Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Herb and Dorothy





He was a postal worker. She was a librarian. Together they amassed one of the most important contemporary art collections in the world.
HERB & DOROTHY tells the extraordinary tale of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a seemingly ordinary couple who filled their humble one-bedroom New York apartment with more than 4,000 works of art over a 45-year period. Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki turns her lens on the Vogels during a critical period of transition for the couple and their cherished collection.

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Ensoulment





Ensoulment is a film that brings about a unique perspective on the psyche. With incredible personalities such as Dr. James Hollis, Dr. Abigail Disney or Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, and amazing academics like Dr. Cynthia Eller, Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling (among many others), we bring you the animated story of filmmaker Lorís Simón as she embarks on a journey in search of meaning, belonging and the path back to her true self. Website

의형제, 義兄弟, Uihyeongje, Sworn Brothers, Blood Brothers, Secret Reunion



Ji-won is one of numerous North Korean undercover spies living in South Korea as ordinary citizens, until he's called to fulfill his mission: the assassination of Kim Jong-il's second cousin who wrote a book that the North Korean government deems as a great betrayal to the Fatherland. However, one of his fellow spies, Tae-soon, betrays his orders by switching his allegiance to South Korea, and Ji-won mistakenly becomes the target for both countries.

Directed byJang Hoon
Produced byYoo Jeong-hoon
Song Myung-cheol
Jang Won-seok
Screenplay byJang Min-seok
Kim Joo-ho
Choi Kwan-young
Jang Hoon
Story byKim Ki-duk (uncredited)
Starring
  • Song Kang-ho
  • Kang Dong-won
Music byNoh Hyung-woo
CinematographyLee Mo-gae
Edited byNam Na-yeong
Production
company
  • Showbox
  • Rubicon Pictures
  • Dasepo Club
Distributed byShowbox
Release dates
  • 4 February 2010 (2010-02-04)
Running time
116 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean
Box officeUS$36,280,220

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Bande de filles, Gang of Girls (Girlhood)




Marieme (Karidja Touré) is a 16-year-old African-French teenager living in a poor Paris suburb. Academically Marieme struggles, which forces her into a vocational track where she will learn a certain trade. Due to her mother's demanding work schedule, Marieme's abusive brother is in charge. On her way out of school, the day she found out about vocational school, she is approached by a gang of girls, Lady (Assa Sylla) who is the leader of the group, and her followers, Fily (Marietou Tore), and Adiatou (Lindsay Karamoh), who ask Marieme if she wants to join them for a day trip to the city centre. They wear leather jackets, gold jewelry, and have pin straight hair. Marieme initially declines but after seeing the girls approached by a group of boys, including her brother's friend, Ismael (Idrissa Diabate) whom she has a crush on, Marieme joins them.

Directed byCéline Sciamma
Produced by
  • Bénédicte Couvreur
  • Rémi Burah
  • Olivier Père
Written byCéline Sciamma
Starring
  • Karidja Touré
  • Assa Sylla
  • Lindsay Karamoh
  • Mariétou Touré
Music byJean-Baptiste de Laubier
CinematographyCrystel Fournier
Edited byJulien Lacheray
Production
company
  • Arte France Cinéma
  • Canal+
  • CNC
  • Ciné+
  • Hold Up Films
  • Lilies Films
Distributed byPyramide Distribution
Release dates
  • 15 May 2014 (2014-05-15) (Cannes)
  • 22 October 2014 (2014-10-22) (France)
Running time
113 minutes
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench
Box office$1.7 million

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Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui



Filmed over three years in Venice, Nsukka, and the United States, this is a powerful portrait of Africa's most widely acclaimed contemporary artist El Anatsui. FOLD CRUMPLE CRUSH: THE ART OF EL ANATSUI gives an insider's view of the artist's practice, the ingenious steps and thousands of hours of labor that convert used bottle tops into huge, opulent wall hangings. Here Anatsui explains how his artworks have become a marriage of painting and sculpture, objects that speak of African history but also reach for the ethereal—and he talks about his aspirations for artworks he has yet to make. Icarus Films website

53 minutes / color
Release: 2011

دست‌نوشته‌ها نمی‌سوزند‎‎, Dast-Neveshtehaa Nemisoozand (Manuscripts Don't Burn)



