Tag Archives: 1980s

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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Jian dong xiao xiong / Hong Kong Godfather (1985) Lung Wei Wang, Ka-Yan Leung, Norman Chu, Shu-Yuan Hsu, Action, Thriller

Jian dong xiao xiong (1985)
After receiving a life imprisonment sentence for a NY Chinatown massacre, Jia Shi Lan, alias Hei Lan, obtains a pardon through the Mafia’s influence. Returning to Hong Kong, Hei Lan attempts to use the stature and fortitude of Brother Han, an elder, but good-natured underworld boss, to gain power and spread the Mafia’s influence throughout Southeast Asia. After a deadly double cross leaves many of Han’s society dead, two former members, one a cop, the other a florist, and the sole remaining loyalist join forces to bring down the criminal empire of Hei Lan.
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Fort Saganne (1984) Alain Corneau, Gérard Depardieu, Philippe Noiret, Catherine Deneuve, Drama, History, War

Fort Saganne (1984)
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.
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Gli occhi, la bocca / The Eyes, the Mouth (1982) Marco Bellocchio, Lou Castel, Ángela Molina, Emmanuelle Riva, Drama

Gli occhi, la bocca (1982)
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.
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My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) Stephen Frears, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Comedy, Drama, Romance

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
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 …
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Loufa kai Parallagi / Loaf and Camouflage (1984) Nicos Perakis, Nikos Kalogeropoulos, Giorgos Kimoulis, Takis Spiridakis, Comedy

Loufa kai Parallagi (1984)
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…
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