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2 Days in Paris

Julie Delpy

Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg

96 Minutes    (Warner)

EAN: 883929006069    UPC: 883929006069

Marion and Jack try to rekindle their relationship with a visit to Paris, home of Marion's parents -- and several of her ex-boyfriends.

Marion and Jack try to rekindle their relationship with a visit to Paris, home of Marion's parents -- and several of her ex-boyfriends. [less]

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3 Penny Opera, The

G.W. Pabst

Lotte Lenya, Rudolf Forster

2007    110 Minutes    No. Discs: 2    (Criterion)

EAN: 715515025720    UPC: 715515025720

3 Penny Opera The sly melodies of composer Kurt Weill and the daring of dramatist Bertolt Brecht come together onscreen under the direction of German auteur G.W. Pabst (Pandora’s Box) in this classic adaptation of the Weimar-era theatrical sensation. Set in the impoverished back alleys of Victorian London, The Threepenny Opera follows underworld antihero Mackie Messer (a.k.a. Mack the Knife) as he tries to woo Polly Peachum and elude the authorities. With its palpable evocation of corruption [...]

3 Penny Opera The sly melodies of composer Kurt Weill and the daring of dramatist Bertolt Brecht come together onscreen under the direction of German auteur G.W. Pabst (Pandora’s Box) in this classic adaptation of the Weimar-era theatrical sensation. Set in the impoverished back alleys of Victorian London, The Threepenny Opera follows underworld antihero Mackie Messer (a.k.a. Mack the Knife) as he tries to woo Polly Peachum and elude the authorities. With its palpable evocation of corruption and dread, Pabst’s Threepenny Opera remains a benchmark of early sound cinema. It is presented here in both its celebrated German and rare French versions. Note: The aspect ratio of this production is 1.19:1. This specific ratio is particularly rare as it was used only in Germany prior to World War II, and has not been widely used since. The stage version of The Threepenny Opera caused a sensation in Berlin when it opened in 1928, and a movie version was quickly sold and shot. This 1931 film actually differs greatly from the stage production, yet it deserves its status as a classic of Weimar-era Germany (it was banned after the Nazis consolidated their power). Both were based on John Gay's famous The Beggar's Opera, but writer Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill added their own layers of genius. The story revolves around Mackie Messer (played by the fearsomely tough Rudolf Forster), also known as "Mack the Knife," a London bad boy whose underworld adventures expose all the hypocrisies and squalor of urban life. Those familiar with the stage score will note that the movie cuts a great deal of Weill's music, in favor of more social criticism; Brecht, high on socialist theory@$ had largely re-written the play when he turned in his screenplay for the movie. (He was then fired off the project, but many of his new ideas remained.) Director G.W. Pabst (Pandora's Box) captures both the story's docklands setting and the unmistakable whiff of 1920s Berlin decadence, along with the bitter aftertaste of the original. The music remains stirring, and the indelible Lotte Lenya (Weill's wife and the enduring interpreter of his music) plays Jenny, the slattern Mackie thrusts aside to marry Polly (Carola Neher), daughter of the king of the beggars. The sheer beauty of the film's black-and-white images is well served by Criterion's release, which also includes a second disc containing L'opera de quat'sous, a French-language version of the film, directed by Pabst simultaneously with the shooting of the German version. Its cast (including Albert Prejean and, in a small role, Antonin Artaud) and lighter tone make it a decidedly less compelling movie than the German take. A 48-minute documentary detailing the story of Threepenny's journey from stage to screen is an unusually good backgrounder; other features include a commentary track, a visual comparison of the German and French versions, and a delightful new introduction for the movie's re-release in East Germany two decades after its making, featuring actors Fritz Rasp and Ernst Busch. --Robert Horton [less]

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4 by Agnes Varda (La Pointe Courte / Cleo from 5 to 7 / Le Bonheur / Vagabond)

Agnes Varda

2008    345 Minutes    No. Discs: 4    Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1    (Criterion Collection)

EAN: 715515025928    UPC: 715515025928

Agnès Varda used the skills she honed early in her career as a photographer to create some of the most nuanced, thought-provoking films of the past fifty years. She is widely believed to have presaged the French new wave with her first film, La Pointe Courte, long before creating one of the movement s benchmarks, Cléo from 5 to 7. Later, with Le bonheur and Vagabond, Varda further shook up art-house audiences, challenging bourgeois codes with her inscrutable characters and effortlessly [...]

