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Eric Rohmer's reputation was established with his ambitious Moral Tales series of films, each based around a common theme - in his words: 'a man meeting a woman at the very moment when he is about to commit himself to someone else'.
The Girl At The Monceau Bakery (1962)
In French with English subtitles.
Imaginatively exploring questions of faith, familial responsibility, delinquent behavior, dental phenomena, academia, mortality, and Judaism – and intersections thereof – A Serious Man is the new film from Academy Award-winning writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen.
A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary man’s search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous acquaintances, Sy Ableman, who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry.
Larry’s unemployable brother Arthur is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job.
While his wife and Sy Ableman blithely make new domestic arrangements, and his brother becomes more and more of a burden, an anonymous hostile letter-writer is trying to sabotage Larry’s chances for tenure at the university. Also, a graduate student seems to be trying to bribe him for a passing grade while at the same time threatening to sue him for defamation. Plus, the beautiful woman next door torments him by sunbathing nude.
Struggling for equilibrium, can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person – a mensch – a serious man?
Considered lucky after surviving a plane crash, a thief is recruited into an underground gambling ring where death and luck intermingle. Max von sydow is the ring leader who has the power to steal his luck and will stop at nothing to do it.
A filmmaker gets a visit from an actor claiming to be an old school friend, drawing him into a twisted web of desire, revenge and murder.
After a chance encounter at a theater, two men, benigno and marco, meet at a private clinic where benigno works. Lydia, marco's girlfriend (a bullfighter), has been gored and is in a coma. Benigno is looking after another woman in a coma, alicia. The lives of the four characters flow in all directions
JEAN DE FLORETTE is the first of two parts of the classic Marcel Pagnol story set in southeast France in the mid 1920s. In a small ProvenÃ§al village, where water is scarce and the earth dry, only one piece of property possesses an underground spring to irrigate the soil--and the wily, greedy CÃ©sar (Yves Montand) will do anything to get hold of it. His dreams seem on the verge of coming true when the owner (with a little help from CÃ©sar) dies unexpectedly. But then Jean Cadoret (Gerard Depardieu), an outsider who inherits the farm, arrives with the intention of settling down and cultivating the land with his good-hearted wife, Aimee (played by Depardieu's real wife, Elisabeth Depardieu), and his young daughter, Manon (Ernestine Mazurowna). Jean, a hunchback and sensitive dreamer, glories in his new life while CÃ©sar and his nephew Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil) secretly decide to stop up the spring so his plans will fail. The good-hearted Jean, too naive to imagine that anyone would sabotage him, struggles fruitlessly to make his garden bloom. His continual failure erodes his spirit, setting the stage for a tragedy with consequences for all. Director Claude Berri focuses a well-trained eye on the heart-stopping scenery of the rural ProvenÃ§al landscape in this beautifully filmed tragedy, establishing a farmer's reverence for his land and native soil. Gerard Depardieu delivers an unforgettable performance as the failed dreamer. MANON OF THE SPRING: This sequel to 1986's JEAN DE FLORETTE stars Emmanuelle BÃ©art as Manon (the daughter of JEAN DE FLORETTE's protagonist). Manon has grown up to become a beautiful woman, a shy and resourceful shepherdess who lives in relative seclusion from the townspeople of her ProvenÃ§al village, haunted by the tragic death of her father (played by Gerard Depardieu in part one). An outsider like her father, Manon stays high up in the rugged hills, preferring the company of her sheep to her nearby neighbors CÃ©sar (Yves Montand) and Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil). One fateful day, Manon discovers the real reason why her father's spring ran dry and comes up with a powerful revenge to exact on the men responsible for her father's downfall. Manon's action changes her life forever and uncovers long-hidden family secrets that powerfully affect the local villagers. This charming and poignant fable, based on Marcel Pagnol's classic story, is a richly filmed tale of a small triumph over tragedy. Emmanuelle BÃ©art's beauty radiates throughout the film; she delivers a subtle and captivating performance. Once again, director Claude Berri films with a sensitive eye for the wild beauty of the French countryside that perfectly complements the seductive and earthy beauty of its nubile young star.
