An adaptation by Harold Pinter of Franz Kafka's classic novel about one man's paranoia and persecution. Josef K. for no reason he can imagine is suddenly arrested. As he wanders through a maze of bureaucracy declaring his innocence he becomes more and more entangled in the system -- and he puts himself in ever greater danger. And no matter what he does he can't make the nightmare end.
Chris Harte and Emily Gold grew up together in seeming suburban bliss sheltered by the love and support of their parents. Unsurprisingly the deep friendship shared between the two blossomed into a high school romance but the peace and tranquility of the families' lives is brought to a devastating halt by a late night call from the emergency room. Emily is dead at 17 from a gunshot wound to the head inflicted by Chris as part of an apparent suicide pact.
Paul a handsome and talented music student is employed as the page-turner at one of the world famous pianist Kennington's concerts in San Francisco only to find the best way to make it to the top is to sleep his way there with older gentlemen who can assist him...
Featuring stunning performances from two young actors who went on to become prominent Hollywood stars - Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis - the shocking hard hitting true story 'Too Young To Die?' confronts one of the most difficult dilemmas facing the US legal system: should teenage murderers be executed for their crimes? By the age of 14 Amanda Sue Bradley has already suffered a lifetime of cruelty and neglect. She's alone in the world and desperate for love. All too easily she falls prey to a seductive hustler who introduces her to a tawdry world of strip joints and drug abuse. One night high on speed and alcohol they take off on a murderous spree. Their victim: the one man who has ever shown Amanda love and compassion. Amanda is arrested for the kill and the crime is so brutal that despite her age she face trial as an adult. If she's found guilty of murder the penalty will be the ultimate one: the gas chamber.
A 4 DVD box set comprising of 19 film adaptations of plays by Samuel Beckett. Includes: 1. Waiting for Godot (director Michael Lindsay-Hogg) 2. Not I (director Neil Jordan) 3. Rough for Theatre I (director Kieron J Walsh) 4. Ohio Impromptu (director Charles Sturridge) 5. Krapp's Last Tape (director Atom Egoyan) 6. What Where (director Damien O'Donnell) 7. Footfalls (director Walter Asmus) 8. Come and Go (director John Crowley) 9. Act Without Words I (director Karel Reisz) 10. Happy
When 13 year old Maria Merryweather's father dies, leaving her orphaned and homeless, she is forced to leave her luxurious London life to go and live with Sir Benjamin, an eccentric uncle.
Catherine Cookson was born Catherine McMullen in 1906. Her life began in poverty and she grew up believing her real mother was her sister. In a life that could have been taken from any of her own novels Catherine aspired to achieve more than many of her time. From poverty to wealth she left the sadness behind to start a new life in Hastings where she was to meet her husband Tom Cookson. As a form of therapy Catherine began to write and never stopped and became one of the world's be
2009 sees the 40th Anniversary of Eric Carle's perennially popular children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Translated into over 50 languages worldwide it's said the book has sold 1 copy every minute since its publication in 1969 and it is now recognised as a children's classic. This animated version of Eric Carle's most famous work - along with 4 more of his stories - was produced by The Illuminated Film Company (who also adapted Raymond Briggs' The Snowman) and faithfully utilises Carle's unmistakeable artwork to charming effect. Housed in a specially commissioned slipcase to mark the Hungry Caterpillar's 40th Anniversary this DVD will delight fans of the book both young and old.
Mona Lisa Smile: Set in 1953 Katherine Watson (Roberts) is a free-spirited graduate of UC Berkeley who accepts a teaching post at Wellesley College a women-only school where the students are torn between the repressive mores of the time and their longing for intellectual freedom. A League Of Their Own: Tom Hanks Geena Davis and Madonna star in this major-league comedy from the team that brought you Big. Hanks stars as Jimmy Dugan a washed-up ball player whose big league days are over. Hired to coach in the All-American Girls League of 1943 - while the male pros are at war - Dugan finds himself drawn back into the game by the heart and heroics of his all-girl team. Jon Lovitz adds a scene stealing cameo as the sarcastic scout who recruits Dottie Hanson (Davis) the baseball dolly with a Babe Ruth swing. Teammates Madonna Lori Petty and Rosie O'Donnell round out the roster taking the team to the World Series. Based on the true story of the pioneering women who blazed the trail for generations of athletes. Maid In Manhattan: Marisa Ventura is a single mother born and bred in the boroughs of New York City. She works as a maid in a first-class Manhattan hotel. By a twist of fate and mistaken identity Marisa meets Christopher Marshall a handsome heir to a political dynasty who believes that she is a guest at the hotel. Fate steps in and throws the unlikely pair together for one night. When Marisa's true identity is revealed the two find that they are worlds apart even though the distance separating them is just a subway ride between Manhattan and the Bronx.