Agnès Varda used the skills she honed early in her career as a photographer to create some of the most nuanced, thought-provoking films of the past fifty years. She is widely believed to have presaged the French new wave with her first film, La Pointe Courte, long before creating one of the movement s benchmarks, Cléo from 5 to 7. Later, with Le bonheur and Vagabond, Varda further shook up art-house audiences, challenging bourgeois codes with her inscrutable characters and effortlessly beautiful compositions and editing. Now working largely as a documentarian, Varda remains one of the essential cinematic poets of our time and a true visionary. DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FOUR-DISC SET FEATURES: New restored digital transfers, supervised and approved by director Agnès Varda Three short films by Varda: L Opéra Mouffe (1958), Du côté de la côte (1958), and Les fiancés du Pont Macdonald (1961) On La Pointe Courte: new video interview with Varda On Cléo from 5 to 7: a 2005 documentary on the making of the film; a short film from 2005 in which Varda retraces Cléo s steps through Paris; Varda speaking with Madonna about the film in 1993 On Le bonheur: new interviews with the three actors from the film; a 2006 discussion with four scholars about the film; footage of Varda on-set; 1998 interview with Varda; 2003 interviews on the concept of happiness On Vagabond: a 2003 documentary on the making of the film; a 2003 interview with composer Joanna Bruzdowicz; a 1986 radio interview with writer Nathalie Sarraute; a 2003 interview with actress Marthe Jarnias Theatrical trailers New and improved English subtitle translations PLUS: New essays by Chris Darke, Adrian Martin, Amy Taubin, and Ginette Vincendeau; plus, a foreword on each film by Varda herself [less]

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8 Women

Francois Ozon

Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Fanny Ardant

2003    111 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1    (Universal Studios)

EAN: 9780783278063    UPC: 025192273827

A wealthy industrialist is found murdered in his home. Eight women are his potential murderers. Each woman is a suspect. Each has a motive. Beautiful, tempestuous, intelligent, sensual and dangerous. One of them is guilty. Which one is it?

A wealthy industrialist is found murdered in his home. Eight women are his potential murderers. Each woman is a suspect. Each has a motive. Beautiful, tempestuous, intelligent, sensual and dangerous. One of them is guilty. Which one is it? [less]

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12 Travaux d'Asterix, Les

René Goscinny, Henri Gruel

2016    (Imports)

EAN: 628586380196    UPC: 628586380196

A group of indomitable Gauls are challenged by Roman Emperor Julius Caesar to accomplish twelve impossible tasks.

A group of indomitable Gauls are challenged by Roman Emperor Julius Caesar to accomplish twelve impossible tasks. [less]

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20 Centimeters

Ramón Salazar

Alberto Arcos, Mónica Cervera, Pablo Puyol, Miguel O'Dogherty, Concha Galán

2006    112 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1    (TLA Releasing)

EAN: 807839002621    UPC: 807839002621

With an "Almodovarian" twist and the flamboyance of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, director Ramón Salazar’s 20 Centimeters tells the story of Marieta (Mónica Cervera) a narcoleptic, transsexual who longs to get rid of 8 inches of equipment that separates her from being the glamorous woman she dreams to be. When she accidentally falls asleep in the most inopportune times, Marieta’s dreams become lavish and colorful musical numbers, where as a real woman she can sing in [...]

With an "Almodovarian" twist and the flamboyance of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, director Ramón Salazar’s 20 Centimeters tells the story of Marieta (Mónica Cervera) a narcoleptic, transsexual who longs to get rid of 8 inches of equipment that separates her from being the glamorous woman she dreams to be. When she accidentally falls asleep in the most inopportune times, Marieta’s dreams become lavish and colorful musical numbers, where as a real woman she can sing in Spanish, French & English. So cue up the lights, powder that face and slip on that sexy gown because Marieta’s dreams are about to come true... [less]

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21 Grams

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melissa Leo

2004    125 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1    (Universal Studios)

EAN: 9780783299532    UPC: 025192416620

The emotionally and physically charged lives of three people, a college professor (Sean Penn), an ex-con (Benicio Del Toro) and a young mother with a reckless past (Naomi Watts), collide unexpectedly in this gripping suspense thriller. Fate brought them together. Now vengeance will take them to the heights of love, the depths of revenge and the promise of redemption. Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro and Naomi Watts give the finest performances of their careers in the film that is "tantalizingly alive [...]

