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Playing for Time (1980) Daniel Mann, Joseph Sargent, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Alexander, Maud Adams, Drama, Music
The world’s weather seems to have changed dramatically with violent storms everywhere and long dormant volcanoes suddenly erupting. No one is sure what is happening or why but when American intelligence chief Cramden loses yet another team of agents, there appears to be only one man who can do the job: Derek Flint, former super spy, incredibly rich and the ultimate ladies man. Despite Cramden’s concerns, Flint is on the job and soon discovers that the Earth’s weather is under the control of a secret organization known as GALAXY whose scientists are looking to pacify the world and devote humankind to scientific pursuits.
Mrs. Leslie, rooming house landlady, reminisces in flashbacks about her past as a cafe entertainer and her involvement with the mysterious George Leslie, who originally hires her as a vacation “companion” but tells her nothing of his life outside the vacations. In subplots, Mrs. Leslie’s tenants and neighbors carry on soap-opera lives.
The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) Daniel Mann, Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Machiko Kyô, Comedy, Drama
This comedy-drama is partially a gentle satire on America’s drive to change the world in the post-war years. One year after World War II, Captain Fisby is sent to the village of Tobiki in Okinawa to teach the people democracy. The first step is to build a school – but the wily Okinawans know what they really want. They tell him about their culture and traditions – and persuade him to build something they really want instead: a teahouse. Fisby has a hard time breaking this news to his superiors.