Che! (1969) Richard Fleischer, Omar Sharif, Jack Palance, Cesare Danova, Biography, Drama, History

Che! (1969)
Biography of Argentinian revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who helped Fidel Castro in his struggle against the corrupt Batista regime, eventually resulting in the overthrow of that government and Castro’s taking over of Cuba. The film covers Guevara’s life from when he first landed in Cuba in 1956 to his death in an ambush by government troops in the mountains of Bolivia in 1967.

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Bakumatsu taiyôden / The Sun Legend of the End of the Tokugawa Era (1957) Yûzô Kawashima, Furankî Sakai, Sachiko Hidari, Yôko Minamida, Comedy

Bakumatsu taiyoden (1957)
Set in the last few years of the shogun’s rule, this period/ensemble movie depicts the lives of the young and the restless at a whorehouse. The protagonist is Saheiji, a resourceful, witty free spirit. It’s 1862, 6 years before the Shogun turned his political power over to the Emperor. Penniless Saheiji splashes out at a famous Shinagawa whorehouse. He’s forced to stay on at the whorehouse to repay his debt. At first Saheiji is regarded as an unwelcome guest who never leaves but it turns out he is not just a poor grifter. None of the whorehouse’s guests, hosts, servants and attending ladies are innocent but they are pragmatic schemers. Saheiji soon endears himself to them all and solves many whorehouse disputes with his wit.

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Gun Glory (1957) Roy Rowland, Stewart Granger, Rhonda Fleming, Chill Wills, Western

Gun Glory (1957)
In 1886, the gunman and gambler Tom Early returns to his homeland to settle down, but he is rejected by his community. He rides to his farm, where he finds that his wife Alice has recently died and his son Tom Early Jr., who disagrees with taking up arms, is working alone. The next morning, Tom rides into the town to buy supplies and sees Sam, the grocer, humiliating his employee Jo. At the same time the cattle lord Grimsell arrives in town with two gunfighters, Gunn and Blondie, and tells the Preacher that he will be crossing 20,000 head of cattle through their lands and their town. Although the preacher tries to explain that the people own the land, Grimsell is not interested in their rights. When Blondie sees Tom Early, he draws his gun but is shot by Tom, in self defense, and kills the gunman. He then invites Jo to work on the farm.

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Bari Theke Paliye / Runaway (1958) Ritwik Ghatak, Param Bharak Lahiri, Padmadevi, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Drama

Bari Theke Paliye (1958)
Kanchan, all of eight years old is always up to pranks and mischief in his village home. He finds his father a cruel demon who keeps his mother oppressed and imprisoned. In his dreams, the big city is El Dorado, till he reaches there. But the glimpses of reality are harsher and the victims he meets give him a different view of the city. He himself has to struggle for survival and experiences life as it is, only to go back to his village home. This time as a mature person and with the realization that his father is no demon after all, but yet another victim struggling with poverty and still a loving father.

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Waterloo Bridge (1940) Mervyn LeRoy, Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson, Drama, War, Romance

Waterloo Bridge (1940)
On the eve of World War II, a British officer revisits Waterloo Bridge and recalls the young man he was at the beginning of World War I and the young ballerina he met just before he left for the front. Myra stayed with him past curfew and is thrown out of the corps de ballet. She survives on the streets of London, falling even lower after she hears her true love has been killed in action. But he wasn’t killed. Those terrible years were nothing more than a bad dream is Myra’s hope after Roy finds her and takes her to his family’s country estate.

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She Loved a Fireman (1937) John Farrow, Dick Foran, Ann Sheridan, Robert Armstrong, Action, Drama, Romance

She Loved a Fireman 1937
After his political days are over, Red decides to become a fireman. He takes the exam, goes to fire college and is stationed at Company 27. That station is commanded by Captain Shannon, who punched him out over his last girl and does not like him seeing his sister Margie. Red does just enough work to get by, but then his lack of attention causes his best friend Skillet to be injured. For his punishment, Red is suspended and then transferred to a fire boat. He works harder and finds that the fireman’s lot is not as easy or as safe as he thought.

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Le passage / The Passage (1986) René Manzor, Alain Delon, Christine Boisson, Jean-Luc Moreau, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Le passage (1986)
Film-maker Jean Diaz lives with his son David after separated from his wife. On their way to the new house near the sea, Jean and David have a car accident provoked by The Death (portrayed here like a grim-reaper). The doctor actually can save Jean, but The Death sabotages the equipment with his computer. The Death offers Jean to wake David from his coma, but Jean must make an animation movie against the violence for him.

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