner Herzog, Helmut Döring, Paul Glauer, Gisela Hertwig, Comedy, Drama
The inhabitants of an institution in a remote country rebel against their keepers. Their acts of rebellion are by turns humorous, boring and alarming. An allegory on the problematic nature of fully liberating the human spirit, as both commendable and disturbing elements of our nature come forward. The film shows how justifiable revolt may be empowering, but may also turn to chaos and depravity. The allegory is developed in part by the fact that the film is cast entirely with dwarfs.
Der neunte Tag / The Ninth Day (2004) Volker Schlöndorff, Ulrich Matthes, August Diehl, Hilmar Thate, Drama, Thriller, War
In World War II, after a period living hell on earth in the concentration camp of Dachau with other catholic priests, Father Abbé Henri Kremer gets a nine days leave to return to his home town for his mother’s funeral. Along this period, the SS Gestapo lieutenant Gebhardt tries to persuade Henri, who was born in silver-spoon and member of an influent Luxembourgian family, to convince the local bishop to give-up resisting to the Germans and write a letter to the Vatican in the name of the Catholic Church of Luxemburg convincing the Pope to support Hitler and the Nazi regime. The ambivalent Henri questions himself and the bishop what he shall do.
Cinco / Five (2010) Marco Berger, Cecilia del Valle, Eugenia Borrelli, María Canale, Mateo Chiarino, Romance, Erotic
Set on a hot summer day, when clothes are few in number and sex is seemingly on the mind of almost everyone present, this short film tells the story of Walter; a young man infatuated with his sister’s boyfriend and a teenager crush that is set to take a new direction when he overhears his sister remark that object of desire Platero would “bang anything.” But will he?
Francis of Assisi (1961) Michael Curtiz, Bradford Dillman, Dolores Hart, Stuart Whitman, Biography, Drama, History
Francis Bernardone (Bradford Dillman) is the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, who gives up all his worldly goods to dedicate himself to God. Clare (Dolores Hart) is a young aristocratic woman who, according to the film, is so taken with St. Francis that she leaves her family and becomes a nun. By this time (1212 A.D.), St. Francis has a well-established reputation for his vows of poverty. The movie goes on to note miracles (such as the appearance of the stigmata on Francis’s hands and feet) and other aspects of his life, up to and including his death on October 3, 1226.
Una donna ha ucciso / A Woman Has Killed (1952) Vittorio Cottafavi, Frank Latimore, Lianella Carell, Alessandro Serbaroli, Crime, Drama, Romance
In 1951, two years after the “scandal” of the Fiamma che non si spegne, Cottafavi got the opportunity to work on a film with a small production company, Novissima Film. With little means, a number of technical and financial problems and working Sundays with the pieces of film given to him bit by bit, Cottafavi shot Una donna ha ucciso, a minor film that marked his comeback to directing.
Arvottomat / The Worthless (1982) Mika Kaurismäki, Matti Pellonpää, Pirkko Hämäläinen, Juuso Hirvikangas, Crime, Drama
Part of the British ‘Free Cinema’ movement, which included Lindsay Anderson’s ‘Every Day Except Christmas’ (daily life at Covent Garden fruit/vegetable market) and ‘O Dreamland’ (a working-class trip to Margate amusements), and Reisz and Tony Richardson’s ‘Momma Don’t Allow’ (about a London jazz club) all made in the mid to late 1950s, before the three went on to direct features in the British ‘new wave’ social realist genre that drew from their experiences in Free Cinema.
In Paris, the thirty-two years old travesty Stéphanie a.k.a. Pierre is a streetwalker that lives with the Egyptian gay hustler Djamel and the Russian gay Mikhail that works in a restaurant. When the hospital where her mother Liliane is terminal calls her, she travels with her two lovers to the countryside to look after her dying mother. While at home, she recalls her childhood and how she met Djamel and Mikhail.