Set during a recent European revolution, when the students have just begun to rise Read More »
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Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. Read More »
Arctic prospector Jack McCann, after fifteen years of solitary searching, becomes one of the world’s wealthiest men Read More »
A young boy, recently orphaned, is taken to England by his grandmother. Read More »
Middle-aged Gerald Kingsland advertises in a London paper for a female companion to spend a year with him on a desert island. Read More »
Samson and Delilah (1996) Nicolas Roeg, Dennis Hopper, Elizabeth Hurley, Eric Thal, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Mara and her husband Manoa are both upstanding and religious Israelites living under the harsh and unjust rule of the Philistines. Read More »
Bad Timing (1980) Nicolas Roeg, Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, Harvey Keitel, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The setting is Vienna. A young American woman is brought to a hospital after overdosing on pills, apparently in a suicide attempt. Read More »
A doctor’s wife tires of his obsession with model trains, and spends her days wondering about the son she gave up for adoption at birth. While eating at a roadside cafe, she encounters a British hitchhiker, who turns out to be her son. They spend time together trying to find a bond. The son begins to hate the husband, and the wife begins worrying about the safety of her husband and his train set.
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Don’t Look Now (1973) Nicolas Roeg, Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Horror, Thriller, Drama
John and Laura Baxter are in Venice when they meet a pair of elderly sisters, one of whom claims to be psychic. She insists that she sees the spirit of the Baxters’ daughter, who recently drowned. Laura is intrigued, but John resists the idea. He, however, seems to have his own psychic flashes, seeing their daughter walk the streets in her red cloak, as well as Laura and the sisters on a funeral gondola.
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The Man Who Fell to Earth is a daring exploration of science fiction as an art form. The story of an alien on an elaborate rescue mission provides the launching pad for Nicolas Roeg’s visual tour de force, a formally adventurous examination of alienation in contemporary life. Rock legend David Bowie, in his acting debut, completely embodies the title role, while Candy Clark, Buck Henry, and Rip Torn turn in pitch-perfect supporting performances. The film’s hallucinatory vision was obscured in the American theatrical release, which deleted nearly twenty minutes of crucial scenes and details.
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Nina, a successful but world-weary art dealer, is surprised to find that her usual masseur, Douglas, has sent a substitute – Fitch – to provide her with her regular weekly massage at her home. Nina and Fitch find that they are both mutually attracted, and annoy one another a great deal. Their differences of temperament and lifestyle create friction, and they find their similarities nearly as grating. Through flashbacks we learn how Nina and Fitch have arrived at this meeting, and see that perhaps they have enough common ground to learn some important lessons from each other.
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Four 1950’s cultural icons (Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and Senator Joseph MacCarthy) who conceivably could have met and probably didn’t, fictionally do in this modern fable of post-WWII America. Visually intriguing, the film has a fluid progression of flash-backs and flash-forwards centering on the fictional Einstein’s current observations, childhood memories and apprehensions for the future. Read More »