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A witty and wholly enchanting adaptation of Rossini's overture; a legendary fairy tale of three kings, who declare war on the birds in the forest. ... First Prize, Bergamo Festival; Prize, Milan Festival. ... Read more
The Titan was made between 1938 and 1940, chiefly in Florence and Rome, by the Swiss producer Curt Oertel. During the war the film was lost but afterwards discovered in France by the American Army. When seen by Robert Flaherty, it won his immediate interest; quick to appreciate the innovational ... Read more
With original stylisation, this humorous anecdote tells of the price paid for his curiosity by a little man who tries to enter another castle which is being built in front of his own. ... Read more
With "The Wanderer" Rossellini abandoned for the first time his theme of postwar conditions to make a simple and beautiful film. It is dedicated to the art of Anna Magnani, who is the only professional actress in the cast and is never absent from the screen. Her part is that of a simple-minded ... Read more
A small man Terzo (Third) and a large man, Mondo (World) live in a strange world, closed in by four high walls. There is no roof, doors or windows, only an opening through which one receives sustenance. The story of a presumed privilege that results in prejudice. ... Read more
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.Awarded the Best Director award at this year's Cannes Film Festival, the latest film from Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Climates, MIFF 06), featuring his distinctive visual style, is a taut psychological thriller about a family trying desperately to hold together ... Read more
"Marcel Proust's towering classic. The story of an invalid writer facing premature death who retrieves his childhood anxieties and adult frivolities...Time Regained is a tour de force, gorgeous yet stark. That starkness is achieved partly through the constant threat or actual of war which gives an ... Read more
A new generation of animators is born. Due to lack of money, they can only afford to make trailers of their films. This shrewd spoof of Hollywood's short-sharp-'schlock' visual b(u)ylines even manages to take the Mickey out of EuroDisney! ... Read more
Three different stories [The Trip, Estrellita Goes To New York and Two Don Giovannis) are blended into one original concept signed by Mario Martone. director of the theatrical group Falso Movimento. All three stories intermix theatrical conventions with electronic scenery and drawings of famous ... Read more
The lives of three young people are intertwined in this initial feature by Gian Mingozzi. A young girl who wins a pop singing contest is seen to triumph in her work as a singer. An introverted youth takes to spying on a bachelor across the way, who leads a lonely life that somehow attracts the boy ... Read more
Spain in the I920's - decaying morally and socially. A world filled by norms and relationships that have outlived their time and assumed dangerously reactionary proportions, form the background to the latest film by Luis Bunuel - the first since his return to Spain after long years of exile. ... Read more
Two women, two different ways of life, two possibilities of protest are shown. On the one hand, the drop-outs, punks, skinheads; on the other, political engagement. ... Read more
Hawks and Sparrows is Pier Paolo Pasolini's only full length comedy, and his last film to be made in black and white. ... It is the story of two characters, a father and son, who represent two generations of Italian society and life, wandering around the countryside. They travel with a talking ... Read more
With this film it would seem that the so-called ‘neo realist' movement in Italian film production reached its zenith. Political influence and the growing concern of the Italian film industry with markets abroad have shaped the course of later productions more towards less uncompromising subjects ... Read more
The film presents the reveries of a man travelling on an underground train, stimulated by the sights rushing past and the faintly disquieting atmosphere of the night. ... Read more
Set to the music of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, this film, from the director of Third Avenue El, is a travel film but with the emphasis chiefly on people. ... Read more
Young Vincenzo lives in a poor suburb of Naples, where he shares an apartment with his unemployed father, seamstress mother and his sister. They are tight knit, despite familial tensions. When suddenly the father dies, the lives of those he has left are thrown into disarray. The ensuing events and ... Read more
Marco Bellocchio's Victory March is a bitter indictment of military establishments and their training methods. The director takes up the theme of his earlier film on the warping effects that rigid institutional discipline has on individuals. Life in the barracks is contrasted with the empty private ... Read more
The brief sojourn of 14 year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Bologna, to sit for a musical composition exam, is the starting-point for Avati's high-spirited, whimsical, 18th C. "teen-pic". Set against the actual backdrop of the filmmaker's own adolescence, We Three breezily conjures both the ... Read more
Made shortly after the Paris riots in 1968, Wind from the East underlines Godard's new approach and his refusal to make so-called commercial films and concentrate only on those that have a revolutionary bent or ideal. Here he continues his attempts at defining a new kind of non-bourgeois cinema ... Read more
FRIDAY 11 AUGUST, 9PM - SOLD OUT ... The Wind that Shakes the Barley was winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Both an ardent observer of reality and a deeply committed political filmmaker, Ken Loach turns back the pages of time to confront issues of family, patriotism and ... Read more
“It's not a musical - it's the idea of a musical.” - Jean-Luc Godard ... In stunning colour CinemaScope and featuring Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean-Claude Brialy at the peak of their popularity, A Woman Is a Woman is Godard's clever and playful tribute to the American musical and the ... Read more
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