"The Battle of Nasilinna 1918" - depicting the Finnish Civil War from the White army's point of view. Lieutenant Melin's soldiers mission is to penetrate the heart of the city and overtake the Nasilinna Palace from the Reds.
For nearly 200 years, skeptics and critics have been trying to explain away what many Book of Mormon witnesses stated-that they had seen angels and hefted golden metal plates containing ancient inscriptions.
Cast: Teresa Wright, Cornel Wilde, John Dehner, Hank Patterson
The period is the 1840's and California is part of Mexico. Many of the citizens wish to become part of the United States. Other countries are also interested and the Russians have established bases in the northern part of the territory. To further their hold they have stolen guns and Don Arturo Bordega, a leader of those wanting statehood, is out to recover them.
Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann, Vincent Perez
The film is set in the late 16th century, a time when France is torn apart by religious strife between Catholics and Huguenots (Protestants). Against this backdrop, we are introduced to Marguerite de Valois, known as Queen Margot (Isabelle Adjani), the beautiful and intelligent daughter of the fiercely Catholic King Charles IX (Jean-Hugues Anglade).
In a politically motivated move to reconcile the feuding factions, Margot is forced into a marriage with the Protestant leader Henry of Navarre (Daniel Auteuil). Despite their religious differences and the political maneuvering surrounding their union, Margot and Henry find themselves drawn to each other, and a passionate and forbidden love affair ensues.
As the wedding day approaches, tensions between Catholics and Huguenots reach a boiling point, culminating in the infamous St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, a brutal and bloody event that changes the course of history. Margot, Henry, and their entangled fates become embroiled in the treacherous politics of the French court.
"Queen Margot" is a complex and gripping narrative of love and betrayal, set against a backdrop of religious conflict and political intrigue. The film delves into the personal struggles of its characters as they navigate the dangerous waters of power and passion. It's a visually stunning and emotionally charged epic that explores the dark and turbulent chapter of French history with remarkable depth and intensity.
The story about a Colombian writer's father. His father was an University md professor who promoted tolerance and human rights in his country. Writer exposes his feelings related to his lovely father and he describes his family story and all drama related with the killing of his father. It is a moving film based on a book with the same title. It is a sample of violence related events to political Colombia's social life during last three decades.
Cast: Conleth Hill, Alix Wilton Regan, Fisayo Akinade, Alex Hassell
As time passes, desperation intensifies among the shipwrecked men, for the promised rescue boat never materializes. Suspicion festers, particularly in one of the sailors who becomes increasingly skeptical of the island's history and the circumstances surrounding its abrupt abandonment. A chilling pattern emerges from his investigation - every year, on the same date, a calamitous maritime disaster claims the lives of young men from the island. The sailor's shipmates meet grim fates, leading him to confront the eerie legend of a malevolent siren haunting The Isle.
With an unrelenting determination to unearth the truth and facing imminent peril, the sailor embarks on a perilous journey into the heart of the island's enigmas. He races against time and a malevolent force that seeks to ensnare him, all while battling to preserve his own life. "The Isle" is a suspenseful and haunting narrative that explores themes of survival, folklore, and the relentless pursuit of the unknown, set against the backdrop of a remote and menacing Scottish isle in 1841.
England 1555. An isolated group of salt farmers arrange illegal passage to Europe for an Indian Gypsy family in hiding. But a love affair between Patience, a mute English girl, and Rumi, the son of the Egyptians, threatens to destroy both communities.
Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous First World War, "Sinking the Lusitania" tells the harrowing and tragic story of the ill-fated ocean liner RMS Lusitania. The film follows a diverse cast of characters whose lives intersect on this fateful voyage.
At the center of the narrative is Sarah, an American journalist traveling to Europe to cover the war's impact on civilian life. On board, she meets James, a British intelligence officer working undercover to uncover German espionage operations in the United States. Their budding romance becomes a crucial element of the story.
Meanwhile, German U-boat commander Captain Friedrich is tasked with a secret mission to intercept the Lusitania and prevent it from delivering a cache of weapons to Britain. The tension rises as the U-boat approaches the liner, setting the stage for a suspenseful cat-and-mouse game.
As the Lusitania sails toward its tragic destiny, passengers from different walks of life face moral dilemmas, including whether to support the war effort, whether to reveal secrets, and whether to trust their fellow travelers.
