Tag Archives: 1990s

Urnebesna tragedija / The Tragic Burlesque (1995) Goran Markovic, Vojislav Brajovic, Danilo ‘Bata’ Stojkovic, Dragan Nikolic, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Urnebesna tragedija (Goran Markovic, 1995)
In a way of protesting for inhuman living conditions and the shortage of medications caused by the disintegration of Yugoslavia and its sanctions, a doctor in a hospital decides to close his clinic for mental illness. His wish is to return the patients to their homes or give them to someone who is willing to accept them temporarily. Since one of the patients is planning to “get married” the doctor takes all the patients out on the street and uses the wedding as an excuse. A person “who can not fly” goes out to the streets with them, but he only exists as a person in the minds of the patients. However, trouble starts arising on the first step they take outside the clinic. In freedom the patients (not used to the games of the “normal society”) start doing whatever they want to or feel like, not paying attention to and ignoring the chaos they are causing…
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Savrseni krug / The Perfect Circle (1997) Ademir Kenovic, Mustafa Nadarevic, Almedin Leleta, Almir Podgorica, Drama, War

Savrseni krug AKA The Perfect Circle (1997)
An alcoholic Bosnian poet sends his wife and daughter away from Sarajevo so they can avoid the troubles there. However, he is soon descended upon by a pair of orphaned brothers. The brothers have escaped a massacre in their own village and have come to the Bosnian capital in search of a long lost Aunt. The poet befriends the boys and together they try to survive the horror of the siege of Sarajevo.
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Totò che visse due volte / Toto Who Lived Twice (1998) Daniele Ciprì, Franco Maresco, Marcello Miranda, Carlo Giordano, Pietro Arciadiacono, Comedy, Drama

Toto che visse due volte (Daniele Cipri & Franco Maresco, 1998)
The film has three stories. First is about local village idiot Paletta, who can not afford the services of a whore and so steals a locket from a holy shrine belonging to local mafia don. Second shows the story of betrayal of Pitrinu (who’s dead now) by his lover Fefe. Final episode is about lowlife Lazarus. He is killed by mob boss Toto, but raised from the dead by a local messiah, who is also known as Toto (and is played by same actor).
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Whore (1991) Ken Russell, Theresa Russell, Benjamin Mouton, Antonio Fargas, Drama

Whore (Ken Russell, 1991)
The prostitute Liz works on the streets of Los Angeles. She recalls her life in flashback, when she marries an alcoholic man. She leaves him with their son. Then she works as waitress in a diner until the day a man introduces her to prostitution. Later she is raped by at least five men and the pimp Blake “protects” her. Liz tries to escape from Blake and befriends the prostitute Katie; however Blake chases her. On the streets, she befriends the homeless Rasta (Antonio Fargas) that helps her when she needs.
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Dollar for the Dead (1998) Gene Quintano, Emilio Estevez, William Forsythe, Jordi Mollà, Western

Dollar for the Dead (1998)
In this tribute to the old time spaghetti westerns with a liberal dose of modern Hong Kong film-making thrown in, Emilio Estevez assumes Clint Eastwood’s “man with no name” role. Estevez plays a super-quick gunman on the run from a rancher (Long) and his men out to kill him for killing his son. The gunman gets mixed up with a former Confederate soldier (William Forsythe) who has knowledge of hidden gold. The only trouble is he is also pursued by Union soldiers. When they free a man (Ed Lauter) with part of the map to the gold, they then are also pursued by Spanish soldiers. It all leads to a small Mexican town terrorized by soldiers and led a by a good priest (Joaquim De Almeida) who also has knowledge of the gold.
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Metropolitan (1990) Whit Stillman, Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Chris Eigeman, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Metropolitan (Whit Stillman, 1990)
In an apartment on Manhattan a couple of friends from the New York upper-class meet almost every night to talk about social mobility, play bridge and discuss Fourier’s socialism; the cynic Nick, the philosophical Charlie, party girl Sally and austenite Audrey. They are joined by Tom. His background is much simpler and he is critical of their way of life. But he finds a soul mate in Audrey, who without his knowledge falls in love with him.
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The Garden (1990) Derek Jarman, Tilda Swinton, Johnny Mills, Philip MacDonald, Drama

The Garden (Derek Jarman, 1990)
A nearly wordless visual narrative intercuts two main stories and a couple of minor ones. A woman, perhaps the Madonna, brings forth her baby to a crowd of intrusive paparazzi; she tries to flee them. Two men who are lovers marry and are arrested by the powers that be. The men are mocked and pilloried, tarred, feathered, and beaten. Loose in this contemporary world of electrical-power transmission lines is also Jesus. The elements, particularly fire and water, content with political power, which is intolerant and murderous.
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American Me (1992) Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Sal Lopez, Biography, Crime, Drama

American Me (1992)
This epic depiction of thirty years of Chicano gang life in Los Angeles focuses on a teen named Santana who, with his friends Mundo and the Caucasian-but-acting-Hispanic J.D., form their own gang and are soon arrested for a break-in. Santana gets into trouble again and goes straight from reform school to prison, spending eighteen years there, and becoming leader of a powerful gang, both inside and outside the prison, while there. When he is finally released, he tries to make sense of the violence in his life, in a world much changed from when last he was in it.
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Une femme française / A French Woman (1995) Régis Wargnier, Emmanuelle Béart, Daniel Auteuil, Gabriel Barylli, Drama

Une femme francaise AKA A French Woman (1995)
Wed just as war breaks out, Jeanne hardly gets to know her military husband, Louis, before the debacle of 1940. While waiting for his return from a POW camp, Jeanne journeys through countless affairs with Louis’ comrades- in-arms. Hopiing to forget these wartime betrayls, Louis takes his wife and the infant twins he didn’t father to Berlin, where she falls for Matthais, a sensitive German industrialist. When the Indochinese war sends Louis to Vietnam, Matthais follows Jeanne back to France. A subsequent move to Damascus where Louis is posted as military attache, fails to break their bond.
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