Investigative TV journalist Max Brackett (Dustin Hoffman) suffers setbacks and winds up filing routine reports from Madeline, California. Max and his eager intern Laurie (Mia Kirshner) are doing a story at the local Museum of Natural History when a bigger story erupts. The Museum’s director, Mrs. Banks (Blythe Danner), refuses to talk to former museum security guard Sam Baily (John Travolta) about his firing due to budget cuts. Angered, Sam shoots a shotgun, accidentally hitting another security guard…
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L’avventuriera del piano di sopra / The Lady Upstairs (1941) Raffaello Matarazzo, Vittorio De Sica, Clara Calamai, Giuditta Rissone, Comedy
Misadventures of a young lawyer who, left alone at home for the departure of the jealous wife, is having to help a lady living in a top floor apartment, who asks him to host her to save her from the wrath of her husband. The young man offers his bed to the lady, content to sleep on the couch. The next morning, upon awakening, the lady is already gone, but at the same time is also missing a precious necklace of great value.
Blind terror / See No Evil (1971) Richard Fleischer, Mia Farrow, Dorothy Alison, Robin Bailey, Mystery, Thriller
Sarah is a blind girl who has returned to her home, a country manor in which all of the occupants are dead. She unknowingly sleeps overnight, among a houseful of corpses, arising the next morning to quietly creep out of bed, in order not to awaken the other members of the household.
Darò un milione / I’ll Give a Million (1935) Mario Camerini, Vittorio De Sica, Assia Noris, Luigi Almirante, Comedy
Daro un Milione was another felicitous collaboration between director Mario Camerini and his favorite star Vittorio de Sica. The story gets under way when a cynical millionaire announces that he intends to disguise himself as a hobo and given a million lire to anyone who treats him nicely. As a result, every bum in Rome is given the royal treatment on the off-chance that they’re the millionaire. While the tramps revel in this sudden wave of good fortune, the real millionaire finds true love with a pretty circus performer who knows nothing about the “I’ll Give a Million” campaign.
Divorzio all’italiana / Divorce Italian Style (1961) Pietro Germi, Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, Stefania Sandrelli, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Tsisperi mtebi anu daujerebeli ambavi / Blue Mountains, or Unbelievable Story (1983) Eldar Shengelaia, Ramaz Giorgobiani, Vasil Kakhniashvili, Teimuraz Chirgadze, Comedy, Drama
In an off-beat story told in three acts and an epilogue, a young writer tries unsuccessfully to get his manuscript titled “The Blue Mountains” published, revealing some very incompetent office types in the process. When the writer walks into the publishing house in Tbilisi, he first tries to find the right person to read his work and consider it for publication. In one office after another, the manuscript is taken but ignored because the reader had something better or more pressing or more interesting to do in the meantime. Just about ready to give up, the discouraged writer notices a crack in the ceiling of the publisher’s building that portends an enormous disaster unless the structural flaw is fixed. Like their attitude toward his manuscript, there is always something better or more urgent to do, and the small crack is ignored – with disastrous results.
A mysterious and possibly otherworldly stranger comes to the rescue of a frontier town in this Western, which was strongly influenced by the George Stevens classic, Shane. The peace of a small mining community is shattered when Coy LaHood (Richard Dysart), the ruthless proprietor of a powerful strip-mining company, arrives in town with his son Josh (Christopher Penn) and a posse of hired guns to drive out the townspeople and take control of the territory. Megan (Sydney Penny), a young girl whose pet was killed in the melee, prays to God for someone to defend the village from the marauders; soon, the Preacher (Clint Eastwood) arrives on a pale horse, and joins forces with Hull Barrett (Michael Moriarty), the unofficial leader of the miners and one of the few who attempts to defend himself, to take a stand against LaHood and his men. As the Preacher and Barrett try to organize the miners to fight the invaders, both Megan and her mother Sarah (Carrie Snodgrass) find they’re drawn to the Preacher, who keeps to himself and seems to have more than his share of secrets. Pale Rider was also directed by leading man Clint Eastwood; it was his first Western as both director and star since the acclaimed The Outlaw Josey Wales.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Arthur Penn, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Biography, Crime, Drama
1934. Young adults Bonnie Parker, a waitress, and Clyde Barrow, a criminal just released from prison, are immediately attracted to what the other represents for their life when they meet by chance in West Dallas, Texas. Bonnie is fascinated with Clyde’s criminal past, and his matter-of-factness and bravado in talking about it. Clyde sees in Bonnie someone sympatico to his goals in life. Although attracted to each other physically, a sexual relationship between the two has a few obstacles to happen. Regardless, they decide to join forces to embark on a life of crime, holding up whatever establishments, primarily banks, to make money and to have fun. They don’t plan on hurting anyone physically or killing anyone despite wielding loaded guns. They amass a small gang of willing accomplices, including C.W. Moss, a mechanic to fix whatever cars they steal which is important especially for their getaways, and Buck Barrow, one of Clyde’s older brothers.
A Corte do Norte / True and Tender Is the North (2008) João Botelho, Ana Moreira, Ricardo Aibéo, Rogério Samora, Drama, Romance
A young woman seeks to unearth the truth about a distant ancestor in director João Botelho’s adaptation of author Agustina Bessa Luis’s popular novel. Upon learning that she may be the descendent of a noblewoman who scandalized society upon moving to the island of Madeira, a woman in the present vows to unlock the many secrets of her family past. Her search transcending time, class, and lifestyle, she gradually uncovers ties to several island women whose unfulfilled passions unfold against the backdrops of lavish manor houses and ocean-swept shores.
Quem És Tu? / Who Are You? (2001) João Botelho, Patrícia Guerreiro, Suzana Borges, Rui Morisson, Drama, History
Aged 13, Maria Noronha is an estremely pale and fragil girl, sick with tubercolosis. In order to alleviate her suffering, she gathers poppies from her garden, and at night puts them on the pillows on her bed. But the poppies have a devastating effect. Her deep sleep is disturbed by terrible ghosts and hallucinations: about the decadence of the Portuguese XVII century, the Jesuits’s power and the terrible Inquisition.