Manuscripts Don't Burn (Persian: دست‌نوشته‌ها نمی‌سوزند‎‎, translit. Dast-Neveshtehaa Nemisoozand) is a 2013 Iranian drama film directed by Mohammad Rasoulof. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the FIPRESCI Prize. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Directed byMohammad Rasoulof
Written byMohammad Rasoulof
Release dates
  • 24 May 2013 (2013-05-24) (Cannes)
Running time
125 minutes
CountryIran
LanguagePersian

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Citizen King


The story begins on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963, when a 34-year-old preacher galvanized millions with his dream for an America free of racism. It comes to a bloody end almost five years later, on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee.
In the years since those events unfolded, the man at their center, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has become a mythic figure, a minister whose oratory is etched into the minds of millions of Americans, a civil rights activist whose words and image are more hotly contested, negotiated and sold than almost anyone else's in American history. PBS Website

Friday, January 15, 2016

Sankofa




The story follows Mona, a contemporary American model on a film shoot in Ghana. She has a session at Cape Coast Castle, which she does not know was historically used for the Atlantic slave trade. There she encounters a mysterious old man, Sankofa, played by Kofi Ghanaba, the renowned Ghanaian musician.

Directed byHaile Gerima
Written byHaile Gerima
StarringKofi Ghanaba
Oyafunmike Ogunlano
Alexandra Duah
Release dates
1993
Running time
124 minutes
CountryBurkina Faso / Germany / Ghana / U.S.A. / U.K.
LanguageEnglish

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Las maestras de la República (The Teachers of the Republic)



Republican Teachers were a brave and committed women who participated in the conquest of the rights of women and the modernization of education, based on the principles of democratic public school. Spanish Republic 1931-1939

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Comedian Harmonists (The Harmonists)



In 1927, unemployed German-Jewish actor Harry Frommermann is inspired by the American group The Revelers to create a German group of the same format. He holds auditions and signs on four additional singers and a pianist. Naming themselves the "Comedian Harmonists", they meet international fame and popularity. However, they eventually run into trouble when the Nazis come to power, as half the group is Jewish.

Directed byJoseph Vilsmaier
Produced byReinhard Klooss
Screenplay byKlaus Richter, Jürgen Egger
StarringBen Becker, Heino Ferch, Ulrich Noethen, Heinrich Schafmeister, Max Tidof, Kai Wiesinger
Music byHarald Kloser, Thomas Schobel, Walter Jurmann (Songs)
CinematographyJoseph Vilsmaier
Edited byPeter R. Adam
Production
company
Perathon Film und Fernseh GmbH
Distributed bySenator Film Verleih GmbH
Release dates
  • December 27, 1997 (1997-12-27) (Germany)
Running time
127 minutes
CountryGermany
Languagegerman

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La caduta degli dei (The Damned)




The film centers on the Essenbecks, a wealthy industrialist family who have begun doing business with the Nazi Party. On the night of the Reichstag fire, the family's conservative patriarch, Baron Joachim von Essenbeck, who represents the old aristocratic Germany and detests Hitler, is murdered. Herbert Thalmann, the family firm's vice president, who openly opposes the Nazis, is framed for the crime. He escapes the grasp of the Gestapo, but his wife Elizabeth and their children do not.

Directed byLuchino Visconti
Produced byEver Haggiag
Alfred Levy
Screenplay byLuchino Visconti
Enrico Medioli
Nicola Badalucco
Story byLuchino Visconti
Enrico Medioli
Nicola Badalucco
StarringDirk Bogarde
Ingrid Thulin
Helmut Griem
Helmut Berger
Music byMaurice Jarre
CinematographyPasquale De Santis
Armando Nannuzzi
Edited byRuggero Mastroianni
Production
company
Eichberg-Film
Italnoleggio
Pegaso
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Seven Arts Productions
Release dates
  • 14 October 1969 (1969-10-14) (Rome premiere)
  • 16 October 1969 (1969-10-16) (Italy)
  • 27 January 1970 (1970-01-27) (West Germany)
Running time
154 minutes
CountryItaly
West Germany
LanguageEnglish
German
Box office$1.2 million (US/Canada)

