Florence 1934. A diverse group of cultured ladies meet for tea each afternoon: Lady Hester Random widow of the British Ambassador to Italy Arabella an artist and singer Georgie the exuberant American archaeologist and the brash and uninhibited Elsa. One of their fold Mary becomes surrogate mother to a young boy Luca and he is soon virtually adopted and brought up by the group of ladies. But the shifting political climate begins to have serious consequences for this unconventional community and the maturing Luca must face up to a personal challenge of independence.
Master thief DMX and Taiwanese government agent Jet Li become unlikely partners in search of a ruthless crime lord.
In a time when it seems that every other movie makes some claim to being a film noir, LA Confidential is the real thing--a gritty, sordid tale of sex, scandal, betrayal and corruption of all sorts (police, political, press--and, of course, very personal) in 1940s Hollywood. The Oscar-winning screenplay is actually based on several titles in James Ellroy's series of chronological thriller novels (including the title volume, The Big Nowhere and White Jazz)--a compelling blend of LA history and pulp fiction that has earned it comparisons to the greatest of all Technicolour noir films, Chinatown. Kim Basinger richly deserved her Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a conflicted femme fatale; unfortunately, her male costars are so uniformly fine that they may have canceled each other out with the Academy voters: Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey and James Cromwell play LAPD officers of varying stripes. Pearce's character is a particularly intriguing study in Hollywood amorality and ambition, a strait-laced "hero" (and son of a departmental legend) whose career goals outweigh all other moral, ethical and legal considerations. If he's a good guy, it's only because he sees it as the quickest route to a promotion. --Jim Emerson
Barabbas was a notorious criminal fighting against Roman occupation who ended up being spared death by Pontius Pilate. For the next 20 years he survives a hellish existence in dangerous mines before being taken to Rome where he is trained to become a gladiator and must fight for his life every day. Barabbas is the epic story of one man's fight to survive.
Linda Hamilton and Jacqueline Bisset star in Sex and Mrs. X an erotic comedy drama that explores how a woman regains her sense of self-worth through sexual reawakening. Joanna (Hamilton) is a woman secure in the knowledge of who she is; a perfect wife a successful magazine journalist and a woman who's just celebrated her wedding anniversary with her husband Dale. When Dale suddenly leaves her for another woman Joanna's world collapses her self-esteem shattered. Joanna questions her attractiveness as a woman and her value as a human being... How did this happen to her? Follow Joanna as she escapes to Paris where she learns the many secrets of seduction under the tutelage of Madame Simone (Bisset). Slowly empowered by her newfound knowledge and self-confidence Joanna comes to understand her true self-worth.
Dark and explicit 'Married/Unmarried' is the debut film of writer/director Noli an intense and provocative exploration of contemporary relationships that shatters the illusion of fidelity the affectations of love and the desensitisation of sexual mores.
In this gently comic coming of age story, set in Florence over the course of the 1930s and 1940s, the illegitimate son of an Italian merchant is raised by a group of prim English ladies whose passion for Italian culture have made them permanent residents. With the rise of Mussolini and the outbreak of war, the ladies are interned as prisoners, and the boy risks his life to help them. It's a lushly photographed ensemble piece that instills in the viewer Zeffirelli's contagious passion for Italian art and affection for these brave ladies.
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