Martin Scorsese – The Age of Innocence (1993)

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This 1993 film, directed by Martin Scorsese, brings the Edith Wharton novel to life.
Here it is — all the social comment and smoldering unrequited passions originally
intended by the author. And now it’s in living color with academy award winning costume
design reflecting New York society in the 1870s.

Daniel-Day Lewis is cast as Newland Archer, the upper class young man in conflict
between social convention and desire. Michelle Pfeiffer plays the Countess Ellen Olenska,
who has already defied convention by marrying a European and is further defying
convention by leaving her husband and returning to New York. However, in spite of his
attraction to the countess, Newland Archer marries the beautiful but seemingly simple
May Welland, played by Wynona Ryder, whose outstanding performance won her an academy
award nomination. Continue reading

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Jean-Julien Chervier & Agnès Obadia – Du poil sous les roses AKA Hair Under the Roses (2000)

 Jean Julien Chervier & Agnès Obadia   Du poil sous les roses AKA Hair Under the Roses (2000)

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Synopsis :
A sexually-troubled young man runs away from home, while a girl wakes up one morning with a single cyclops breast…

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A quatorze ans, l’amour et le sexe intriguent. Entre les phantasmes, les phobies, les incertitudes et les croyances, comment reagir? Roudoudou, qui est tres amoureuse, reve d’avoir une poitrine imposante comme celle de sa mere, mais cela ne marche qu’a moitie. Romain et Francis, quant a eux, sont persuades que leurs meres sont homosexuelles et qu’il leur faudrait coucher avec elles pour les sauver… Continue reading

Jean-Luc Godard – For Ever Mozart [+commentary] (1996) (HD)

 Jean Luc Godard   For Ever Mozart [+commentary] (1996) (HD)

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Jean-Luc Godard’s densely packed rumination on the need to create order and beauty in a world ruled by chaos is divided into four distinct but tangentially related stories, including the attempts by a young group of idealists to stage a play in war-torn Sarajevo and an elderly director’s efforts to complete his film. Continue reading

Claire Denis – Nenette et Boni (1996)

 Claire Denis   Nenette et Boni (1996)

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Teenage siblings Nenette and Boni were raised apart as a result of their parents’ divorce. Their mother, who doted on her son Boni, has died. He works for an interesting couple as a pizza baker, and is surprised and enraged when his younger sister, having run away from boarding school, suddenly turns up. There’s a problem that they must confront. Continue reading

Michael Haneke – Funny Games (1997)

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What do you do if a stranger comes to your home and politely asks to borrow some eggs?

So far, it doesn’t sound like a good film, but Funny Games isn’t a good film. There’s no way it can be middle-of-the-road, it’s either brilliant or awful, depending on your point of view. Consider that when this film was first shown at Cannes, a lot of the audience walked out, including some professional film critics. In short, this is a film you need to see to have any true appreciation of how it works. I could describe everything that happens in minute detail, and still not impart what actually happens. Continue reading

Sherif Arafa & Adel Imam – Irhab wal Kabab AKA Terrorism and Barbecue (1993)

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Egyptian government employee Ahmed Fateh El-Bab goes to the Education Administration Department at the Tahrir Complex in Cairo to transfer his children to another school. He’s treated with insolence and negligence by the clerks. He rebels and loses his temper with one of the clerks. The clerk calls security, Ahmed clashes with them and a bullet is fired by mistake. The security guard runs away and Ahmed takes possession of the rifle. A rumor spreads that terrorists have taken over the complex. Ahmed is then joined by four others including Hind, a woman arrested for soliciting. The “terrorists” are asked for their demands, Ahmed demands a large quantity of barbecued kebabs, and the plot unfolds… Continue reading

Jan Svankmajer – Konec stalinismu v Cechách AKA Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1991)

 Jan Svankmajer   Konec stalinismu v Cechách AKA Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1991)

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A bust of Stalin is cut open on an operating table, leading to an elaborate animated depiction of Czech history from 1948 (the Communist takeover) to 1989 (the Velvet Revolution). Some knowledge of the subject is essential in order to understand the film, which is entirely visual. Continue reading

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