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  • Kô Nakahira – Suna no ue no shokubutsu-gun AKA Flora on the Sand (1964)

    1961-1970ArthouseCultJapanKô Nakahira
    Suna no ue no shokubutsu gun (1964)
    Suna no ue no shokubutsu gun (1964)

    One evening, at the Marine Tower observatory, cosmetics salesman Ichiro Iki is drawn into conversation with an unfamiliar young lady Akiko. She invites Ichiro back to a hotel where they make love but part without even exchanging names. A week later, they have a second chance encounter at the observatory. This time, Ichiro is the one who pursues her. Back at the hotel, Akiko begs Ichiro to give her sister – Kyoko, a bar hostess – absolute hell. Akiko resents her sister for lecturing on chastity, while wantonly indulging in promiscuous activity. Ichiro takes an interest in Kyoko and sets out towards her bar…Read More »

  • Jim Jarmusch – Down by Law (1986)

    Jim Jarmusch1981-1990ComedyCultUSA
    Down by Law (1986)
    Down by Law (1986)

    Quote:
    Director Jim Jarmusch followed up his brilliant breakout film Stranger Than Paradise with another, equally beloved portrait of loners and misfits in the American landscape. When fate brings together three hapless men—an unemployed disc jockey (Tom Waits), a small-time pimp (John Lurie), and a strong-willed Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni)—in a Louisiana prison, a singular adventure ensues. Described by Jarmusch as a “neo-Beat noir comedy,” Down by Law is part nightmare and part fairy tale, featuring sterling performances and crisp black-and-white cinematography by the esteemed Robby Müller.Read More »

  • Lasse Hallström – ABBA: The Movie (1977)

    Lasse Hallström1971-1980AustraliaCultPerformance
    ABBA The Movie (1977)
    ABBA The Movie (1977)

    ABBA: The Movie is a 1977 film about the pop group ABBA’s Australian tour. It was directed by Lasse Hallström, who directed most of the group’s videos. The film has become a cult film among ABBA fans. Its release coincided with the release of ABBA: The Album, the group’s fifth studio album, and features many songs from that album as well as many of their earlier hits, and one, “Get on the Carousel”, unavailable anywhere else.Read More »

  • Ruy Guerra – Ternos Caçadores AKA Sweet Hunters (1970)

    1961-1970ArthouseCultFranceRuy Guerra
    Ternos Caçadores (1970)
    Ternos Caçadores (1970)

    A family living on a remote island learns an escaped prisoner may be in the area. Allan (Sterling Hayden) is the professor who studies the migratory habits of birds. His wife Clea (Maureen McNalley) has a fascination for all things dead. Her sister Lis (Susan Strasberg) is visiting to break the news of her impending marriage to an older man. Clea leaves tobacco and food out for the unseen escapee. Lis meets the prisoner (Stuart Whitman) on the beach and the two make love. The quiet paradise is interrupted by the escaped prisoner who later suffers a potentially fatal wound while killing another man.Read More »

  • Giuseppe Tornatore – Stanno tutti bene AKA Everybody’s fine (1990)

    1981-1990CultDramaGiuseppe TornatoreItaly
    Stanno tutti bene (1990)
    Stanno tutti bene (1990)

    Matteo Scuro is a retired Sicilian bureaucrat (responsible mainly for the writing of birth certificates), a widower with five children, all of whom live on the mainland and hold responsible jobs. He decides to surprise each with a visit and finds none as he imagined. The film is a veritable travelogue across contemporary Italy, as Matteo journeys to Napoli, Roma, Firenze, Milano, and Turino to search for each of his children; he even spends one night on the streets among the homeless. Scuro returns to Sicily, visits his wife’s grave, and reports with irony that “stanno tutti bene.”Read More »

  • Dimitris Athanitis – Kamia sympatheia gia ton Diavolo AKA No Sympathy for the Devil (1997)

    Arthouse1991-2000CultDimitris AthanitisGreece
    Kamia sympatheia gia ton Diavolo (1997)
    Kamia sympatheia gia ton Diavolo (1997)

    Synopsis:
    A modern version of Orpheus and Eurydice. A romance in extremes set at a dystopian future by the acclaimed Greek director Dimitri Athanitis. Provocative, already a cult film.

    After being released from prison, Eurydice gets a job as a waitress but also as a naked model for a mysterious photographer who blackmails her. Orpheus, a cashier at a super market meets her by chance and falls for her at once. When he loses her, he shall travel all the way to hell, to get her back.

    Dimitri Athanitis’s take on the “Orpheus and Eurydice” myth is stylish and sexy. Lena Kitsipoulou is totally magnetic for her fellow characters and the viewer.Read More »

  • Albert Falzon – Morning of the Earth (1972)

    1971-1980Albert FalzonAustraliaCultDocumentary
    Morning of the Earth (1972)
    Morning of the Earth (1972)

    Declared a national treasure by the Australian government for its amazing photography and vision, this stunning masterpiece by Albert Falzon is, to quote Chris Darling directly, “one of the most beautiful surf films of all time!”

    This classic 1972 surfing film reveals a fantasy that takes place in three exotic lands: Bali, Hawaii, and Australia. It takes you away to a world where surfers make their own houses, surfboards, and live in harmony with nature.Read More »

  • Babbar Subhash – Disco Dancer (1983)

    1981-1990Babbar SubhashCultIndiaMusical
    Disco Dancer (1982)
    Disco Dancer (1982)

    Quote:
    Disco Dancer is a 1982 Bollywood movie starring Mithun Chakraborty. It is notable for having been popular in both India and the Soviet Union during the 1980s. The film tells the rags-to-riches story of a young street performer. Today, the movie has become a cult phenomenon among many generations of Indians who grew up in the 80s and remember the classic I am a Disco Dancer song. The movie was a musical blockbuster and cemented music director Bappi Lahiri’s talents in Bollywood.Read More »

  • Jim Sharman – Shock Treatment (1981)

    1981-1990CultJim SharmanMusicalUSA
    Shock Treatment (1981)
    Shock Treatment (1981)

    Quote:
    Following on from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, this musical is set several years later in Brad and Janet Majors’ hometown – which has become a giant TV station; residents are either participants or viewers. They are married now, but their romance has fallen on the rocks. Ostensibly to fix their marriage, Brad is imprisoned on the program “Dentonvale” (the local mental hospital) while Janet is conscripted to become a new star. As Janet is entranced by the high life, she forgets Brad. Who is trying to woo her away?Read More »

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