The emotionally and physically charged lives of three people, a college professor (Sean Penn), an ex-con (Benicio Del Toro) and a young mother with a reckless past (Naomi Watts), collide unexpectedly in this gripping suspense thriller. Fate brought them together. Now vengeance will take them to the heights of love, the depths of revenge and the promise of redemption. Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro and Naomi Watts give the finest performances of their careers in the film that is "tantalizingly alive!" [less]

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Hans-Christian Schmid

August Diehl, Fabian Busch, Dieter Landuris, Jan-Gregor Kremp, Stephan Kampwirth

99 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1   

EAN: 4009750296189   

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47 Ronin, The - Parts 1 & 2

Kenji Mizoguchi

Chôjûrô Kawarasaki, Yoshizaburo Arashi, Utaemon Ichikawa, Tokusaburo Arashi, Haranosuke Bando

1999    222 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1    (Image Entertainment)

EAN: 9786305339700    UPC: 014381454123

Renowned by postwar scholars, "The 47 Ronin" is director Kenji Mizoguchi's (Ugetsu) poetic and complex retelling of the classic Japanese legend. Unseen in America until the 1970s, "The 47 Ronin" is a visually stunning work based on "Mayama Chushingura," a cerebral play dealing with the tale of the loyal samurai.

Renowned by postwar scholars, "The 47 Ronin" is director Kenji Mizoguchi's (Ugetsu) poetic and complex retelling of the classic Japanese legend. Unseen in America until the 1970s, "The 47 Ronin" is a visually stunning work based on "Mayama Chushingura," a cerebral play dealing with the tale of the loyal samurai. [less]

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100% Arabica

Mahmoud Zemmouri

Khaled, Mohamed Khelifati, Mouss, Najim Laouriga, Farid Fedjer

2006    85 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Art Mattan)

EAN: 736899094829    UPC: 736899094829

The movie takes place in a poverty-stricken, rent-controlled neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris. Algerian immigrants, many of whom are in France illegally, the place has earned the nickname of "100%Arabica". It's a rough neighborhood - crime is rampant, gangs of juvenile delinquents roam the streets, and the police are afraid to patrol the area. When the out-of-touch mayor decides that he wants to restore order to the area, he offers a subsidy to Slimane, the imam of the local mosque. If [...]

The movie takes place in a poverty-stricken, rent-controlled neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris. Algerian immigrants, many of whom are in France illegally, the place has earned the nickname of "100%Arabica". It's a rough neighborhood - crime is rampant, gangs of juvenile delinquents roam the streets, and the police are afraid to patrol the area. When the out-of-touch mayor decides that he wants to restore order to the area, he offers a subsidy to Slimane, the imam of the local mosque. If Slimane can get people off the streets, the mayor will continue the payments. Soon the byways of 100%Arabica are almost peaceful - but not because of something Slimane has done. The reason is that a new Rai Band, Rap Oriental, has taken the neighborhood by storm... [less]

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100 Jahre - 1900-1919

EAN: 4014270018357   

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100 Jahre - 1920-1939

EAN: 4014270018364   

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100 Jahre - 1940-1959

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100 Jahre - 1960-1979

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100 Jahre - 1980-1999

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400 Blows, The

François Truffaut

Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Patrick Auffay, Albert Remy, Jeanne Moreau

2006    99 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1    (Criterion)

EAN: 715515017527    UPC: 715515017527

Francois Truffaut's first and most personal feature film, told from the perspective of the director's lifelong cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel. Sensitively recreating the trials of Truffaut's own childhood, The 400 Blows unsentimentally portrays aloof parents, oppressive teachers, petty crime, and a friendship that would last a lifetime. Available after a long absence as a single-disc release.

Francois Truffaut's first and most personal feature film, told from the perspective of the director's lifelong cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel. Sensitively recreating the trials of Truffaut's own childhood, The 400 Blows unsentimentally portrays aloof parents, oppressive teachers, petty crime, and a friendship that would last a lifetime. Available after a long absence as a single-disc release. [less]

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500 Nations

Jack Leustig

Kevin Costner, Wes Studi, Edward James Olmos, Patrick Stewart

2004    374 Minutes    No. Discs: 4    Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1    (Warner Home Video)

EAN: 9780790798837    UPC: 012569457720

500 Nations is an eight-part documentary that explores the history of the indigenous peoples of North and Central America, from pre-Colombian times through the period of European contact and colonization, to the end of the 19th century and the subjugation of the Plains Indians of North America. 500 Nations utilizes historical texts, eyewitness accounts, pictorial sources and computer graphic reconstructions to explore the magnificent civilizations which flourished prior to contact with Western [...]

