Tag Archives: Spain

I cento cavalieri (1964) Vittorio Cottafavi, Mark Damon, Antonella Lualdi, Gastone Moschin, Adventure, Drama, History

I cento cavalieri (1964)
Intorno all’anno 1000, un paese della Castiglia viene occupato da un gruppo di guerrieri arabi che approfittano in questo modo di una tregua intercorsa tra i mori e l’esercito cristiano. All’inizio simulano intenzioni pacifiche, ma ben presto dimostrano uccidendo l’alcalde che il loro obiettivo è assoggettare la città. La popolazione, fino a quel momento non avvezza a imprese belliche, abbandona le case e nomina suo capo Don Gonzalo. Inizia così una guerriglia contro gli occupanti che prosegue con alterne vicende e si conclude vittoriosamente grazie all’apporto di un gruppo di cavalieri. Alla fine, cacciati i mori, l’ordine regnerà sul villaggio.

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L’adversaire / The Adversary (2002) Nicole Garcia, Daniel Auteuil, Géraldine Pailhas, François Cluzet, Crime, Drama, Mystery

L'adversaire (2002)
Based on the 2000 book of the same name by Emmanuel Carrère, it is inspired by the real-life story of Jean-Claude Romand. L’Adversaire’s protagonist Jean-Marc Faure (Auteuil) pursues an imaginary career as a doctor of medicine in a plot more closely based on Romand’s life and Carrère’s book than was Laurent Cantet’s 2001 film L’Emploi du Temps. The film was nominated for a Palme d’Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

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Lo scapolo / The Bachelor (1955) Antonio Pietrangeli, Alberto Sordi, Sandra Milo, Nino Manfredi, Comedy

Lo scapolo (1955)
Il rag. Anselmi è uno scapolo impenitente che corteggia tutte le donne. Finché ci casca. 2° film (e mezzo) di A. Pietrangeli che per la prima volta si serve in sceneggiatura della coppia Maccari-Scola e che offre a A. Sordi l’occasione di approfondire il suo personaggio di medio-borghese, medio-obeso, medio-tutto, facendogli vincere il Nastro d’argento del migliore attore. Divertente, spigliato, ironico con un’attenzione insolita per i personaggi femminili di contorno.

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El Hijo de la novia / Son of the Bride (2001) Juan José Campanella, Ricardo Darín, Héctor Alterio, Norma Aleandro, Comedy, Drama

El Hijo de la novia AKA Son of the Bride (2001)
At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He lives in the shadow of his father, he feels guilty about rarely visiting his aging mother, his ex-wife says he doesn’t spend enough time with their daughter and he has yet to make a commitment to his girlfriend. At his lowest point, a minor heart attack reunites him with Juan Carlos, a childhood friend, who helps Rafael to reconstruct his past and look at the present in new ways.

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Django (1966) Sergio Corbucci, Franco Nero, José Canalejas, José Bódalo, Western, Action

Django (1966)
Sergio Corbucci crafted one of the most popular and widely imitated of the Italian “spaghetti westerns” of the 1960s with this violent but stylish action saga. A mysterious man named Django (Franco Nero) arrives in a Mexican border town dragging a small coffin behind him. When he attempts to save a woman who is being attacked by a group of bandits, he finds himself in the middle of a conflict between Mexican gangsters and racist Yankee thugs, with the innocent townspeople and a fortune in Mexican gold stuck somewhere in between. Django becomes a force to be reckoned with when it’s discovered his coffin actually contains a Gatling gun. Django proved so popular in Europe that over 30 sequels and follow-ups were produced, though Franco Nero would not return to the role until 1987’s Django 2: Il Grande Ritorno (the only sequel endorsed by Corbucci), which proved to be the last film in the series.

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Senki / Shadows (2007) Milcho Manchevski, Borce Nacev, Vesna Stanojevska, Sabina Ajrula, Drama, Horror, Mystery

Senki AKA Shadows (2007)
A successful young doctor with a beautiful wife, a happy child, and a comfortable house finds his life suddenly changed in ways he never thought possible after being injured in a serious car accident. To the outside eye Lazar Perkov has everything – indeed his friends and colleagues have even gone so far as to christen him with the nickname “Lucky.” But appearances can sometimes be…

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Adios Sabata / Indio Black, sai che ti dico: Sei un gran figlio di… (1970) Gianfranco Parolini, Yul Brynner, Dean Reed, Ignazio Spalla, Action, War, Western

Adios Sabata (1970)
In Mexico, during the rule of the self-proclaimed Emperor of Mexico Maximillian (1864-1867), Mexican revolutionaries and Republican forces try to bring former Mexican President Benito Juárez back to power. The United States in neutral and is going through the pains of the American Civil War. Mexican guerrilla leader Señor Ocaño hires gunfighter Sabata to steal a wagon-load of gold from Emperor Maximillian’s Austrian and French forces. When Sabata and his friends, Escudo and Ballantine, finally get their hands on a wagon, they discover it’s full of sand rather than gold. They suspect that the gold was stolen by Austrian Colonel Skimmel. Therefore, Sabata and his partners set out to find the gold and give it to the Mexican revolutionaries.

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Una breve vacanza / A Brief Vacation (1973) Vittorio De Sica, Florinda Bolkan, Renato Salvatori, Daniel Quenaud, Drama, Romance

A Brief Vacation (1973)
A women lives a miserable life in the basement of her Milan apartment, with her boring inlaws and three children (boys). Her husband has been injured. Her bleak life takes an unexpected turn when she is diagnosed with tuberculosis and has to go to a sanatorium in the Italian Alps. At the medical clinic in Milan she meets young mechanic with the similar health problems. At the sanatorium she meets again the same man and they start a passionate love affair. All good things must come to an end. When she is cured, she has to return to that rathole from which she only briefly emerged.

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Novo (2002) Jean-Pierre Limosin, Eduardo Noriega, Anna Mouglalis, Paz Vega, Drama, Comedy, Romance

Novo (2002)
Those who loved Graham yesterday shouldn’t count on today. Those who love him today risk being heartbroken tomorrow… Suffering from recurring memory loss, Graham is restricted to a limited short-term memory. He forgets most things after only a few minutes. He no longer recognizes his wife Isabelle nor his young son Antoine nor his best friend Fred. Since each day is a new day, Graham copes with life by referring to the details of his little notebook, the defining key to his identity. He works as a photocopy clerk under the close watch of his sexy boss Sabine, who uses him to his libido’s advantage. Pretty new temp Irene can’t help falling for Graham’s spontaneous charm. But how can Graham really fall in love with her when he sees each time as the first time? Irene is about to experience all new ways of romance. She’ll just have to remember everything for the both of them. Everyone around Graham has their reasons why he should or shouldn’t fully recover…

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