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The film, featuring Jackie Cooper and musicians like Benny Goodman and Harry James in their prime, has been digitally remastered. The romance between a young trumpeter and a New Orleans-born piano player serves as the narrative plot line. But the core of the film is its celebratory history of 'syncopated' music - jazz - tracing it from the turn-of-the-century sounds of ragtime, through Dixieland, the blues, Chicago jazz and the swing era.
Unfolding like a serialized 19th century French naturalist novel, this uncompromising series follows a cast of gorgeous women trapped by circumstances beyond their control in the luxury brothel 'Paradise'. Considered a first class closed house reserved for aristocratic or bourgeois clientele and noted for strange and refined practices during a time when prostitution was legalized, Paradise is populated by a fascinating cast of characters, each of whom struggles to find escape and solace in their own way.
Terri (Taraji P. Henson), a former lawyer and devoted wife and mother of two, offers to help charming stranger Colin (Idris Elba) after he shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished after Colin's real motive is revealed and she finds herself fighting for her family's survival.
An inventive, lyrical ode to creativity and an intimate examination of the artistic impulses of Australian-born musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. In their debut feature, directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary, weaving a staged day in Cave's life with never-before-seen verite observations of his creative cycle.
Released in 1959, this low-budget flick found its niche with cult horror fans and is a favorite of Stephen King himself. Captain Thorne Sherman (James Best) and his first mate deliver supplies by boat to a remote island. There, scientist Dr. Marlowe Craigis (Baruch Lumet) - accompanied by his daughter (Ingrid Goude) and his assistants - is doing research in an effort to reduce world hunger.
Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War One with four gripping BBC productions ranging from documentary to docu-drama that unlock the mysteries of this important chapter in our history and share a fresh perspective on how it came to be.
A dark and droll thriller with comic undertones about the fine art of killing. Mika Muller (Isabelle Huppert) is the head of a Swiss chocolate company who is not above dispensing a potent blend of hot chocolate and dangerous sedatives to those who get in her way. Isabelle Huppert won Best Actress honors for the film at the Montreal World Film Festival and at France's Lumiere Awards, while director Claude Chabrol won the prestigious Prix Louis Delluc.
Film Movement, the distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films, announced that two DVD sets of films from Israel and concerning cultural and religious themes will be released in September on DVD. Beyond Borders: Stories of Interfaith Friendship will be available on September 16 and Faces of Israel: New Israeli Cinema will be out on September 23.
Dougray Scott stars as a London doctor and single dad on his way home one night on the high-speed train with his son. He is startled and confused when the train whizzes past his stop - and becomes increasingly desperate to save himself and his mysterious fellow passengers as the train hurtles out of control, without a conductor or brakes but apparently controlled by someone looking to wreak havoc.
In 1942, Fritz Lang decided to make a film that would face the Nazi terror head-on. Working with the famous playwright Bertolt Brecht and the Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe, Lang devised a fact-based thriller that would shock and stir audiences.
The story revolves around two objects, a rare set of 18th-century Limoges china, and a 19th century aristocratic portrait. As these items are passed, sold, or stolen from one character to another, a giddy round dance of excess begins to take shape, one which suggests that if history doesn't repeat itself, it certainly rhymes. Co-writer Gerard Brach and director Otar Iosseliani uses a feather-light touch to expose the futility of class and social order, making a bagatelle of the concerns of rich and poor alike.
France, 1572. During an uneasy break in the wars of religion, Catholic King Charles IX (Jean-Hugues Anglade) concludes a marriage of state between his sister, Margot (Isabelle Adjani), and the Protestant Huguenot King Henry of Navarre (Daniel Auteuil). But Margot's skull-faced Queen Mother (Virna Lisi) is already plotting the attack on the Huguenots that would come to be known as the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, and Margot is in the throes of a throbbingly romantic affair with the Protestant La Mole (Vincent Perez).
Starring sports movie icon Kevin Costner, written by Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman, and directed by legendary director Ivan Reitman, the film was made in exclusive partnership with the NFL, allowing unprecedented access to the actual 2013 NFL Draft, an event drawing higher ratings than the playoffs for baseball, basketball and hockey.
Middle-aged high school music teacher Keith Reynolds (Guy Pearce) lives a comfortable if unexciting life in a suburb north of New York City with his wife Megan (Amy Ryan) and teenage daughter Lauren (Mackenzie Davis). Keith is an accomplished cellist but he can't seem to progress beyond being a substitute player in a New York orchestra. However, he is reenergized when teenage British exchange student and piano prodigy Sophie (Felicity Jones) comes to stay with the family. The mutual attraction between teacher and student is immediate - despite the fact that Sophie is the same age as Lauren.
Official Israeli Academy Award(R) submission for Best Foreign Language Film, won six awards of the Israeli Film Academy (including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay), and was an Official Selection of the Venice Film Festival. Directorial debut of Yuval Adler about a young Palestinian informant who must divide his loyalty between his militant brother and a paternal Israeli Secret Service officer.
Goes behind the scenes with the Egyptian national soccer team - the "Pharaohs" - and its former American coach, Bob Bradley. The film, by Egyptian filmmaker Hossam Aboul-Magd, follows the team's efforts to qualify for soccer's ultimate event for the first time in more than 20 years. In production for more than two years, the film sets the soccer team's challenge to succeed against the backdrop of the incredible turmoil in Egypt today.
Paris has the Louvre, London has the Tate Modern, and New York the Metropolitan Museum. But Husavik, Iceland - a remote village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle - boasts the world's only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. Founded and curated by Siggi Hjartarson, the Icelandic Phallological Museum houses mammalian members collected over 40 years.
Among the finest later films of Claude Chabrol, here he once again uses a murder mystery to expose the underlying tensions and deceptions of a close-knit community. A 10-year-old girl's violated body is found in the woods of a Brittany fishing village. Suspicion immediately falls on Rene (Jacques Gamblin), a painter and the girl's art teacher; he is apparently the last person to have seen her alive.
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