French civilization in the desert. Saganne is of peasant stock, with courage and a forceful will. In 1911, he volunteers and is posted to the Sahara under the aristocratic Colonel Dubreuilh. He catches the eye of Madeline, the daughter of the regional administrator. In the desert, Saganne is a leader, with the respect of Arabs, including Amajan, an independent warrior. After resourceful campaigns, Saganne goes on a diplomatic mission to Paris, where he has an affair with a journalist. Back in Africa, he leads a gallant defense against Sultan Omar, is awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour, and marries Madeline. Then the Great War puts at risk his success and happiness.
Tag Archives: 1980s
Gli occhi, la bocca / The Eyes, the Mouth (1982) Marco Bellocchio, Lou Castel, Ángela Molina, Emmanuelle Riva, Drama
Burned-out, over-the-hill actor Giovanni returns to Bologna for the funeral of his twin, Pippo, a wealthy suicide unlucky in love. The family tells Pippo’s mother it was an accident, but there’s a problem: Vanda, Pippo’s one-time fiancée, won’t grieve and refuses to come to the funeral. At a family dinner, Vanda talks about the note Peppo left. Again the family tries to keep mom in the dark. They assign Giovanni to persuade Vanda to keep up appearances. He sees her unhappy relationship with her father, who suspects her of sleeping with a doctor. Why she sees the doctor, how Giovanni and she deal with their mutual attraction, and his rebirth become the film’s focus.
La messa è finita / The Mass Is Ended (1985) Nanni Moretti, Marco Messeri, Ferruccio De Ceresa, Comedy, Drama
Don Giulio, a young Roman priest, returns home after being pastor in an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea and is intended for a church in the suburbs. In Rome he found his parents, sister and old friends. But the reality is different from the one he left. The parish is practically deserted his predecessor married, has one child and lives a few meters from the rectory; and even friends have changed (who is on trial for terrorism; those who want to become a priest without understanding why, and who is gay and is living squalid adventures; who was abandoned by his friend and lives in total isolation). Even in family things go better. His father, now old, has a crush on a woman and leaves his wife, who commits suicide. The sister is pregnant with boyfriend and Don Giulio can barely keep her abortion.
Bird (1988) Clint Eastwood, Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker, Biography, Drama, Music
Ginger e Fred / Ginger and Fred (1986) Federico Fellini, Marcello Mastroianni, Giulietta Masina, Franco Fabrizi, Comedy, Drama
Amelia and Pippo are reunited after several decades to perform their old music-hall act (imitating Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) on a TV variety show. It’s both a touchingly nostalgic journey into the past, and a viciously satirical attack on television in general and Italian TV in particular, portraying it as a mindless freakshow aimed at morons
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) Stephen Frears, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Much of the Pakistani Hussein family has settled in London, striving for the riches promised by Thatcherism. Nasser and his right hand man, Salim, have a number of small businesses and they do whatever they need to make money, even if the activities are illegal. As such, Nasser and his immediate family live more than a comfortable lifestyle, and he flaunts his riches whenever he can. Meanwhile, his brother, alcoholic Ali, once a famous journalist in Pakistan, lives in a seedy flat with his son, Omar. Ali’s life in London is not as lucrative in part because of his left leaning politics, which does not mesh with the ideals of Thatcherism. To help his brother, Nasser gives Omar a job doing menial labor. But Omar, with bigger plans, talks Nasser into letting him manage Nasser’s run down laundrette. Omar seizes what he sees as an opportunity to make the laundrette a success, and employs an old friend, Johnny – who has been most recently running around with a gang of white punks – to help …
O pokojniku sve najlepse / Never Speak Ill of the Dead (1984) Predrag Antonijevic, Zvonko Lepetic, Radmila Zivkovic, Bora Todorovic, Comedy, Drama
Napló gyermekeimnek / Diary for My Children (1984) Márta Mészáros, Zsuzsa Czinkóczi, Teri Földi, Anna Polony, Biography, Drama
From one of the foremost woman directors comes a personal story of how history and the individual impact each other. A young woman (Juli) returns to her homeland only to find the horrors she escaped have infected it also.
Loufa kai Parallagi / Loaf and Camouflage (1984) Nicos Perakis, Nikos Kalogeropoulos, Giorgos Kimoulis, Takis Spiridakis, Comedy
The film is the story of a group of soldiers, who, in the course of their compulsory military service in 1967 and 1968, before and during the military dictatorship in Greece, are assigned to the then recently founded Armed Forces Television. This TV station, founded for the civilian population, was run by the Cinematographic Unit of the army which until then had only produced propaganda films and newsreels and was responsible for entertaining the troops and other charity organizations with movie screenings. The personnel was composed mostly of soldiers, who already had experience in the film business in their civilian lives, as well as those who received their training in the army. The story may be only 95% true, but that is simply because the true story is even more absurd…