Seeking both power and glory, the French fleet led by Bonaparte, invades Egypt in 1798, and takes first Alexandria and then Cairo. One of Bonaparte’s generals, Caffarelli, a scientist and a humanist, discovers Egyptian civilization and spirit. He makes friends with two brothers. Aly and Yehia, who had taken refuge in the capital, are fascinated with this learned and original character.
While the resistance fighters set against the bloody oppression, Caffarelli, leaving behind him all warlike concerns, rebels himself against Bonaparte and his destructive conquests.
In Warsaw, a taxi driver picks up a young man face who asks him to take him to the river. The passenger ties a noose around the neck of the driver and strangles him. Jacek is judged by the justice of men. He is represented by a young lawyer opposed to death penalty. It is his first major case. Jacek is sentenced to death by hanging. During the trial, one learns that the young assassin is doomed by a certain fate…
Tomek watches his neighbor, Magda, with the aid of a telescope. He manages to overcome his shyness and finally meet her. It is a fiasco. He attempts suicide. Magda then comes to him. “The true subject of this film is loneliness. There is a lot of windows between the characters. Everyone suffers in his corner, then still suffering to really meet the other. Before being face to face, there is a price to pay: the broken glass.”
Northern Italy, September 1943. Two allied prisoners of war, an Englishman and an American, escape when the train transporting them to Germany is bombed. Taken in by a village priest who smuggles into Switzerland everyone trying to escape the Germans, the two prisoners become smugglers in turn, leading a group of Jewish refugees of all ages and ten different nationalities. With the Nazis in pursuit, they try to reach Switzerland over the mountains… One year after Marie-Louise, Leopold Lindtberg made another deeply humanist film on the theme of war refugees in Switzerland. Winner of the Grand Prix at the Festival de Cannes in 1946, Die letzte Chance was a success around the world, and established the importance of Lindtberg internationally.
Slovenia, WWII: two young orphans, German Lotti (Evelyne Wohlfeiler) and a Slovenian boy named Marko (Tugo Štiglic), escape from a town which has been just been bombed in a US air-raid. They have heard someone talk about a lost valley where there is still peace and they set out to find it. Right above them, an African-American pilot is parachuted from his fighter plane that was shot down by the German army. Sergeant Jim (John Kitzmiller) discovers the children, but he can't bring himself to leave them to their fate--even if they slow down his escape. Both Germans and Partisans know that the pilot has survived. Which one of them will find him first?
Gérard, "a well-mannered young man," dreams to become an actor. To achieve his aim, he follows everywhere his sister Frédérique, who loves the “Cinéma-vérité”. Evolving in the middle of bizarre and wildlife colorful people, Frédérique uses her 'pen-camera' for filming all these people. All in a flood of songs and cinemas in effect she undermines all the snobbery of the time ... the yé-yé humanities until the New Wave cinema .
One of Merchant Ivory’s undisputed masterpieces, this adaptation of E.M. Forster’s classic 1910 novel is a saga of class relations and changing times in Edwardian England. Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson) and her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter) become involved with two couples: a wealthy, conservative industrialist (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife (Vanessa Redgrave), and a working-class man and his mistress. The interwoven fates and misfortunes of these three families and the diverging trajectories of the two sisters’ lives are connected to the ownership of Howards End, a beloved country home. A compelling, brilliantly acted study of one woman’s struggle to maintain her ideals and integrity in the face of Edwardian society’s moribund conformist values. New 4K restoration
It is the second half of the XIInd century and a spaceship called Ikarie XB 1 is on its way to Alfa Centauri to search for extraterrestrial forms of life. Its crew, made up primarily of scientists from various fields, being far from our solar system, is exposed to unknown and unimaginable dangers. At the same time, though, it also deals with a number of their everyday worries as well as their delights.
This unique classic Czech sci-fi movie makes uses of masterful special effects and an impressive production design together with modern electronic music and a strong ensemble cast. The film is said to be among the most important sources of inspiration for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
French Indochina, 1930. The world is about to change. The beautiful, elegant and controlled Eliane Devries, with her father, Emile, rules over the vast domain of rich, red soil that is their rubber plantation. The only love of Eliane's life is for Camille, her sixteen year old adopted Vietnamese daughter, a princess of Annam, whose parents died in a plane crash. Jean-Baptiste LeGuen , a French naval officer has just arrived in Saigon in search of glory. In spite of himself, Jean-Baptiste will confront Eliane and Camille with their destiny. The two women fall in love with him; Eliane will give him up, but Camille refuses. Jean-Baptiste's tour of duty exiles him to remote outpost on one of the Tonkin Islands. Unable to live without him, young Camille treks across the country.
Jago Hua Savera (Day Shall Dawn) is the story of a section of the fishermen people of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), of their little human weaknesses and strengths... and, deep down, of their undaunted and undefeatable spirit.
By many standards, life in these far flung tiny villages is dull and monotonous, yet, for the people who live there, life is full of trials and turbulence.
This is the story of the people of the river to hunt for fish.
This is the story of one such man, of many such men, each aspiring to own their own boat.
Paul is young, just demobbed from national service in the French Army, and disillusioned with civilian life. As his girlfriend builds herself a career as a pop singer, Paul becomes more isolated from his friends and peers ('the children of Marx and Coca Cola', as the credits announce) and their social and emotional politics.
