Deux fois is a 1968 experimental film by Jackie Raynal. Raynal stars in the film, her first as a director; she had previously worked for several years as a film editor, most notably for films in Éric Rohmer’s “Six Moral Tales” series (she was, reportedly, the youngest professional editor in France at the time). The film’s title, which literally translates as Twice and is sometimes translated into English as Twice Upon a Time, refers to the occasional repetition of scenes or actions.
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The Sword and the Dragon / Ilya Muromets (1956) Aleksandr Ptushko, Boris Andreyev, Shukur Burkhanov, Andrei Abrikosov, Fantasy
Ilya is a cripple without the use of his legs. When he aids some weary travellers, they surprise him by giving him a potion that restores his legs. He immediately becomes powerful and sets off to prove himself to his King. Doing so, he fights the evil Tugars, a wind demon that looks like a cross between a goblin and The Noid, a zeppelin-like ambassador, and the evil Tugars. Ilya gets framed for a crime he didn’t commit, then is freed, then finally dispatches the Tugars and their dragon.
The movie follows Joe (Dallesandro), a heroin addict, throughout his quest to score more drugs. The episodic plot occurs over a single day and centers around Joe’s problematic relationship with his on-off, sexually frustrated girlfriend (Woodlawn). During the course of the day, Joe overdoses in front of an upper-class couple, attempts to fool Welfare into approving his methadone treatment by having Holly fake a pregnancy, and frustrates the women in his life with his drug-induced impotence.
Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs / Mad Emperor: Ludwig II (1955) Helmut Käutner, O.W. Fischer, Marianne Koch, Paul Bildt, Biography, Drama, History
King Ludwig II of Bavaria is frustrated, having to accept parliament’s will to join Bismarck, rather he his cultured Habsburg friends, in wars. His love-life being as fruitless, he seeks comfort in art. But building fairytale castles and an even grander opera for his musical idol Wagner proves so expensive, his cabinet ends up resorting to formally challenging his mental health, plausible as his beloved brother Otto contracted schizophrenia earlier. Tragedy now lurks in Ludwig’s prison-castle.
Omicron (1963) Ugo Gregoretti, Renato Salvatori, Rosemary Dexter, Gaetano Quartararo, Comedy, Sci-Fi
In this Italian sci-fi comedy the corpse of a laborer is inhabited and revived by an Omicron – an alien being. When the creature becomes accustomed to the body, he returns to the worker’s former job and begins operating the machines at an incredible speed. Soon he finds himself involved in a labor dispute and even falling in love. In the end, the dead laborer’s body rebels and the alien must return to his Venusian home.
The day of the owl / Il giorno della civetta (1968) Damiano Damiani, Claudia Cardinale, Franco Nero, Lee J. Cobb, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Rosa Nicolosi is not the widow of Salvatore Colasberna, the man murdered in the beginning of the movie, but she is in fact the wife of Paolo Nicolosi, the only eyewitness of the murder. Paolo goes missing the same morning as the murder occurs.
Una ragazza piuttosto complicata / A Rather Complicated Girl (1969) Damiano Damiani, Catherine Spaak, Jean Sorel, Florinda Bolkan, Thriller, Erotic
This erotic sexploitation feature concerns a couple and their pursuit of sexual fulfillment with each other – and their mutually agreed upon third bed guests. Lesbian love angles includes the woman’s step-daughter. Alberto (Jean Sorel) is soon left alone when the women decides his services are no longer required. After acting on his erotic fantasies, he is left alone and driven to madness when his girlfriend marries another after leaving with her lesbian lover.
Lepsie byt bohaty a zdravy ako chudobny a chory / It’s Better to Be Wealthy and Healthy Than Poor and Ill (1992) Juraj Jakubisko, Deana Horváthová, Dagmar Havlová, Juraj Kukura, Comedy, Drama
In a tone of bitter comedy, the director portrays the confusion that ensued the fall of the Soviet bloc and the split of the former Socialist Republic of Czechoslovakia into two independent states (the Czechs and Slovaks one side on the other), where some characters who thrived in mediocrity enrich suddenly taking advantage of the chaos. With his film, Jakubisko predicted growth of irrational nationalism in Eastern Europe and the dismantling of the Czechoslovak Federation.