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Deutschland 83



Deutschland 83 is an eight-episode German television series starring Jonas Nay as a 24-year-old native of East Germany who in 1983 is sent to the West as an undercover spy for the Stasi. It is a co-production between AMC Networks' SundanceTV and RTL Television by the production company, UFA Fiction with international distribution by RTL Group's FremantleMedia International and North American distribution by Kino Lorber The series premiered on 17 June 2015, on SundanceTV in the United States, making it the first German-language series to air on a US network. The broadcast was in the original German language, with English subtitles. It subsequently aired in Germany and in Ireland beginning in November 2015. In December 2015, it was announced that the series would air in the UK on Channel 4, where it premiered on 3 January 2016 at 21.00.

Created byAnna Winger
Joerg Winger
Written byAnna Winger
Directed byEdward Berger
Samira Radsi
Starring
  • Jonas Nay
  • Maria Schrader
  • Ulrich Noethen
  • Sylvester Groth
  • Sonja Gerhardt
  • Ludwig Trepte
  • Alexander Beyer
  • Lisa Tomaschewsky
Opening theme"Major Tom (Coming Home)" by
Peter Schilling
Composer(s)Reinhold Heil
Country of originGermany
Original language(s)German
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)Joerg Winger
Nico Hoffman
Henriette Lippold
CinematographyPhilipp Haberlandt
Frank Küpper
Production company(s)UFA Fiction
DistributorFremantleMedia International
Kino Lorber
Release
Original network
  • RTL (Germany)
  • SundanceTV (US)
  • Channel 4 (UK)
  • RTE2 (Ireland)
First shown inUnited States
Original release17 June 2015 (2015-06-17) – 5 August 2015 (2015-08-05)
External links
Website
Production website

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Paul Robeson: Here I Stand




Paul Robeson: Here I Stand is a documentary film released in 1999 that explores the life and career of Paul Robeson, the controversial African-American athlete-actor-singer-activist. It was directed by St. Clair Bourne for the PBS series American Masters. Running for 117 minutes, the documentary features extensive footage taken from numerous interviews with both those close to Robeson, including his son, Paul Robeson Jr., some celebrities, and several scholars on African-American film and Robeson himself. Additionally, it includes footage from interviews with Robeson, along with pieces from his movies and his musical recordings. It is a very detailed documentary, covering Robeson’s life from his birth until his death.

Directed bySt. Clair Bourne
Produced byChris Schultz
Written byLou Potter
StarringPaul Robeson
Ossie Davis (Narrator)
Music byBill Toles
Edited byWill Lashley
Distributed byWinStar Home Entertainment
Release dates
  • August 24, 1999 (1999-08-24)
Running time
117 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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Lost Boundaries



In 1922, Scott Mason Carter (Mel Ferrer) graduates from Chase Medical School in Chicago and promptly marries Marcia (Beatrice Pearson). Both are light-skinned enough to be mistaken for whites. Scott has found an internship for himself, but his fellow graduate, the dark-skinned Jesse Pridham (Ray Saunders), wonders if he will have to work as a Pullman porter until there is an opening in a black hospital.
When Scott appears for work in Georgia, the black hospital director tells him that the board of directors has decided to give preference to Southern applicants and rescinds the job offer. Marcia insists her husband continue searching for another medical job. In the meantime, they live in Boston with Marcia's parents, who have successfully been passing as white. Her father and some of their black friends suggest they do the same. Instead, Scott continues to apply as a Negro and is repeatedly rejected. Scott finally yields, quits his job making shoes, and masquerades as white for a one-year internship in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Directed byAlfred L. Werker
Produced byLouis De Rochemont
Written byWilliam L. White (story)
Charles Palmer (adaptation)
Eugene Ling
Virginia Shaler
Furland de Kay (add. dialogue)
StarringBeatrice Pearson
Mel Ferrer
Susan Douglas Rubes
CinematographyWilliam Miller
Edited byDave Kummins
Distributed byFilm Classics
Release dates
  • July 2, 1949 (1949-07-02)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish


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Ирония судьбы, или С лёгким паром! (The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath!)



