Tag Archives: English

Otto Preminger – Advise & Consent (1962)

Synopsis
The setting is familiar. A Senate subcommittee meets to confirm the President’s controversial nominee for Secretary of State. A TV camera rolls. And the wolf is at the door… Read More »

Richard Stanley – The White Darkness (2002)

In The White Darkness anthropologist and cult film-maker Richard Stanley documents the practice and the oppression of voudou in present-day Haiti. In the tradition of his descendent Henry Morton Stanley, explorer and journalist who found Livingstone, but with the advantage of the hand-held camera, he presents an unflinching look at the often shocking practices of voudou. Richard Stanley sees his journey to Haiti – the first colonised country to declare independence – as a ‘closing of the loop’ of imperialist practices within his own family history. In the course of this journey, modern Haiti reveals itself as critically divided between opposing religious beliefs and forces. What becomes apparent is the centrality of voudou to Haitian culture, history, and politics and its ongoing importance in fighting against everyday American military oppression. Read More »

Joe May – The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

Synopsis:
Clifford Pyncheon’s (Vincent Price) father, Gerald (Gilbert Emery), decides that in his dying days, the family’s mansion must be sold to clear their debts. Gerald also believes it will remove the family of a curse — a result of their many misdeeds over the years that allowed their once-prominent lifestyle. However, Gerald’s other son, Jaffrey (George Sanders), has different ideas as to what should be done with the property, and frames Clifford for murder in an attempt to keep the mansion. Read More »

Donald G. Jackson & R.J. Kizer – Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)

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After a nuclear war, the survivors are divided between horribly mutated beings who live on desolate reservations and fertile women who are searching for scarce virile men in order to multiply and start a new human society. Read More »

Jacques Demy – The Pied Piper (1972)

Synopsis:
Greed, corruption, ignorance, stupidity, and disease. Midsummer, 1349: the Black Death reaches northern Germany. A family of strolling players travel to Hamelin for the Mayor’s daughter’s wedding to the Baron’s son. He wants her dowry to pay his army, while his father taxes the people to build a cathedral he thinks will save his soul. A local Jewish apothecary tries to find a treatment for the plague. The Priests charge him with heresy and witchcraft. A mysterious minstrel (Donovan), who joined up with the players and who has soothed the Mayor’s daughter with his music, promises to rid the town of rats for a fee. The Mayor agrees, then reneges after the rats have been dealt with. In the morning, the plague, the Jew’s execution, and the Piper’s revenge come at once. Read More »

André Singer – Night Will Fall (2014) (HD)

Synopsis
When Allied forces liberated the Nazi concentration camps, their terrible discoveries were recorded by army cameramen, revealing for the first time the horror of what had happened

Using British, Soviet and American footage, the Ministry of Information’s Sidney Bernstein collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock to make a film that would provide evidence of the Nazi’s unspeakable crimes. Yet, despite initial support from the British and US governments, the film was shelved. In this compelling documentary by André Singer (executive producer, The Act of Killing), the full story of the filming of the camps and the fate of Bernstein’s project, which has now been restored and completed by Imperial War Museums, can finally be told. Read More »

Manfred Kirchheimer – Stations of the Elevated (1981)

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This 1979 documentary is one of my all time favorites. The structure is as simple as they
come. Footage of the various New York subways which run on elevated tracks is set to
the music of Charles Mingus (with a little Duke Ellington thrown in for good measure) Read More »