Damiano Damiani – La Moglie Più Bella AKA The Most Beautiful Wife [+Extras] (1970)

 Damiano Damiani   La Moglie Più Bella AKA The Most Beautiful Wife [+Extras] (1970)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Damiano Damiani   La Moglie Più Bella AKA The Most Beautiful Wife [+Extras] (1970)

Plot Summary
Based on the story of Franca Villa and Filippo Melodia. In Sicily, as a Mafia boss leaves for prison, he advises Vito, a young man who’s his potential successor, to marry a virtuous and poor woman. Vito’s eye settles on Francesca, only 15, but lovely and self-possessed. Among her virtues are high self worth and forthright speech, so although she falls in love with Vito, she won’t bow down to him. Believing he’s losing face, he has his boys kidnap her and he rapes her. Then, he tells her he’ll still marry her. Instead, she files charges. Her parents, brother, and neighbors refuse to support her. Will she break? Will Vito continue his assaults? (From Amazon.com) Continue reading

Sérgio Ricardo – Juliana do Amor Perdido AKA Lost Love Juliana (1968)

 Sérgio Ricardo   Juliana do Amor Perdido AKA Lost Love Juliana (1968)

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A beautiful young woman living in an isolated fishing community on an island falls in love with an outsider, a train machinist. But her father, a violent religious fanatic interferes. Continue reading

René Clair – And Then There Were None (1945)

 René Clair   And Then There Were None (1945)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 René Clair   And Then There Were None (1945)

Jeremy Heilman of moviemartyr.com wrote:
One of the supreme suspense films, René Clair’s And Then There Were None combines the glamour and wit of a Hollywood studio production with a considerable amount of very real suspense. Adapted from an Agatha Christie novel (Ten Little Indians), it tells the story of a group of strangers who are invited to stay at an island estate only to find out that they are being eliminated one by one according to the predictions of a nursery rhyme that they find. By making a game of the treachery and never actually showing any of the murders on-screen, Clair achieves the same delicate balance between tension and breeziness that Hitchcock strived for in films such as To Catch a Thief and Family Plot. The production values are top notch, and the cast of relatively unknown character actors assembled keeps us from guessing whodunit right off the bat. Continue reading

Bill Morrison & David Harrington – Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 (2014)

 Bill Morrison & David Harrington   Beyond Zero: 1914 1918 (2014)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Bill Morrison & David Harrington   Beyond Zero: 1914 1918 (2014)

Intro from CPH : DOX homepage
The 100 year old film images sparkle and crackle with an expressive fury, which almost looks like a reaction to what they depict. This year, it is 100 year since the First World War – the first ‘modern’ war, and the first to be documented in moving images – forever destroyed any notion of the (Western) world’s continued progress under the banner of reason and industrialisation. 1914 was the modern era’s absolute year zero. A landmark year, which is here marked in a cinematic collaboration between the renowned American filmmaker Bill Morrison and the string quartet Kronos Quartet, who have recorded the original score by the Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov. Continue reading

Jennifer Kent – The Babadook (2014)

 Jennifer Kent   The Babadook (2014)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Jennifer Kent   The Babadook (2014)

THE BABADOOK was the breakout horror hit of Sundance 2014, and has been terrorising audiences around the world ever since. This creepy, expertly crafted feature has been a critical and audience scary favourite, winning a slew of awards for best film, best actress, best director etc. Which suits Mister Babadook just fine because he is a conceited asshole and loves people heaping praise on his film. Continue reading

Lisandro Alonso – Jauja (2014)

 Lisandro Alonso   Jauja (2014)

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A father and daughter journey from Denmark to an unknown desert that exists in a realm beyond the confines of civilization.

from variety:
There’s more dialogue in the first reel of Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja” — his first film made with a professional cast and a screenwriting partner — than in all four of the young Argentinian director’s prior narrative features combined. Yet this hallucinatory head-trip Western remains unmistakably Alonso’s film from first frame to last — a metaphysical road movie in which origin and destination are markedly less important than the journey itself. Continue reading

Jaime Rosales – Hermosa juventud AKA Beautiful Youth (2014)

 Jaime Rosales   Hermosa juventud AKA Beautiful Youth (2014)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Jaime Rosales   Hermosa juventud AKA Beautiful Youth (2014)

Natalia and Carlos, both aged 20, are in love and struggling to survive in today’s Spain. Their limited resources prevent them from getting ahead as they’d like to. They have no great ambitions because they have no great hopes. To earn some money, they decide to shoot an amateur porno film. The birth of their daughter Julia is the main catalyst for the changes they make. Continue reading

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