Directed by Gavin Lambert, 1954
Rose, a demure and prim governess, arrives in Marrakesh to begin a new job as a paid companion to a wealthy English expatriate. As she explores the exotic environs of her new home, she is seduced by the men, music, and mystery of Morocco.
Directed by Philippe Falardeau, 2006
When Michel, a failed inventor from
Belgium, discovers he was adopted, he sets off to
find his birth parents in Canada. There he
encounters Louis, a kindred spirit who has much
in common with Michel. Is this a coincidence, or
not? In French with English subtitles.
THE BILL DOUGLAS TRILOGY
The lost genius of U.K. cinema, Bill Douglas
produced a trilogy of soul-shattering autobiographical
films unlike anything seen before. Douglas recounts his childhood and
adolescence through the experiences of young Jamie,
who has the misfortune to come from a povertystricken
mining town in Scotland. Includes My Childhood
, My Ain Folk
and My Way Home
Highly influential in cinema history, the Free Cinema movement not only reinvented documentary in the 1950s but also spearheaded the British New Wave of social-realist feature films. This three-disk collection has brought together the films that represent the best of Free Cinema. Some were shot on a shoestring budget with a 16mm Bolex by first time directors such as Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson (Momma Don't Allow
), while others were more ambitious 35mm featurettes, including those by Lindsay Anderson (Every Day Except Christmas
) and Karel Reisz (We Are the Lambeth Boys
Directed by Patrick Keiller, 1994
Architect-turned-director Patrick Keiller and actor Paul Scoffield visit historical sites associated with such famous authors as Poe and Baudelaire, only to discover pollution, urban blight, and IRA bomb scares have changed the flavor of their beloved London forever.
ROBINSON IN SPACE
Directed by Patrick Keiller, 1997
Architect-turned-filmmaker Patrick Keiller expands and inventively redefines the documentary format in this unique "travelogue" of England. A bit of witty and droll humor is introduced through the commentary of the offscreen narrator (veteran actor Paul Scofield).
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Directed by Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach, & Ermanno Olmi, 2005
Three of the world's most celebrated directors join together to direct a trilogy of interwoven stories set during a train journey from Central Europe to Rome. The characters connect through casual encounters but the stories are related through their themes of social status, the mystery of chance, and sacrifice. In Italian, English, Albanian, and Farsi with English subtitles.
Directed by Rolf De Heer, 2002
Featuring a mesmerizing and fearless performance from David Gulpilil (Walkabout, Rabbit-Proof Fence
), The Tracker
is at once a mystery, an adventure, and a pointed commentary on the atrocities committed against the Aborigines. In 1922, an Aboriginal tracker leads two mounted policeman and a civilian through the Australian Outback on the hunt for a black fugitive who is charged with killing a white woman. Through massacre and murder the party falls into disarray, stirring up questions of what is black and what is white and who is leading whom. In English.
Directed by the Borroloola Aboriginal Community, 1981
In this truly one-of-a-kind documentary, an Aboriginal community from the remote Northern Territory of Australia tells the story of their people through their eyes. The Borroloola Aborigines were in control of the filmmaking process, so their history unfolds through their storytelling conventions and focuses on the issues important to them, such as native law and land rights. The Borroloola render this four-part film in dramatic, sensual visuals and a dream-like pacing, but also offer a completely different logic to documenting history and culture.
A WIND FROM WYOMING
Directed by André Forcier, 1994
A top-notch cast headlines this smart, surreal, and very funny look at dysfunctional families, relationships, and the mysteries of love. In French with English subtitles.
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