Loin du Vietnam / Far from Vietnam (1967) Joris Ivens, William Klein, Anne Bellec, Karen Blanguernon, Bernard Fresson, Documentary, Drama, War
O Fatalista / The Fatalist (2005) João Botelho, Rogério Samora, André Gomes, Rita Blanco, Suzana Borges, Drama
Everything good or bad that happens to us “down here” is written “up there”. This is the phrase most loved by Tiago (a translation of Jacques, because it comes from the saints), a chauffeur by profession, in order to justify his surprising action when he drives his boss through a strange Portugal in the delirious and endless story of his love-affairs.
Lisztomania (1975) Ken Russell, Roger Daltrey, Sara Kestelman, Paul Nicholas, Biography, Comedy, Music
This audacious, vulgar, freewheeling fantasia on the life of pianist Franz Liszt ranks among director Ken Russell’s most outrageous efforts. Roger Daltrey, lead singer for The Who, is awkward yet likeable as the flamboyant piano performer with a bevy of fetching mistresses and groupies, while Paul Nicholas is completely outlandish as the scheming opera composer Richard Wagner. There’s no nod to reality here: Liszt and Wagner were in fact friends, and Liszt, who became Wagner’s father-in-law, actually assisted in the production of Wagner’s opulent productions. Russell, on the other hand, presents Wagner as Liszt’s jealous rival ready to wreak havoc on the world by unleashing a cryogenic Viking (Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman) and a horde of machine-gun wielding robot Nazis. In a finale out of Flash Gordon serials, Liszt saves the day after surviving a guillotine designed for phallic dismemberment. The film is fast and loud and wildly undisciplined, much like one of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies. Look fast and you’ll see Ringo Starr as the pope.
Ferry to Hong Kong (1959) Lewis Gilbert, Curd Jürgens, Orson Welles, Sylvia Syms, Action, Adventure, Drama
Mark Conrad, a habitual drunk and troublemaker with a shady past, is expelled by Hong Kong police after one too many bar fights. He’s sent to Macao on the Fa Tsan, a ferry owned by Captain Hart. Conrad’s papers are out of order and Macao refuses him entry. Unable to go ashore, Conrad is a permanent passenger on the ferry with Hart, who detests him. It’s all one long, lazy voyage for Conrad until one fateful trip when an encounter with a typhoon and pirates forces Conrad to choose between an aimless drifter’s life and becoming a man again.
The Other Side of Midnight (1977) Charles Jarrott, Marie-France Pisier, John Beck, Susan Sarandon, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Beautiful Noelle Page meets dashing WWII American pilot Larry Douglas in France and falls in love. She expects him to marry her, but instead Larry abandons her. In the United States, successful Catherine Alexander meets Larry Douglas and they marry. But Noelle hasn’t forgotten Larry even as she’s become a successful actress. She maneuvers to have Larry hired as the private pilot of her wealthy and powerful lover Constantin Demiris so she can seek revenge on him, but instead she and Larry rekindled their passion. Desperate to be together, Larry and Noelle make deadly plans. But soon the lovers face a terrible fate determined by the jealous Demiris using Catherine as his pawn.
Scarlet Dawn (1932) William Dieterle, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Nancy Carroll, Lilyan Tashman, Drama, History, Romance
February, 1917. Returning to the German front after a sybaritic leave in Moscow, Russian officer Nikita Krasnoff and his brigade are met by the first troop revolts. In the growing anarchy of the Revolution, Nikita finds himself isolated, and must make his risky way to Turkey in the unexpected company of his adoring (but virtuous) former servant Tanyusha. In Istanbul, Nikita and Tanyusha reach an understanding… but their happiness is threatened by the reappearance of Nikita’s former mistress Vera, offering a false semblance of the old life.
In 1923, Gregory Vance, a widower with two children, is a former scholar who has turned from book-to-bottle. He works, slightly, as a night-watchman and his children, who know him for what he is and what he isn’t, are his only admirers. Then, it is discovered that he is the only registered voter in a key precinct and the politicians, from both parties, arrive in droves bearing inducements. What he does about this situation, and the relatives who want to take his children away from him make up the story.
THIS SUMMARY CONTAINS SPOILERS! Danny is a juvenile delinquent sentenced to Variety Club Ranch in lieu of jail. He charms the headmistress and goads everyone else. The marshal sets out to find source of Danny’s rage, and learns he mistakenly believes he is responsible for his mother’s death. After a final crime spree and escape attempt, Danny learns he’s not to blame. Court return him to Ranch on the marshal’s conviction that he’s redeemed from life of crime. Danny goes on to graduate from Texas A&M’s ROTC program.
Les morsures de l’aube / Love Bites (2001) Antoine de Caunes, Guillaume Canet, Asia Argento, Gérard Lanvin, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Antoine (Guillaume Canet) is a layabout slacker who lives in a lounge at a health club where a friend lets him stay. After outsmarting a bouncer at an exclusive club in town, he gets a tip from another friend, Etienne (Gerard Lanvin), about a new party in the know. When Antoine attempts getting into the swanky soiree, he claims his friend “Jordan” has invited him…