Cult

Raimundas Banionis – Vaikai is Amerikos Viesbucio aka Kids From American Hotel (1990)

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Movie about the Lithuanian teenagers of the 1970s

The movie is interesting to watch as it shows the young teenagers of the soviet Lithuania in the 1970s who cherish ideas of hippies, dream of Woodstock, Rolling Stones and try to avoid bad things brought by the Soviet system.

The teenagers manage to have different lifestyle, stand for the ideas of the independent Lithuania, and freedom to listen and avoid traps of the KGB. Read More »

Mario Sábato – El poder de las tinieblas aka Power of Darkness (1979)

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“El poder de las tinieblas” (Power of Darkness) is a film based upon a famous novel by argentinian writer Ernesto Sábato INFORME SOBRE CIEGOS. Its plot is simple and powerful: a person begins to believe that every blind man he sees is persecuting him. This fear is gradually growing to reach unexpectable points. The plot is ok, but actors are not playing good enough and, therefore, the film is not so good as the book. Anyway, I think it is a good defy to comprehend some of the not always successful relationships between literature and cinema. Read More »

Glauber Rocha – Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol AKA Black God White Devi (1964)

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Black God, White Devil (Portuguese: Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol, literally, “God and the Devil in the Land of Sun”) is a 1964 Brazilian film directed and written by Glauber Rocha. The film stars Othon Bastos, Maurício do Valle, Yoná Magalhães, and Geraldo Del Rey. It belongs to the Cinema Novo movement, addressing the socio-political problems of 1960s Brazil.

Glauber Rocha was 25 years old when he wrote and began to direct the film. Read More »

Lindsay Anderson – If…. (1968)

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“A modern classic in which Anderson minutely captures both the particular ethos of a public school and the general flavour of any structured community, thus achieving a clear allegorical force without sacrificing a whit of his exploration of an essentially British institution. The impeccable logic of the conclusion is in no way diminished by having been lifted from Vigo’s Zéro de Conduite, made thirty-five years earlier.” – Time Out London Read More »

Stanislaw Bareja – Mis AKA Teddy Bear (1981)

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The main character, nicknamed Miś / Teddy Bear, is the manager of a sports club. One day he is detained at the border, just as his team is about to leave for a tournament – somebody has torn out a few pages from his passport, thus making it invalid. It occurs to him that perhaps his ex-wife has done so to keep him in the country long enough for her to get her hands on their joint bank account in a London bank. Therefore, he has to get to London as soon as possible in order to transfer the money to a different bank.

The only problem is: how to get there without a passport. The somewhat convoluted plan involves his moviemaking friend, his girlfriend, a doppelganger and a non-funtional hair-growth product. Read More »

Harry Kümel – Malpertuis [Extras] (1971)

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This film has been more talked about than seen since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 1972, when it was shown in a hastily shortened English-language version which distributors subsequently hacked down even further. Now the Belgium Cinémathèque Royale have worked with Kümel (best known for the lesbian vampire classic Daughters of Darkness) to produce a definitive ‘director’s cut’, Dutch-language version that runs for almost two hours – longer than has ever been seen before, and giving its labyrinthine story far greater clarity and depth. Read More »

Lodewijk Crijns – Loverboy (2003)

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Synopsis: MTV-worshiping seventeen year old Denise, who is one of the only white people from the poor part of a Dutch city, falls in love with the charming young Arab man Michael who promises her a life she can only imagine. But Michael is a so-called “loverboy” who has a secret agenda and manipulates her into prostitution making her believe that’s the only way to continue their expensive lives together. Read More »