"The Phenix City Story" begins when John Patterson (Richard Kiley) returns to his Alabama hometown after a stint in the Army. He plans to start practicing law with his father, Albert (John McIntire), but John's wife (Lenka Peterson) is reluctant to live in Phenix City because of the large number of casinos and brothels in the town that are controlled by a local crime syndicate. However, after the syndicate is involved with beatings, theft, and even murder, John and Albert decide to stay in Phenix City and help a group of concerned citizens clean up the town by having Albert run for Alabama attorney general.
When peasant farmer Ze (Leonardo Villar) learns that his prized donkey is seriously ill, he makes a deal with God: If the animal recovers, Ze will carry a large cross to the village church. When the donkey pulls through, Ze begins his long journey. But when he arrives at the church, he finds that the priest is less than thrilled with his sacrifice.
This is the true story of Yuan Ling-Yu (Maggie Cheung), the first movie star of the 1930's. Hailing from an obscure background, she became the prima donna of the Chinese screen. Students worshipped her as a cult symbol. Men looked at her with dreamy eyes, and women looked at her sideways and full of hate. Yes, for nine years since her first movie at sixteen, Yuan Ling-Yu managed to star in 29 movies. Her roles were usually pathetic ones: girl student, rustic maid, factory hand, prostitute, socialite, and authoress. And her endings were invariably tragic: incarceration in a prison, mental breakdown, forced marriages, starvation, illness, and even suicide.
Filmmaker Ross McElwee grew up in the South and always marveled at how the folks there were affected by Union general William Tecumseh Sherman's legacy. Aiming to delve deeper into the region's interest, McElwee revisits the path of the general's march that took down the Confederacy. But the tone of his documentary changes when he learns his girlfriend has left him, causing him to second-guess himself with each woman he meets during the shoot.
Three days into his Miami honeymoon, New York Jewish Lenny (Charles Grodin) meets tall, blonde Kelly (Cybill Shepherd). This confirms him in his opinion that he has made a serious mistake and he decides he wants Kelly instead. Her rich father is less than keen and lets everyone - including Lenny - know that he hates everything about him and the way he is going on.
When his mother dies, young Peter Ibbetson (Gary Cooper) leaves Paris and his best friend, Mary (Ann Harding), behind to live with a severe uncle in England. Years later Peter is an architect with little time for women, until he begins a project with the Duke and Duchess of Towers. When Peter and the duchess become great friends, she reveals that she is Mary - but the duke soon suspects his wife of infidelity and challenges Peter to a duel, threatening the pair's second chance.
A terminal “road-movie”, 'Last Chants' single-mindedly follows the path of its central character, Tom Bates (Tom Blair), through an unspecified period of time as he talks to a hitch-hiker and then throws him out of his truck, visits his wife and has a fierce argument with her, talks to a man in a breakfast cafe, picks up a woman in a bar and has a one night stand with her; leaves the woman, and cruising in his truck on a back road, pulls over to help a man with his broken-down car, and shoots and kills the man, for a few dollars.
Literally, a film like no other, this weird, wild and extraordinary photoplay is both melodrama and deadpan parody. With striking black and white cinematography and stylized set design, Guy Maddin tells a tale of obsessive love in the arctic Russian town of Archangel, where Bolsheviks, White Russians and German Huns converge during World War I.
Hollywood romantic musical about a poor French tailor (Maurice Chevalier) who arrives on the country estate of a wealthy duke (C. Aubrey Smith) and begins to fall in love with his widowed daughter (Jeanette MacDonald) after he is mistaken by her for an aristocrat.
A film about Las Hurdes, an area in western Spain about which Luis Bunuel in 1932 made the feature Las Hurdes, tierra sin pan. In this film Bunuel portrayed the area as a black hell on earth: a land of starvation, disease, dwarves, insane and prematurely-aged women. A land forsaken by God. More than sixty years later, a curse still rests on the film by Bunuel: the local inhabitants still combat the black legend that circulates about their area. A small film crew returns to Las Hurdes in 1999 with a screen and a copy of Bunuel's film. In the local square, the film is shown. We hear wonderful stories of the villagers and see their occasionally fierce reactions to the film.
Life story of a charming scoundrel, with little dialogue other than the star/director's witty narration. As a boy, only he survives a family tragedy when he's deprived of supper (poisonous mushrooms!) for stealing...concluding that dishonesty pays. Through years of dabbling in crime and amusing adventures, two women appear and reappear in his life, a dazzling blonde jewel thief and a stunning brunette gambler. Finally, he meets the mysterious Charbonnier who had saved his life in World War I, leading to the surprising next phase in his career...
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. Other successful books follow. Zola becomes rich and famous; he marries Alexandrine (Gloria Holden) and settles down to a comfortable life in his mansion. One day, his old friend Cézanne, still poor and unknown, visits him before leaving the city, and tells Zola that with his success he has become complacent, a far cry from the zealous reformer of his youth. Meanwhile, a French secret agent steals a letter addressed to a military officer in the German embassy. The letter confirms there is a spy within the top French army staff. With little thought, the army commanders decide that Jewish Captain Alfred Dreyfus (Joseph Schildkraut) is the traitor, is courtmartialed and imprisoned on Devil's Island in then French Guyana...
Festival of the Nations Riefenstahl shot a documentary that celebrates the human body by combining the poetry of the bodies in motion with close-ups of athletes in the heat of competition. Includes Jesse Owen's sprint races at the 1936 Olympic games and Adolf Hitler looking on in amazement as Owens wins an unprecedented four Gold Medals.
Festival of Beauty Riefenstahl captures the grace of the athletes during field hockey, soccer, bicycling, equestrian, aquatic and gymnastic events. Highlights are the Pentathlon and the Decathlon, which was won by American Glenn Morris; it ends with the triumphant conclusion of the games.
In this little Provencal village, a new baker, Aimable (Raimu), settles down. His wife Aurelie (Ginette Leclerc) is beautiful and much younger than he. She departs with a shepherd the night after Aimable produces his first breads. Aimable is so afflicted that he can not work anymore. Therefore, the villagers, who initially laughed at his cuckoldry, take the matter very seriously (they want the bread) and organize a plan to find Aurelie and to bring her back to the bakery.
When Kikunosuke (Shôtarô Hanayagi), the son of a famous actor, falls in love with his brother’s nurse, Otoku (Kakuko Mori), his father vehemently opposes the affair. Forced to cut ties with his family, Kikunosuke forges his own way in life, but his fortunes dwindle until Otoku decides to sacrifice her own future for the sake of her lover’s. Finding Mizoguchi operating at the height of his powers, 'The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums’ is a beautifully photographed and deeply moving romantic tragedy.