America's Sweethearts (Dir. Joe Roth 2001): Gwen (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Eddie (John Cusack) are America's Sweethearts two wildly popular celebrities who share their love on and off the screen in this farcical romantic comedy. A messy breakup sends Eddie to a New Age Hollywood healing center and Gwen into the arms of her current affair a Spanish bohunk short on charm (Hank Azaria). When their relationship troubles begin to threaten their superstar celebrity status and the release of their final film together the studio heads call in legendary press agent Lee Phillips (Billy Crystal) to helm the troubled film's press junket. Julia Roberts costars as Kiki Gwen's personal assistant and sister who has always lived to please her demanding diva sister. Once overweight and severely self-conscious Kiki's life revolves around her sister's ridiculous demands in this send up of ego-driven movie star vanity. Phillips manages to gather the warring superstars together at a remote desert location for the all important press junket where his best laid plans begin to unravel in this hysterical parody of the movie industry replete with neurotic actors eccentric crazed directors (Christopher Walken in a gem of a cameo) maniacal studio heads and gossip-starved press who will do anything or anyone for the next big story. Mona Lisa Smile (Dir. Mike Newell 2003): Set in 1953 Katherine Watson (Roberts) is a free-spirited graduate of UC Berkeley who accepts a teaching post at Wellesley College a women-only school where the students are torn between the repressive mores of the time and their longing for intellectual freedom. My Best Friend's Wedding (Dir. P.J. Hogan 1997): Julia Roberts Cameron Diaz Rupert Everett and Dermot Mulroney star in My Best Friend's Wedding a high-spirited romantic comedy that serves up something wild something new sometimes touching and sometimes truly hilarious! Roberts's dazzles as commitment-shy Julianne Potter who suddenly realises she is in love with her best friend Michael (Mulroney). There's just one catch - he's about to marry someone else. Now she has to win him back and with just four days the help of her resourceful boss (Everett) and the benefits of an extremely devious mind Jules will do anything to steal him back - except tell him the honest truth!
Meet Joe Black (Dir. Martin Brest 1998): Bill Parrish (Anthony Hopkins) has it all success wealth and power. Days before his 65th birthday he receives a visit from a mysterious stranger Joe Black (Brad Pitt) who soon reveals himself as Death. In exchange for extra time Bill agrees to serve as Joe's earthly guide. But will he regret his choice when Joe unexpectedly falls in love with Bill's beautiful daughter Susan (Claire Forlani)? Mona Lisa Smile (Dir. Mike Newell 2003): Set in 1953 Katherine Watson (Roberts) is a free-spirited graduate of UC Berkeley who accepts a teaching post at Wellesley College a women-only school where the students are torn between the repressive mores of the time and their longing for intellectual freedom. Erin Brockovich (Dir. Steven Soderbergh 2003): She brought a small town to its feet and a huge corporation to its knees. A research assistant (Roberts) helps an attorney (Finney) in a lawsuit against a large utility company blamed for causing an outbreak of cancer and other illnesses in a small community.
The Snow Queen: The dark and complex tale of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen is brought to life in this stunning and magical mix of music and song animation and 'live' drama. The tale of how innocence and love in the shape of the heroine Gerda can overcome the evil power of their nemesis The Snow Queen takes us on a journey through the Enchanted Flower Garden on a flight through the Northern Lights and into the palace of the Snow Queen herself - a figure powerful enough to 'tie all the winds of the world together'. We meet talking flowers the helpful raven and reindeer the Finland woman and the Lapland woman a band of robbers and a whole royal family. And finally Gerda's tears bring the hero Kay back to warmth and life and Spring returns to the countryside. And all the while we are reminded that splinters of an ancient broken enchanted looking glass are in the air around us waiting to fly into an unsuspecting eye like Kay's and turn a good heart to a lump of ice - and a good person into a gift for the Snow Queen. The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe: The first published and arguably best loved tale in C.S. Lewis' acclaimed ""Chronicles of Narnia"" 'The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe' is the adventure-filled tale of two brothers and two sisters who cross through an enchanted wardrobe into the magical world of Narnia land of talking animals and mythical creatures. They discover that Narnia is under the evil power of the White Witch who brings eternal winter to the land. It is up to the children to join the noble lion Aslan and bring Springtime and happiness back to Narnia! The Box Of Delights: Based on the classic children's novel by John Masefield this tale follows the adventures of Kay Harker a young boy who finds himself lured into a world of fantasy and danger after a chance encounter with an old Punch and Judy man. A magical mix of animation and live-action this spectacular production is guaranteed to thrill the fantasies of children and adults alike. Seldom is a story so sophisticated as to draw its audience spellbound into a series of such enchanting adventures as those we share with young Kay Harker. As he travels home on the train for the Christmas holidays Kay Harker has the strangest feeling something very mysterious is about to happen... there is snow on the wind and wild dogs are roaming the countryside. Then a chance meeting with an old Punch and Judy man Cole Hawlins the guardian of the elixir of life and a shabby box of powers pulls Kay into an array of fantastic worlds where he encounters ancient heroes wolves Romans rats flashing rings and flying ponies. This memorable production was first shown just before Christmas 1984. The enchanting adventures and magical atmosphere hold fond memories for many and are sure to delight a new generation of children. Now available for the first time on DVD with a myriad of special features you can enjoy this very special production for years to come.
