Drama

Mikio Naruse – Maihime AKA Dancing Girl (1951)

Mariko Okada (in her film debut) plays a young ballerina prodigy whose parents seem to be trapped in a loveless marriage. The mother has been seeing a family friend for 20 years, but it’s obvious that they feel more than just friendship for each other, causing suspicion and unease with her son. The father throws himself into work, until one day, it all boils over… naruse-style. Read More »

Moira Armstrong – A Christmas Carol (1977)

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Miser Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas, but then gets a visit from his companion Jacob Marley, who has been dead for seven years. He urges Scrooge to change his life. Read More »

George Waggner – Red Nightmare (1962)

Jerry Donovan is just an ordinary American, who loves his family but takes his freedoms for granted. He goes to sleep, and finds himself in an alternate universe in which everyone refers to everyone else as “comrade.” And we know what that means—Jerry and his kind are denounced as “an ugly remnant of a diseased bourgeois class,” all the churches have been shuttered, and there’s a Soviet-style interrogation, much like the one in The Great Rights. Extra special kudos to Robert Conrad, who appears briefly as a factory comrade seeing to it that Jerry meets quota. Read More »

Eldar Ryazanov – Zhestokiy romans AKA A Cruel Romance (1984)

A lavish two-part costume tragedy based on the classic The Dowerless Girl by the nineteenth-century playwright Alexander Ostrovsky, A Cruel Romance (also known as Ruthless Romance) was the biggest Soviet box-office hit of 1984, though it seems to have had little international exposure until now.

It marked a change of direction for the veteran Eldar Ryazanov, who up to then had tended to specialise in contemporary comedy, though it seems to have done his career little harm: he was made a People’s Artist of the Soviet Union that year – and no wonder, quite apart from the film’s commercial success, its mostly wart-ridden portrait of the venal, money-grubbing bourgeoisie of the then-discredited Tsarist era must have gone down a storm with the Soviet authorities. Read More »

Cecilia Miniucchi – Expired (2007)

A turbulent and intriguing love story between two parking officers in the city of Los Angeles. Read More »

Edward Dmytryk – The Juggler (1953)

Plot: Hans Muller is a Jewish refugee from Germany. Relocating to Israel after World War II, he can not overcome the psychological effects of the war. After attacking a policeman, Hans becomes a fugitive, traveling through Israel with a teenage boy. Read More »

Sohrab Shahid Saless – Dar Ghorbat AKA Far from Home (1975)

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Husseyin (Parviz Sayyad), Turkish migrant workers, working in a factory in West Germany. Every day after work, he goes to his home with local subway, where he lives with workers from his country in a residential complex. They are not able to communicate with people and their environment, the have a monotonous life and time of sorrow. one days, Husseyin Roomate , who is tired of his situation, left the complex because of back to his country …. Read More »