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post #6571 of 7869
1971 - France - 90 min. - Feature, Color
AKA The Gazebo
AMG Rating
Director Jean Girault
Genre/Type Comedy, Farce, Slapstick, Black Comedy
Keywords blackmail, corpse, police, investigation, kill
Themes Clearing One's Name, Hide the Dead Body
From play The Gazebo
Color type Eastmancolor
Produced by MGM / Trianon Films

In this characteristic French farce, Louis De Funes in the role of Antoine spoofs the 1959 American classic black comedy, Gazebo. In Jo, De Funes is being investigated by the police because his name was on a list kept by a missing blackmailer who is presumed to be dead. Antoine has good reason to know, as he was there when the fellow died; in the moment he almost managed to shoot the man, someone else kills him. He is stuck with the body, and he keeps having to move it while the police are watching him. Fortunately for him, they are somewhat inept. — Clarke Fountain

Claude Gensac - Madame Brisbard
Christiane Muller - Mathilde
Bernard Blier - Commisaire
Jacques Marin - Andrieux
Guy Tréjan - Adrien
Ferdy [Ferdinand] Mayne - Monsieur Grunder
Carlo Nell - Plumerel
Dominique Zardi
Florence Blot - Madame Cramusel
Henri Attal
Micheline Luccioni
Michel Galabru - Tonelotti
Yvonne Clech - Grunder
Louis de Funès - Antoine

Jean Girault - Director
Leo Fuchs - Producer
Jacques Vilfrid - Screenwriter
Henri Decaë - Cinematographer
Raymond Lefevre - Composer (Music Score)
Armand Psenny - Editor
post #6572 of 7869

A beautiful intelligent love story
Toronto Sun
Kadosh ("Sacred") is a film set in Mea She'arim, the ultra-Orthodox Jewish quarter of Jerusalem.

The story begins with a lengthy and graceful sequence that shows Meir (Yoram Hattab) dressing and praying, engaged in his morning ritual. Here is a world in which every action of the day is undertaken according to Talmudic ritual; a sense of emotional claustrophobia underlines the film.

Meir dearly loves his wife Rivka (Yael Abecassis), but they have a problem. After 10 years of marriage, they have no children. As the woman's main role is to have children and ensure the supply of future scholars of the Talmud, a childless union is considered an illegitimate marriage.

The rabbi (who is Meir's father) wants Meir to send Rivka away and take another wife.

Meanwhile, Rivka's sister Malka (Meital Barda) is far more interested in the outside world. Still, she agrees to go through with an arranged marriage. We have seen few things on the big screen as upsetting as the scenes of her wedding night.

When Meir and Rivka go their separate ways and Rivka begins to sink into depression, Malka reacts by turning her back on everything she once held dear. It is an expensive form of freedom.

Kadosh is a beautifully made and balanced film, and not the indictment of orthodoxy that it may sound.

This is the third movie from Amos Gitai to focus on his native Israel via an inside look at three of the country's largest cities; Devarim was set in Tel Aviv and Yom Yom in Haifa.

In Kadosh he examines conflict between individual and community, and pays homage to the people of Mea She'arim who shore up their lives and values with religion. The district does not welcome tourists and all must adhere to the rules.

But according to the director, the fate of women in such societies is always a problem. Kadosh has political and religious and historical elements, but it is also a love story (and a tragedy) and is told from the women's perspective. Where do love and emotion fit into the strict dictates of any religious community?

One could always ask the students at Bob Jones University, of course.

Kadosh is an intelligent and transporting picture and, speaking of rituals, it is time well spent at the movies.
post #6573 of 7869
This film isn't as obscure as some of the others in this segment of the thread, but as I've been amazed by the number of people who've not seen it. . . .

Lola Rennt

This 1998 film, directed by Tom Tykwer, features Franka Potente and Moritz Bleibtreu in the leading roles. (It was released in the U.S.A. under the title Run Lola Run.) Like Akira Kurosawa's 1950 film Roshomon, Lola Rennt presents different versions of the same scenario — wherein Lola attempts to help her idiot boyfriend and in the process becomes involved in his criminal activity.

Tykwer employs animation in a few places, which is a pleasant surprise. It's an exciting film, with no rest for the characters or the audience!

