A GREAT DAY IN HARLEM Jean BACH 1994 - 01:00

In August 1958, the young photographer Art Kane made his first photo report and cover for Esquire. He managed to mobilize the big names of jazz artists in Harlem for a photo shoot. 57 jazzmen and jazzwomen are for ever in this historical picture. The film A Great Day in Harlem is about this event.

AN ALL COLORED VAUDEVILLE SHOW Roy MACK 1935 - 00:04

Tap dance routine performed in front of the Roy Mack's camera, recorded in only two or three shots, with the Nicholas Brothers at the beginning of their movie carrier.

CLEO DE 5 A 7 Agnès VARDA 1961 - 01:30

Cleo is a young singer. She is waiting for the result of an important X-ray which will be ready at 6.30. Cleo is suddenly faced with the prospect of death. During one hour and a half, she meets her lover, a pianist, a friend, then a soldier. She walks a lot and, little by little, she opens her eyes on the world.

FINAL CUT - HÖLGYEIM ÉS URAIM György PÁLFI 2012 - 01:24

The real love film tells the story of the "real" man and the "real" woman. What is the real man in life? And the real woman? By recycling the celluloid heroes and heroines of 500 movies (the objects of so many dreams and desires) György Palfi's collage film shows what they are like and also what happens when they meet.

JAMMIN' THE BLUES Gjon MILI 1944 - 00:11

This jam session starts with a blues played by Lester Young. Mili uses very sharp lights with subtility qnd also blacklit effects. The musicians become silhouettes, concentrated and relaxed at the same time, shrouded in mistery, appearing suddenly in close-up at the right time and tempo.

JAWS Steven SPIELBERG 1975 - 02:04

Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg,the film set the standard for edge-of-your seat suspense quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, the film remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA David LEAN 1962 - 03:42

David Lean's splendid biography of the enigmatic T. E. Lawrence paints a complex portrait of the desert-loving Englishman who united Arab tribes in battle against the Ottoman Turks during World War I.

LES BARBOUZES Georges LAUTNER 1964 - 01:58

A famous arms dealer bequeaths a castle and large collection of patents to his young widow. The problem is that the Secret Services of several different countries want the patents, too. So four secret agents show up to get the priceless documents back. But the French agent Lagneaux, under orders to seduce the blond heiress, will carry the day and fully accomplish his mission.

NARAYAMA BUSHI KO Keisuke KINOSHITA 1958 - 01:38

A joruri narrator clad in raven black introduces us to Narayama Bushiko as heavy curtains reveal the backdrop of a tribal village. In the kabuki tradition, the samisen ballad speaks of a kind elderly woman, Orin, who is contemplating her ascent to Mount Narayama. This most stylized work by Kinoshita is also his most dramatically theatrical, replete with meticulously designed soundstages and dramatic lighting. A haunting allegory that shows the conflict between filial duty, tradition and social pressure, the same story was remade by Imamura Shohei decades later, but the original remains a startling, culturally resonant magnum opus.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA Sergio LEONE 1984 - 04:13

Based on Harry Grey's novel The Hoods (1952), which was later published under the title Once Upon a Time in America, the film tells the story of David “Noodles” Aaronson (Robert De Niro) and his best friend Maximilian “Max” Bercovicz (James Woods) and their journey from the poverty of the Jewish ghetto to the top of New York’s criminal underworld during the prohibition and post-prohibition era.

TESS Roman POLANSKI 1979 - 02:51

In 19th century England, a Dorset peasant, John Durbeyfield, discovers by chance that he is the last surviving descendant of an aristocratic family. Eager to profit from his newfound nobility, Durbeyfield sends his eldest daughter, Tess, to press his claim of kinship with the rich d’Urberville family. The young Alec d’Urberville, captivated by the beauty of this woman he calls “cousin”, agrees to employ her and sets about trying to seduce her. Tess ends up falling prey to Alec’s advances and returns pregnant to her parents’ home. She gives birth to a boy, who dies after a few weeks.
To start anew, Tess leaves her village and finds a job on a farm where no one knows of her previous misfortune. There, she meets her true love: a pastor’s son called Angel Clare. Thinking that Tess is an inno

THE RING Alfred HITCHCOCK 1927 - 01:49

Hitchcock claimed that, after The Lodger, this is the next 'Hitchcock' picture. It's difficult to disagree. The story of an unsophisticated fairground boxer whose girlfriend falls for the charms of a professional Australian fighter is told with innumerable expressionist visual flourishes, probably attributable to the time Hitchcock had spent in Germany. The title itself is ambivalent, referring to the boxing ring, the wedding ring and the serpentine bracelet secretly given by the Australian champ. This is Hitchcock's one and only original screenplay but its neatness and economy reveal a director already confident in his control of the medium.

VIAGGIO IN ITALIA Roberto ROSSELLINI 1954 - 01:37

The Joyces, played by Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders, are an English couple who have gone to Italy to sell a recently inherited property near Naples. There's a coolness in their relationship and aspects of Naples add to the strain. She remembers a poet who loved her and died in the war; he idles on Capri, flirting with women but drawing back from adultery; she tours the museums of Naples and Pompeii, immersing herself in the Neapolitan fascination with the dead and noticing how many women are pregnant; with her, he's sarcastic; with him, she's critical. This deceptively simple tale of a bored couple traveling to Italy is transformed by Roberto Rossellini into a passionate story of cruelty and cynicism as their marriage disintegrates around them.

XICA DA SILVA Carlos DIEGUES 1976 - 01:54

The Portuguese Crown is concerned about the Diamantino District in the second half of the 18th century, not only because it has the country's richest mines and is the center for ideas about rebellion, but also because of Xica da Silva. The former slave married João Fernandes, a representative of the Crown in Brazil who became rich exploiting the mines. He made her the Diamond Queen and honors her every wish, including those related to revenge for humiliation during her slave days. But the Portuguese king will send an emissary to the colony to put an end to Xica's power.

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