Tag Archives: 1980s

Garçon! / Waiter! (1983) Claude Sautet, Yves Montand, Nicole Garcia, Jacques Villeret, Drama, Comedy, Romance

Garcon! (1983)
After a life of emotional and professional upsets, Alex finds himself headwaiter in a chic Parisian restaurant. Well into middle age, divorced but still very much a ladies’ man, he has one great ambition: to open an amusement park by the sea. One day, an old flame, Claire, suddenly re-enters his life. For Alex, the fires of love are easily re-kindled, but Claire has another man in her life…

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Il camorrista / The Professor (1986) Giuseppe Tornatore, Ben Gazzara, Laura del Sol, Leo Gullotta, Crime, Drama

Il camorrista (1986)
Vaguely inspired to the real story of boss of the Camorra’s bosses Raffaele Cutolo, this is the story of the criminal career of “Il professore” (the professor). He is in prison, and by there he is able to build, step by step, an empire founded on murders and drugs. He starts a war to destroy all the old Camorra bosses and becoming the new “boss of the bosses”. With his sister’s help he manages to evade from prison and escape in New York. Here he starts immediately a new relationship with “Cosa Nostra” (Italian American Mafia). He is going to seat on the peak of the most powerful criminal organization, and the Italian authorities are almost impotent.

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Itinéraire d’un enfant gâté / Itinerary of a Spoiled Child (1988) Claude Lelouch, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Richard Anconina, Lio, Drama, Adventure, Comedy

Itineraire d'un enfant gate (1988)
A foundling, raised in the circus, Sam Lion becomes a businessman after a trapeze accident. However, when he reaches fifty and becomes tired of his responsibilities and of his son Jean-Philippe, he decides to disappear at sea. However, he runs into Albert Duvivier, one of his former employees. He comes to realise that he has ignored the important things in his life.

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Marquis (1989) Henri Xhonneux, François Marthouret, Valérie Kling, Michel Robin, Animation, Comedy

Marquis (1989)
The scene is a pre-French Revolution Bastille, where various political prisoners are being held: a woman who was raped and impregnated by the king, a police chief who was accused of selling bad pork, and the Marquis, who was unjustly accused of working for the overthrow of the king. The Marquis is only interested in writing his deviant stories, while his penis yearns for a little action (they argue about this frequently), the prime candidate being the jailer who likes to be buggered. The corrupt priest arranges to have the pregnant woman raped by the Marquis so they can claim the king had nothing to do with it. The priest also steals the Marquis’ manuscripts and publishes them for his own profit. Things come to a head as the people rise up against the tyranny.

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Laberinto de pasiones / Labyrinth of Passions (1982) Pedro Almodóvar, Cecilia Roth, Imanol Arias, Helga Liné, Comedy, Drama

Laberinto de pasiones AKA Labyrinth of Passions (1982)
A camp melodrama/comedy about Sexilia (a nymphomaniac), Sadec (a gay Islamic terrorist), Riza Niro (the son of the emperor of Tiran), and Queti (the daughter of a dry-cleaner). When Riza Niro discovers that Sadec and his colleagues are after him, he disguises himself as a punk rocker, and falls in love with the stunning Sexilia, his first straight relationship. Meanwhile Queti, Sexilia’s “biggest fan”, helps Sexilia come to terms with her new life-style.

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Intoarcerea din iad / Return from Hell (1983) Nicolae Margineanu, Constantin Brînzea, Maria Ploae, Remus Margineanu, Drama

Intoarcerea din iad (1983)
A peasant returns to his village as a rich man. Here he finds that he still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend, even though she is now married to another man. Trying to get rid of these feelings, he gets married to another girl who is madly in love with him. This only makes things harder for him and pushes him to have an affair. The break of the first world war puts him next to the cheated husband and they soon find out that their lives might depend on the other man. Will they be able to put everything aside in order to survive, or will they be consumed by their hatred for each other?

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