Set in Paris in 1919, biopic centers on the life of late Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, focusing on his last days as well as his rivalry with Pablo Picasso. Modigliani, a Jew, has fallen in love with Jeanne, a young and beautiful Catholic girl. The couple has an illegitimate child, and Jeanne’s bigoted parents send the baby to a faraway convent to be raised by nuns. Modigliani is distraught and needs money to rescue and raise his child. The answer arrives in the shape of Paris’ annual art competition. Prize money and a guaranteed career await the winner. Neither Modigliani, nor his dearest friend and rival Picasso have ever entered the competition, believing that it is beneath true artists like themselves. But push comes to shove with the welfare of his child on the line, and Modigliani signs up for the competition in a drunken and drug-induced tirade. Picasso follows suit and all of Paris is aflutter with excitement at who will win. With the balance of his relationship with Jeanne on the line, Modigliani tackles this work with the hopes of creating a masterpiece, and knows that all the artists of Paris are doing the same.
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Eugenie the Story of Her Journey Into Perversion (1970) Jesús Franco, Maria Rohm, Marie Liljedahl, Jack Taylor, Drama, Horror, Erotic
Sometime in the near future, set in an apocalyptic, dying world: Raoul and Raphaela, a young and arrogant upper class couple, are visiting an art exhibition of surrealistic paintings, hosted by a group of young anarchists in their bizarre Loft flat. After making love secretly in an empty back room, they suddenly find themselves caught by the aggressive Gang and being tortured both psychological and physical by their diabolical punk leader Furio, who blames “their likes” of being responsible for the war that destroys the earth.
A middle-aged man is having problems trying to regain his sexual drive. He leaves behind his old life and tries to discover a simpler happiness through painting and meeting new friends. Wanting to save him from a sexless fate, his friend (director Carlos Tobalina in a supporting role) attempts to solve the mystery of his sexual shortcomings, through any means possible.
Der Mönch mit der Peitsche / The College Girl Murders (1967) Alfred Vohrer, Joachim Fuchsberger, Uschi Glas, Grit Boettcher, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) Greg Stebner, Woody Allen, John Tormey, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
CW Briggs is a veteran insurance investigator, with many successes. Betty Ann Fitzgerald is a new employee in the company he works for, with the task of reorganizing the office. They don’t like each other – or at least that’s what they think. During a night out with the rest of the office employees, they go to watch Voltan, a magician who secretly hypnotizes both of them, in order to use them for his dirty schemes. The next evening already, Briggs makes his first robbery, and when he wakes up in the morning he has no memory of it. Things get really complicated when he starts investigating the case. Will he be able to uncover… himself?
The Treasure of the Silver Lake / Der Schatz im Silbersee (1962) Harald Reinl, Pierre Brice, Lex Barker, Herbert Lom, Western, Adventure
In Arkansas, a stagecoach is robbed by Colonel Brinkley’s gang. What the gang is really after is a treasure map one of the stagecoach passengers carries. However, Mr. Engel only has half the map. The other half of the treasure map is held by Engel’s partner, a Mr. Patterson. Even so, the gang kills Engel and steal his half a map. Later, Fred Engel, the son of the murdered stagecoach passenger, seeks help to find his father’s killers and retrieve the map. He contacts famous frontier scout Old Shatterhand and his Apache blood brother Winnetou. The three men set out to catch the killers. Fred Engel reveals to his two friends that his father’s missing map pinpoints the location of a gold treasure at Silver Lake. They head toward the farm owned by Mr. Patterson, Engel’s business partner. Patterson has the other half of the map and a daughter, Ellen, whom Fred is in-love with. Unfortunately, Colonel Brinkley’s gang has the same idea of retrieving the other half of the treasure map, since the gang already has the first half of the map.
The Bridge / Die Brücke (1959) Bernhard Wickim, Folker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, Michael Hinz, Drama, War
Bernhard Wicki’s astonishing The Bridge was the first major antiwar film to come out of Germany after World War II, as well as the nation’s first postwar film to be widely shown internationally, even securing an Oscar nomination. Set near the end of the conflict, it follows a group of teenage boys in a small town as they contend with everyday matters like school, girls, and parents, before enlisting as soldiers and being forced to defend their home turf in a confused, terrifying battle. This expressively shot, emotionally bruising drama dared to humanize young German soldiers at a historically tender moment, and proved influential for the coming generation of New German Cinema auteurs.
The Italian Connection / La Mala Ordina (1972) Fernando Di Leo, Mario Adorf, Henry Silva, Woody Strode, Action, Crime, Thriller
When a shipment of heroin disappears between Italy and New York, a small-time pimp in Milan is framed for the theft. Two professional hitmen are dispatched from New York to find him, but the real thieves want to get rid of him before the New York killers get to him to eliminate any chance of them finding out he’s the wrong man. When the pimp’s wife and daughter are murdered in the course of the “manhunt”, he swears revenge on everyone who had anything to do with it.
Joy of Fatherhood / Vaterfreuden (2014) Matthias Schweighöfer, Torsten Künstler, Isabell Polak, Friedrich Mücke, Comedy, Romance
Felix enjoys his single life to the fullest and is happy without a family and kids until his annoying brother Henne moves in with him, bringing along his honey-obsessed pet ferret Karsten. On the plus side, Henne reveals his unusual source of income as a sperm donor to Felix, which seems to be the ideal opportunity for him to solve his money problems by donating as well. During a wild one-night-stand gone terribly wrong, Karsten accidentally sinks his teeth into Felix’s manhood, sterilizing him in the process. Felix hadn’t imagined his childless single life to be this permanent so he tries everything in his power to find the soon-to-be mother of his only child, the result of his sperm donation. When Henne steals his file from the fertility clinic, Felix is amazed to discover the popular television host Maren is the one he is looking for. Even though she is just about to get married to Ralph, Felix can’t miss out on his only chance to have a real family and tries everything to get to know her…