Swedish director Roy Andersson explores the 'grandeur of existence', in this award-winning film consisting of fifty surreal short sketches, each filmed in one take. Filming the actors in a variety of unconventional settings with tragicomic themes, Andersson explores the humanity and common threads that link their everyday lives with empathy and charm. A visually distinctive film, its characters include a disgruntled psychiatrist, a junior school teacher with emotional issues, a heart broken groupie, and a business consultant having a bad-hair day.
When the beautiful, young Ruth Barren has a sense that something is missing in her life, she travels to India in search of self-discovery. There she falls under the influence of a religious guru.
Her family, alarmed and desperate to regain their daughter, hire PJ Walters, an American cult 'deprogrammer' to find her and rescue her.
Two days later a reversal of power takes place when the battleground shifts from religion to sex. The spiritual pro is himself facing deprogramming as he falls for his avenging angel.
Inspired by true events, this shocking story unfurls as a young American (Dusan Dukic) wakes up stark naked in a parking lot one frigid morning in Montreal. The only thing he remembers is that his name is James Brighton and he is gay.
After the police efforts produce no results, James desperately turns to a local gay hotline and a doctorial student for help. As the pieces of his actual identity unfold, a bizarre twist lands James in jail and everyone questioning who this person really is!
Ken Loach is one of Britain’s most respected film directors with a career spanning over 40 years.
From his pioneering days with the BBC, scripting and directing Cathy Come Home in 1966, to the Palme D’Or winning The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Ken Loach has stayed to his film making style and socially conscious subject matter.
This 8-disc digi-pack slipcase set includes a bonus DVD containing a documentary profiling the life and work of the film maker, including the theatrical trailer of his latest film, It’s a Free World and a 16 page companion booklet.
Selma is a Czech immigrant, a single mother working in a factory in rural America. She escapes the hardships of her tough life through the films that inspired her childhood. In her imagination she sees the world as an all-singing all-dancing Hollywood musical.
But Selma harbours a secret: she is losing her eyesight and unless she can save enough money to pay for an operation her 10 year-old son will inherit her blindness.
When a desperate neighbour falsely accuses Selma of stealing, her life begins to slip beyond her control and propels itself towards a tragic and numbing finale.
Regarded as one of director Bertrand Blier's greatest achievements, Buffet Froid is also amongst contemporary French cinema’s darkest and most original black comedies.
Alphonse Tram discovers his casual subway acquaintance dead with Alphonse's penknife sticking out of his belly. When he tries to report the crime to his neighbour, a police inspector, the latter refuses to listen. Later, Alphonse's wife is killed, and her hapless murderer confesses to Alphonse, but neither Alphonse nor the police inspector seem shocked. Instead, the crime acts as a catalyst for the trio to embark on a series of subversive adventures.
A stylish, nocturnal blend of Buñuellian satire and crime thriller, Buffet Froid brilliantly skewers the alienating and dehumanizing effects of urban life, and passes comment on a supposedly civilised society. Blier’s third collaboration with Depardieu, whose personality the director cites as the film’s inspiration, the ensemble acting is terrific.
In French with English subtitles.
In the shady black markets and bombed-out hovels of post-World War II Tokyo, a tough band of prostitutes eke out a dog-eat-dog existence, maintaining tenuous friendships and a semblance of order in a world of chaos. But when a renegade ex-soldier stumbles into their midst, lusts and loyalties clash, with tragic results. With Gate of Flesh, visionary director Seijun Suzukidelivers a whirlwind of social critique and pulp drama shot through with brilliant colors and raw emotions.
In 1999, Polish director Andrzej Wajda received an Honorary Academy Award for his body of work--more than thirty-five feature films, beginning with A Generationin 1955. Wajda's second film, Kanal, the first ever made about the Warsaw uprising, secured him the Special Jury Prize at Cannes and started him on the path to international acclaim, secured with the releases of his masterpiece, Ashes and Diamondsin 1958. These three groundbreaking films ushered in the "Polish School" movement and later became known as the "War Trilogy." But each boldly stands on its own--a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, the struggle for personal and national freedom, and Wajda's unique contribution to homeland and world cinema. The Criterion Collection is proud to present this director-approved edition, with new transfer of all three films and extensive interviews with the director and his colleagues.
