Both uproaringly funny and unerringly cautionary, Broomfield’s behind-the-scenes document of the making of a musical becomes a ceremonious unmaking-of as egos, budgets and general calamity conspire to ruin the best efforts of all involved in the New York rehearsals for an extravangant, glitzy production.
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Two Weeks in September / À coeur joie (1967) Serge Bourguignon, Brigitte Bardot, Laurent Terzieff, Jean Rochefort, Drama, Romance
Cecile is a young and beautiful Frenchwoman married to a much older Englishman. She loves her husband and seems to be content with her life, until she meets a younger man and feels forgotten passions stirring within her. She now finds herself confronted with a choice: to stay with the steady and peaceful love of her husband, or to run off for excitement and adventure with a new love?
The Doctor’s Dilemma (1958) Anthony Asquith, Leslie Caron, Dirk Bogarde, Alastair Sim, Comedy, Drama
Mrs. Dubedat loves and idolizes her artist husband, Louis, but he is dying of tuberculosis. She goes to a doctor and convinces him to save her husband. The doctor can keep only so many patients, and must choose who is worth saving, but is convinced that Louis’ artistic talents make him worthy.
A Birmingham prostitute leaves friends and family behind to seek her fortune in London. Back home, a sympathetic social worker and a solicitor form a support group to campaign for a change in the law.
In the black and white days of post-war British television, Fanny Cradock, with her painted-on eyebrows and excessive make-up, is a colourful figure in every sense, even dyeing the food to make it show up on monochrome sets. But she is also something of a tyrant, disowning her son Chris because she disapproves of his wife, so that even her long-suffering husband and co-presenter Johnnie is powerless to intervene.
In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.
Bab’Aziz – The Prince That Contemplated His Soul / Bab’Aziz (2005) Nacer Khemir, Parviz Shahinkhou, Maryam Hamid, Golshifteh Farahani, Drama
Bab’Aziz – The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul is the story of a blind dervish named Bab’Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape.
A biography of the dancer Isadora Duncan, the 1920s dancer who forever changed people’s ideas of ballet. Her nude, semi-nude, and pro-Soviet dance projects as well as her attitudes on free love, debt, dress, and lifestyle shocked the public of her time.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) Nagisa Ôshima, David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Drama, War
In 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honor and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of committing suicide. One of the prisoners, interpreter John Lawrence, tries to explain the Japanese way of thinking, but is considered a traitor.