The story follows a movie crew who is filming a musical in a small and idyllic alpine village. After their temperamental leading lady drops out of the film, they decide to replace her with the village’s young post office clerk Gretl, who returns to Berlin with them. There she has to struggle with the movie’s all-male crew, who all try to woo and win her.
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La voleuse / Chimney No. 4 (1966) Jean Chapot, Romy Schneider, Michel Piccoli, Hans Christian Blech, Drama
Julia (Romy Schneider) gave away her infant son to a foster couple before she married Werner (Michel Piccoli). Now she selfishly wants her child from the foster parents who have never officially adopted the boy. Radek (Hans Christian Blech) is the foster father who refuses to give up the boy he has grown to love. He climbs up a chimney and threatens to jump if the police take the boy away from him. Soon the event is splashed across the media, with public opinion naturally with Radek. Julia must decide whether or not to pursue her quest to get her child back. Mario Huth plays the young boy, with Sonia Schwarz as the foster mother.
Can a small group of people start a proletarian revolution, asks the “Black Monk” in a leather jacket. The medieval shepherd, Hans Boehm, claims to have been called by the Virgin Mary to create a revolt against the church and the landowners. The “Black Monk” suggests that he would have more success if he dressed up Johanna and had her appear as the Virgin Mary.
Francesco / St. Francis of Assisi (1989) Liliana Cavani, Mickey Rourke, Helena Bonham Carter, Andréa Ferréol
The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to the poor, a beggar for others, and an inspiration to friends who accept the Gospels’ life of poverty. He seeks the Pope’s blessing, and he endures persecution at the hands of the family of Chiara Offreduccio (1194-1253), who becomes St. Clare. Many join the order he has established and then rebel at his expectations. In near despair – and ill – he writes a Rule to take to the Pope; then, the Lord sends him a message. He dies smiling.
The Pope is in town and the night of his visit is anything but heavenly for some of Berlin’s inhabitants. The down-and-out, the rich and the poor, the polizei, the street kids and taxi drivers, in search of a little bit of happiness, all end up going for a harrowing odyssey through the labyrinth of the big city.
Walter, a German anarchist poet, is short of money after his publisher refuses to give him an advance. He tries various ways of raising money, including shooting one of his mistresses and relying on the life savings of a woman from the country who is fanatically devoted to him. He also has to contend with his long-suffering wife, his fly-obsessed crazy brother, his other mistress and a police murder investigation.
Bulgaria, 1943. A train carrying Greek Jews is bound for the Auschwitz extermination camp and stops over in a small town in southwest Bulgaria. The school is converted into camp. Passing by the barbed-wire fence, the the Nazi army sergeant Walter meets a young Jewess called Ruth and falls in love with her. His buddy, Lieutenant Kurt, who is in charge of the camp, has her brought to a party in the pub. There Walter has a chance to talk with her. Having grown indifferent to people suffering, he is now awakened to unsuspected emotions and experiences a change of heart. When he next meets the girl, Walter convinces her that Nazism and war. Her fate and love make anew man of him. He gives a package of medicine for the inmates of the camp to Petk, a Bulgarian antifascist worker, but the German find them and destroy them. Walter is making arrangements for Ruth’s escape. He asks Petko to hide her but it is too late. The train has left.
One night he will fetch the silver from the night sky Jonas loves his fathers magical stories. When Helge dies, Jonas ends up in an orphanage whereupon dreariness and discipline rule his life until a group of circus performers appear in the village.