Memories of the Underdevelopment tells the story of Sergio, an upper-class intellectual who – a year after the Castro-led revolution – decides not to leave the country, even though his parents and estranged wife have escaped to Miami. Alienated from the major socio-political upheaval that is transforming the reality that surrounds him, Sergio is a misfit, caught between a past he half-heartedly attempts to maintain, and the inevitable changes he cannot or will not embrace. His only income is the compensation he receives following the nationalization of his property. Unable to finish the novel he’s writing, Sergio spends his time chasing women, observing the outside world and reflecting on his own life, trying to understand what is happening to his country and himself.
A propaganda animated feature film made during WWII with the funding by the Ministry of Navy. Based on the story of a typical Japanese fairy-tale, Momotaro, here depicted the activity of the Imperial Navy by comparing Momotaro with his follower animals to the Japanese Navy. The film was released in 1945, during the wartime Japan and has influenced the countless next-generation animators.
Marlon Brando made his directorial debut in 1961 with One-Eyed Jacks, a brooding Western that he originally enlisted Stanley Kubrick to direct, but due to creative differences, Brando took over as director. After robbing a bank in Mexico, Rio (Brando) and Dad Longworth (Karl Malden) go on the run with Longworth betraying his partner and leaving him behind to be arrested by the Rurales. Years later, Rio escapes from prison and learns that Longworth is the sheriff of Monterey, California. Rio sets out with revenge on his mind but falls in love with Louisa (Pina Pellicer), Longworth’s stepdaughter, and begins to have second thoughts. One-Eyed Jacks represents Marlon Brando at the peak of his creative powers―both in front of and behind the camera.
Roger Corman's The Pit and the Pendulum, starring Vincent Price (Nicholas Medina), is based on Edgar Allan Poe's classic horror story, set in sixteenth-century Spain. The film opens with Francis Barnard (John Kerr) arriving at Nicholas Medina's (Price) castle to investigate the death of his sister, Elizabeth (Barbara Steele), Medina's deceased wife. Medina offers only a vague explanation as to the cause of her death, claiming she had become infatuated with the castle's torture chamber. As Francis unravels the gruesome details of Elizabeth's death he uncovers the secrets of Medina's disturbing past. Each character becomes haunted by the ghost and corpse of Elizabeth, and Medina, on the verge of insanity, realizes his wife is not really dead.
Lucien Bonnard, an ethnology student is vainly searching for funds to finance his expedition to Africa. Meanwhile, his actor friends are producing a play written by a young author. Caught in lovers' cross-purposes, couples get together and come apart, but they remain a tight-knit group and are finally able to leave for Africa.
Santi, a poor 10- year-old blind boy who lives with his father. Vina takes a pity on him and tries to protect him from the bullying of Krai. Santi’s father send him to stay with Luang Ta, a respectable monk, hopefully that he would learn the Buddhist lessons and by doing good deed, he could regain his eyesight.
When they have grown up, Santi and Vina become lover. Krai feels jealous because he also love Vina. Krai asks his parent to make a marriage proposal to Vina. Vina decides to run away with Santi. However, they are finally caught and Santi is severe beaten.
On the day Vina gets married with Krai, the cape collapses. Luang Ta lost his life in order to save Santi’s. Santi’s eyesight is miraculous cured but he realizes that real happiness in life is entering the land of Buddha.
Scientist Chris Kelvin is sent to the space station which orbits a Solaris Ocean to look into mysterious occurrences reported from the station. The two other scientists inhabiting the station are reluctant to speak about the situation. After Chris encounters his deceased wife Hari, he realizes that the Solaris Ocean can probe into the minds of the station crew and materialize their inmost thoughts.
An old lady lies in her bed that she leaves rarely, but she still wants to live – expectation keeps her alive. She is waiting for her son. Her daughter-in-law fills her life with the most important events. She comes every day. The old lady believes that her son is in America, working on some film. She must not find out that her son is in prison – as a victim of the show trials during the period of the personality cult, and many years have to pass before he will be released. Even if she lived to be a hundred, as the doctor promised, according to the daughter-in-law, it would not be enough.
And the young woman plays her role day after day, to keep the old lady alive…
Ugetsu, the 78th film by legendary director Kenji Mizoguchi, is considered by many―including Martin Scorsese and Jean-Luc Godard―to be among his greatest achievements. Based on short stories by Ueda Akinari and Guy de Maupassant, the film is a haunting tale about two men’s obsessive pursuit of wealth and power, and the tragic consequences for their loyal wives. Set in 16th century Japan during a time of civil war, Mizoguchi, an uncompromising perfectionist, insisted on historically accurate production design, wardrobe and props. The constantly moving crane shots suggest a transitory world populated with ghosts, and the director’s signature “flowing scroll” style of long, uninterrupted takes generates a psychological density and hypnotic power.
Nothing can resist the seductive schemes of the Marquise de Merteuil and Viscount de Valmont. Bound together by their plotting and secrets, they hold court over the sitting rooms and boudoirs of the aristocracy. Young Cécile de Volanges, the latest victim of their debauchery, becomes the battleground for these two masters of romantic intrigue.