Tag Archives: Dominique Sanda

Laura Bispuri – Il paradiso del pavone AKA The Peacock’s Paradise (2021)

Quote:
Nena’s family, who reunite in their house by the sea to celebrate her birthday. Everybody is there. Even Paco, Alma’s peacock. Read More »

Iradj Azimi – Utopia (1978)

After a painful separation from the woman he loved, Julien (Laurent Terzieff) leaves his apartment.
He goes in search of his yesterday friends but no one answers him and the town stays silent.
So Julien is leaving the city in search of his childhood, his old school and his favorite teacher.
To the children who are here today he speaks a language that charm them
as it also charms the discreet Sylvie (Dominique Sanda)
His original teaching method is not to the taste of everyone.
It will even provoke the hostility of the parents and the administration. He’s fired.
Continuing his way, Julien goes to the sea and enters the sea.
The classroom doors suddenly open and a huge crowd of children
suddenly appears at the top of the dunes preparing to invade the beaches.
Then a storm breaks, a new battle is prepared and Utopia seems closer than ever. Read More »

Frank Cassenti – La chanson de Roland [Composite] (1978)

IMDb storyline: Roland des Roncesvalles is a legendary knight from the age of chivalry in France. In the 11th-century epic La Chanson de Roland, he is depicted as a key figure in halting the advance of the Arabs into France. In this story, the 10th-century legend is staged by a group of 12th-century pilgrims using the 11th-century poem. Their acting is interrupted by a violent peasant uprising, which kills many of the pilgrims. However, one of the survivors, is converted to the peasant cause and later speaks out in favor of more just treatment for the downtrodden. (Written by Ulf Kjell Gür) Read More »

Vittorio De Sica – Il giardino dei Finzi Contini AKA The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)

*** BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – Oscar winner, 1972 ***

Plot
The film is set in Ferrara, northern Italy, between 1938-1943, and shows the lives of the Jewish Finzi-Contini family and their friends as they struggle against Mussolini’s fascism and anti-Semitism in wartime Italy. The Finzi-Contini family is one of the leading families in the town. The adult children, Micòl and Alberto, gather friends for tennis at their villa with its lovely grounds, keeping the rest of the world at bay. Into the circle steps Giorgio, a Jew from the middle class who falls in love with Micòl. Read More »

Mauro Bolognini – L’eredità Ferramonti AKA The Inheritance (1976)

Rome, 1880. Gregorio has decided to close his bakery, the family business. Then he tells his sons Pippo, Mario and daughter Teta that they will have to fend for themselves. But newly married Irene, Pippo’s wife, a beautiful, calculating and ambitious young woman, wants to take over the inheritance. Acting on intelligence, weighing every step and its consequences, she manages to convince the brothers that they must prevent at all costs that his father falls in love again to avoid the risk of losing their inheritance. Read More »

Maximilian Schell – Erste Liebe (1970)

Based on Ivan Turgeyev’s novella, Erste Liebe is about two young lovers in czarist Russia. One is a 21-year-old woman, the other a young man of sixteen. Things take a tragic turn as the girl (Dominique Sanda as Sanaida) falls in love with the boy’s father (Maximilian Schell). This film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1970’s Academy Awards. Written
by Reece Lloyd Read More »

Jurriën Rood & Leo de Boer – De Weg naar Bresson aka The Road to Bresson (1984)

SYNOPSIS
The film style of Robert Bresson is the subject of this documentary tribute to the French director and screenwriter, and to his minimalist auteur films about sensitive individuals (or even animals) trying unsuccessfully to survive in a cruel world. Weg Naar Bresson is divided into several segments with specific themes, such as “camera” or “theory,” that are illustrated by film clips, and interviews with Bresson himself (a coup), and also with acclaimed directors Andrei Tarkovsky, Louis Malle, and Paul Schrader (who also wrote a book on three directors, including Bresson).

– Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide Read More »