The key subplot is the drab uniformity of Brezhnev era public architecture. This is made explicit in a humorous animated prologue, in which architects are overruled by politicians and red tape. This results in the entire country being polluted with identical, unimaginative multistory apartment buildings of the sort that can, in fact, be found in every city, town, and suburb across the former Soviet Union. These buildings are uniform right down to the door key of each apartment. The rest of the film is live-action.


Written byEmil Braginsky
Eldar Ryazanov
Directed byEldar Ryazanov
StarringAndrey Myagkov
Barbara Brylska
Yuri Yakovlev
Theme music composerMikael Tariverdiev
Country of originSoviet Union
Original language(s)Russian
No. of episodes2
Production
Producer(s)Evgeny Golynsky
Running time184 minutes
Production company(s)Mosfilm
Release
Original networkProgramme One
Original release1 January 1976
Chronology
Followed byThe Irony of Fate 2




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Monday, January 11, 2016

Gagarin. Pervyy v kosmose (Gagarin: First in Space)



On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin blasted off in a Vostok rocket, becoming the first human in space and orbiting Earth for 108 minutes. He was one of the first group of cosmonauts who were selected from over three thousand fighter pilots throughout the Soviet Union.

Directed byPavel Parkhomenko
Produced by
  • Andrey Dmitriev
  • Oleg Kapanets
Written by
  • Andrey Dmitriev
  • Oleg Kapanets
Based onVostok 1
Starring
  • Yaroslav Zhalnin
  • Mikhail Filippov
  • Olga Ivanova
  • Vadim Michman
  • Vladimir Steklov
  • Nadezhda Markina
  • Daniil Vorobyov
  • Inga Strelkova-Oboldina
Music byGeorge Callis
CinematographyAnton Antonov
Edited by
  • Anthony Waller
  • Marat Magambetov
  • Maria Manenkova
Production
company
Kremlin Films
Distributed by
  • Central Partnership (Russia 2013)
  • Entertainment One (UK (2014))
Release dates
  • 6 June 2013 (2013-06-06) (Russia (theatrical))
Running time
108 minutes
CountryRussia
LanguageRussian
(with other-languages subtitled)
Budget$9.5 million (estimated)


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Overboard



Spoiled heiress Joanna Stayton is accustomed to the life of the idle rich with her husband, Grant Stayton III. While waiting for their yacht to be repaired in the rural hamlet of Elk Cove, Oregon, she passes the time by hiring local carpenter, Dean Proffitt, to remodel her closet. At first, Dean puts up with Joanna's rude and demanding behavior. However, when Joanna refuses to pay because he didn't use cedar to build the closet, Dean says he will only redo the cabinet for double pay. This enrages Joanna and she tosses Dean and his tool kit overboard.

Directed byGarry Marshall
Produced by
  • Nick Abdo
  • Roddy McDowall
  • Alexandra Rose
  • Anthea Sylbert
Written byLeslie Dixon
Starring
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Kurt Russell
  • Edward Herrmann
  • Katherine Helmond
  • Roddy McDowall
Music byAlan Silvestri
CinematographyJohn A. Alonzo
Edited by
  • Sonny Baskin
  • Dov Hoenig
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • December 16, 1987 (1987-12-16)
Running time
112 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Language
  • English
  • French
Box office$26.7 million

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The Best Man Holiday



Mia Sullivan (Monica Calhoun), wife of Lance Sullivan (Morris Chestnut), have written letters requesting the old gang join them for Christmas: Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs) and his almost-nine-month-pregnant wife Robyn (Sanaa Lathan), Julian Murch (Harold Perrineau) and wife Candace Sparks (Regina Hall), her best friend Jordan Armstrong (Nia Long) and boyfriend Brian McDonald (Eddie Cibrian), Quentin "Q" Spivey (Terrence Howard), and Shelby Taylor (Melissa De Sousa). All the friends arrive at the house, the first time they've come together in 14 years, and the celebration begins. At dinner, the old friends catch up while tensions grow between Shelby and Candace.

