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Terry Gilliam – The Fisher King (1991)

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A radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a horrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was a victim of it.
A Modern Day Tale About The Search For Love, Sanity, Ethel Merman And The Holy Grail.
A good, old-fashioned story of guilt, poverty, love, madness and free video club membership.
Some called him a hero. Some called him the most dangerous man in America Read More »

Sergio Rubini – L’amore ritorna (2004)

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Tale of a self-centered actor preparing to direct his first film, but who is struck down by illness, recalls everything from Bob Fosse’s “All That Jazz” to Denys Arcand’s “The Barbarian Invasions” with a friendly ghost thrown in for good measure. Read More »

Ken Russell – il mefistofele (1989)

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Arrigo Boito’s Il Mefestefele was first performed in 1868 and his most known work. In Ken Russell’s modern interpretation presented by the Genoese Opera, it has Faust as an ageing hippy. He smokes marijuana and is tormented by his lost youth. Mephisto makes a bet with God that he can turn anyone to pagan life, even someone as innocent as Faust. From then on it is a battle of good against evil in a flamboyant, surreal display of primary colours, PVC costumes, nurses with swastikas, rocket trips, love and even characters dressed as Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. Ken Russell said because the devil is always with us is his reason for the contemporary setting. Written by Archie Moore Read More »

Otto Preminger – Hurry Sundown (1967)

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Synopsis from allmovie.com:
Otto Preminger directed this star-studded adaptation of K.B. Gliden’s novel about racial prejudice and emotional unrest in the Deep South. Henry Warren (Michael Caine) is a land owner obsessed with buying up all available land in a Georgia farming town. However, two parcels of land have escaped his reach, and he’s determined to get them. The Scotts, an African-American family, own one of the lots that Henry is after; the matriarch of the family, Rose (Beah Richards), used to work as a servant for the family of Henry’s wife, Julie Ann (Jane Fonda), so Henry sends Julie Ann to talk with her. However, not only doesn’t Rose agree to sell, she gets so upset that she dies of a heart attack, and soon her headstrong son Reeve (Robert Hooks) is the owner of the land. Read More »

Apichatpong Weerasethakul – Blue (2018)

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An insomniac lies in bed as theatrical backdrops unveil themselves and her sheet catches aflame.

TIFF wrote:
In the hushed, somnolent, yet unsettling Blue, Thai master Apichatpong Weerasethakul and frequent collaborator Jenjira Pongpas Widner present a choreographed dance of scrolls and a portrait of feverish slumber. Read More »

Ted Fendt – Classical Period (2018)

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“Classical Period,” the second and (at barely more than an hour) longest feature from the offbeat filmmaker Ted Fendt (“Short Stay”), is technically in English, but it might as well be in liberal-arts-speak. Characters toss off lines like “I’ve never read the Borges book this quote is from” and “It’s actually the most comprehensive book about the freeway revolt in Philadelphia that I’ve read.” Such insights and humblebrags are the bulk of the dialogue. The title evokes the musical era that preceded Romanticism, and this highly original movie has been denatured of romance or even obvious dramatic incident. Read More »

Jesús Franco – La fille de Dracula AKA Daughter of Dracula (1972)

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A young woman visits her gravely ill grandmother at the family estate. On her death bed, the old woman reveals to her granddaughter the family curse: they’re all vampires. The young woman decides to move into the estate with her uncle and her cousin, and soon finds herself falling victim to the curse. Read More »