King Creole (1958) Michael Curtiz, Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau, Crime, Drama, Musical

King Creole (Michael Curtiz, 1958)
Having flunked graduation for a second time and needing cash to support his crabby (and thus unemployed) father, Danny Fisher takes a job as a singer in the King Creole nightclub – about the only joint around not run by smarmy crook Maxie Fields who wants him for his own place. He gets on pretty well with Fields’ floozy though, and all this plus his involvement with Fields’ hoods and with innocent five-and-dime store assistant Nellie means Danny finds his world closing in on him all ways round.
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Totò che visse due volte / Toto Who Lived Twice (1998) Daniele Ciprì, Franco Maresco, Marcello Miranda, Carlo Giordano, Pietro Arciadiacono, Comedy, Drama

Toto che visse due volte (Daniele Cipri & Franco Maresco, 1998)
The film has three stories. First is about local village idiot Paletta, who can not afford the services of a whore and so steals a locket from a holy shrine belonging to local mafia don. Second shows the story of betrayal of Pitrinu (who’s dead now) by his lover Fefe. Final episode is about lowlife Lazarus. He is killed by mob boss Toto, but raised from the dead by a local messiah, who is also known as Toto (and is played by same actor).
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Whore (1991) Ken Russell, Theresa Russell, Benjamin Mouton, Antonio Fargas, Drama

Whore (Ken Russell, 1991)
The prostitute Liz works on the streets of Los Angeles. She recalls her life in flashback, when she marries an alcoholic man. She leaves him with their son. Then she works as waitress in a diner until the day a man introduces her to prostitution. Later she is raped by at least five men and the pimp Blake “protects” her. Liz tries to escape from Blake and befriends the prostitute Katie; however Blake chases her. On the streets, she befriends the homeless Rasta (Antonio Fargas) that helps her when she needs.
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Chichi to kuraseba / The Face of Jizo (2004) Kazuo Kuroki, Rie Miyazawa, Yoshio Harada, Tadanobu Asano, Drama

Chichi to kuraseba (Kazuo Kuroki, 2004)
Based on a play by Hisashi Inoue, it focuses on the sufferings of the survivors of Hiroshima. The film takes place during 4 days in the summer of 1948, as the ghost of her father visits Mitsué (Rié Miyama). He had somehow learned that she has fallen in love, and tries to convince her to start her new life. But Mitsué obstinately refuses his warm and humorous encouragements : « People were killed in my place. I do not have the right to find happiness », she says.
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A Breath of Scandal (1960) Michael Curtiz, Sophia Loren, Maurice Chevalier, John Gavin, Drama, Comedy, Romance

A Breath of Scandal (Michael Curtiz, 1960)
Austrian Princess Olympia is in a quandary. Olympia is betrothed to an unloving, buffoonish Prussian prince named Ruprecht. Then she meets Charlie, a mining engineer from the States, and falls in love with him. It looks like she may have to follow her heart, not tradition, and say “I do” to the charming American. Will she really go through with it? Or will the conventions of royalty dictate her groom?
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Adaptation (2002) Spike Jonze, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Comedy, Drama

Adaptation (Spike Jonze, 2002)
Despite the success of his first produced script, for which he received an Academy Award® nomination for best original screenplay, Charlie Kaufman (Cage) is plagued by insecurities, both in his career and his personal life. When he is hired to adapt The Orchid Thief, a non-fiction book about a fanatical orchid breeder, John Laroche (Cooper), he is completely stumped. Though, on the surface, the book is about Laroche’s flower poaching adventures in the Florida Everglades, on another level it’s also about the desire in all of us to experience passion. This longing plagues the book’s author, Susan Orlean (Streep) and, Charlie realizes, himself as well.
Charlie’s twin brother, Donald (Cage), only makes things worse when he moves in with Charlie and announces he’s going to be a screenwriter too. As Charlie battles his severe case of writer’s block, Donald cheerily types away on a script about a serial killer with multiple-personality disorder. Donald’s script immediately sells, making him the “hot” new writer in town. Then, one day, Charlie has a last ditch inspiration. He’ll use his own dilemma as a framework for the script about Laroche and Orlean. But as the words start to flow and the story takes shape, Charlie inadvertently sets in motion a chain of events impacting on the lives of all the characters.
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