Directed byMalcolm D. Lee
Produced byMalcolm D. Lee
Sean Daniel
Written byMalcolm D. Lee
Starring
  • Taye Diggs
  • Sanaa Lathan
  • Nia Long
  • Morris Chestnut
  • Monica Calhoun
  • Harold Perrineau
  • Regina Hall
  • Terrence Howard
  • Melissa De Sousa
Music byStanley Clarke
CinematographyGreg Gardiner
Edited byPaulk Millspaugh
Production
company
Blackmaled Productions
Sean Daniel Company
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • November 15, 2013 (2013-11-15)
Running time
123 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$17 million
Box office$71,625,195

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Regarding Susan Sontag



Regarding Susan Sontag is a 2014 documentary film about the American intellectual Susan Sontag directed by Nancy Kates. It premiered at Tribeca Film Festival on April 19, 2014. The film's broadcast premiere was on December 8, 2014 on HBO. Patricia Clarkson does voiceover for quotes from Sontag in the film. Harriet Sohmers Zwerling and Judith Sontag Cohen are interviewed in the film. -Wikipedia

Consumerism and the Limits to Imagination


Consumer capitalism dominates our economy, our politics, and our culture, even though a growing body of research suggests it may be well past its sell-by date. In this illustrated presentation based on his latest critically acclaimed book, media scholar Justin Lewis makes a compelling case that consumer capitalism can no longer deliver on its promise of enhancing quality of life, and argues that changing direction will require changing our media system and our cultural environment. After showing how consumer capitalism has become economically and environmentally unsustainable, Lewis explores how our cultural and information industries make it difficult to envision other forms of human progress by limiting critical thinking and keeping us locked in a cycle of consumption. And he argues that change will only be possible if we take culture seriously and transform the very way we organize our media and communications systems. - (trailer available at) Website

Friday, January 8, 2016

Don't Think I've Forgotten



Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll is a 2015 documentary film about Cambodian rock music in the 1960s and 1970s, before the Khmer Rouge regime and Cambodian Genocide.
The idea for the film began when American filmmaker John Pirozzi was in Cambodia filming City of Ghosts. He was given a copy of the album Cambodian Rocks, a collection of untitled and uncredited music by artists presumed killed under the Khmer Rouge, and began researching the stories of the artists.


Directed byJohn Pirozzi
Produced byJohn Pirozzi
Andrew Pope
Edited byDaniel Littlewood
Greg Wright
Matthew Prinzing
Distributed byArgot Pictures
Release dates
2015
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish, Khmer

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Kamome Shokudō (かもめ食堂 Kamome shokudō?)



Sachie is a Japanese woman living alone in Helsinki, who is trying single-handedly to establish a new cafe serving Japanese-style food. However, it has no customers. Eventually a young Finnish anime enthusiast comes for coffee and becomes the cafe's first regular, though as her first customer he gets to eat and drink there for free.
Midori is a Japanese woman who has just arrived in Finland for an indefinite time and without any definite plans. She and Sachie happen to meet in a bookstore and she starts to help out in the cafe. Later, Masako, another Japanese woman on her own, turns up. Her baggage has been lost by an airline, and before long she too starts to work in the cafe. Over the course of the film, the cafe gradually gains more customers, and the Japanese women make more friends with the local people.

Directed byNaoko Ogigami
Produced byMayumi Amano
Written byNaoko Ogigami
StarringHairi Katagiri,
Satomi Kobayashi,
Tarja Markus,
Masako Motai,
Jarkko Niemi,
Markku Peltola
Music byTatsuro Kondo
CinematographyTuomo Virtanen
Edited byShinichi Fushima
Distributed byNippon Television Network Corporation
Release dates
2006
Running time
102 min.
LanguageJapanese, Finnish

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Kill the Messenger




Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, the film takes place in the mid-1990s. Webb uncovered the CIA's alleged role in importing crack cocaine into the U.S. to secretly fund the Nicaraguan contra rebels. Despite enormous pressure to stay away, Webb chose to pursue the story and went public with his evidence, publishing the series called "Dark Alliance". He then experienced a vicious smear campaign fueled by the CIA, during which he found himself defending his integrity, his family and his life.

