Tag Archives: UK

Le violon rouge / The Red Violin (1998) François Girard, Carlo Cecchi, Jean-Luc Bideau, Christoph Koncz, Drama, Romance, Mystery

Le violon rouge (Francois Girard, 1998)
Spans 300 years in the life of one famed musical instrument that winds up in present-day Montreal on the auction block. Crafted by the Italian master Bussotti (Cecchi) in 1681, the red violin derives its unusual color from the human blood mixed into the finish. With this legacy, the violin travels to Austria, England, China, and Canada, leaving both beauty and tragedy in its wake.

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Pope Joan (1972) Michael Anderson, Liv Ullmann, Jeremy Kemp, Natasa Nicolescu, Drama

Pope Joan (Michael Anderson, 1972)
A present-day female evangelist strongly feels that she resembles the legendary Pope Joan and goes to see her psychiatrist in hopes of discovering that she’s Pope Joan incarnate. Suddenly, she’s transported back 1,000 years, when Joan is the mistress of artistic monk Adrian. What follows is a series of frightening instances that force Joan to alter her identity to appear as if she’s a man

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Eyes of Crystal / Occhi di cristallo (2004) Eros Puglielli, Luigi Lo Cascio, Lucía Jiménez, José Ángel Egido, Thriller

Eyes of Crystal (2004)
When a young couple and a peeper are killed in the field with sadism, Inspector Amaldi and his partner Freese unsuccessfully follow the leads trying to track the criminal. Meanwhile, the college student Giuditta is being stalked and goes to the precinct, where she is attended by Amaldi, and immediately they feel a great attraction for each other. When another woman is murdered, Amaldi and Freese realize that they are chasing a serial killer. Amaldi visits Professor Civita, trying to find the meaning of three leaves found in the crime scene. Amaldi, who battles with his violent temper, tries to put the clues together and to avoid the next murder of the unknown psychopath.

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First a Girl (1935) Victor Saville, Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Anna Lee, Comedy, Musical

First a Girl (1935)
Elizabeth, a delivery girl, dreams of being a music-hall singer but she is refused at the first casting she takes part in. A bit depressed, she gets to know Victor, a would-be Shakespearean actor and another audition victim. When Victor quite unexpectedly gets a female part in a music-hall number he unfortunately finds himself voiceless. Why wouldn’t Elizabeth replace it? His new friend hesitates but finally makes her debut as … a man posing for a woman! She is noticed by McLintock, an influential talent agent who hires Mr. Victoria (Elizabeth’s stage name) and launches his/her brilliant international career. One day, Robert, a handsome young man engaged to Princess Mironoff, makes friends with this young man posing as a woman posing as a man …

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That’ll Be the Day (1973) Claude Whatham, David Essex, Ringo Starr, Rosemary Leach, Drama, Music

That'll Be the Day (Ray Connolly, 1973)
Abandoned by his father at an early age, Jim MacLaine seems to have inherited the old man’s restlessness. Despite his apparent intelligence, Jim decides not to take the exams that would pave his way to university. He lives, for a time, a life consisting of dead-end jobs and meaningless sex, before returning home to work in his mother’s shop. But still he can’t settle down; he begins to think that the life of a pop musician might be the thing for him.

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Peeping Tom (1960) Michael Powell, Karlheinz Böhm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer, Drama, Horror, Thriller

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Mark Lewis, works as a focus puller in a British film studio. On his off hours, he supplies a local porno shop with cheesecake photos and also dabbles in filmmaking. A lonely, unfriendly, sexually repressed fellow, Mark is obsessed with the effects of fear and how they are registered on the face and behavior of the frightened. This obsession dates from the time when, as a child, he served as the subject of some cold-blooded experiments in the psychology of terror conducted by his own scientist father. As a grown man, Mark becomes a compulsive murderer who kills women and records their contorted features and dying gasps on film. His ongoing project is a documentary on fear. With 16mm camera in hand, he accompanies a prostitute to her room and stabs her with a blade concealed in his tripod, all the while photographing her contorted face in the throes of terror and death. Alone in his room, he surrounds himself with the sights and sounds of terror: taped screams, black-and-white “home movies” of convulsed faces. At his house, he meets Helen Stephens, a young woman who lives with her blind mother in a downstairs flat. She visits his flat, where he shows her black-and-white films that were taken of him when he was a child. She is horrified to see that his father used him as a guinea pig in various experiments, taking movies of his reactions of fear.

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