500 Nations is an eight-part documentary that explores the history of the indigenous peoples of North and Central America, from pre-Colombian times through the period of European contact and colonization, to the end of the 19th century and the subjugation of the Plains Indians of North America. 500 Nations utilizes historical texts, eyewitness accounts, pictorial sources and computer graphic reconstructions to explore the magnificent civilizations which flourished prior to contact with Western civilization, and to tell the dramatic and tragic story of the Native American nations' desperate attempts to retain their way of life against overwhelming odds.DVD Features: Featurette Introduction Other With six episodes spread out over four discs and a running time of well over six hours (in addition to an interactive CD-ROM filled with extra features), director-producer Jack Leustig's sprawling 500 Nations, a history of Indians in North America, is likely the most comprehensive effort of its kind ever undertaken. Mention the word "Indian," and most will conjure up images inspired by myths and movies: teepees, headdresses, and war paint; Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Crazy Horse, and their battles (like Little Big Horn) with the U.S. Cavalry. Those stories of the so-called "horse nations" of the Great Plains are all here, but so is a great deal more. Using impressive computer imaging, photos, location film footage and breathtaking cinematography, interviews with present-day Indians, books and manuscripts, museum artifacts, and more, Leustig and his crew go back more than a millennium to present an fascinating account of Indians, including those (like the Maya and Aztecs in Mexico and the Anasazi in the Southwest) who were here long before white men ever reached these shores. It was the arrival of Europeans like Columbus, Cortez, and DeSoto that marked the beginning of the end for the Indians. Considering the participation of host Kevin Costner, whose film Dances with Wolves was highly sympathetic to the Indians, it's no bulletin that 500 Nations also takes a compassionate view of the multitude of calamities--from alcohol and disease to the corruption of their culture and the depletion of their vast natural resources--visited on them by the white man in his quest for land and money, eventually leading to such horrific events as the Trail of Tears "forced march," the massacre at Wounded Knee, and other consequences of the effort to "relocate" Indians to the reservations where many of them still live. Along the way, we learn about the Indians' participation in such events as the American Revolution and the War of 1812, as well as popular legends like the first Thanksgiving (it really happened) and the rescue of Captain John Smith by Pocahontas (it probably didn't). With its sometimes New Age-y music and many beauty shots of the great outdoors, 500 Nations has a rather different vibe than the average Ken Burns documentary. That may lessen its value for sober historians, but for the rest of us, this is an illuminating and important work. --Sam Graham [less]

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1612

Vladimir Khotinenko

Pyotr Kislov, Artur Smolyaninov, Ramon Langa, Mikhail Zhebrovskiy, Violetta Davydovska

2009    135 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1    (E1 Entertainment)

EAN: 741952667094    UPC: 741952667094

The Tsar is dead. Chaos Reigns. The czar of Russia has died and a power vacuum has developed. This period in the late 16th and early 17th century has been called "The Time of Troubles." There are many impostors who claim to the right to rule, but there's only one heir, the Czarina Kseniya Godunova. She has married a Polish military leader who wants to claim the Russian throne in her name so he can rule all of Russia. As the Poles move in on Moscow in an attempt to install the czarina on the [...]

The Tsar is dead. Chaos Reigns. The czar of Russia has died and a power vacuum has developed. This period in the late 16th and early 17th century has been called "The Time of Troubles." There are many impostors who claim to the right to rule, but there's only one heir, the Czarina Kseniya Godunova. She has married a Polish military leader who wants to claim the Russian throne in her name so he can rule all of Russia. As the Poles move in on Moscow in an attempt to install the czarina on the throne, Andrei, a serf with a life-long infatuation of the czarina attempts to save her from her brutal Polish husband. A complicated story wrapped around mysticism and legend climaxes in a bloody battle between the Poles and the Russians for control of the empire. Written by Mark Pontoni After the brutal slaughter of Tsar Boris Godunov and his family, Russia descends into chaos. Guided by faith and mysticism, Andrey, the only witness to the massacre, transforms himself from servant to cavalier and sets off on a quest to save Princess Ksenia,$ the missing daughter of Godunov. Andrey joins forces with Prince Pozharski, the people’s army leader, and faces down the Polish army in an explosive, blood-soaked battle for Moscow. Includes Over 45 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Bonus Material: Making-of Featurette, Photo Gallery [less]

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Abouna

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa, Hamza Moctar Aguid, Zara Haroun, Mounira Khalil, Diego Moustapha Ngarade

2005    84 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Homevision)

EAN: 37429206027    UPC: 037429206027

The lives of two brothers, who live in N'djamena, are upended when they awake one Saturday morning to find that their father has left the family. They are Amine, about eight years old, playful and asthmatic, and Tahir, 15, handsome, quiet, his brother's protector. The boys go in search of their father, and find only trouble. Dad's leaving also debilitates their mother. The movies, a musical uncle, a village Koran school, a poster of a Moroccan beach, and a young deaf woman figure in the [...]