Based on the classic Emile Zola novel, Jean Renoir's La bete humaine was one of the legendary director's greatest popular successes, tapping into the fatalism of a nation in despair. Jean Gabin's emblematic portrayal of doomed train engineer Jacques Lantier granted him a permanent place in the hearts of his countrymen. Part poetic realism, part film noir, the film is a hard-boiled and suspenseful journey into the tormented psyche of a workingman. SPECIAL FEATURES: New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the original uncut version. Introduction to the film by Jean Renoir. New interview with director Peter Bogdanovich. Archival interviews with Renoir discussing his adaptation of Emile Zola's novels, his process with actors, and directing actress Simone Simon. Gallery of on-set photographs and theatrical posters. Theatrical trailer. New and improved English subtitle translation. A booklet featuring writings by film critic Geoffrey O'Brien, historian Ginette Vincendeau, and production designer Eugene Lourie.System Requirements:Features: New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the original uncut version Introduction to the film by Jean Renoir New interview with director Peter Bogdanovich Archival interviews with Renoir discussing his adaptation of Emile Zola's novels, his process with actors, and directing actress Simone Simon Gallery of on-set photographs and theatrical posters Theatrical trailer New and improved English subtitle translation A booklet featuring writings by film critic Geoffrey O'Brien, historian Ginette Vincendeau, and production designer Eugene Lourie Running Time 100 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE
Mastroianni stars in this classic italian farce as baron cefalu, who tiring of his wife, plans to escape his marriage using a little known law allowing cuckolded husbands to murder their spouses in defense of their honor. So, now he has to find a lover for his wife.
The Sign Of Leo (Le Signe Du Lion) 1962
The Girl At The Monceau Bakery (La Boulangere De Monceau) 1962
Suzanne’s Career (La Carriere De Suzanne) 1963
In French with English subtitles.
Boudu, a tramp, jumps into the seine. He is rescued by Mr.lestingois, a gentle and good bookseller, who gives shelter to him. Mrs.lestingois and the maid anne-marie (Mr.lestingois' mistress) are far from delighted, for boudu is lazy, dirty and salacious...
Spanish actor Oscar Jaenada stars in the wry comedy XXL, playing a man named Fali who realizes that the extra-large bulge in his pants is going to cause him nothing but trouble. Chaos ensues when a friend attempts to bribe Fali into using his extended appendage to help end a romantic tryst, offering him a BMW in exchange.
At a boarding school in the pre-war austro-hungarian empire, a pair of students torture one of their fellow classmates...
Marcello Mastroianni, as a lonely city transplant, and Maria Schell, as a sheltered girl haunted by a lover's promise, meet by chance on a canal bridge and begin a tentative romance that quickly entangles them in a web of longing and self-delusion. Luchino Visconti's Le notti bianche, an exqiusite adaptation of Dostoyevsky's "White Nights," translates this romantic, shattering tale of two restless souls into a ravishing black-and-white dream.
This action-packed film from dynamic director Rajiv Rai stars Bobby Deol as Saahil, a young man whose life is plunged into chaos when he is caught up in a love triangle and wrongly accused of his stepfather's murder. Framed and imprisoned, Saahil must break out and stay one step ahead of the police in order to clear his name, find the real killer, and be reunited with his true love, Eesha (played by the radiant Kajol).
Unable to express his passionate love for an unattainable young woman, a high school student channels his libido into street brawls among rival youth gangs. The macho satire takes a somber turn when he has a fateful encounter with the ultra-right wing militarist kita ikki.
This documentary focuses on a festival called Kumbh Mela, which takes place every 12 years in India. Few people outside of the country have heard of Kumbh Mela--an astonishing fact, as it draws one of the largest congregations in the history of the world--some 70 million people. SHORT CUT TO NIRVANA aims to change all that, affording the rest of the world a chance to glimpse this amazing event, a joyous celebration of life that focuses on concepts such as peace, harmony, and respect for one's fellow human beings.
Anna Magnaniis Mamma Roma, a middle-aged prostitute who attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Filmed in the great tradition of Italian neorealism, Mamma Romaoffers an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in postwar Italy, and highlights director Pier Paolo Pasolini's lifelong fascination with the marginalized and dispossessed. Though banned upon its release in Italy for obscenity, today Mamma Romais considered a classic: a glimpse at a country's most controversial director in the process of finding his style and a powerhouse performance by one of cinema's greatest actresses.
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