In this war drama blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, the working class and the bourgeoisie of 19th century Paris are interviewed and covered on television, before and during a tragic workers’ class revolt.
Behind the faded signs of three motels in the American Southwest lay entire worlds of passion, loyalty, adventure and fate. Veteran filmmaker Christian Blackwood winds his way into the soul of remarkable people in uniquely American subculture.
In 1971, Jean Eustache films his grandmother Odette Robert. She tells him about her life: her unhappy youth, her marriage with a man who likes women, the death of her parents, of her children. She speaks about her tragedies, her life of humiliation and servitude, with a calm, almost neutral voice. In the same way she admits that “it doesn’t interest her to live”. Filmed in black and white, in a few steady shots and in a continuous way, this document is the real and moving testimony of the life of a woman of the beginning of the century.
Born in 1910 in New York City Arthur Jacob Arshawsky better known to the world as Artie Shaw went on to become one of the best clarinetists in American music history. Brigitte Berman uses interviews with Shaw his colleagues and his last wife Evelyn Keyes to provide needed insights. These are supplemented by Shaw’s music and clips from two of the films from the late 30s in which he played himself.
Lindsay Anderson’s writes and presents this documentary tribute to his hero John Ford. Including many rare clips, and interviews with those who knew and worked with Ford like stagehand Lefty Hough and actress Maureen O’Hara.
This documentary follows filmmaker ‘Kevin Macdonald’ across Europe in search of the grandfather he never really knew, Emeric Pressburger, the Oscar winning screen writer.
Punctuating the skyline of the African plains with their distinctive silhouettes, giant termite mounds support an abundance of life, and not all of it invertebrate. The Oscar-nominated Mysterious Castles of Clay provides a dramatic and enthralling insight into the diverse ecosystem these towering monoliths help sustain.
Julius Orlovsky, after spending years in a New York mental hospital, emerges catatonic and must rely on his brother Peter, who lives with poet Allen Ginsberg. When Julius wanders off in the middle of filming, Frank hires and actor to play the character and begins a fictional version of his psychological portrait. Then, as suddenly as he vanished, Julius turns up in an institution where he and Peter must face their relationship.