The lives of two brothers, who live in N'djamena, are upended when they awake one Saturday morning to find that their father has left the family. They are Amine, about eight years old, playful and asthmatic, and Tahir, 15, handsome, quiet, his brother's protector. The boys go in search of their father, and find only trouble. Dad's leaving also debilitates their mother. The movies, a musical uncle, a village Koran school, a poster of a Moroccan beach, and a young deaf woman figure in the resolution. Is there any place for happiness, or is happiness only in storybooks? [less]

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Adham El-Sharkawi

Hossam El Din Mostafa, Talaat Alam

Abdallah Gheith, Lobna Abdelaziz, Shwikar, Samiha Ayoub, Salah Mansour, Tawfik El Deken

1964    105 Minutes    No. Discs: 1   

The story of the Arabic Robin Hood, the legendary local hero Adham Al-Sharqawi who persisted in resisting the British occupation for years and tried to alleviate the suffering of the people of his village.

The story of the Arabic Robin Hood, the legendary local hero Adham Al-Sharqawi who persisted in resisting the British occupation for years and tried to alleviate the suffering of the people of his village. [less]

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Affair of the Necklace, The

Charles Shyer

Hilary Swank, Simon Baker, Jonathan Pryce, Adrien Brody, Brian Cox

2002    118 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1    (Warner Home Video)

EAN: 9780790761299    UPC: 085392129225

In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace.

In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace. [less]

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Afrique, je te plumerai (Africa, I Will Fleece You)

Jean-Marie Teno

Jean-Marie Téno, Narcisse Kouokam, Marie Claire Dati

2009    88 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Jean-Marie Teno)

EAN: 883629929804    UPC: 883629929804

1990, thirty years after most of the African countries attained independence, the end of the cold war and the dramatic political changes taking place around the world inspired a generation of young Africans to take the streets and challenge the one-party state and its attendant nepotism, corruption and economic failure.In a bold, non-linear construction, Afrique, je te plumerai mixes past and present, establishing a link between yesterday's colonial experience and today's violence and corruption [...]

1990, thirty years after most of the African countries attained independence, the end of the cold war and the dramatic political changes taking place around the world inspired a generation of young Africans to take the streets and challenge the one-party state and its attendant nepotism, corruption and economic failure.In a bold, non-linear construction, Afrique, je te plumerai mixes past and present, establishing a link between yesterday's colonial experience and today's violence and corruption in Cameroon, the only African country colonized by three European powers: England, Germany and France. In so doing, the film provides a devastating overview of 100 years of cultural genocide in Africa.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. [less]

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Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1   

EAN: 4006680029436   

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Aimee & Jaguar (Aimee and Jaguar)

Max Farberbock

Maria Schrader, Juliane Köhler, Johanna Wokalek, Heike Makatsch, Elisabeth Degen

125 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1    (Zeitgeist Films)

EAN: 743217653590    UPC: 743217653590

In 1943, while the Allies are bombing Berlin and the Gestapo is purging the capital of Jews, a dangerous love affair blossoms between two women. One of them, Lilly Wust (Juliane Köhler), married and the mother of four sons, enjoys the privileges of her stature as an exemplar of Nazi motherhood. For her, this affair will be the most decisive experience of her life. For the other woman, Felice Schragenheim (Maria Schrader), a Jewess and member of the underground, their love fuels her with the [...]

In 1943, while the Allies are bombing Berlin and the Gestapo is purging the capital of Jews, a dangerous love affair blossoms between two women. One of them, Lilly Wust (Juliane Köhler), married and the mother of four sons, enjoys the privileges of her stature as an exemplar of Nazi motherhood. For her, this affair will be the most decisive experience of her life. For the other woman, Felice Schragenheim (Maria Schrader), a Jewess and member of the underground, their love fuels her with the hope that she will survive. A half-century later, Lilly Wust told her incredible story to writer Erica Fischer, and the book, AIMEE & JAGUAR,$ first published in 1994 immediately became a bestseller and has since been translated into eleven languages. Max Färberböck's debut film, based on Fischer's book, is the true story of this extraordinary relationship. The film was nominated for a 1999 Golden Globe Award and was Germany's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Both actresses received Silver Bears at the 1999 Berlin International Film Festival for their portrayals of "Aimée" and "Jaguar". [less]

