Living a lie is a poor substitute for living the truth - sometimes it takes the harsh realties of life to help us discover who we truly are. The legendary Lana Turner stars in this 1959 version of Fannie Hurst's emotionally charged drama which chronicles two widows and their troubled daughters as they struggle to find true happiness amidst racial prejudice. Lana Turner plays Lora a single white mother whose Hollywood starlet ambitions come at the expense of any meaningful relationship with her daughter Susie (Sandra Dee). Lora's black housekeeper Annie (Juanita Moore) has troubles of her own as she faces the rejection of her own fair-skinned daughter Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner) who abandons her heritage for a chance to be accepted as white. As years of selfishness and denial pass tragedy strikes and forces the women to come to terms with their own identities.
These seven films covered the decade of the fifties starting with Has Anyone Seen My Gal? and finishing with what has to be the ultimate full blown melodrama 'Imitation of Life' cemented Sirk's reputation and future. His influence is still felt today in the work of Todd Haynes Rainer Fassbinder John Walters Martin Scorsese and others. Has Anyone Seen My Gal?: A rare comedy from Sirk but still dealing with family issues and status. Samuel Futon (Charles Coburn) de
The daring and provocative films of maverick American filmmaker Samuel Fuller (1912-1997) were some of the most hard-hitting, outspoken, politically progressive and visually audacious of the Hollywood studio era. This seven-film Blu-ray box set brings together Fuller's entire output as a writer and director for Columbia Pictures: IT HAPPENED IN HOLLYWOOD (1937), a witty satire on the movie-making business, co-written by Fuller; ADVENTURE IN SAHARA (1938), a gripping thriller based on a Fuller story; POWER OF THE PRESS (1943), a daring drama about a corrupt newspaper publisher, based on a Fuller story; SHOCKPROOF (1949), a brooding film noir written by Fuller and directed by the great Douglas Sirk; SCANDAL SHEET, a tense drama about a compromised newspaper editor, based on Fuller's acclaimed novel The Dark Page; THE CRIMSON KIMONO (1959), Fuller's frank and unsentimental detective thriller which attacked the prejudice, ignorance and bigotry that Fuller saw all around him; and UNDERWORLD U.S.A. (1961), Fuller's unflinching depiction of the brutal world of organised crime. This collectable four-disc box set also contains an array of new and archival extra features, limited edition booklets with newly commissioned essays, archival material, contemporary reviews, and full film credits, and is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units. INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY BOX SET SPECIAL FEATURES: High Definition remasters of all seven films Original mono audio Sam Fuller in Conversation with Henry Chapier (1989): archival recording from the French TV series Le divan d'Henry Chapier Sam Fuller Storyteller (2009): Christa and Samantha Fuller, Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Tim Robbins and Curtis Hanson on the life and work of Sam Fuller Sam Fuller's Search for Truth (2009): celebrated actor and director Tim Robbins discusses Fuller's philosophy of cinema The Culture of The Crimson Kimono' (2009, 10 mins): filmmaker Curtis Hanson considers the impact of The Crimson Kimono Martin Scorsese on Underworld U.S.A' (2009, 6 mins): the renowned filmmaker discusses one of his favourite Fuller works Barry Forshaw on 'Underworld U.S.A.' (2018, tbc mins): an appreciation by the author of American Noir Original theatrical trailers Limited Edition exclusive booklets containing newly commissioned essays by Pamela Hutchinson and Lindsay Ann Hallam, archival interviews with director Sam Fuller, historic articles, a critical anthology, and full film credits World Blu-ray premieres of It Happened in Hollywood, Adventure in Sahara, Power of the Press, Shockproof and Scandal Sheet UK Blu-ray premieres of The Crimson Kimono and Underworld U.S.A. Limited Edition Box Set of 6,000 numbered copies ...AND MORE All extras subject to change
One of legendary director Douglas Sirk's most cherished passion projects this spectacular adaptation of William Faulkner's Pylon has risen in stature to become one of his most acclaimed films. Reuniting with his core creative team from oil tycoon saga Written on the Wind Sirk this time examined the marginal lives and lost souls living one rung from the bottom with surpassing delicacy and artistry. Rock Hudson stars as journalist Burke Devlin fascinated by the sordid lives of a trio eking out a living in carnival circuit daredevil air shows - Roger Shumann (Robert Stack) former WWI fighter pilot forced into races and parachute routines with the help of his wife LaVerne (Dorothy Malone) and faithful mechanic Jiggs (Jack Carson). Evoking Depression-era New Orleans with glorious black-and-white CinemaScope photography Sirk's spellbinding chronicle of personal obsession romantic longing and irreconcilable desires now appears as one of the most extraordinary films to come out of 1950s Hollywood. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The Tarnished Angels on Blu-ray for the first time. Special Features: Beautiful new 1080p high-definition master Feature-length audio commentary by film critic Adrian Martin Talk About the Business an interview with supporting actor William Schallert Infernal Circle an interview with critic Bill Krohn Acting with Douglas Sirk a collection of archival interviews with Douglas Sirk producer Albert Zugsmith and actors Rock Hudson Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone Original theatrical trailer Isolated music and effects track Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired on the feature 40 Page Booklet featuring the words of Douglas Sirk vintage reportage from the film set rare imagery and more!