The film skillfully captures the chaos and panic that ensue when the Lusitania is struck by a torpedo, leading to its rapid sinking. Amid the chaos, Sarah and James must fight for survival, while Captain Friedrich grapples with the consequences of his actions.
"Sinking the Lusitania" is a poignant exploration of the human cost of war, the power of love and sacrifice, and the political machinations that can lead to devastating tragedies. With its historical accuracy, compelling characters, and breathtaking cinematography, this film pays tribute to the lives lost on that fateful day and the enduring legacy of the Lusitania disaster.
Cast: Molly Ringwald, Tim Burton, Adam Driver, Simon Pegg
Growing up in the '60s, Los Angeles brothers Ron and Russell got by on a heavy diet of popcorn matinees and pop music until the spotlight of school talent shows illuminated their way on a musical journey as Sparks and spawned 25 studio albums. Edgar Wright's vision brings five decades of invention to life through animations and interviews, digging deeply into the band's rich, career-spanning archival.
The movie begins with an older and retired Edmond Vidal, known as "Momon," reminiscing about his past as a member of The Lyonnais, a tight-knit gang of criminals he led during the 1970s. The story unfolds through a series of flashbacks, chronicling the gang's early days and their rise to infamy.
Momon, a charismatic and resourceful figure, recruits his childhood friends into the criminal world, forming a band of skilled and audacious robbers. The gang quickly gains notoriety for their daring heists, which they execute with precision and audacity. As they accumulate wealth and reputation, The Lyonnais become legends in the criminal underworld, feared and admired by their peers.
Amidst the thrill of success and wealth, personal tensions and betrayals begin to simmer within the gang. Momon's loyalty is tested as some members become more reckless and violent in their pursuit of money and power. Despite the growing conflicts, the bond of brotherhood between the gang members remains strong, and they continue their criminal endeavors with daring audacity.
However, as the stakes rise, so does the pressure from law enforcement. The relentless pursuit of The Lyonnais by Detective Borniche, a determined and unyielding police officer, puts the gang's criminal empire at risk. Borniche's unwavering dedication to bringing them to justice leads to high-stakes confrontations and narrow escapes.
As The Lyonnais reach the pinnacle of their criminal activities, the cost of their actions becomes evident. The consequences of their dangerous lifestyle and the toll on their personal lives weigh heavily on the gang members. Momon faces difficult decisions, torn between his loyalty to his friends and the desire to protect his family from the dangerous world he helped create.
"Les Lyonnais" is a powerful and emotionally charged crime drama that explores the complexities of loyalty, friendship, and the consequences of one's actions. With strong performances, a gripping narrative, and intense action sequences, the film paints a captivating portrait of the rise and fall of a group of charismatic criminals who carved their names into the annals of French criminal history.
Cast: Richard Harris, Dana Wynter, Glynis Johns, Harry H. Corbett
In 1959, Rwanda, a Belgian colony, is on the brink of political and social upheaval. Father Hubert (portrayed by a seasoned actor), a devoted Catholic priest, has been living in the Rwandan countryside for years, working closely with both Hutu and Tutsi communities and promoting peace and understanding between them.
As tensions between the Hutu majority and Tutsi minority rise, Rwanda becomes a volatile powder keg. When the country gains independence, long-suppressed resentments and power struggles between the ethnic groups explode into violence and bloodshed.
Amidst the chaos, Father Hubert finds himself caught in the middle of the brewing conflict. He witnesses horrifying acts of violence and discrimination, as longstanding prejudices and animosities turn into full-fledged acts of genocide.
Despite facing grave danger, Father Hubert refuses to abandon the people he has sworn to protect and serve. His unwavering commitment to humanity leads him to take extraordinary risks to provide refuge and assistance to those in need, regardless of their ethnicity.
As the situation worsens, Father Hubert becomes a beacon of hope and a symbol of resistance for those who seek an end to the bloodshed. Yet, he also faces internal turmoil and questions his own faith in the face of such brutality.
As the violence intensifies, the Belgian authorities, who were once his allies, urge Father Hubert to leave Rwanda for his own safety. But he chooses to stay, determined to save as many lives as possible, even if it means putting his own life at risk.
"Shake Hands with the Devil" is a poignant and heart-rending portrayal of a man's struggle to maintain his humanity and faith in the face of overwhelming evil. It delves into the complexities of human nature, the consequences of political unrest, and the power of compassion in the darkest of times.
