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Mark Rappaport – Anna / Nana / Nana / Anna (2019)

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“I was a star waiting to be born.” Anna Sten, actress in Russian silent films and early German sound films. She should become a star like Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich. Sam Goldwyn had that in mind with a lot of money and publicity. In 1934 Anna Sten has a leading role as Nana, the starting signal for a Hollywood career that never happened. ANNA / NANA / NANA / ANNA: actor name, role, film title, novel. How many nanas did we see on the screen? And with what meaning is the name Nana now charged? From Anna Stens Nana to Anna Karinas Nana S. in Godard’s VIVRE SA VIE – things are going badly for all Nanas.
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Werner Herzog – Family Romance, LLC (2019)

Synopsis
A man is hired to impersonate the missing father of a young girl. Read More »

Michael Curtiz – The Hangman (1959)

Mackenzie Bovard takes his job working for the federal government very seriously, and when he goes out to get the riff-raff that defy the laws of the land, he finds them and hangs them. This one-two punch does not sit well with a local community when he comes into their midst to pick up Johnny Bishop, Johnny has turned himself around and is not only supported by his friends and neighbours, but also by the sheriff. Read More »

Edward Sedgwick – The Passionate Plumber (1932)

IMDB:
Elmer Tuttle, a plumber in Paris, is enlisted by beautiful Patricia Alden to help her make her lover Tony Lagorce jealous. Tony, however, is two-timing Patricia with Nina Estrados. Elmer, with the help of his friend Julius, hopes to use the high-society contacts he’s made with Patricia to find a market for his new invention, a pistol with a range-finding light. But Elmer’s attempts to interest a military leader are mistaken for assassination attempts, and with Tony and half the male uppercrust of France challenging Elmer to duels, he is in hot water not even his plumbing skills can drain away. Read More »

Hal Walker – Duffy’s Tavern (1945)

From original nfo:
“Duffy’s Tavern” was a hugely popular radio show of the 1940s and
early 1950s. When Ed Gardner decided to launch the program, he could
find no one that could speak New York bartender as well as he. So, he
cast himself in the lead as Archie the bartender. Each episode began
with Archie answering the telephone and saying, “Hello – Duffy’s
Tavern where the elite meet to eat, Archie the manager speakin’, Duffy
ain’t here. Oh, hellow Duffy.” As was not unusual for popular radio
shows of the time, Paramount contracted to bring “Duffy’s Tavern” to
film and this was the result. Archie mangles the language at every
turn and a full complement of Paramount stars is present to join in
the fun. The hightlights are energetic performances by Betty Hutton
and Cass Daley, as well as the closing number with Bing Crosby and his
family. Read More »

William Wyler – Dodsworth (1936)

After selling his Ohio auto-parts plant, Sam hopes to celebrate his retirement by taking his wife Fran on a romantic getaway to Europe. Instead, Sam and Fran begin to grow apart, realizing they want different things from life… Read More »

Don Dohler – Fiend (1980)

Quote:
An evil spirit Possesses the corpse of a diseased man. It must absorb the life energy of the living, in order for the corpse to not rot away. It moves to the suburbs, where, a neighbor begins to suspect something isn’t right. Read More »