Rouben Mamoulian – City Streets (1931)

 Rouben Mamoulian   City Streets (1931)

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Nan, a racketeer’s daughter, is in love with The Kid, a shooting gallery showman. Despite Nan’s prodding, The Kid has no ambitions about joining the rackets and making enough money to support Nan in the lifestyle she’s accustomed to. Her attitude changes after her father implicates her in a murder and she’s sent to prison. During her incarceration, her father convinces The Kid to join the gang in order to help free Nan. When Nan is released, she wants nothing more to do with the mob and tries to get The Kid to quit, but she may be too late.
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Thorold Dickinson – The Queen of Spades (1949)

 Thorold Dickinson   The Queen of Spades (1949)

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Synopsis:

’1806 Saint-Peterburg: Herman Suvorin (Anton Walbrook) approaches middle-age as a bitterly disappointed man. Outranked by young bucks in more fashionable regiments – men from aristocratic families who can afford to waste money on gambling, drinking and wenching – he envies the meritocratic rise of Napoleon. When he learns that old Countess Ranevskaya (Edith Evans) – the grandmother of one of the officers he envies – allegedly sold her soul to the Devil in exchange for learning an infallible way of winning at Faro, he sees a chance of advancement. But how can he, a mere Captain of Engineers, and a commoner, get access to the old lady’s household to learn her secret? The Countess has a pretty, downtrodden young companion Lizaveta (Yvonne Mitchell) – sure to be easily beguiled by his attentions…
However, Andrei (Ronald Howard), an aristocratic officer and friend of the Countess’s grandson, begins to see through Herman’s schemes. Can Liza be saved from seduction? And can Herman himself escape the curse of the cards?’
- silverwhistle (IMDb)
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Alexander Kluge – Abschied von gestern – (Anita G.) AKA Yesterday Girl (1966)

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The misadventures of Anita G., who was born in 1937 of Jewish parents and who left the GDR for the West, are told in a style close to documentary that owes as much to Godard as to Brecht . They are the misadventures of a figure of a repressed past struggling to live in western society

Number 14 on the Association of German Cinémathèques’s best German films of all times.

Winner of the Venice Film Festival ‘s Special Jury Prize.
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Alexander Kluge – Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: Ratlos AKA Artists Under the Big Top : Perplexed (1968) (DVD)

 Alexander Kluge   Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: Ratlos AKA Artists Under the Big Top : Perplexed (1968) (DVD)

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Synopsis:

The circus artist Leni Peickert is planning the circus of the future. She wants to show the animals authentically, and not dressed up as people. In face of the inhuman situation, the artists are to increase the degree of difficulty in their work. But her plan goes awry. Leni Peickert approaches a television company, seeing a knowledge of this special technology as a more suitable basis for her attempt to change the world.
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Jan Hrebejk – Svatá Ctverice AKA Holy Quaternity (2012)

 Jan Hrebejk   Svatá Ctverice AKA Holy Quaternity (2012)

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Marital fidelity can wear you down, and Ondra (Hynek Čermák) and Vitek (Jiří Langmajer) are certainly suffering from a case of serious fatigue. Working side by side and living next door to each other, it doesn’t take long before these two long-married middle-aged pals start comparing sex notes, and it’s plain to see their latest scores have fallen far below what they would have hoped. Luckily, a surprise holiday on a tropical island rekindles their interest in their wives — only they don’t exactly lust after their designated partners. With no one to divert their attention, their roaming eyes inevitably settle on the wrong spouse, and pretty soon they’ve established their own little Holy Quaternity. The new film from Jan Hřebejk, director of the Academy Award®–nominated Divided We Fall, is an observant and audacious look at the measures some couples will take to revive desire. Ondra and Vitek’s irrepressible joie de vivre makes it impossible to pass judgment, even when the two couples break their own rules by fooling around behind each other’s backs. Parents to two sets of hormonally charged teenagers who endlessly circle each other in a clumsy pre-coital ritual — Vitek has two girls, Ondra two boys — the adults soon put their kids to shame by secretly straddling the fence that divides their communal front yard. Continue reading

Julia Loktev – The Loneliest Planet (2011)

 Julia Loktev   The Loneliest Planet (2011)

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Alex and Nica are young, in love and engaged to be married. The summer before their wedding, they are backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. The couple hire a local guide to lead them on a camping trek, and the three set off into a stunning wilderness, a landscape that is both overwhelmingly open and frighteningly closed. Walking for hours, they trade anecdotes and play games to pass the time, until a momentary misstep, a gesture that takes only two or three seconds, changes everything.
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