Extremely entertaining, Lola Rennt is best viewed via the subtitled rather than the dubbed version (as is true of all foreign-language films). Snag this film from your local library or video store and give it an audition!

post #6574 of 7869
Marvin's Room

Great cast provides film's best moments
Toronto Sun
In Marvin's Room, a feel-good tragedy about everyday life and death, hope is mined from the muck of human sickness, both physical and mental.

Although it was adapted from the stage play by the original writer, playwright Scott McPherson, and is noble in its sentiments, Marvin's Room has the touchy feely mood of a disease-of-the-week TV movie.

It is beautifully filmed by director Jerry Zaks and features a cast that is impressive even for a feature film, much less a TV show. It is this astonishing cast, all of them operating in fine form, that elevates the too familiar material and makes Marvin's Room at least compelling.

Meryl Streep, as brassy, trashy and working class as she has ever been, plays a chain-smoking mother of two troubled, emotionally battered sons in some Ohio town. The elder son, played by rising star Leonardo DiCaprio, is delinquent and needy enough to burn the family house down.

Diane Keaton plays Streep's unmarried sister, a woman who has devoted her adult life to caring for her invalid, near vegetable father (Hume Cronyn) and her dotty aunt (Gwen Verdon) in their home in Florida. There is a lot of love in the house. But her doctor -- enter co-producer Robert De Niro in a support role as a fumbling eccentric -- tells Keaton that she has leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant.

Which obliges her to call her sister Streep, whom she hasn't talked to in 20 years, to see if a match can be made with her or her offspring. Mouth motoring, cigarettes burning and sons rebelling, Streep loads up the car and heads south to her destiny.

There are life lessons to be learned here, of course, by everyone. There is fear of disease to be overcome. There are family ties that, long tattered and frayed, need repairing.

The predictability of Marvin's Room is part of the problem the filmmakers faced in getting us to pay attention. The material wavers between sentimental sincerity and afternoon soap opera, a contrast heightened because Verdon is hooked on some absurd TV soap.

Yet director Zaks (a Tony Award winner for his Broadway stage work but a feature film rookie) is obviously smart enough to let his camera look closely into the minds and hearts of his lead actors, especially Streep, Keaton and DiCaprio. They give us the goods, those moments of such purity and beauty that you recognize the true nature of mankind in the movie. That makes it worth watching.
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post #6576 of 7869
Nosferatu's one of my favorites!!!

post #6577 of 7869
Pandora's Box

Die Büchse der Pandora was produced in 1928 and directed by Georg Pabst. Louise Brooks provided one of cinema's all-time greatest tours de force in the role of Lulu, a pragmatic young woman who (shall we say) makes house calls on wealthy men.

There's so much to say about this marvelous film and its star, but I'll do my best to keep it short. Louise, from adolescence, was a professional dancer — touring with the U.S.A.'s premiere modern-dance company and later appearing in Ziegfeld's Follies.

Subsequent to Louise's having acted in several films brilliant German director Georg Pabst hired her to star in his film Die Büchse der Pandora, much to the chagrin of German film critics who couldn't believe Pabst would hire an American for the leading role. Their misgivings were soon proven to be misplaced.

As Lulu, Louise captivated audiences with her stunning cinematic presence. Lulu moves from one crisis to another, be they criminal or domestic in nature; and in the end she finds herself in the arms of Jack the Ripper.

Forget that you may not be used to watching silent films: Watch Pandora's Box (as it's called in the English-speaking world) and you'll come away wondering — as do we all — why Hollywood didn't make Louise a film star in her own country. The story is totally engaging; and the acting, by all concerned, is way above par.

post #6578 of 7869

Waste of Paul Newman
post #6579 of 7869

Red Rock West (1992)

Directed by John Dahl

Writing credits (WGA)
John Dahl (written by) & Rick Dahl (written by)

Genre: Thriller

Tagline: ...All Roads Lead To Intrigue.

