If These Walls Could Talk is a 1996 Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated made for television movie, broadcast on HBO. It follows the plights of three different women and their experiences with abortion. Each of the three stories takes place in the same house in three different years: 1952, 1974, and 1996. All three segments were co-written by Nancy Savoca. Savoca directed the first and second segment while Cher directed the third. The womens’ experiences in each vignette are designed to demonstrate the popular views of society on the issue in each of the given decades. The film became a surprise success, and was HBO’s highest rated movie ever.
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If These Walls Could Talk II / Sex Revelations (2000) Jane Anderson, Martha Coolidge, Vanessa Redgrave, Marian Seldes, Paul Giamatti, Drama, Romance
This three-part drama, produced for HBO, examines the changing tides of the lives of lesbians in America, both politically and personally, as we eavesdrop on three stories taking place in the same house over a span of five decades…
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) Charles Walters, Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell, Ed Begley, Biography, Comedy, Musical
Majestic mountains are in the background and a waterfall in the foreground. Is that a canoe on the river? No it’s a cradle with a baby. The buoyant Molly Brown has survived the first crisis of her life – a flood. Sixteen years later she sets out to make her way in the world. Can she sing and play the piano? She assures the Leadville saloon keeper that she can and learns quickly. Soon she is the bride of Johnny Brown, who in a few years will be able to replace the original cigar wrapper wedding ring with a replica in gold and gemstones.
Pociag / Night Train (1959) Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Lucyna Winnicka, Leon Niemczyk, Teresa Szmigielówna, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Two strangers, Jerzy (Leon Niemczyk) and Marta (Lucyna Winnicka), accidentally end up holding tickets for the same sleeping chamber on an overnight train to the Baltic Sea coast. While handsome, well dressed and rather laconic, Jerzy seems ill at ease, while Marta is not talkative and would prefer to be alone. Staszek (Zbigniew Cybulski) is a student and Marta’s spurned lover, and will not leave her alone. When the police enter the train in search of a murderer on the lam, rumors fly and everything seems to point toward one of the main characters as the culprit.
Hippolyte Lemoine est un benêt d’une trentaine d’années, naïf à l’esprit enfantin, vivant dans un village de Normandie (Courteville, à 35 km d’Evreux). Lorsque son oncle Célestin meurt, il laisse par testament sa fortune et son auberge (Le Trou Normand) à son neveu Hippolyte, mais à la condition expresse que celui-ci passe son certificat d’études dans un délai d’une année. Pour atteindre son but, il devra déjouer les manigances de sa tante Augustine (belle-sœur et maîtresse du défunt) qui croyait hériter à sa place et cherche à le faire échouer en se servant de sa fille Javotte. Il est soutenu par de nombreux habitants du village, dont le maire, l’instituteur, et surtout la fille de ce dernier, elle aussi institutrice, sous le charme de laquelle Hippolyte va tomber.
Candy Mountain (1988) Robert Frank, Rudy Wurlitzer, Kevin J. O’Connor, Eric Mitchell, Mary Joy, Drama
Julius (O’Connor) is a struggling musician who sets off to find Elmore Silk (Yulin) in order to strike a deal with him and become famous. Along his search, he meets various people who have encountered Elmore, and can give him valuable insight into what kind of man Elmore is. Once he meets Elmore, he finally realizes that financial gain is nothing compared to the development of one’s artistic ability.
De Mayerling à Sarajevo / From Mayerling to Sarajevo (1940) Max Ophüls, Edwige Feuillère, John Lodge, Aimé Clariond, Drama
In the late 1800’s, Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, falls for Sophie Chotek, a Czech countess. He’s already a problem to the Crown because of his political ideas; this love affair with someone not of royal blood breeches protocol. The Crown allows the union only after the couple agrees to a morganatic marriage. The emperor further neutralizes Franz by making him inspector general of the army, sending him afield for months at a time. In June of 1914, fearing for his safety, Sophie seeks permission to accompany Franz to Sarajevo; protocol dictates that no army troops attend Franz while she is present. An assassin strikes. Their deaths spark World War I.
Le dernier des six / The Last One of the Six (1941) Georges Lacombe, Pierre Fresnay, Michèle Alfa, Suzy Delair, Mystery, Thriller
Six friends who have won a large sum of money decide to split their fortune and reunite in five years to share all the money they will have earned in the meantime. When the time comes, one of them gets killed on his way back to France. Another gets shot and his body disappears. Police inspector Wens (Pierre Fresnay) has to solve the case before all six succumb to the mysterious killer.
House of Frankenstein (1944) Erle C. Kenton, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., J. Carrol Naish, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Evolution / Évolution (2015) Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Nicolas is a boy living on a remote island set in the future, or another planet – or is it a dream? His village consists of white-painted houses located above the sea with a volcanic rock and black sand coastline, populated by young women and boys all of a similar age to Nicolas. Whilst swimming, Nicolas makes a discovery in the ocean, which is shrugged off my his mother, who, like all the women in the town has tied-back hair, is pale and wears a simple thin beige dress.