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Akira Kurosawa - Four Samurai Classics (Seven Samurai / The Hidden Fortress / Yojimbo / Sanjuro)

Akira Kurosawa

Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi, Yûnosuke Itô, Eijirô Tôno

2002    548 Minutes    No. Discs: 4    (Criterion)

EAN: 37429174524    UPC: 037429174524

Leading off the set of four Akira Kurosawa classics is Seven Samurai (1954), unanimously hailed as one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of the motion picture. It was the inspiration for countless films modeled after its basic premise, but has never been surpassed in terms of sheer power of emotion, kinetic energy, and dynamic character development. The story is set in the 1600s, when the residents of a small Japanese village seek protection against repeated attacks by a band of [...]

Leading off the set of four Akira Kurosawa classics is Seven Samurai (1954), unanimously hailed as one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of the motion picture. It was the inspiration for countless films modeled after its basic premise, but has never been surpassed in terms of sheer power of emotion, kinetic energy, and dynamic character development. The story is set in the 1600s, when the residents of a small Japanese village seek protection against repeated attacks by a band of marauding thieves and hire seven unemployed "ronin" (masterless samurai), including a boastful swordsman (Toshiro Mifune), who is actually a farmer's son desperately seeking glory and acceptance. The climactic battle remains one of the most breathtaking sequences ever filmed and one of Kurosawa's crowning cinematic achievements. [less]

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Alambrista!

Robert M. Young

Ned Beatty, Trinidad Silva, Edward James Olmos, Robert M. Young, Julius Harris

2012    96 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Criterion Collection)

EAN: 715515061810    UPC: 715515061810

In Alambrista!, a farmworker sneaks across the border from Mexico into California in an effort to make money to send to his family back home. It is a story that happens every day, told here in an uncompromising, groundbreaking work of realism from American independent filmmaker Robert M. Young (Dominick and Eugene). Vivid and spare where other films about illegal immigration might sentimentalize, Young's take on the subject is equal parts intimate character study and gripping road movie, a [...]

In Alambrista!, a farmworker sneaks across the border from Mexico into California in an effort to make money to send to his family back home. It is a story that happens every day, told here in an uncompromising, groundbreaking work of realism from American independent filmmaker Robert M. Young (Dominick and Eugene). Vivid and spare where other films about illegal immigration might sentimentalize, Young's take on the subject is equal parts intimate character study and gripping road movie, a political work that never loses sight of the complex man at its center. Alambrista!, winner of the Cannes Film Festival's inaugural Camera d'Or in 1978, remains one of the best films ever made on this perennially relevant topic. [less]

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alaska.de

Jana Pallaske, Frank Droese, Arthur Rakk, Toni Blume, Nele Steffen

89 Minutes    No. Discs: 1   

EAN: 4006680022710   

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Alatriste

Agustín Díaz Yanes

Viggo Mortensen, Javier Cámara, Elena Anaya, Pilar Bardem, Eduardo Noriega

147 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1    (Fox)

EAN: 8420266931290   

Spain released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Spanish ( Dolby DTS 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Interactive Menu, SYNOPSIS: A fierce soldier fighting for the Spanish cause in Flanders returns to a drastically-different Spain to fulfill the dying wish of a fallen friend, only to find [...]

Spain released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Spanish ( Dolby DTS 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Interactive Menu, SYNOPSIS: A fierce soldier fighting for the Spanish cause in Flanders returns to a drastically-different Spain to fulfill the dying wish of a fallen friend, only to find that life isn't what it once was in his decaying homeland in director Agustin Diaz Yanes' adaptation of Arturo Pérez-Revete's popular series of bestselling books. Compelled to fulfill the final wish of his dying friend, noble warrior Alatriste (Viggo Mortensen) makes his way back to Spain to care for the man's young son Iñigo (Nacho Perez and Unax Ugalde). Things have taken a sharp turn for the worst back home, however, and as Alatriste does his best to help the boy reach manhood while earning his keep as a hired swordsman, he sees his country crumbling at the feet of a feeble monarch who is failing to grasp the inner-workings of his own corrupt court. The impulsive handling of the Spanish Inquisition, coupled with the corrosive influence of the Count-Duke of Olivares (Javier Cámara), has brought a once powerful nation to its knees as the growing chasm between the deceitful upper-class and the miserable life of the commoners has effectively served to polarize the populace. In a time where corruption reigns honor has faded, Alatriste remains a lone figure who refuses to relinquish his noble spirit as he raises Iñigo and enters into a passionate love affair with actress Maria de Castro (Ariadna Gil). SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cartagena Film Festival, Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain, Goya Awards, ...Alatriste [less]