The film is a tribute to the real-life Father Hubert, who, despite facing unimaginable challenges, remained committed to peace and love in the midst of one of the darkest chapters in Rwandan history. Through his story, "Shake Hands with the Devil" shines a light on the importance of empathy and the enduring strength of the human spirit in times of crisis.
Cast: Jake Lacy, Tony Hale, Nicole Kidman, Alia Shawkat
In 1939, Lucy Ball is contracted to RKO Pictures. She gets small parts in big studio productions, but featured mainly in low budget films. She meets one of the film's cast, the charismatic 22-year-old Cuban singer Desi Arnaz and the two fall for each other instantaneously. Months after filming, they marry and buy a home in Hollywood. Desi has a successful stint fronting the Desi Arnaz Orchestra that tours around the country, while Lucy continues her film career with little success. In 1948, she is cast in the radio show "My Favorite Husband", which becomes a success. The show draws interest from CBS and Philip Morris, but Ball only agrees if Desi plays her on screen husband. By 1953, the show is renamed "I Love Lucy" and becomes a smash hit with nearly 60 million viewers each week. On the night of the live filming, a newspaper article deems Lucy a Communist. Lucy admits but Desi insists not to tell the truth. They are now facing a crisis that could end their careers and their marriage.
"The 47 Ronin" is based on the true story of a group of samurai, led by Oishi Kuranosuke (played by Chojuro Kawarasaki), who find themselves without a lord after their master, Lord Asano, is forced to commit ritual suicide. Asano's death is the result of an unjust act by a high-ranking official, Lord Kira (played by Tsuruzo Nakamura), who insulted Asano and provoked him into drawing his sword within the Shogun's palace.
The ronin, samurai without a master, are bound by their code of bushido and the principle of loyalty. Determined to avenge their lord's death and restore their clan's honor, they meticulously plan their revenge. Operating in secrecy, they endure years of patient preparation, disguising their intentions and biding their time.
Throughout their journey, the ronin face numerous challenges, including threats from rival clans and spies who seek to expose their plot. Despite the dangers and personal sacrifices, they remain steadfast in their commitment to their fallen master and their unwavering loyalty to their cause.
"The 47 Ronin" showcases the ideals of honor, sacrifice, and the pursuit of justice deeply rooted in Japanese culture. The film explores themes of loyalty, revenge, and the preservation of one's samurai heritage, painting a vivid portrait of the samurai code and the complexities of feudal Japan.
With its grand scale, spectacular battle scenes, and intricate storytelling, "The 47 Ronin" has become a beloved and enduring tale of heroism and honor. It captures the essence of Japanese historical epics, portraying the ronin as noble warriors who epitomize the virtues of courage, discipline, and unwavering loyalty to their lord.
"The 47 Ronin" stands as a testament to the enduring power of honor and loyalty, and serves as a reminder of the timeless ideals that continue to resonate within Japanese culture and beyond.
"Let Joy Reign Supreme" presents a satirical take on the corruption and excesses of the French monarchy under King Louis XV (played by Philippe Noiret) and his courtiers. The film focuses on the character of Philipe d'Orléans (played by Jean-Pierre Marielle), the Duke of Orléans and the Regent of France during the King's minority.
The Duke of Orléans is depicted as a cunning and manipulative figure, skillfully playing the political game to further his own interests and maintain his influence within the court. As the Regent, he faces numerous challenges, including attempts by rival factions to gain power and the escalating social unrest among the common people.
"Let Joy Reign Supreme" captures the lavish lifestyle of the French aristocracy while also highlighting the stark contrast with the poverty and suffering of the lower classes. The film explores themes of social inequality, political intrigue, and the abuse of power, providing a biting critique of the French monarchy and the decadence that pervaded the era.
Through its clever and satirical storytelling, the film paints a vivid picture of the intricate power dynamics, scandalous affairs, and Machiavellian maneuverings that characterized the French court. It showcases the opulence and frivolity of the ruling class, while simultaneously highlighting the simmering discontent and resentment brewing among the common people.
"Let Joy Reign Supreme" offers a window into a turbulent period of French history, revealing the underlying tensions that would eventually lead to the French Revolution. It serves as a commentary on the excesses of monarchy and an exploration of the timeless themes of power, corruption, and the struggle for social justice.
With its stellar performances, rich period detail, and biting satire, "Let Joy Reign Supreme" provides an incisive and thought-provoking exploration of the abuses of power and the societal unrest that ultimately shaped the destiny of France in the years leading up to the revolution.