Plot Summary: When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife... (more) (view trailer)

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage .... Michael Williams
Craig Reay .... Jim
Vance Johnson .... Mr. Johnson
Robert Apel .... Howard
Bobby Joe McFadden .... Old man
J.T. Walsh .... Wayne Brown aka Kevin McCord
Lara Flynn Boyle .... Suzanne Brown aka Ann McCord
Dale Gibson .... Kurt (Suzanne's boyfriend)
Ted Parks .... Chevron cashier
Babs Bram .... Red Rock Hospital receptionist
Robert Guajardo .... Doctor
Sarah Sullivan (I) .... Nurse
Timothy Carhart .... Deputy Matt Greytack
Dan Shor .... Deputy Russ Bowman
Dennis Hopper .... Lyle from Dallas

Runtime: 98 min
Country: USA
Language: English

Loved it and actually figured out which town in Wyoming it was supposed to be!
post #6580 of 7869
Oh, no! I missed R. I have to tell you about Reap the Wild Wind. When I was a little girl I saw this movie (it is an old movie, or it wouldn't be obscure) I saw a handsome man named Jack Stewart in it, and he became my favorite actor. Everyone told me there was no such actor, but I insisted, because I was a little girl in love! Unfortunately, he played in a lot of westerns and action pictures. So I didn't see him often, but when we role played our heroes, I was always Jack Stewart! And everyone gave me a look that clearly said, "There she goes again!"

After a few years, my sister and I went to the movies, and lo and behold!!! There was Jack Stewart in all of his glory, and he was the star of the picture! Have you guessed yet? I immediately said "See, I told you he was real! That's Jack Stewart! Later he made my favorite "Jack Stewart" movie, The Quiet Man, and when he got much older, won an Oscar for playing Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. I guess those of you who are not too young will know now that the star I fell in love with played the role of Jack Stewart in a wonderful sailing ship adventure called REAP THE WILD WIND, but his name was John Wayne.

I'm sorry to do this, but I want you all to watch it the next time it comes on tv. I have never forgotten it! It also starred Susan Hayward, Ray Milland, and Raymond Massey. It's is color, and an excellent story.

Review: John Wayne, Ray Milland, and Paulette Goddard team up with the legendary producer-director Cecil B. DeMille to create one of the greatest swashbuckling epics of all time. Adventures on the panoramic high seas highlight this tale of two men competing for the same woman. Key West in the 1840s is filled with salvage businesses (etc.)
post #6581 of 7869
That's like when I was in highschool and had the chicken pox and couldn't sleep. I saw a cool black and white film called the "The Man with the World in His Arms". Not too many people have heard of it and I thought I was crazy till I finally found it online.
post #6582 of 7869
Shadrach (1998)

Themes Journey, Aging

An elderly former slave, Shadrach, walks over 600 miles to the place of his birth in Virginia, a former plantation. There he collapses in the front yard of a poor white bootlegger and his family. This family takes him in and nurses him as he begins to die. They respect the old man for his age and his determination to return home to die.
post #6583 of 7869
T-Men (1947)

Directed by Anthony Mann

Writing credits
John C. Higgins
Virginia Kellogg (story)

Genre: Film-Noir / Crime (more)

Tagline: Tough... Tense... Terrific... True!

Plot Summary: United States Treasury agents O'Brien and Genaro infiltrate a counterfeiting ring which has some dangerously good paper...

Complete credited cast:
Dennis O'Keefe (I) .... Dennis O'Brien
Mary Meade .... Evangeline
Alfred Ryder .... Tony Genaro
Wallace Ford .... The Schemer (as Wally Ford)
June Lockhart .... Mary Genaro
Charles McGraw .... Moxie
Jane Randolph (I) .... Diana Simpson
Art Smith (I) .... Gregg
Herbert Heyes .... Chief Carson
Jack Overman .... Brownie
John Wengraf .... 'Shiv' Triano
Jim Bannon (I) .... Lindsay
William Malten .... Paul Miller

Runtime: 92 min
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Black and White
post #6584 of 7869
Ulzana's Raid (1973)

Graphic and gory movie about an Apache chief's rampage.
post #6585 of 7869
Vixens of Wrestling.

Somehow, the title says it all.
post #6586 of 7869
X (1963)

Directed by Roger Corman

Writing credits
Robert Dillon (III)
Ray Russell (III)

Genre: Sci-Fi / Thriller

Tagline: Suddenly he could see through clothes, flesh... and walls!

Plot Outline: Dr. Xaviers experiments with X-Ray vision start to go wrong.