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Alexander Nevsky

Sergei Eisenstein

Nikolai Cherkasov

1939    108 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1    (Criterion)

EAN: 37429149225    UPC: 037429149225

The highlight of Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky is certainly the epic thirty minute battle on ice -- at times intense and powerful, other times almost comical with its keystone cop-ish music. We get shots of hundreds (if not thousands) of soldiers flailing about and smashing each other's armor with swords, battle axes and clubs. Then of the organist who accompanied the German Teutonic Knights (along with the make-shift tent church complete with cross bearing monks) followed by the carnival like [...]

The highlight of Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky is certainly the epic thirty minute battle on ice -- at times intense and powerful, other times almost comical with its keystone cop-ish music. We get shots of hundreds (if not thousands) of soldiers flailing about and smashing each other's armor with swords, battle axes and clubs. Then of the organist who accompanied the German Teutonic Knights (along with the make-shift tent church complete with cross bearing monks) followed by the carnival like band the Russians brought along. The tight shots of the battle are incredibly forceful and the sweeping long shots show the stark beauty of the land. A harbinger of dark days to come (World War II) and the propagandistic overtones make the film just that much more interesting to watch.

"Those who come with a sword to us will die from that sword!" [less]

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Aliyah

Elie Wajeman

88 Minutes   

EAN: 616892185512    UPC: 616892185512

Drug dealer Alex finds hope for a new start when his cousin offers him a job in Israel. Now he must make the final score, while balancing a new romance, a past lover, a lifelong friendship and his brother's addiction. In French w/ English subtitles. Official Selection - Cannes FF Directors' Fortnight.

Drug dealer Alex finds hope for a new start when his cousin offers him a job in Israel. Now he must make the final score, while balancing a new romance, a past lover, a lifelong friendship and his brother's addiction. In French w/ English subtitles. Official Selection - Cannes FF Directors' Fortnight. [less]

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All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre)

Pedro Almodóvar

Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan, Penélope Cruz

2000    101 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1    (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

EAN: 9780767847100    UPC: 043396047198

After her son is killed in an accident, Manuela (Cecilia Roth) leaves Madrid for her old haunts in Barcelona. She reconnects with an old friend, a pre-op transsexual prostitute named La Agrado (Antonia San Juan), who introduces her to Rosa (Penélope Cruz), a young nun who turns out to be pregnant. Meanwhile, Manuela becomes a personal assistant for Huma Rojo (Marisa Paredes), an actress currently playing Blanche DuBois in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire. All About My Mother traces the [...]

After her son is killed in an accident, Manuela (Cecilia Roth) leaves Madrid for her old haunts in Barcelona. She reconnects with an old friend, a pre-op transsexual prostitute named La Agrado (Antonia San Juan), who introduces her to Rosa (Penélope Cruz), a young nun who turns out to be pregnant. Meanwhile, Manuela becomes a personal assistant for Huma Rojo (Marisa Paredes), an actress currently playing Blanche DuBois in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire. All About My Mother traces the delicate web of friendship and loss that binds these women together. The movie is dedicated to the actresses of the world, so it's not surprising that all the performances are superb. Roth in particular anchors All About My Mother with compassion and generosity. But fans of writer-director Pedro Almodóvar needn't fret--as always, Almodóvar's work undermines conventional notions of sexual identity and embraces all human possibilities with bright colors and melodramatic plotting. However, All About My Mother approaches its twists and turns with a broader emotional scope than most of Almodóvar's work; even the more extravagant aspects of the story are presented quietly, to allow the sadness of life to be as present as the irrepressible vitality of the characters. Almodóvar embraces pettiness, jealousy, and grief as much as kindness, courage, and outrageousness, and the movie is the richer for it. --Bret Fetzer [less]

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Almanya: Bienvenido A Alemania

Yasemin Samdereli

Yasemin Samdereli, Nesrin Samdereli

2011    97 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1    (Cameo)

EAN: 8436540901224   

The story of three generations of a Turkish immigrant family.