In 1872 the long and bloody war fought between United States Cavalry troops and Apache Indians came to an end with the signing of a peace treaty between General Howard and the mighty Chief Cochise. Three years later Cochise lay dead, having bestowed the responsibility of his tribe to his first born son Taza (Rock Hudson). To maintain peace, Taza agrees to cooperate with the US Calvary but in gaining an ally he makes a powerful enemy - the legendary Geronimo.
Based on Erich Maria Remarque's novel 'A Time to Love and a Time to Die' Douglas Sirk's A Time to Love and a Time to Die is set in the devastating ruin of burnt-out Germany during the final days of World War Two. Amid this tumult and desolation is Private Ernst Graeber (John Gavin) who having been sent home on leave from the Russian front finds his town destroyed by Allied bombing. Frantically searching for his parents Ernst encounters his childhood friend Elizabeth Kruse (Lilo Pulver) the daughter of a doctor who has been removed to a concentration camp. In spite of the horror of their surroundings and their close proximity to death Ernst and Elizabeth find hope in their love for one another. Together they try to wrest sanity from a world shattered by fear and hatred. Featuring a cameo appearance by the novel's author Sirk's penultimate film brought him to the attention of critics and theorists worldwide. A Time to Love and a Time to Die stars the American film and TV heart throb businessman and diplomat John Gavin (Pyscho Spartacus Imitation of Life) Keenan Wynn (Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Once Upon a Time in the West) Lilo Pulver & Jock Mahoney.
Between his twin masterpieces All That Heaven Allows and Written on the Wind Douglas Sirk created this razor-sharp study of male crisis both a glittering testament to love's labours lost and his most unforgiving vision of suburban conformity. Disregarded and neglected by his family executive toy manufacturer Clifford Groves (Fred MacMurray) is unexpectedly reunited with his former co-worker Norma Miller (Barbara Stanwyck). As the old friends catch up on lost time his children's suspicions and hostility to the new relationship threaten to push their father away permanently and throw into disarray the lives of all concerned. With crystalline noir-tinged cinematography from Russell Metty (Touch of Evil) and heartbreaking performances by Stanwyck and MacMurray reunited 12 years after Double Indemnity in their final on-screen pairing There's Always Tomorrow finds one of Hollywood's greatest dramatists at his finest.
When churlish spoiled rich man Bob Merrick foolishly wrecks his speed boat the rescue team resuscitates him with equipment that's therefore unavailable to aid a local hero Dr. Wayne Phillips who dies as a result. Phillips had helped many people and when Merrick learns Phillips' secret to give selflessly and in secret he tries it in a ham-handed way. The result further alienates Phillips' widow Helen with whom Merrick has fallen in love. Merrick's persistence causes another tragedy and he must remake his life including going back to medical school in an attempt to make amends and win her love.