Annette Bening stars as a West End diva in this tale of amorous folly and revenge set in the world of the London stage in the late 1930's.
This major two-part documentary film on the life and work of Giuseppe Verdi is presented by Mark Elder former Music Director of English National Opera and a renowned conductor of Verdi's music. Stunning location film from Italy and other elements including quotations from Verdi's own correspondence are interspersed with highlights from some of Verdi's most popular operas sung in Italian and specially staged by American director David Alden. The film made in 1994 features actors Bob Peck as the voice of Giuseppe Verdi and Juliet Stevenson as the voice of Giuseppina Strepponi. Operatic extracts are from: Luisa Miller Attila Macbeth Rigoletto Il Trovatore La Traviata The Force of Destiny Don Carlos Simon Boccanegra Otello Falstaff
In the first quarter of the 20th century Paris was the undisputed cultural capital of the world. It was also the meeting place for a new generation of independent women who flocked to the West Bank and made it their home. Together they created a now legendary community of respected artists: authors Colette Djuna Barnes and Gertrude Stein; painters Romaine Brookes and Marie Laurencin; photographers Bernice Abbott and Gilsele Freund; publishers Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier; and journalist Janet Flanner. Using groundbreaking research and recently uncovered home movies combined with other visual sources this intimate documentary entwines interviews and anecdotes to recreate the ambience of an exceptional group of women in Paris during its most magical era.
Mona Lisa Smile (Dir. Mike Newell 2003): Set in 1953 Katherine Watson (Roberts) is a free-spirited graduate of UC Berkeley who accepts a teaching post at Wellesley College a women-only school where the students are torn between the repressive mores of the time and their longing for intellectual freedom. Erin Brockovich (Dir. Steven Soderbergh 2003): She brought a small town to its feet and a huge corporation to its knees. A research assistant (Roberts) helps an attorney (Finney) in a lawsuit against a large utility company blamed for causing an outbreak of cancer and other illnesses in a small community. Closer (Dir. Mike Nichols 2004): If you believe in love at first sight you'll never stop looking... Writer Patrick Marber adapted the screenplay from his own scathing stageplay in which a chance meeting between Englishman Dan (Jude Law) and American visitor Alice blossoms into a troubled relationship bringing together and then affecting a second couple involving Larry (Clive Owen) and Anna (Julia Roberts). Sex and love are explored capturing all the vulnerability and brutality of people falling in and out of love...
Two close families' lives are shattered when it appears that the daughter of one family is shot dead by the son of the other. The two families search for the answer and ask themselves if they really knew their children. As the trial begins the families grow further apart but the accused is the only one who knows the truth of that night and of the pact that he made with the dead girl...
A complete collection of the filmed adaptations of Catherine Cookson novels. Includes: The Mallen Secret / The Mallen Curse / The Mallen Girls / The Mallen Streak / The Fifteen Streets / The Wingless Bird / The Round Tower / The Black Velvet Gown / The Black Candle / The Rag Nymph / The Moth / The Girl / The Tide Of Life / The Glass Virgin / The Gambling Man / The Man Who Cried / The Cinder Path / The Dwelling Place / The Colour Blind / The Tilly Trotter / The Storyteller / The Secret / Dinner Of Herbs
In the first quarter of the 20th century Paris was the undisputed cultural capital of the world. It was also the meeting place for a new generation of independent women who literally flocked to the West Bank of Paris and made it their home. Authors Colette Djuna Barnes and Gertrude Stein joined painters Romaine Brookes and Marie Laurencin photographers Bernice Abbott and Giselle Freund publishers and booksellers Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier and journalist Janet Flanner and together they created a now legendary community. Using groundbreaking research newly discovered home movies combined with other visual sources this intimate documentary intertwines interview and anecdote to recreate the mood and flavour of this exceptional female artistic community in Paris during its most magical era.
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