Friday, March 27, 2015

The Life of Emile Zola

Set in the mid through late 19th century, it depicts Zola's friendship with Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, and his rise to fame through his prolific writing, with particular focus on his involvement late in life in the Dreyfus affair.
Struggling writer Émile Zola (Paul Muni) shares a drafty Paris attic with his friend, painter Paul Cézanne (Vladimir Sokoloff). A chance encounter with a street prostitute (Erin O'Brien-Moore) hiding from a police raid inspires his first bestseller, Nana, an exposé of the steamy underside of Parisian life. -Wikipedia

Directed by William Dieterie
Written by Matthew Josephson (source material), Heinz Herald (story and screenplay), Geza Herczeg (story and screenplay), Norman Reilly Raine (screenplay)
Starring Paul Muni, Gloria Holden, gale Sondergaard, Jpseph Schildkraut
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Tony Gaudio
Edited by Warren Low

Released in 1937
Run time 116 minutes

Freedom's Fury: One Team. One Country. One Chance for Revenge.

Freedom's Fury is a documentary film about the Melbourne, Australia 1956 Summer Olympics semifinal water polo match between Hungary and the USSR, and the events that led up to the violent battle, the match that what would later be known as the "Blood in the Water match." -Wikipeadia

Released in 2006
Run time 90 minutes

Television Under the Swastika

Legend has it that the triumphal march of television began in the United States in the 1950s but in reality its origins hark back much further. Nazi leaders, determined to beat Great Britain and the U.S. to be the world’s first television broadcaster, began Greater German Television in March 1935. German viewers enjoyed their TV broadcasts until September 1944, as Allied troops closed in. -Website

Released in 1999
Run time 54 minutes

The Restless Conscience

The Restless Conscience is a film documenting the resistance to Hitler inside Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. It is a powerful and provocative documentary feature that explores the motivations of the anti-Nazi resisters whose actions also included numerous attempts on Hitler's life. Website

Written and Directed by Hava Kohave Beller
Narrated by John Dildine
Cinematography Gabor, bagyoni, Volker Rodde, Martin Schaer

Released in 1992
Run time 113 minutes

Sisters in Resistance

"Indignation can move mountains. It's the strongest emotion," says Germaine Tillion, an anthropology student and active leader in the resistance movement in France, "Face with crime and cruelty, something wells up within you. I call it indignation. It's twofold: Anger and revolution, but also a feeling that justice is on your side and the person before you represents evil." -Wikipedia

Directed by Maia Wechsler
Narrated by Kate Mulgrew
Released in 2000
Run time 60 minutes

Blood in the Face

Blood in the Face was inspired by a nonfiction book by author James Ridgeway, who is also credited as one of the film's directors. This documentary was largely shot in Cohoctah Township, Michigan. It focuses on a gathering of neo-Nazis, racists, and conspiracy theorists who expect people of color to ignite a Racial Holy War in the U.S. -Wikipedia

One of the scariest documentaries I have seen. Hate and ignorance must be confronted at every opportunity ~Mike

Released in 1991
Run time 78 minutes

The Power of the Powerless

Inspiring story of the Velvet Revolution 

The topic of how best to resist a totalitarian system occupied Havel's mind after the launch of Charter 77. This became the crux of his essay, which was one of the most "original and compelling pieces of political writing" to come out of the Eastern Bloc.Dedicated to the memory of Jan Patočka, the opening section of the essay sought to explain what Charter 77 signified to those living within Czechoslovakia, and "to give courage" to fellow opponents of the Soviet block elsewhere.
Havel coined the term "post-totalitarian" for this essay, writing, "I do not wish to imply by the prefix "post-" that the system is no longer totalitarian; on the contrary, I mean that it is totalitarian in a way fundamentally different from classical dictatorships..." -Wikipedia