A married couple are terrorized by a series of videotapes planted on their front porch.
In this modern-day comedy of manners, American sisters Isabel (Kate Hudson) and Roxeanne (Naomi Watts) come face to face with the complicated social mores of French society.
Grappling with the unexpected death of her husband (Nasser Memarzia), Mary Hussain is tidying his things in their Dover home when she stumbles upon a secret connection he had across the Channel, in Calais. Armed with just a bag and his cell phone, she sets off to uncover the truth. Beautifully directed by Aleem Khan and abetted by sensitive performances from Joanna Scanlan (No Offence), Nathalie Richard and impressive youngster Talid Ariss, this is a drama of real insight about two women, living just 20 miles apart, who are separated by cultural difference and yet share a connection. A remarkable debut, whose delicate tenderness is a testament to the quality of its writing and performances, by its close you will feel you truly know these people.
Alfano's opera in 5 acts starring Roberto Alagna.
Anna Joyce Claude and Lucia are all students under the tutelage of Constance Dumas a renowned film instructor. Lucia movies in with the other girls in a small house outside of Paris. Soon after Lucia is attacked on the street outside her home and saved by a mysterious stranger. Then she discovers that the stranger is involved with all the girls and is hiding a dark secret inside the house.
Sergei Eisenstein's revolutionary sophomore feature has so long stood as a textbook example of montage editing that many have forgotten what an invigoratingly cinematic experience he created. A 20th-anniversary tribute to the 1905 revolution, Eisenstein portrays the revolt in microcosm with a dramatisation of the real-life mutiny aboard the battleship Potemkin. The story tells a familiar party-line message of the oppressed working class (in this case the enlisted sailors) banding together to overthrow their oppressors (the ship's officers), led by proto-revolutionary Vakulinchuk. When he dies in the shipboard struggle the crew lays his body to rest on the pier, a moody, moving scene where the citizens of Odessa slowly emerge from the fog to pay their respects. As the crowd grows Eisenstein turns the tenor from mourning a fallen comrade to celebrating the collective achievement. The government responds by sending soldiers and ships to deal with the mutinous crew and the supportive townspeople, which climaxes in the justly famous (and often imitated and parodied) Odessa Steps massacre. Eisenstein edits carefully orchestrated motions within the frame to create broad swaths of movement, shots of varying length to build the rhythm, close-ups for perspective and shock effect, and symbolic imagery for commentary, all to create one of the most cinematically exciting sequences in film history. Eisenstein's film is Marxist propaganda to be sure but the power of this masterpiece lies not in its preaching but its poetry. --Sean Axmaker
Still pining for his ex-boyfriend, GÃ©raud has come to a French seaside town to present his new experimental film, but the only person keen on seeing it is the cinema's sweet underage projectionist- who soon becomes smitten with the handsome director. Brimming with an infectious charm My Life with James Dean is a both a breezy, optimistic French romance, and an endearing paean to the power of cinema.
A successful novelist faced with writer's block invites a handsome young German poet into to his home to provide input for his troubled screenplay. However little does the author know that the guest had previously embarked on an affair with his wife and wishes to continue their relationship...
Originally rejected outright by the BBFC in 1976 and then released with nearly 5 minutes of cuts in 1981 Maitresse is now finally released uncut on DVD. Bulle Ogier plays a professional dominatrix who indulges in a conventional romance with Gerard Depardieu on the ground floor but satisfies more demanding clients in her 'dungeon'. Director Barbet Schroeder apparently cast genuine masochists in this wickedly funny fable on the foibles of sex and love...
Erotic French comedy. Graham (Eduardo Noriega) is a young office worker who loses his ability to retain long-term memories after an accident. Taking advantage of his situation secretary Irene (Anna Mouglalis) begins an intense affair with him reassuring Graham that although he can't remember the details of their passionate relationship she'll keep the memories for him until he recovers.
Paris under the Nazis. Our hero is an American art student living at The Ritz Hotel. Suddenly he is trapped by the German occupation and finds The Ritz over-run by Nazis. Torn between his desire to keep his room at this elegant hotel but at the price of helping a morphine crazed Goering requisition France's priceless art treasures and his desire to help his friends fight against the brutality of the Nazi regime Phillip Webber is caught ever deeper into a web of intrigue romance gl
Thomas Beaumont is recruited into an illicit love triangle to watch a much older man's sexual liaison but ends up witnessing what turns out to be his murder. The next day Thomas' opera diva mother informs him that his long lost father has been in Paris - until the previous night when he was murdered. Realizing it was the murder he witnessed Thomas is now thrust into a maelstrom of off-the-wall encounters and mistaken identities including an eccentric actress who has come totally un
In the dark and dangerous streets of Paris lurks an underworld full of lowlifes pimps and hookers. The elite undercover cops turn a pimp (Philippe Leotard) into an informer in order to crack the crooked world he inhabits... This gritty realistic slice of the Parisian underbelly has been much copied but never bettered!
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