Romance

Ernesto Contreras – Párpados azules AKA Blue Eyelids [+Extras] (2007)

Marina is a lonely woman with a menial job at a uniform business that unexpectedly awards her with an all-expenses-paid holiday at a beach resort for two. She’s been unable to find anyone to go with her when she comes across a man called Víctor in a chance encounter at a bakery. Víctor claims they went to school together, but although Marina doesn’t remember him, she impulsively invites him to join her on the trip. They decide to get to know each other better before going away, and a kind of relationship develops between two shy people who seem to have nothing in common except the holiday looming on the horizon… Read More »

Kazimierz Kutz – Nikt nie wola aka Nobody’s calling. (1960)

In 1960 Kazimierz Kutz’ second film NIKT NIE WOLA / NOBODY’S CALLING, based on a Jozef Hen novel that was never published in Poland, described the fate of Poles on the Eastern Front. Kutz used the film to explore new formal solutions, collaborating closely with cinematographer Jerzy Wojcik to reveal the psychological landscape of a pair of lovers who are strongly affected by wartime events. The camera recorded the couple’s inner experiences, contrasting their muted intimacy against the surrounding scenery of a ruined town. The film did not win over critics at the time of its release. It was not until later that critics recognized Kutz’s effort to experiment with aesthetics in a manner akin to that pursued by filmmakers of the new wave. NOBODY’S CALLING came to be compared with Michelangelo Antonioni’s THE ADVENTURE, which was produced around the same time. Read More »

Mark Robson – Peyton Place (1957)

Synopsis:
It’s the pre-WWII era. Peyton Place is a small town in New England, whose leading adult citizens rule the town with their high moral standards, which they try to pass on to their offspring. The adults, especially those that wield power largely through their positions and/or through their wealth, will not tolerate anything they believe morally improper, even if there is a hint of impropriety without comprehensive evidence to back up the hints. As their offspring grow from teenagers to adults, the offspring learn that there is much hypocrisy by the adults lying underneath that façade of proper Christian morals. The offspring begin to rebel in different ways, which is brought to public scrutiny with the arrival into town of an “outsider”, the new young high school principal Michael Rossi, and through a murder trial. Read More »

Norman Jewison – The Thrill of It All (1963)

Synopsis:
Successful OB-GYN Gerald Boyer (James Garner) and his wife, Beverly (Doris Day), are happily married with two children. At a dinner gathering, Beverly discusses her favorite soap, Happy Soap, and how much she enjoys it. When Beverly is introduced to the company’s owner, she is immediately offered a contract as the product’s spokeswoman for TV commercials. However, Gerald has a hard time adjusting to his wife’s newfound fame, and plots to foil Beverly’s career in order to keep her at home. Read More »

Vasilis Georgiadis – Koritsia ston ilio AKA Girls in the Sun (1968)

A shepherd falls in love with an English tourist in Greece (imdb) Read More »

Joshua Logan – Bus Stop (1956)

Synopsis:
When cowboy Beau and his friend Virgil take the bus from Montana to Phoenix, Arizona, to participate in the rodeo, Beau is also hoping to find his “angel”. There, virginal Beau falls in love with cafe singer “hillbilly” Chérie performing “That Old Black Magic” and plans to take her back to Montana. The next day, he intends to marry her after the rodeo, but she escapes. She wants to go Hollywood, where she hopes to be discovered. But Beau tracks her down, and forces her on the bus back to Montana. On the way, they stop at Grace’s Diner. Read More »

Jin-ho Hur – Bomnaleun ganda AKA One Fine Spring Day [+commentary] (2001)

Synopsis:
Sound engineer Sang-woo meets local DJ Eun-soo on a recording trip in the quest for nature’s voice. They succeed in capturing various sensual sounds as well as each other’s tenderness. Their love flourishes as spring comes along, but Sang-woo’s ever intensifying passion often reminds Eun-soo of her tragic past. She knows only too well how passion can vanish like a sound, and how love always surrenders to its end. Read More »