Bathed in lurid Technicolor melodrama maestro Douglas Sirk's 'Written On The Wind' is the stylishly debauched tale of a Texas oil magnate brought down by the excesses of his spoiled offspring. Features an all-star quartet that includes Robert Stack as a pistol-packin' alcoholic playboy; Lauren Bacall as his long-suffering wife; Rock Hudson as his earthy best friend; and Dorothy Malone (who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance) as his nymphomaniac sister.
Now He Knew Her as Other Men Had! In 1900 Naomi Murdoch deserted her small-town family to go on the stage. Some ten years later daughter Lily invites Naomi back to see her in the Riverdale high school play. Her arrival sets the whole town abuzz wakes up old conflicts and sets off new emotional storms.
Jack Palance is in full swagger as Scourge of God' Attila the Hun, who seeks to conquer the Roman Empire's 5th century power bases of Rome and Constantinople. Centurion Marcian (Jeff Chandler) is captured by Attila on his way to Constantinople to warn the Eastern Emperor Theodosius of an attack by the barbarian tribes. Attila, impressed by his enemy's wiliness, honesty and courage, is powerless to prevent his escape. The two men meet again at the court of Theodosius (George Dolenz), where they fall under the spell of the Emperor's scheming sister Pulcheria (Ludmilla TchÃ©rina). At a feast for the barbarian kings, Theodosius and Attila strike a deal that Constantinople will not be sacked so Attila turns his attentions to Rome. As Attila prepares his assault, he is wracked by foreboding as he recalls a childhood vision of his death beneath the shadow of a cross. When he learns of a betrayal by his daughter Kubra (Rita Gam), it seems his fate is sealed. Douglas Sirk's first foray in CinemaScope is both lavish and savvy, with Parlance's Hun a fine balance of ferocity, vulnerability and doubt.
Douglas Sirk directed thriller in which several people harbour a secret that could stop an innocent woman from being hanged. Convicted murderess, Valerie Carns (Ann Blyth), is being transported to Norwich to be executed when a fl ash fl ood strands her and her guards at a convent hospital. As Nurse Sister Mary (Claudette Colbert) grows to know Valerie, she becomes convinced of her innocence and sets out to fi nd the real killer...
Cary Scott (Jane Wyman) is a well-to-do widow gradually re-entering a social life amongst her mostly dull country club peers. Her only apparent enjoyment in life comes from weekend visits from her college-age children. Cary then meets a handsome younger man Ron (Rock Hudson) who owns a small landscaping business. Ron is a follower of Henry David Thoreau's Walden and ""hears a different drummer"" enjoying a life focused on nature; he is deliberately uninterested in the gossipy opinions of others. Their romance causes clashes and tensions between Cary her children and the country club folk.
A bumper box set of classic films featuring 'The Queen' Barbara Stanwyck! Double Indemnity (Dir. Billy Wilder 1944): Director Billy Wilder and writer Raymond Chandler ('The Big Sleep') adapted James M. Cain's hard-boiled novel into this wildly thrilling story of insurance man Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) who schemes the perfect murder with the beautiful dame Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck): kill Dietrichson's husband and make off with the insurance money. But of cou
Double Indemnity (Dir. Billy Wilder 1944): From the Moment they met it was Murder! Director Billy Wilder and writer Raymond Chandler ('The Big Sleep') adapted James M. Cain's hard-boiled novel into this wildly thrilling story of insurance man Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) who schemes the perfect murder with the beautiful dame Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck): kill Dietrichson's husband and make off with the insurance money. But of course in these plots things never quite go as planned and Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) is the wily insurance investigator who has a feeling that not all is as it seems... All I Desire (Dir. Douglas Sirk 1953): In 1900 Naomi Murdoch deserted her small-town family to go on the stage. Some ten years later daughter Lily invites Naomi back to see her in the Riverdale high school play. Her arrival sets the whole town abuzz wakes up old conflicts and sets off new emotional storms.
