This expansive Greek drama follows a troupe of theater actors as they perform around their country during World War II. While the production that they put on is entitled “Golfo the Shepherdess,” the thespians end up echoing scenes from classic Greek tales in their own lives, as Elektra plots revenge on her mother for the death of her father, and seeks help from her brother, Orestes, a young anti-fascist rebel.
Marco Polo, the well known adventurer and merchant’s son from Venice in Italy, travels all through asia to find the great Khan. Once there he posesses his protection to merchandise between China and Europe but he prefers to seek out for more adventures.
In a Corleone village during the 1950s, two young children Michael and Vito come to maturity and their lives take different destinies: Michael fights for the demands of the peasants and Vito, tired of poverty, joins an organization criminal who fights against the ideals of Michael. Vito’s first commission is to end the peasant movement, even if it means killing his own friend.
A young girl in search of spiritual enlightenment joins a religious cult, and becomes the focus of a struggle between her family and the group.
The story of the desperate love affair between a young Samoan chief and a beautiful American painter, against the will of her father, the powerful governor of the island. Amid this man-made tension comes a powerful hurricane so devastating, the lives of the lovers and the entire island are imperiled.
The film surreally describes the dynamics of the acquisition of power in the various historical periods, from prehistory to consumerism in contemporary Italy, passing through the Roman Empire, the conquest of the West at the expense of the native Indians, the fascist twenty years. The various scenes are commented by three beasts, a lion, a tiger and a leopard, representing military power, economic power, and agricultural power respectively.
Sarah, an actress nearing 40, has invited the woman who has been her best friend for 16 years and two younger women to her vacation retreat in Provence. There are the simple pleasures of lounging in adjacent hammocks, the sun, the food, conversations about men. This is prologue for what happened a year ago in Paris with a man Sarah has long taken for granted as a platonic friend. She had just finished a film, also finishing her liaison with the director, and was about to get an award and start work on a new film and begin a romance with a German writer.
While driving through a small Chilean fishing village on his way to the capital, an American millionaire’s new Mercedes-Benz breaks down. In a hurry to get to his destination–and to dodge his ex-wife, who’s hot on his trail–he gives the car to Antonio, a poor potter who befriends him, and heads out to Santiago by bus. Antonio finds that, contrary to his expectations, owning the expensive new car winds up causing him nothing but trouble, and he decides to find the American in Santiago and return the car to him. Complications ensue.