Shot over a period of two years, and with unprecedented access to the Aum sect accused of mass killing with Sarin gas in the Tokyo subway, this astonishing documentary by Tatsuya Mori offers a complex view of subjects as diverse as personal responsibility, public responses to terrorism, surveillance, and individual rights.
A trip along the seamy edges of New York City and a voyage through the consciousness of the mad beat poet Alan Granville. “Broken Meat” captures Alan’s New York, stripped of its glittering surface: a strange, deserted place.
In 1993, Chantal Akerman directed Sami Frey (actor who made the Jeanne Dielman’s making off in 74) in this episode of tv mini series Monologues (others episodes were made by Claire Denis, Romain Goupil, Jacques Renard and Claire Simon). He plays a man who just moved to a new building, and thinks about his situation. Why he leaved the older flat. He remembers about a summer a few years ago, the windows wide open. The air streams, the girls laughing next door…
As the Ottoman Empire comes to an end, an old servant spins a tale to keep the women in the Sultan’s harem distracted. The story is about Safiye, who first becomes the Sultan’s favorite concubine, and later the official wife. As she gains power and influence, she engages in a tryst with Nadir, the black eunuch. When the Empire falls, the Sultan escapes to Europe, leaving all the concubines behind. Safiye fights for their rights under the new order…
Widowed farmer John Webb has been depressed since the death of his wife Bessie. He would like to keep his yearly harvest going, but getting low on funds he has some hard decisions to make concerning his farm.
Three short films depicting life in women’s prisons are compiled in this anthology. Iris is a mother who’s suddenly sentenced to prison on drug charges, forcing her to leave her young son with her sister to raise. Rhonda and Nicole are recently incarcerated women coming to grips with prison. From her jail cell, Loretta is unable to help her daughter, who is locked in an abusive relationship.
This biopic centers on Knut Hamsun, a celebrated author in his native Norway. When fascism sweeps through Germany in the 1930s, the writer shocks his countrymen by allying himself with Hitler. Hamsun’s wife, Marie , also joins the Nazi cause, and goes so far as to tour in Germany, hosting public speaking engagements in the country. After the war ends, the author and his wife are further vilified in Norway, and ultimately sentenced for crimes against the state.
The story of Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571), a soldier and one of the most important craftsmen and artists of Renaissance Italy, whose life was marked by many achievements and adventures, but also crimes.