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1946 - 01:33
“This story of abandoned children who give themselves up to delinquency and burnt friendship is one of the films that founded Neorealism. While narrating a series of unjust accusations, the story aims at drawing as concretely as possible the real culprit of these tragic misunderstandings: misery.
As often in De Sica's films of that time, Shoeshine revolves around the theme of guilt. Adults are guilty towards children, the cultivated towards the uneducated and the wealthy towards the excluded.”. (J. Lourcelles)
De Sica draws inspiration from two real-life shoeshine boys, who, as soon as they scraped together a few lire, would loan a horse. "It's a pity that neither of them, of course, watched the film. They would attend horse races, football games, but certainly not cinema "(V. De Sica)
1978 - 02:09
Aravindan Govindan’s Thamp¯ is a poetic, allegorical film that explores the transience of human relationships and the rootlessness of the marginalized through the ripples created in the life of a village by the arrival of a circus troupe. In cinéma-vérité style, with no script in hand, Aravindan took a troupe of circus artistes to perform in a village where many locals had not seen a circus before, and shot their reaction as they were watching. They soon forgot the camera and got immersed in the circus. But soon the villagers lose interest and the circus packs up and leaves. The deeply observational, delicate gaze of the camera, captures the pathos of the circus performers and the awe of the villagers, in black and white imagery that stays with you long after the big tent has folded up.
1967 - 01:34
A Parisian doctor leading a peaceful and anonymous existence, Dr. Lefebvre sees his life completely turned upside down when one of his patients, known for his depressive behavior, goes missing. Met a few years ago during a trip in Poland, the latter is wanted by determined henchmen who do not hesitate to watch and harass the doctor. Gradually, Lefebvre falls into paranoia and finds himself obliged to obey this mysterious organization which threatens his daughter’s life if he refuses to cooperate...
1932 - 01:28
The unhappy life of young François Lepic, known as Red Head, mistreated by a hateful and harmful mother, a taciturn and weary father who believes himself unloved by his son, and greedy and hypocritical siblings. Only Annette, a young servant, takes his side and makes his father understand that he is unhappy...
1978 - 01:57
On Thanksgiving Day, 1976, The Band gave its farewell concert at Winterland in San Francisco. On hand to help say goodbye to this influential rock group were some of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 1960s and '70s. This film is not only a vibrant documentary of that historic evening, but also a commentary on the rock world at the time. Most of the picture is concert footage of The Band and their guest performers, highlighted by interviews with members of the group, who eloquently articulate their personal involvement in the history of rock and roll.
1976 - 01:47
Jun, a young photographer living in Manilla, decides to return to his native town to visit his father, a retired doctor who became paralyzed after a car accident. During his visit, he decides to do a photo documentary on the locals Holy Week rites. He meets the mysterious Teresa, and while they’re becoming quick friends, she slowly starts to open up about her sister, Rosa, who’s recently died. Her presence still haunts Teresa.
1966 - 01:16
One of the highlights of Vera Chytilová's filmography is the grotesque moral Daisies (1966). The surrealistic narrative about a pair of young women who decide to be as corrupt as the world around them does not arise from concrete socio-political realities. As a result, the biting account of conformity, petty-bourgeois narrow-mindedness, and the limits of light-heartedness has timeless qualities. Daisies marked the beginning of Chytilová's collaboration with Ester Krumbachová, who contributed to the eccentric costumes and script. The collage-like visual component then gave a lot of space for experimentation to the cinematographer Jaroslav Kucera. It is still an original gem of Czech cinema of the 1960s, which infuriated the communist officials of the time.
1970 - 01:29
Spain is in dire shape due to the Franco regime. A young man named Fando discovers that his beloved mother was the one who denounced his father to the authorities, accusing him of being an atheist and an anti-fascist. Torn between the love he feels for his mother and the grief he feels about his father’s disappearance, Fando goes from office to office looking for his lost parent without finding a single answer. The memories and bloody torture fantasies that assault his imagination start to become an unending flood of inextricable symbols and memories. Hospitalized for heart surgery, his violent, cruel and sensual visions amplify themselves and the horror becomes less and less tolerable for him. Fando finally escapes the hospital after his only friend reveals to him that his father is still
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