Blossoms in the Dust (1941) Mervyn LeRoy, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Felix Bressart, Biography, Drama, Romance

Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
Edna marries Texan Sam Gladney, operator of a wheat mill. Edna discovers by chance how the law treats children who are without parents and decides to do something about it. She opens a home for foundlings and orphans and begins to place children in good homes, despite the opposition of “conservative” citizens, who would condemn illegitimate children for being born out of wedlock. Eventually Edna leads a fight in the Texas legislature to remove the stigma of illegitimacy from birth records in that state, while continuing to be an advocate for homeless children.

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Sweetgrass (2009) Ilisa Barbash, Documentary, Adventure, Western

Sweetgrass (2009)
In the summer of 2003, a group of shepherds took a herd of sheep one final time through the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, in the extreme northwest of the United States. It was a journey of almost 300 kilometers through expansive green valleys, by fields of snow, and across hazardous, narrow ridges – a journey brimming with challenges. The aging shepherds do their very best to keep the hundreds of sheep together; the panoramic high mountains are teeming with hungry wolves and grizzly bears.

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Fighting Trouble (1956) George Blair, Huntz Hall, Stanley Clements, Adele Jergens, Action, Adventure, Comedy

Fighting Trouble 1956
“Sach” has become a camera fiend so, in the pursuit of some ready cash, “Duke” takes him and his photographs to the editor of the New York Morning Blade, Mr. Ray Vance. He hires them to get some photos of gangland boss Frankie Arbo but Mr. Arbo does not care to have his picture in the papers and dislikes cameramen for the same reason. “Sach” and “Duke” pose as interior decorators in the penthouse of Mae Randall in order to get photos of Arbo. Later, at Arbo’s night club, the boys learn that the gangster is importing a tough hoodlum from Chicago. “Sach” and “Duke” lure the visiting gunman, Handsome Hal Lomax to Mrs. Kelly’s boardinghouse and trick him into staying there through false police calls. “Sach” masquerades as Handsome Hal and gets away with it, and he and “Duke” manage to get into Arbo’s inner office with the Boss and his henchmen, and the boys are cut into the gang’s racket, which is counterfeit money.

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River of Grass (1994) Kelly Reichardt, Lisa Bowman, Larry Fessenden, Dick Russell, Drama

River of Grass (1994)
Near the Everglades, the “river of grass,” lives Cozy (named for her father’s favorite drummer), lonely, in a loveless marriage, ignoring her kids. She fantasizes being a dancer, an acrobat, and a gymnast. One night at a bar she meets Lee. He’s jobless, homeless, and unbeknownst to Cozy, is in possession of her father’s handgun. Dad’s a cop and lost the gun chasing a robber. Cozy and Lee climb a fence to swim in a pool. Playing around with the gun, they think they kill the pool’s owner, so they go on the lam. An odd partnership develops even though they’re short on ideas. But how can they escape their barren lot if they don’t even have a quarter for the road toll?

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Young Bride (1932) William A. Seiter, Helen Twelvetrees, Eric Linden, Arline Judge, Drama

Young Bride 1932
Young Bride is a simple story, a wonderful Pre-Code starring two who excelled during the time period. Allie (Helen Twelvetrees) is a recluse who spends all her time in her tiny apartment or at the library where she works. Her dancehall friend Daisy (Polly Walters) occasionally tries to drag her out for a date, but she refuses anything besides having dinner. One night, she’s fixed up with a boastful but attractive man named Charlie (Eric Linden) who puts as many pick up lines over on her as he can in hopes of catching her attention. Allie isn’t so easily fooled and refuses a date after dinner. However, she eventually comes around and soon the two are found lying together in the dark. In order to save her reputation, Charlie marries her and the two begin a difficult life together, constantly put at risk due to Charlie’s “get rich quick” schemes and refusal to accept honest work.

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Cadena perpetua / Life Sentence (1979) Arturo Ripstein, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Narciso Busquets, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cadena perpetua (1979)
“El Tarzan” Lira is an ex-convict who decides to give up his criminal past and reform his life. However, a corrupt policeman blackmails him leaving “El Tarzan” no other option but to continue committing robberies. Adapting the genre conventions of the film noir to the Mexican context, Ripstein’s film focuses on Mexican police corruption and questions the judicial system.

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