Francesco / St. Francis of Assisi (1989) Liliana Cavani, Mickey Rourke, Helena Bonham Carter, Andréa Ferréol

Francesco (1989)
The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to the poor, a beggar for others, and an inspiration to friends who accept the Gospels’ life of poverty. He seeks the Pope’s blessing, and he endures persecution at the hands of the family of Chiara Offreduccio (1194-1253), who becomes St. Clare. Many join the order he has established and then rebel at his expectations. In near despair – and ill – he writes a Rule to take to the Pope; then, the Lord sends him a message. He dies smiling.

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Animals with the Tollkeeper (1998) Michael Di Jiacomo, Tim Roth, Mili Avital, Rod Steiger

Animals with the Tollkeeper 1998
Michael Di Jiacomo made his directorial debut with this allegory that opens with a 12-minute black-and-white prologue about three French filmmakers who encounter the tuba-playing Tollkeeper (Mickey Rooney) on a silent stretch between two ghost towns in the Utah desert. In NYC, an armed thief (John Turturro) holds up despairing cabdriver Henry (Tim Roth), who tells him to go ahead and pull the trigger. With the thief gone, Henry’s next passengers are the three Frenchmen seen earlier, and he takes them into New England where he’s so spellbound by the beautiful Fatima (Mili Avital) that he takes a job with her irritating mother in order to maintain his pursuit of Fatima.

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Voy a explotar / I’m Gonna Explode (2008) Gerardo Naranjo, Juan Pablo de Santiago, Maria Deschamps, Martha Claudia Moreno

Voy a explotar (2008)
Tale of a young couple who throw caution to the wind and set out in search of their true fate. Román is the son of a contemptible, right-leaning congressman. Recently enrolled in a new high school, the rebellious teen clumsily attempts to hang himself on-stage at the big talent show. Maru is the sole member of the audience to applaud, earning both students a day of detention. After bonding during the course of their punishment, Román and Maru grab daddy’s gun, steal a Volkswagen, and hit the road bound for nowhere.

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Oh, Sailor Behave! (1930) Archie Mayo, Irene Delroy, Charles King, Lowell Sherman

Oh Sailor Behave 1930
Based on the farcical stage play written by Pulitzer Prize-winning* writer Elmer Rice, Oh, Sailor Behave! is a movie Musical with a split personality. Nanette Dodge (Irene Delroy) falls for newspaper reporter Charlie Carroll (Charles King) who is on assignment in Venice to land an interview with Romanian General Skulany (Noah Beery). Our couple is split apart by a pair of storylines – Nanette tries to woo a Russian prince (Lowell Sherman) who is blackmailing her sister, while Charlie, following a lead to the general, finds himself Romantically involved with Kunegundi (Vivien Oakland), “the general’s favorite.”

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