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August 6, 2018 / Foreign

A middle-aged disabled man unknowingly begins a lonely hearts correspondence with his own unmarried sister, who takes care of him. As he writes more and more to her, he begins to fall in love, and she, knowing that it is her brother who is writing, discovers a new, tender side to him. But trouble looms when he asks to meet her in person.

WATCH MOVIE Chère Inconnue (1980) AKA I Sent a Letter to My Love

August 6, 2018 / Foreign

Madame Rosa lives in a sixth-floor walkup in the Pigalle; she’s a retired prostitute, Jewish and an Auschwitz survivor, a foster mom to children of other prostitutes. Momo is the oldest and her favorite, an Algerian lad whom she raises as a Muslim. He asks about his parents; she answers evasively. As she ages and takes fewer children, Momo must do more for her; as money is tight, he tries to earn pennies on the street with a puppet. He’s a beautiful man-child, and Madame Rosa makes him promise never to sell himself or become a pimp.

WATCH MOVIE La vie devant soi (1977) AKA Madame Rosa

August 6, 2018 / Foreign
August 5, 2018 / Foreign
August 5, 2018 / Foreign

1865: Swiss captain Bluntschli fights as mercenary in the war between Bulgaria and Serbia. When his group’s attacked by a few Bulgarian troopers, he learns that he’s got the wrong ammunition for his cannon and has to flee. His flight leads him right into the bedroom of his enemy’s fiancée.

WATCH MOVIE Helden (1958) AKA Arms and the Man

August 5, 2018 / Musical

In this musical comedy, a popular Mexican singer finds himself tiring of the constant adulation of rabidly adoring females and decides to fake a marriage so that will stop ripping the clothing off his body after concerts. Unfortunately, he and the woman he chooses seldom agree and mayhem ensues. Songs include: “Mexicana,” “Lupita,” “See Mexico,” “Heartlessness,” “Time Out for Dreaming,” “De Corazon a Corazon,” “Somewhere There’s a Rainbow,” and “The Children’s Song.”

WATCH MOVIE Mexicana (1945)

August 5, 2018 / Foreign

The childhood and early adulthood of Li Tien-lu, an 84-year-old Taiwanese puppet master, comes to life using a combination of documentary technique and elegant dramatization, while the real Li functions as on-and-off-screen narrator, as the film travels from 1908 to 1945.

WATCH MOVIE Xi meng ren sheng (1993) AKA The Puppetmaster

August 5, 2018 / Foreign

The European Upper Crust meets the Taiwan Underworld in this convoluted comic action thriller. Winston Cheng is a prominent businessman who has somehow managed to fall deep into debt to organized crime leaders in Taipai, to the tune of $100 million. When it becomes clear that the gangsters are tired of waiting for their money, Cheng goes underground, just as two mob enforcers are sent out to find him. Cheng’s son — who calls himself Red Fish — is the leader of a street gang; the gunmen start following Red Fish and his partners in crime — Hong Kong, Lun Lun, and Little Buddha  — in hopes that the son will lead them to the father.

WATCH MOVIE Mahjong (1996)