When intruders interfere in the robbery of Le Mataf (Michel Constantin) and his gang and a girl is murdered, they are set up for blackmail by an underworld figure who wants them to do a job for him…Read More »
In the film, Helen (Laure Dechasnel), a married woman, leaves Paris for Zurich after breaking up with her lover. Near the border, a fellow passenger, mistakenly takes her passport. This sets up a situation which plunges her into the midst of international intrigue, a violent struggle between multinational corporations abetted by national secret agencies. This production features such international stars as Joseph Cotten, Donald Pleasence, Dennis Hopper and Bruno Cremer.Read More »
1971-1980BrazilDocumentaryLeon HirszmanShort Film
The history of Partido-Alto, a musical subgenre derived from Samba, with roots in the batucada of Bahia.Read More »
Olaf and his mother run a boarding house and a white slavery ring. They also smuggle heroin to keep the addict girls happy so they do not try and escape. A young couple move into the house and the evil landlords take a liking to the female.Read More »
Three couples from three different backgrounds have three very different ideas about romance.
Businessman François, the master seducer and man of power, regards women as mere objects to satisfy his over-inflated libido, a situation which his partner Carole accepts with resignation.
Luc and Eva appear to be in a stable relationship – he spends his days interviewing people for surveys, she works in a psychiatric clinic – and their time together at home is warm and affectionate.
Léo, an aspiring lawyer, and Julie, a shop assistant, are attracted towards one another but each finds it hard to make the first move – until their shyness yields to the needs of desire.
Will any of the couples live happily ever after ?Read More »
A director of a television series on the history of cinema, who has been grappling with the screenplay of his first feature film, receives an assignment to oversee the installation of a television relay station in a remote region of Zahedan province, near the Afghanistan border. He has already hired Turkoman tribespeople for his film and selected his filming location. Meanwhile his wife, who is working on her Ph.D. dissertation about the Mongol invasion of Iran, attempts to dissuade him from accepting the assignment. One night, while working on his history of the cinema series, the director fantasizes a diagetic world that consists of clever juxtapositions of his different worlds: the history of cinema, the history of the mongol invasion, his own film idea and his imminent assignment to the desert.Read More »
Considered to be one of the best Japanese films of the ‘70s, Tatsumi Kumashiro’s The World of Geisha is a keen examination of the swirling nexus that attracts sex to money and money to power. Set in a geisha house just before the Russo-Japanese War, a beautiful Geisha spends the night with a first-time customer who is about to be married. As an experienced geisha, she is not supposed to become personally involved (or sexually excited), but does anyway. Her fellow geishas, both young and old, become involved with a variety of relationships as Kumashiro boldly analyzes the politics of the period using images of rice riots, Korean uprisings, and the eventual Japanese invasion of Siberia.Read More »
Patricio Guzmán – La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas – Tercera parte: El poder popular AKA The Battle of Chile Part III: The Power of the People (1979)1971-1980ChileDocumentaryPatricio GuzmánPolitics
THE BATTLE OF CHILE (3): The Power of the People (1978) deals with the creation by ordinary workers and peasants of thousands of local groups of “popular power” to distribute food, occupy, guard and run factories and farms, oppose black market profiteering, and link together neighborhood social service organizations. First these local groups of “popular power” acted as a defense against strikes and lock-outs by factory owners, tradesmen and professional bodies opposed to the Allende government, then increasingly as Soviet-type bodies demanding more resolute action by the government against the right.Read More »
Patricio Guzmán – La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas – Segunda parte: El golpe de estado AKA The Battle of Chile Part II: The Coup d’état (1976)1971-1980ChileDocumentaryPatricio GuzmánPolitics
THE BATTLE OF CHILE (2): The Coup d’Etat (1976) opens with the attempted military coup of June, 1973 which is put down by troops loyal to the government. It serves as a useful dry run, however, for the final showdown, that everyone now realizes is coming. The film shows a left divided over strategy, while the right methodically lays the groundwork for the military seizure of power. The film’s dramatic concluding sequence documents the coup d’etat, including Allende’s last radio messages to the people of Chile, footage of the military assault on the presidential palace, and that evening’s televised presentation of the new military junta.Read More »