Far from Heaven (2002)

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Far from Heaven (2002)

Far from Heaven (2002)
In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
In the midst of the Great Depression, manipulative emcee Rocky enlists contestants for a dance marathon offering a $1,500 cash prize. Among them are a failed actress, a middle-aged sailor, a delusional blonde and a pregnant girl.

Venice Revealed (2009)

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Venice Revealed (2009)
2xDVD5 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC 16:9 | Cover | 164 mins | 4,29 Gb + 4,16 Gb
Audio: English AC3 2.0 @ 224 Kbps | Subtitles: English SDH
Genre: Documentary

This documentary from Athena Learning and Colonial Pictures finds historian-cum-belletrist Peter Ackroyd leading viewers on a multidimensional tour of Venice, one of Italy's most intriguing and mysterious cities. As Ackroyd tours such landmarks as churches, palazzos, alleyways and much more, he opts to focus on Venetian art (immortalized in tableaux by Guardi and Canaletto), music (such as the hymns of Vivaldi|) and theater (typified by the legendary Venetian carnival). The film also interpolates conversations with preservationists struggling to protect the city's artifacts from time and the sea.

Julia (1977)

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Julia (1977)

Julia (1977)
At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.

Copenhagen (2002)

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Copenhagen (2002)

Copenhagen (2002)
No one knows for sure what transpired when German physicist Werner Heisenberg met with his Jewish Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr, in Copenhagen -- the event became the stuff of modern scientific mythology. Director Howard Davies puts his spin on the momentous meeting that occurred one night in September 1941, during which the longtime friends entered into a dangerous discussion about physics and politics.

Eclipse Series 23: The First Films of Akira Kurosawa (1943-1945) [The Criterion Collection]

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Eclipse Series 23: The First Films of Akira Kurosawa (1943-1945) [The Criterion Collection]

Eclipse Series 23: The First Films of Akira Kurosawa (1943-1945)
Sanshiro Sugata / The Most Beautiful / Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two / The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail
4xDVD5 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC 4:3 | 305 min | 15,96 Gb
Audio: Japanese (日本語) AC3 1.0 @ 384 Kbps | Subs: English
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama | The Criterion Collection

Years before Akira Kurosawa changed the face of cinema with such iconic works as Rashomon, Seven Samurai, and Yojimbo, he made his start in the Japanese film industry with four popular and exceptional works, created as World War II raged. All gripping dramas, those rare first films - Sanshiro Sugata; The Most Beautiful; Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two; and The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail - are collected here and include a two-part martial arts saga, a portrait of female volunteers helping the war effort, and a kabuki-derived tale of deception. These captivating films are a glorious introduction to a peerless career.

The Lady Vanishes (1938) [The Criterion Collection #3 - Reissue]

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The Lady Vanishes (1938) [The Criterion Collection #3 - Reissue]

The Lady Vanishes (1938)
On a train headed for England a group of travelers is delayed by an avalanche. Holed up in a hotel in a fictional European country, young Iris befriends elderly Miss Froy. When the train resumes, Iris suffers a bout of unconsciousness and wakes to find the old woman has disappeared. The other passengers ominously deny Miss Froy ever existed, so Iris begins to investigate with another traveler and, as the pair sleuth, romantic sparks fly.

The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) [The Criterion Collection #351]

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The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) [The Criterion Collection #351]

The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Ana, a sensitive seven-year-old girl in a rural Spanish hamlet is traumatized after a traveling projectionist screens a print of James Whale's 1931 "Frankenstein" for the village. The youngster is profoundly disturbed by the scenes in which the monster murders the little girl and is later killed himself by the villagers. She questions her sister about the profundities of life and death and believes her older sibling when she tells her that the monster is not dead, but exists as a spirit inhabiting a nearby barn. When a Loyalist soldier, a fugitive from Franco's victorious army, hides out in the barn, Ana crosses from reality into a fantasy world of her own.

The Devil's Sword (1984) [Mondo Macabro]

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The Devil's Sword (1984) [Mondo Macabro]

The Devil's Sword (1983)
The DEVIL'S SWORD lies hidden in a secret cave inside Devils Mountain, everything evil will fight to the death for it... "For whoever possesses the sword, will rule the kingdom!" Four warriors attack the keeper of the mountain and try to force him to hand over the map that will lead them to the sword. The tortured keeper escapes and runs to MANDALA his master, who after hearing of the attempt, sets off on his own journey to save the DEVIL'S SWORD. He has many blood-curdling battles along the way, he is attacked by the evil crocodile men and encounters many fiendish traps set for intruders entering the mountain. At last MANDALA captures his prize - can he call upon the Gods and use the mystical sword against the raging warriors with their awesome magical power? Will he win the fight with the crocodile queen who craves the DEVIL'S SWORD at any cost?

The Darjeeling Limited (2007) [The Criterion Collection #540]

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The Darjeeling Limited (2007) [The Criterion Collection #540]

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other -- to become brothers again like they used to be. Their "spiritual quest", however, veers rapidly off-course (due to events involving over-the-counter pain killers, Indian cough syrup, and pepper spray).

Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)

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Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)

Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)
A corrupt cop gets in over his head when he tries to assassinate a beautiful Russian hit-woman.

Tandem (1994)

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Tandem (1994)

Tandem (1994)
The story of two men, one middle aged one mid twenties, who make friends and exchange cigarettes and stories of their sex lives, unaware they have unwittingly exchanged partners. The story, told in flashbacks, as the two men travel through the night on a motorcycle, is loaded with highly charged eroticism. Sex and violence are juxtaposed against the drabness of the men's everyday lives, effectively blurring the line between what is real and what is fantasy. Founded on the well-known myth of furtive sexual gropers on the rush-hour Tokyo commuter trains, Tandem is a low-key masterpiece of Japanese Pink Cinema.

The Battle of Algiers (1966) [The Criterion Collection #249]

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The Battle of Algiers (1966) [The Criterion Collection #249]

The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Tracing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali from his start as a petty thief to his rise to prominence in the organisation and capture by the French in 1957. The film traces the rebels' struggle and the increasingly extreme measures taken by the French government to quell the revolt.

Il Posto (1961) [The Criterion Collection #194]

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Il Posto (1961) [The Criterion Collection #194]

Il Posto (1961)
With his family mired in financial troubles, Domenico moves to Milan, Italy, from his small town to get a job in lieu of furthering his education. A lack of options forces him to take a position as a messenger at a big company, where he hopes to receive a promotion soon. There, Domenico meets Antonietta, a young woman in a similar situation as himself. The two form a tentative relationship, but the soulless nature of their jobs threatens to keep them apart.

Breathless (1960) [The Criterion Collection #408]

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Breathless (1960) [The Criterion Collection #408]

Breathless (1960)
A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he attempts to persuade a girl to run away to Italy with him.