Yannis Economides – Macherovgaltis aka Knifer (2010)

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Following his father’s death, Nikos leaves the provinces to work in Athens guarding his brutish uncle’s dogs. Nikos finds the dynamic of his relationship with his uncle changing when his uncle’s wife draws closer to him. This relentlessly gritty film noir won seven Hellenic Film Academy Awards this year, including Best Picture. Read More »

Sam Peckinpah – Pericles on 31st Street (1962)

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Sam Peckinpah directs, produces and co-writes this episode of The Dick Powell Show. Read More »

Sam Peckinpah – The Dick Powell Show: The Losers (1963)

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Lee Marvin and Keenan Wynn star in ‘The Losers’, an episode of The Dick Powell Theatre, from 1963, directed and co-written by Sam Peckinpah. Read More »

Sam Peckinpah – The Wild Bunch [+Extras] (1969)

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Synopsis
Outlaws on the Mexican-U.S. frontier face the march of progress, the Mexican army and a gang of bounty hunters led by a former member while they plan a robbery of a U.S. army train. No one is innocent in this gritty tale of of desperation against changing times. Pump shotguns, machine guns and automobiles mix with horses and winchesters in this ultraviolent western. Read More »

Ernst Lubitsch – Madame DuBarry aka Passion (1919)

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In 1919, before Ernst Lubitsch was known for his famous “touch,” the master director made something like nine films–a perfect opportunity for an artist to really practice his craft. Even he had to start somewhere.

Madame du Barry was retitled Passion to avoid the anti-German sentiment after World War I. Even though it was a French title and a French story, in Europe the movie was connected to the German director Ernst Lubitsch. Lubitsch’s name appeared nowhere in the American posters or movie titles so the movie wouldn’t bomb in America.

The great German actress Pola Negri plays the title character, a poor seamstress who becomes the courtesan of King Louis XV (Emil Jannings), and forces him to promote her secret lover to lieutenant in the royal guard so that he will be close to her. The story ends in tragedy for the lovers, but also a Bastille Day triumph. Read More »

Carol Morley – Dreams of a Life [+Extras] (2011)

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A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her bedsit in North
London in 2003. Her body wasn’t discovered for three years, and newspaper reports
offered few details of her life – not even a photograph. Read More »

Hany Abu-Assad – Paradise Now (2005)

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Plot Synopsis by Josh Ralske

Said (Kais Nashef) is a young Palestinian living in Nablus, and working as a mechanic. He gets his friend Khaled (Ali Suliman) a job, but the hot-tempered and impulsive Khaled quickly loses it. Suha (Lubna Azabal), a pretty, well-traveled young woman and the daughter of a well-known “martyr,” brings her car in to be fixed, and flirts with Said. He’s clearly interested in her, so much so that he continues to think of her when he’s approached later that day by Jamal (Amer Hlehel), who tells him that he’s been selected for an important mission, a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, and that Khaled will be joining him, as they had requested. That night, Jamal stays with Said at his mother’s (Hiam Abbass) house, while another man stays with Khaled. Said sneaks off during the night to bring Suha her car keys, and has a brief discussion with her about her father’s death, and what options the Palestinians have in their dealings with Israel. Read More »