Musical

Ken Russell – The Music Lovers (1971)

“Vulgar, excessive, melodramatic and self-indulgent: Tchaikovsky’s music is indeed all of these things, yet gloriously so, and the same goes for Ken Russell at his freewheeling best. The director’s first composer biopic for the cinema approaches Tchaikovsky’s scores as the expression of extreme emotional turmoil.”

The Music Lovers is about Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, feverishly wrapping his music around his childhood, his career, his sexuality, and his marriage into a tangle. Read More »

    Rosa von Praunheim – Stadt der verlorenen Seelen (1983)

    Quote:
    With stars like Angie Stardust (also music credits), Judith Flex, and Joaquin La Habana, director Rosa von Praunheim has fashioned a film about the teeming flip side of life in Berlin centered on eccentric characters of almost every imaginable sexual orientation, or disorientation – most are American performers drawn to the city of “lost souls” as a place where they can give full rein to their creative natures. Read More »

      Nikoline – Gourmet (2020)

      Synopsis
      Nikoline displays the feminine desire in a way that she feels has been missing. The video is a confrontation with society’s attempts to domesticate and reduce women’s sexuality to something passively receptive with whore/madonna complexes and systematic shame. For Nikoline, the woman is active and volcanic, from the ecstasy of latent pheromones to the explosive and untamed savagery. Read More »

        John Huston – Moulin Rouge (1952)

        Synopsis:
        A fictionalized account of the latter part of the life of French artist Henri de Toulouse Lautrec (1864-1901) is presented, he who is arguably most renowned professionally for immortalizing the characters of the Paris can-can dance hall, the Moulin Rouge, on canvas. This phase of his story begins in 1890. Born into aristocracy, Toulouse-Lautrec moves to Paris to pursue his art as he hangs out at the Moulin Rouge where he feels like he fits in being a misfit among other misfits. His misfit status is due to his diminutive physical stature, his legs which were broken and stopped growing following a childhood fall down some stairs. Read More »

          Kaige Chen – Huang tu di AKA Yellow Earth (1984)

          Michael Brooke, imdb wrote:
          A communist soldier is sent to a remote region of China in order to collect folk songs. Staying with a peasant family (a widower with two small children), he discovers a community whose way of life is completely alien to him, but he gradually wins their trust… Read More »

            Ettore Scola – Le bal (1983)

            A unique look at the history of 20th century France as illustrated in popular culture, Le Bal is set in a Parisian dance hall and features no narrative, no dialogue, and no continuous characters. The film moves from one dance number to the next, as the music reflects the political and cultural tenor of the times, from the Popular Front of 1936 to the German Occupation of World War II, on to the breezy openness of the post-war era and the open rebellion and turmoil of May 1968, and finally closing in the early 1980s. A troupe of dancers portrays all the film’s characters, with make-up and costume changes (as well as appropriate period music) indicating the different time periods. Directed by Ettore Scola, Le Bal was based on a stage production that was a great success in Europe.
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              Michael Carreras – What a Crazy World (1963)

              Quote:
              Alf (Joe Brown) is a young man from London’s East End who tries to rise above his impoverished conditions. His parents worry that he will fall into a life of crime hanging around his neighbourhood buddies. When he is inspired to write the song “What A Crazy World”, his efforts pique the interest of a songwriting publisher. His parents still worry about Alf finding steady employment despite the promise of a financial windfall in this teen beat musical. Read More »