1419: The atmosphere in Prague after Hus’ death is very tense. Several rebels are prisoned and radical priest Jan Zelivský leads large masses of people to the Old Town’s council house occupied by corrupt councillors, where the prisoners are kept. The councillors refuse demands lodged by Zelivský and several people are killed by stones thrown from windows. This act provokes ennoyance and leads to an overt uprising: the gate of the council house is broken and the councillors are thrown out of windows and killed (the so-called first Prague defenestration). When the king hears about this event, he is enormously upset and dies of heart failure. In the night the queen with courtiers leaves the city. The hussite revolution begins and the rebels elect Jan Zizka as their leader.
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In old Spanish California, dashing cattleman Juan Obregon returns to the rancho of his friend Gaspar Melo, to find he’s fathered a son on Rosa, one of Gaspar’s identical twin daughters. Overjoyed, he plans to formalize his “unofficial” marriage. But trouble brews; Melo’s land is of unclear title and the new Don Domingo hopes to grab it for his own profit. Violence results. Without even knowing who survived, Juan (accompanied by Rosa’s tomboy sister Tonya) rides for revenge, through spectacular pastoral and wilderness scenery.
Poisson d’avril / April Fish (1954) Gilles Grangier, Bourvil, Annie Cordy, Jacqueline Noëlle, Comedy
Emile is a good mechanic whose clientele is very loyal. A bit naive, he is bamboozled by a seller who manages to sell him the full trappings of the perfect fisherman. No sooner did he regret that he bought, frightened by his wife’s reaction to such expenditure. But he plans to try it …
Betty Preisser, an attractive 24 year old divorcee, works as a secretary in the hard-boiled atmosphere of Manhattan’s garment district. Her workaholic boss Jerry (Frederick March) is feeling his own mortality. He’s overworked and lonely. He’s a 56 year old widower, but still enmeshed in his family obligations. His bossy older sister Evelyn has moved in with him and he has a married daughter Lillian and grandchild who live nearby.
Barnaby Fulton is a research chemist working on a fountain of youth pill for a chemical company. While trying a sample dose on himself, he accidentally gets a dose of a mixture added to the water cooler and believes his potion is what is working. The mixture temporarily causes him to feel and act like a teenager, including correcting his vision. When his wife gets a dose that is even larger, she regresses even further into her childhood. When an old boyfriend meets her in this state, he believes that her never wanting to see him again means a divorce and a chance for him.
Follow-up to Ed Wood’s “Plan 9 from Outer Space” about the walking dead, It opens in a cemetery. Criswell, the “real” medium, rises from his coffin to tell us of “monsters to be despised.” Dr. Acula (Kenne Duncan) is a phony medium aided by Valda Hansen, a bogus ghost, and big Tor Johnson, wearing rags and horrible scar makeup as Lobo. The doctor swindles people by pretending to contact dead relatives, but then accidentally succeeds in reviving a bunch of corpses that bury him alive! Sat unreleased for 23 years because Wood couldn’t pay the lab bill!
Carry on Nurse (1959) Gerald Thomas, Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Connor, Comedy, Romance
Set in Haven Hospital where a certain men’s ward is causing more havoc than the whole hospital put together. The formidable Matron’s debut gives the patients a chill every time she walks past, with only Reckitt standing up to her. There’s a colonel who is a constant nuisance, a bumbling nurse, a romance between Ted York and Nurse Denton, and Bell who wants his bunion removed straight away, so after drinking alcohol, the men decide to remove the bunion themselves!
After living awhile in Benares, 10 year old Apu and his mother move in with her uncle in a small Bengali village. Apu enters a local school, where he does well. By the time he graduates, he has a scholarship to study at a college in Calcutta. So off he goes. His mother is torn by his leaving, and by his growing independence. She loves her son very much and wants him to succeed, but she does not want to be left alone.
Based on the true story of Madeleine Smith, a young Glasgow woman from a wealthy family, she stood trial in 1857 for the murder of her lover, Emile L’Angelier. Her trial was much publicized in the newspapers of the day and was labeled “the trial of the century”.
1412 – 1415: Master Jan Hus in his sermons in the Bethlehem Chapel denounces plague the church organization. Is affected papal anathema and asked to at the Council of Constance defended his teachings. King Sigismund was not convinced and 6.7.1415, he was burned at the stake as a heretic.