• Carlos Reichenbach – Alma Corsária AKA Buccaneer Soul (1993)

    1991-2000BrazilCarlos ReichenbachDrama

    This Brazilian film by auteur Carlos Reichenbach offers a lush, at times surreal, collage that pays tribute to the arts and presents his personal experiences and political insights as it examines the youthful memories of two close friends. Torres and Xavier are old friends who have recently published a volume of poetry. Their celebration in a rundown pastry bar becomes the framework for their reminiscences. The story frequently jumps from past to present. Their friendship began in 1957. They next remember the 60’s where they discovered loving and shared a passion for movies. In the present, Anesia, a prostitute arrives and causes Torres to remember the time her pimp forced him to play her date as she visited her parents. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie GuideRead More »

  • Keti Dolidze & Siko Dolidze – Cucaracha (1982)

    1981-1990ComedyDramaGeorgiaKeti DolidzeSiko Dolidze

    A screen adaptation of the novel of the same name by the well-known Georgian writer Nodar Dumbadze. This story about love and loyalty, bravery and betrayal, began shortly before the Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Georgy Tumurashvili, a militia man, was affectionately called “Cucaracha”, by both the kids and the adults. He was a conscientious divisional inspector investigating various incidents, calling to order local hoodlums and settling family arguments. Once he helped out Inga who fell prey to Murtalo, a bandit and murderer. The young people fell in love with each other. But Murtalo decided to take revenge on Cucaracha…Read More »

  • Christian de Chalonge – O Salto (1967)

    Christian de Chalonge1961-1970DramaFrance

    “O salto” means the leap, more precisely the big leap Potuguese illegal emigrants have to make when they decide to leave their native land. They do it because they cannot put up with poverty any longer or because they want to escape the dictatorship that is rife at home or else to avoid military service and its corollary, colonialist wars in Africa. “O salto” documents the difficult journey of one of these candidates for emigration, Antonio, a serious carpenter, complete from his living place to the Spanish border and its unwelcoming “Guardia Civil” to his walk through the Pyrenees to his his final journey to Paris, by truck, by taxi and by train. It also relates the difficult living and working conditions Antonio experiences once in Paris, softened by the solidarity of his Portuguese brothers.Read More »

  • Lise Akoka & Romane Gueret – Les pires AKA The Worst Ones (2022) (HD)

    2021-2030DramaFranceLise AkokaRomane Gueret

    The story centres on a group of teenagers street cast in their neighbourhood and selected to play in a feature film during the summer. The film tells the story of this film shoot and of the connections that will be formed during it.

    Julian (The Film Seeker) on letterboxd wrote:
    You’ve certainly seen films about making films before, and you’ve no doubt seen films about troubled inner-city youth before. But save the eye-rolling until after you’ve read about The Worst Ones, because in traversing these clichéd jungles with the sort of rugged, amateurish enthusiasm that would annoy any cynical viewer from the jump, Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret fully embrace one particular advantage that their film has over all those that came before it: the very fact that it did come after all those other films.Read More »

  • Shunichi Nagasaki – London Calling (1985)

    1981-1990ArthouseJapanShort FilmShunichi Nagasaki

    A wickedly funny account of the search for a long-lost girlfriend, which broadens into a witty meditation on memory itself.Read More »

  • Rudolph Maté – The Siege at Red River (1954)

    1951-1960Rudolph MatéUSAWestern

    In Ohio in 1865, a Gatling gun is being transported by a Confederate Army officer in civilian clothes, calling himself Jim Farraday, and a sergeant, going by Benjy, to aid the Southern cause in the war. They come to the aid of a Rebel-hating Yankee nurse, Nora Curtis, whose wagon is stuck in the mud.

    Stopping off in a town for supplies and information, Farraday falls under the suspicion of a Pinkerton detective, Frank Kelso, who has been assigned to locate the stolen Gatling gun. Behind her back, Farraday and Benjy smuggle the gun out of town in Nora’s wagon……Read More »

  • Marek Piestrak – Test pilota Pirxa AKA Pilot Pirx’s Inquest (1979) (HD)

    1971-1980DramaMarek PiestrakPolandSci-Fi

    The movie is about “finite nonlinears,” robots that closely resemble human beings but are even more perfect than humans. They are intended to eventually replace human beings in space flights. Somewhat apprehensive about their usefullness, the United Nations sets up a space flight to determine their reactions to the human beings who also make up the crew. Pirx is selected as a commander of the flight, although the identity of the robots is not revealed to him…Read More »

  • Radley Metzger – The Dirty Girls (1965)

    1961-1970DramaEroticaRadley MetzgerUSA

    This early Radley Metzger film follows a day in the lives of two “working girls”, one in Paris and one in Germany, and their odd assortment of clients and adventures. Directed with panache and taste, it shows Metzger’s emerging talent well before he hit his stride and developed a remarkable personal style with “Carmen, Baby” and “Camille 2000”. The episodic structure and omniscient narrator betray the film’s “Nudie Cutie” influences, while the visual flair, high-class settings, jazz score and eliptic dialogue reveal an affinity with the erotic Euro-stylings of Pecas et al.Read More »

  • Robert S. Baker – Blackout (1950)

    1941-1950CrimeDramaRobert S. BakerUnited Kingdom

    A blind man’s sight is restored in time to solve the mystery of his girlfriend’s dead (or is he) brother and a gang of currency smugglers.Read More »

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