1990s

  • Monika Treut – Didn’t Do It for Love (1997)

    Monika Treut1991-2000DocumentaryGermany
    Didn't Do It for Love (1997)
    Didn’t Do It for Love (1997)

    DIDN’T DO IT FOR LOVE is a documentary portrait of Eva Norvind, a.k.a. Mistress Ava Taurel, born Eva Johanne Chegodaieva Sakonskaya in Trondheim, Norway. The film follows Eva’s many careers, from her time as a showgirl in Paris to becoming Mexico’s Marilyn Monroe in the 1960s to establishing herself as New York’s most famous dominatrix in the 1980s. Using clips from Norvind’s Mexican films, stills from various periods, and interviews with friends, partners and family, Treut’s documentary traces Eva’s search for the wellspring of her obsessive and dark sexuality.Read More »

  • Errol Morris – Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

    Errol Morris1991-2000DocumentaryUSA
    Mr. Death The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)
    Mr. Death The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

    Throughout his work, documentary filmmaker Errol Morris has sought out characters lost in their own eccentric worlds, and he has managed to convey their sense of wonder with their passion, be it a topiary gardener arguing the merits of hand shears in Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) or astrophysicist Stephen Hawking discussing the origin of the universe in A Brief History of Time (1992). In his most provocative work since The Thin Blue Line (1988), Morris details what happens when this interior dreamscape collides with the hard facts of history. As a young man accompanying his father to work at a state prison, Fred A. Leuchter, a bespectacled mouse of a man, learned how inefficient and inhumane most executions were, and he set out to design and build a better electric chair. Soon he began getting offers from state institutions throughout the country to redesign their electric chairs, along with gas chambers, gallows, and lethal injection machines. Read More »

  • Ingemo Engström – Ginevra AKA Guinevere (1992)

    Ingemo Engström1991-2000ArthouseDramaGermany
    Ginevra (1994)
    Ginevra (1994)

    Clarke Fountain, Rovi wrote:
    Celia, who calls herself Ginevra, is a movie actress who is appearing in an art-film. When she collapses from exhaustion while browsing in a bookstore and subsequently has a car crash, she decides to run away, throwing away her belongings and attempting to live incognito with a bar singer. Eventually she returns to her oh-so-boring life and shuttles between two additional lovers while working on the set of “Tears of an Angel.” Some allusions are made to the Arthurian and Camelot myths, but these are not developed. Reviewers found the main attraction of this “art film” to be the numerous sex scenes between the star (played by Amanda Ooms) and her various lovers.Read More »

  • Dominik Wessely – Die Blume der Hausfrau (1999)

    1991-2000DocumentaryDominik WesselyGermany
    Die Blume der Hausfrau (1999)
    Die Blume der Hausfrau (1999)

    The movie depicts the daily struggle of vaccum cleaner salesmen in the region of Stuttgart, Germany at the tail end of the 90’s. What sounds dry is a deep and unmasking look into the homes of german housewives and housemen and the salesmen struggling to get by. The movie is driven by the daily incidental, often hilarious interactions of salesmen and to-be customers. The movie interrogates the essence of southwestern german housewives and housemen and salesmen alike by removing the narrator and letting the respective counterparts play out all of the interactions.Read More »

  • Robert Iscove – Terror on Track 9 (1992)

    1991-2000Robert IscoveThrillerTVUSA
    Terror on Track 9 (1992)
    Terror on Track 9 (1992)

    Lt. Frank Janek investigates the unsolved murder cases in the city of New York. The newest challenge presented to the Central Station is a man who likes to kill the girls with a singular method: drug overdose. There is a man who likes to kill young women by the singular method of the drug overdose. Janek investigates with a bit of the jitters because there is a television reporter who goes all out to criticize the work of the police. The case then explodes in his hands when one of the girls found dead is the niece of the Head of Homicide.Read More »

  • Maya Deren – Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (1993)

    Maya Deren1991-2000DocumentaryEthnographic CinemaShort FilmUSA
    Divine Horsemen The Living Gods of Haiti (1993)
    Divine Horsemen The Living Gods of Haiti (1993)

    Quote:
    A black and white documentary film about dance and possession in Haitian vodou that was shot by experimental filmmaker Maya Deren between 1947 and 1952 and edited and completed by Deren’s third husband Teiji Ito and his wife Cherel Winett Ito (1947-1999) in 1981, twenty years after Deren’s death. Most of the film consists of images of dancing and bodies in motion during rituals in Rada and Petro services. Deren had studied dance as well as photography and filmmaking. She originally went to Haiti with the funding from a Guggenheim fellowship and the stated intention of filming the dancing that forms a crucial part of the vodou ceremony. The film that resulted, however, reflected Deren’s increasing personal engagement with vodou and its practitioners (Wilcken, 1986). While this ultimately resulted in Deren disregarding the guidelines of the fellowship, Deren was able to record scenes that probably would have been inaccessible to other filmmakers. Deren’s original notes, film footage, and wire recordings are in the Maya Deren Collection at Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archive Research Center.Read More »

  • Jim McBride – Dead by Midnight (1997)

    Jim McBride1991-2000Sci-FiThrillerUSA
    Dead by Midnight (1997)
    Dead by Midnight (1997)

    Synopsis
    When a series of disturbing dreams lead a suburban husband and father to doubt the reality of his middle-class existence, he finds that his suspicions are well founded in this mind bending sci fi thriller from director Jim McBride. John Larkin (Timothy Hutton) has been having some pretty bizarre dreams lately, and when the strange visions from his sleep begin drifting into the daylight he begins to suspect that everything is not as it seems. After being abducted from his home and escaping his captors, John discovers that his entire memory has been programmed as a result of a top-secret government operation. Now, with the government on his trail and time running out, John must find out the truth about his past before his memory is erased forever.Read More »

  • Milos Forman – The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

    Milos Forman1991-2000DramaPoliticsUSA
    The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
    The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

    imdb .com wrote:
    Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his porn magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for all people. Written by Kenneth ChisholmRead More »

  • Joe Dante – The Second Civil War (1997)

    Joe Dante1991-2000ComedyPoliticsUSA
    The Second Civil War (1997)
    The Second Civil War (1997)

    Quote:
    What happens when Governor Farley of Idaho (Beau Bridges decides to close his state’s borders rather than allow a planeload of immigrant orphans to make it their home? The answer is hilarious, frightening, scandalous – and may well be the start of The Second Civil War.

    In this outrageous comedy, a nation watches – on TV – while the President (Phil Hartman) turns to his advisors, including lobbyist Jack Buchan (James Coburn), for advice. As the crisis escalates, it all depends on the Governor of Idaho. Will he be open to peaceful negotiations? Not before he’s negotiated his way back into the bedroom of his businesslike NewsNet reporter Christina Fernandez (Elizabeth Peña) with whom he is having a stormy affair. NewsNet is covering the tension at the Idaho state border as armed forces move in from either side. Will the Governor give way to his immigrant love or anti-immigration war? Either way, it looks like there’ll be nothing civil about The Second Civil War.Read More »

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