All speak of the “problem of foreigners” in West Germany. This film deliberately shows that this issue is primarily a German problem. the very personal story of Melek, a Turkish 38, after living 14 years in West Berlin, decides to return to their homeland account. The film portrays a woman out of the ordinary, one juggler of survival, a woman who forces us to rethink the image is generally on Turkish women. Melek does not let pigeonhole commonplace. And, in the same way, it is difficult to label the film about Melek: It is a mix between documentary and fiction, a mixture of associations and images of Berlin and Turkey. The film is an attempt to describe the invisible wounds that are afflicted with a foreign worker in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Documentary. The tranquil woods of the Loire Valley embrace the La Borde psychiatric clinic, an asylum in the truest sense of the word, where patients find sanctuary and repose. Patients and staff work together in rehearsals and preparations for their annual summer play. This year, they perform the modernist, absurdist classic, “Operette,” by Witold Gombrowicz, whose dialogue is more nonsensical than that of the patients themselves.
“Brüder”, a film directed by Herr Werner Hochbaum ( who was a remarkable film director in the talkie 30’s ), was one of those films which showed the harsh daily life of the working class. The film depicts, in a kind of fictional documentary, the 1896 Hamburg dockworkers’ strike: the workers receive meagre wages for hard work and live under miserable conditions and finally go on strike (to make matters more personal, one of the strikers has a brother who is a policeman). Even though the inspiration for the story was an event that took place in the XIX century, things had little changed by the troublesome twenties so the story had a perfect contemporary ring.
On the Double (1961) Melville Shavelson, Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Adventure, Comedy, War
American GI Ernie Williams, admittedly weak-kneed, has an uncanny resemblance to British Colonel MacKenzie. Williams, also a master of imitation and disguise, is asked to impersonate the Colonel, ostensibly to allow the Colonel to make a secret trip East. What Williams is not told is that the Colonel has recently been a target of assassins. After the Colonel’s plane goes down, the plan changes and Williams maintains the disguise to confuse the Nazis about D-Day.
Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) Roy Rowland, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Agnes Moorehead, Comedy, Romance, Musical
Chuck Redwell is a gambling cowboy who discovers that he’s lucky at the roulette wheel if he holds hands with dancer Marie. However, Marie doesn’t like to hold hands with him, at least not in the beginning…
A recently orphaned millionairess, Olivia, really hates her scheming step-father. Olivia finds love with a young yacht racing captain, Tim, who isn’t completely truthful with her. When the two run into a problem the local cop, who happens to be an old friend of Olivia’s, seems to be turning a blind eye to incriminating evidence.
Wealthy socialite Letty Lynton is returning to New York, abandoning one-tine lover Emile Renaul in South America, when she strikes up a shipboard romance with Jerry Darrow. Renault is waiting for her in New York and will not leave her alone, so she poisons him. When detectives take her to the D.A.s office, Jerry cooks up an alibi.
Lo scapolo / The Bachelor (1955) Antonio Pietrangeli, Alberto Sordi, Sandra Milo, Nino Manfredi, Comedy
Il rag. Anselmi è uno scapolo impenitente che corteggia tutte le donne. Finché ci casca. 2° film (e mezzo) di A. Pietrangeli che per la prima volta si serve in sceneggiatura della coppia Maccari-Scola e che offre a A. Sordi l’occasione di approfondire il suo personaggio di medio-borghese, medio-obeso, medio-tutto, facendogli vincere il Nastro d’argento del migliore attore. Divertente, spigliato, ironico con un’attenzione insolita per i personaggi femminili di contorno.
Professor Henry Barnes decides he’s lived long enough and contemplates suicide. His attitude is changed by Peggy Taylor, a chipper young mother-to-be who charms him into renting out his attic as an apartment for her and her husband Jason, a former GI struggling to finish college.
Ala-Arriba! (1942) José Leitão de Barros, Ilidio Rocha Silvestre, Elsa Bea-Flor, João Moço, Romance, Documentary, Drama
In a village of poor fishermen in the North of Portugal, João Moço and Julha fall in love. Unfortunately they belong to two different fisher castes and the community as well as their respective families condemn their love…