The Pumpkin Eater (1964) Jack Clayton, Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason, Drama

The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
Film screenwriter Jake Armitage and his wife Jo Armitage live in London with six of Jo’s eight children, with the two eldest boys at boarding school. The children are spread over Jo’s three marriages, with only the youngest being Jake’s biological child, although he treats them all as his own. Jo left her second husband Giles after meeting Giles’ friend Jake, the two who were immediately attracted to each other. Their upper middle class life is much different than Giles and Jo’s, who lived in a barn in the English countryside. But Jo is ruminating about her strained marriage to Jake, with issues on both sides. Jo suspects Jake of chronic infidelity, she only confronting him with her suspicions whenever evidence presents itself. And Jo’s psychiatrist believes that Jo uses childbirth as a rationale for sex, which he believes she finds vulgar. These issues in combination have placed Jo in a fragile mental state. They both state that they love the other, but neither really seems to like …

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The Flame of Love (1930) Richard Eichberg, Walter Summers, Anna May Wong, Georg H. Schnell, John Longden, Drama, Musical

The Flame of Love (1930)
Also known as Hai Tang, this exotic melodrama was filmed in both German and English-language versions. The title character, played by Anna May Wong, is a dancer in pre-Revolutionary Russia. Hay Tang is offered a life of luxury by a powerful Russian Grand Duke, but she turns him down, preferring the love of a lowly lieutenant in the Imperial army. The Grand Duke responds by threatening dire consequences for the lieutenant, whereupon Hay Tang finds herself on the horns of a dilemma. Just then, the girl’s brother appears with gun in hand, shooting and wounding the Duke. To save her brother from execution, Hay Tang promises unswerving sexual devotion to the Duke — while the lieutenant waits longingly at home, waiting and longing for his sweetheart’s return.

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Whistling in the Dark (1933) Elliott Nugent, Charles Reisner, Ernest Truex, Una Merkel, Edward Arnold, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Whistling in the Dark
In this Crime-Comedy-Mystery-Drama, an aspiring Pulp Writer elopes with a young woman and ends up in a boot-legger’s lair. There he decides to impress his bride and the crooks with a story about the perfect murder. The Crime boss likes the idea and uses it to plot the demise of his arch rival. When the would-be author learns of the plot, he and his wife do all they can to protect the hapless victim.

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Kungliga patrasket / The Royal Rabble (1945) Hasse Ekman, Edvin Adolphson, Ester Roeck Hansen, Drama

Kungliga patrasket AKA The Royal Rabble (1945)
The Ankers is a well-established acting family in the theater world of Stockholm, three generations working together at Kungsteatern theater under management by Stefan Anker. His latest whim is to stage Jacques Offenbach’s opera Helen of Troy. But his infatuation with the leading lady Sonja Swedje leads to the breakup of the family. Also Monica Anker wants to get married and Tommy Anker leave the theater to work as a journalist. Will the famous Ankers ever reunite?

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