Directed byMichael Cuesta
Produced by
  • Pamela Abdy
  • Naomi Despres
  • Jeremy Renner
  • Scott Stuber
Written byPeter Landesman
Based onKill the Messenger
by Nick Schou
Dark Alliance
by Gary Webb
Starring
  • Jeremy Renner
  • Rosemarie DeWitt
  • Ray Liotta
  • Tim Blake Nelson
  • Barry Pepper
  • Oliver Platt
  • Michael Sheen
  • Michael K. Williams
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead
  • Andy García
Music byNathan Johnson
CinematographySean Bobbitt
Edited byBrian A. Kates
Production
company
  • Bluegrass Films
  • The Combine
Distributed byFocus Features
Release dates
  • October 10, 2014
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$5 million
Box office$2.5 million

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Color of Paradise ( رنگ خدا, Rang-e Khodā, literally The Color of God)




The story revolves around a blind boy named Mohammed who is released from his special school in Tehran for summer vacation. His father, shamed and burdened by Mohammed's blindness, arrives late to pick him up and then tries to convince the headmaster to keep Mohammed over the summer. The headmaster refuses, so Mohammed's father eventually takes him home.
Mohammed's father, who is a widower, now wants to marry a local girl and is preparing for the wedding. He approaches the girl's parents with gifts and they give him approval. He tries to hide the fact that he has a blind son because he fears the girl's family will see that as a bad omen.

Directed byMajid Majidi
Written byMajid Majidi
StarringHossein Mahjoub
Mohsen Ramezani
Salameh Feyzi
Farahnaz Safari
Music byAlireza Kohandairy
CinematographyMohammad Davudi
Edited byHassan Hassandoost
Production
company
Varahonar Company
Distributed byUSA
Sony Pictures Classics, Columbia TriStar
Iran
Varahonar Company
Release dates
February 9, 1999
Running time
90 min
CountryIran
LanguagePersian

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Flores Raras (Reaching for the Moon)


 




The film dramatizes the love story of the American poet Elizabeth Bishop and the Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Set largely in Petrópolis between the years 1951 and 1967, the film tells the story of Bishop’s passionate and often tumultuous life with Soares in Brazil.


The film is based on the book Flores Raras e Banalíssimas (in English, Rare and Commonplace Flowers), by Carmem Lucia de Oliveira.


Directed byBruno Barreto
Produced byPaula Barreto
Lucy Barreto
StarringGlória Pires
Miranda Otto
Tracy Middendorf
Treat Williams
Marcello Airoldi
Luciana Souza
Tânia Costa
Marianna Mac Nieven
Music byMarcelo Zarvos
CinematographyMauro Pinheiro Jr.
Edited byLeticia Giffoni
Distributed byCinema Management Group (International Sales Agent)
Imagem Filmes (Brazil)
Leap Frog Films (Australia)
Release dates
  • August 16, 2013 (2013-08-16) (Brazil)
Running time
118 minutes
CountryBrazil
LanguagePortuguese
English
BudgetR$ 13,000,000


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Portuguese Wikipedia

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Hudsucker Proxy





In December 1958, Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins), a business college graduate from Muncie, Indiana, arrives in New York City looking for a job. He struggles due to lack of experience and becomes a mailroom clerk at Hudsucker Industries. Meanwhile, the company's founder and president, Waring Hudsucker (Charles Durning), unexpectedly commits suicide during a business meeting by jumping out of a top-floor window. Afterwards, Sidney J. Mussburger (Paul Newman), a ruthless member of the board of directors, learns Hudsucker's stock shares will be soon sold to the public, he mounts a scheme to buy the controlling interest in the company by temporarily depressing the stock price from hiring an incompetent president to replace Hudsucker.


Directed byJoel Coen
Produced byEthan Coen
Written byJoel Coen
Ethan Coen
Sam Raimi
StarringTim Robbins
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Paul Newman
Music byCarter Burwell
CinematographyRoger Deakins
Edited byThom Noble
Production
company
Silver Pictures
Working Title Films
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Distributed byWarner Bros.
(United States)Universal Pictures
(International)
Release dates
  • January 1994 (1994-01) (Sundance)
  • March 11, 1994 (1994-03-11) (United States)
  • September 2, 1994 (1994-09-02) (United Kingdom)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$25 million
Box office$2.8 million
Wikipedia


This is one of my all time favorite films. The acting is perfect, cinematography and editing -perfect. A little known and outstanding work. One scene of jumping out a window is done in a way that's not too violent, there is a somewhat comical fist fight and no swearing. ~Mike