Douglas Sirk - the master of the Hollywood melodrama - turns back to his native Germany at the time of the Second World War for the film that would stand as his penultimate American feature: A Time to Love and a Time to Die. A CinemaScope production staged on a grand scale Sirk's picture nevertheless pulsates with an intimacy that has known longing for too long and seethes with the repression of emotions poised to explode like bombs. John Gavin plays Ernst Gräber a soldier on the Russian-German Front in 1944 venturing home to Hamburg on a rare furlough. Upon arrival he discovers a city that bears little resemblance to the one he left behind - and so through the rubble of the air-raids he searches desperately for fragments of his family's shattered lives. But amid the shards he falls in love with Elisabeth (Liselotte Pulver) the charming daughter of his parents' doctor and thus activates a magnetism that compels both individuals toward one another in love even as it hurtles them headlong into epochal death. Adapted from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque (the author of All Quiet on the Western Front who also makes a cameo appearance in Sirk's picture) A Time to Love and a Time to Die takes its literary source and sculpts it anew out of matter made from color decor and performance - and arguably bests the novel on all aesthetic levels. Yet perhaps nothing can better summarise the power of Sirk's film - or of his entire body of work - than these words from the movie's trailer: Their pounding hearts drowned out the sound of chaos thundering around them. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Douglas Sirk's 1958 masterpiece for the first time on Blu-ray anywhere in the world. Special Features: Gorgeous 1080p presentation of the film in its original 2:35:1 CinemaScope aspect ratio English SDH subtitles for the hearing impaired Optional isolated music and effects track Of Tears and Speed: According To Jean-Luc Godard - a 12-minute visually annotated recitation of Jean-Luc Godard's seminal essay on Sirk's film 19-minute video interview with Wesley Strick screenwriter of Scorsese's Cape Fear and author of the novel Out There in the Dark a roman-à-clef based upon Sirk's life in Hollywood and his relationship with the estranged son who took a starring role in Hitler Youth propaganda. Imitation Of Life [Mirage Of Life]: A Portrait Of Douglas Sirk - a 49-minute film portrait from 1984 directed by Daniel Schmid and photographed by Renato Berta of Douglas Sirk and his wife Hilda in conversation and reflecting from their apartment in Germany back upon their lives in Hollywood The original trailer for the film from the time it retained the provisional title of simply A Time to Love 36-page booklet containing the complete text of Jean-Luc Godard's essay on the film writings from critic Tag Gallagher on the film and Sirk's career in general and an assemblage of notes that includes excerpts from Sirk's reflections upon the film remarks upon visual motifs inside the movie the CinemaScope process used to photograph the picture and more.
Elegant French criminal, Franois Eugne Vidocq (George Sanders) takes his name from a tombstone and pursues a career of stealing rich women's hearts...and their jewellery! We follow the career of Vidocq in this delightful light-hearted drama from his birth in a French jail in 1775 to his appointment as the chief of police for Paris. An appointment that gives Vidocq the opportunity to deprive Parisian's of their money by robbing their bank!Assisted by his partner in crime Emile (Akim Tamiroff), Vidocq poses as a lieutenant to rob a showgirl (Carole Landis) of her ruby garter and steals the jewels of a marquise who invited him to stay in her home as a guest. When the marquise's granddaughter falls in love with Vidocq, the French Raffles has to decide whether to choose her and a life without blemish, the vivacious showgirl, or the beckoning bank vault!
In this charming musical comedy Rock Hudson plays a faithful soda jerk who finds his atentions to the lovely Millicent (Piper Laurie) turned down after her family gains a large sum of money.
It's a tale of power and passions when a Russian siren (Linda Darnell) who wants the finer things in life sinks her hooks into a judge (George Sanders) a decadent aristocrat (Edward Everett Horton) and an estate superintendent (Hugo Haas) with surprising results. Fine direction by master auteur Douglas Sirk and an Oscar-nominated score highlight this adaptation of the Anton Chekhov drama The Shooting Party.
Tormented for years by a sense of guilt after inadvertently bombing a German orphanage during World War Two Parson Dean Hess (Rock Hudson) leaves his pulpit and wife (Martha Hyer) to return to the Air Force as a training officer during the Korean War. Posted near the remote village of Yungsan in South Korea Col. Hess is tasked with instructing the inexperienced Korean pilots but his mission takes a personal twist when he stumbles upon an opportunity to help local orphans. Between his battle against an evil foe and his determination to save the children Hess may just find the redemption he so desperately seeks.
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