The story of three generations of a Turkish immigrant family. [less]

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Almost Brothers (Quase Dois Irmãos)

Lúcia Murat

Lúcia Murat, Antônio Pompêo

2018    102 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Global Lens)

EAN: 720229912921    UPC: 720229912921

Almost Brothers (Quase Dois Irmãos) - Amazon.com ExclusiveThis poignant film is the story of two men: white, middle-class Miguel, and black favela-dweller Jorge who meet as boys through their fathers' passion for music. Their friendship is renewed during a lengthy incarceration in the mid 1970's.Director Lúcia Murat offers a commentary on the lowest rung of society in contemporary Rio de Janeiro when, as adults, Miguel and Jorge, one a government official and the other a drug lord, [...]

Almost Brothers (Quase Dois Irmãos) - Amazon.com ExclusiveThis poignant film is the story of two men: white, middle-class Miguel, and black favela-dweller Jorge who meet as boys through their fathers' passion for music. Their friendship is renewed during a lengthy incarceration in the mid 1970's.Director Lúcia Murat offers a commentary on the lowest rung of society in contemporary Rio de Janeiro when, as adults, Miguel and Jorge, one a government official and the other a drug lord, respectively, discover that their lives have more in common than they ever realized."Brilliant! This outstanding film serves as further proof of the emerging strength of Brazilian cinema." -London Daily Telegraph"Think City of God, with its Hollywood shenanigans deleted and three decades of politics inserted. Emotional, raw, satisfying!" -SF Bay GuardianAlmost Brothers is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Portuguese with English subtitles.When sold by Amazon.com, this product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply. [less]

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Alt, neu, geliehen & blau

Natasha Arthy

Sidse Babett Knudsen, Björn Kjellman, Lotte Andersen, Sören Byder, Lene Maria Christensen

2005    91 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    Aspect Ratio: 4:3    (EuroVideo Medien GmbH)

EAN: 4009750222744   

Katrine wird in wenigen Tagen heiraten. Eigentlich der glücklichste Tag im Leben einer jungen Frau, doch Katerine hat ein Problem, mit dem sie schwer zu kämpfen hat - es ist nicht ihr zukünftiger Ehemann Jonas. Er liebt sie über alles, sie liebt ihn. Insofern ist alles in Butter. Auch die Hochzeitsvorbereitungen machen ihr kein Kopfzerbrechen. Ihre zukünftige, arbeitswütige Schwiegermutter nimmt ihr eigentlich alles ab. Einzig die Tischkarten muss sie selbst beschriften. Das Problem ist [...]

Katrine wird in wenigen Tagen heiraten. Eigentlich der glücklichste Tag im Leben einer jungen Frau, doch Katerine hat ein Problem, mit dem sie schwer zu kämpfen hat - es ist nicht ihr zukünftiger Ehemann Jonas. Er liebt sie über alles, sie liebt ihn. Insofern ist alles in Butter. Auch die Hochzeitsvorbereitungen machen ihr kein Kopfzerbrechen. Ihre zukünftige, arbeitswütige Schwiegermutter nimmt ihr eigentlich alles ab. Einzig die Tischkarten muss sie selbst beschriften. Das Problem ist ihre Schwester Mette. Diese lebt, seitdem sie vor knapp zwei Jahren von ihrem Freund Thomsen verlassen wurde, in einer geschlossenen psychiatrischen Anstalt. Katrine weiß einfach nicht, wie sie ihrer Schwester, einer an einer gescheiterten Liebe zerbrochenen Person, mitteilen soll, dass sie sich in Kürze für ewig an die Liebe ihres Lebens binden wird. Und dann taucht zu allem Überfluss auch noch Thomsen auf, der Urheber allen Übels... [less]

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Am Ende kommen Touristen

EAN: 7321925008654   

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Amador

Fernando Leon De Aranoa

Magaly Solier

2012    112 Minutes    No. Discs: 1    (Film Movement)

EAN: 616892183969    UPC: 616892183969

Marcela, a young immigrant with financial troubles, finds a summer job looking after Amador, a bed-ridden elderly man whose family is away. She thinks her problems are solved, but Amador dies shortly thereafter, putting Marcela in a predicament. His death leaves her jobless, something she can't afford to let happen. Faced with a difficult moral dilemma, Marcela will prove that death can't always stop life.

Marcela, a young immigrant with financial troubles, finds a summer job looking after Amador, a bed-ridden elderly man whose family is away. She thinks her problems are solved, but Amador dies shortly thereafter, putting Marcela in a predicament. His death leaves her jobless, something she can't afford to let happen. Faced with a difficult moral dilemma, Marcela will prove that death can't always stop life. [less]

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