Credited cast:
Ray Milland .... Dr. James Xavier
Diana Van der Vlis .... Dr. Diane Fairfax
Harold Stone (I) .... Dr. Sam Brant
John Hoyt (I) .... Dr. Willard Benson
Don Rickles .... Crane
Morris Ankrum .... Mr. Bowhead
Lorrie Summers .... Party Blonde
Dick Miller (I) .... John Trask
rest of cast listed alphabetically
John Dierkes .... Preacher
Kathryn Hart .... Mrs. Mart
Jonathan Haze .... Heckler (Trask's sidekick)
Vicki Lee (I) .... Young patient
Barboura Morris .... Nurse (in attendance of Young patient)

Also Known As:
Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) (USA)
Runtime: 79 min
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
post #6587 of 7869
Yeardley Smith
post #6588 of 7869

Costa-Gravis chronicles the overthrow of the democratic government in Greece. When a liberal politician is murdered in an attack during a peace demonstration, the right wing established figures in the military and the police try and hide not only their parts in it, but try to cover up the murder as well. The prosecutor must act as a detective in order to go through the cover up. While historically accurate, it is told as a combination mystery and thriller.

Ok, I used up my creativity looking up a "Z" movie on imdb.com, any suggestions on a new topic.
post #6589 of 7869

West of Zanzibar

The ninth collaboration between Lon Chaney and director Tod Browning, West of Zanzibar (1928) is probably the most successful of their films together along with The Unknown. Adapted from a popular stage play, this tale of revenge and debasement is disturbing, even by current standards, and is not recommended for timid viewers. MGM even remade it in 1932 under its original stage title, Kongo with Walter Huston reprising his Broadway role.

West of Zanzibar opens on a picture of domestic bliss. Phroso (Chaney), an English music hall magician, is completely devoted to his wife, Anna (Jacqueline Hart). But appearances are deceiving and Anna soon abandons Phroso for her lover, Crane (Lionel Barrymore), an ivory trader. When Phroso goes to confront Crane, he is permanently crippled in a fight with his rival. A year later, Anna, with her baby daughter Maizie, attempts to return to Phroso but dies before she can reach him. Phroso adopts Maizie under the assumption that she was fathered by Crane and relocates to the jungles of Africa where he proceeds to raise her in a harsh and degrading environment among superstitious natives. When Maizie reaches the age of eighteen, Phroso plots his final act of revenge and summons Crane to their isolated outpost under false pretenses.

Considering the sensationalistic aspects of the story, it's no surprise that some sequences didn't make the final cut of West of Zanzibar. For one thing, the scene where Phroso makes an appearance as a "duck man" at a side show was deleted. Tod Browning would later use this bizarre costume for the horrific climax to Freaks where Olga Baclanova is transformed into the "duck woman." Another sequence that didn't get pass the censors is one where Phroso crawls into a bar on his wheeled platform, begging for handouts, and is tossed through a plate glass window into the street.

In case you were wondering, West of Zanzibar was not filmed on location in Africa but on the Culver City lot. Phroso's jungle compound was constructed around the studio water tank and numerous steam pipes were utilized to keep the vast array of tropical plants on the set from wilting in the dry California climate. Due to the studio lights, the rising summer temperatures, and the steam from the pipes, the set was often as humid as a turkish bath and extremely uncomfortable for the cast and crew members.

Director: Tod Browning
Producer: Irving G. Thalberg
Screenplay: Elliott Clawson (based on the play Kongo by Charles de Vonde & Kilbourn Gordon
Cinematography: Percy Hilburn
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons
Cast: Lon Chaney (Phroso), Lionel Barrymore (Crane), Warner Baxter (Doc), Mary Nolan (Maizie), Jacqueline Daly (Anna), Roscoe Ward (Tiny).

post #6590 of 7869
Sorry, my bad--you'd think I'd know my alphabet by now, eh?
post #6591 of 7869
Since we need a new topic, how about children's or teen's books?

Artemis Fowl
Amelia Bedelia
post #6592 of 7869
Bobsey twins books
post #6593 of 7869
Close Your Eyes

This is a real cute little book about a tiger cub who is supposed to take a nap but keeps coming up with questions. His mom very patiently answers all his questions and reassures him that she'll always be there to protect him.
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Nancy Drew
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Ever-Clever Elisa

It's a book about a little girl's adventures as she starts 1st grade.
post #6596 of 7869
My Friend Flicka
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Grimm"s Fairy Tales
post #6598 of 7869
Harry Potter?
post #6599 of 7869
The Indian in the Cupboard
post #6600 of 7869
the Jungle Book
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