carte blanche Dennis Hopper

Rashomon  .  director Akira Kurosawa
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director Akira Kurosawa
screenplay Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto
country Japan
year 1950
duration 88 minutes
color B/W
producer Jingo Minoura
cast

Toshiro Mifune

Machiko Kyo

Masayuki Mori

Takashi Shimura

Minoru Chiaki

Kichijiro Ueda

Fumiko Honma

Daisuke Kato

 


cinematography Kazuo Miyagawa
editor Akira Kurosawa
music Fumio Hayasaka

synopsis

Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, Rashomon is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man?s murder and the rape of his wife. Toshiro Mifune gives another commanding performance in the eloquent masterwork that revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema to the world.


 
Das Siebente Siegel (The Seventh Seal)  .  director Ingmar Bergman
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director Ingmar Bergman
screenplay Ingmar Bergman
country Sweden
year 1957
duration 96 minutes
color B/W
producer Allan Ekelund
cast

Gunnar Bj?rnstrand

Bengt Ekerot

Nils Poppe

Max von Sydow

Bibi Andersson

u.a.


cinematography Gunnar Fischer
sound Evald Andersson, Lennart Wallin, Aaby Wedin
editor Lennart Wall
music Erik Nordgren

synopsis

In Ingmar Bergmans ?Das Siebente Siegel? kehrt der Ritter Antonius Block von einem Kreuzzug in das pestverseuchte Schweden zur?ck. Zu seiner Best?rzung erwartet auch ihn der Tod schon. Nicht bereit zu sterben, ohne den wahren Sinn des Lebens erkannt zu haben, ?berredet Block den Tod zu einem Spiel. Der Tod gew?hrt ihm eine Gnadenfrist: F?r die Dauer einer Partie Schach darf er suchen was er zu finden hofft. Ein schicksalhaftes Forschen nach Antworten ?ber das Leben, den Tod und der Existenz Gottes beginnt...


 
The Magnificent Ambersons  .  director Orson Welles
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director Orson Welles
screenplay Booth Tarkington, Orson Welles, Jack Moss, Joseph Cotten
country USA
year 1942
duration 88 minutes
color Color
producer Jack Moss, George Schaefer, Orson Welles
cast

Joseph Cotten

Dolores Costello

Anne Baxter

Tim Holt

Agnes Moorehead

u.a.

 


cinematography Stanley Cortez, Russell A. Cully, Jack MacKenzie, Russell Metty, Nicholas Musuraca
editor Robert Wise, Jack Moss, Mark Robson
music Bernard Herrmann, Roy Webb

synopsis

Orson Welles? second film follows the story of Eug?ne Morgan, an inventor and draftsman, and Isabel Amberson, the daughter of a wealthy upper-class family. Although deeply in love, due to their class distinctions their romance is doomed from the start. When Isabel finally marries the dull and steady Wilbur Minafer, Eug?ne leaves town. Almost 20 years later Eug?ne, now a successful automobile maker and father to 18 year old Lucy, returns and their romance starts all over again, to the great chagrin of Isabel?s arrogant son, George...


 
Viridiana  .  director Luis Bu?uel
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director Luis Bu?uel
screenplay Luis Bu?uel, Julio Alejandro
country Mexico/Spain
year 1961
duration 90 minutes
color Color
producer Gustavo Alatriste
cast

Silvia Pinal

Fernando Rey

Francisco Rabal

Margarita Lozano

Victoria Zinny

Teresita Rabal

 


cinematography Jos? F. Aguayo
editor Pedro del Rey
music Gustavo Pittaluga

synopsis

Banned in Spain and denounced by the Vatican, Luis Bu?uel?s irreverent vision of life as a beggar?s banquet is regarded by many as his masterpiece. In it, novice nun Viridiana does her utmost to maintain her Catholic principles, but her lecherous uncle and a motley assemblage of paupers force her to confront the limits of her idealism. Winner of the Palme d?or at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival, Viridiana is as audacious today as ever.


 
Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) ? Apu Trilogy  .  director Satyajit Ray
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director Satyajit Ray
screenplay Satyajit Ray
country India
year 1955
duration 115 minutes
color B/W
producer Government of West Bengal
cast

Kanu Banerjee

Karuna Banerjee

Subir Banerjee

Uma Das Gupta

u.a.


cinematography Subrata Mitra
sound Bhupen Ghosh
editor Dulal Dutta
music Pandit Ravi Shankar

synopsis

The time is early twentieth century, a remote village in Bengal.The film deals with a Brahmin family, a priest - Harihar, his wife Sarbajaya, daughter Durga, and his aged cousin Indir Thakrun - struggling to make both ends meet.

 

Harihar is frequently away from home on work. The wife is raising her mischievous daughter Durga and caring for elderly cousin Indir, whose independent spirit sometimes irritates her... Apu is born. With the little boy's arrival, happiness, play and exploration uplift the children's daily life.

 

Durga and Apu share an intimate bond. They follow a candy seller whose wares they can not afford, enjoy the theatre, discover a train and witness a marriage ceremony. They even face death of their aunt - Indir Thakrun. Durga is accused of a theft. She fall ill after a joyous dance in rains of the monsoon. On a stormy day, when Harihar is away on work, Durga dies.

 

On Harihar's return, the family leaves their village in search of a new life in Benaras. The film closes with an image of Harihar, wife and son - Apu, slowly moving way in an ox cart.

 


 
Aparajito (The Unvanquished) ? Apu Trilogy  .  director Satyajit Ray
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director Satyajit Ray
screenplay Satyajit Ray
country India
year 1955
duration 115 minutes
color B/W
producer Government of West Bengal
cast

Kanu Banerjee

Karuna Banerjee

Pinaki Sen Gupta

Smaran Ghosal

Ramani Sen Gupta

u.a.


cinematography Subrata Mitra
sound Durgadas Mitra
editor Dulal Dutta
music Pandit Ravi Shankar

synopsis

Aparajito opens in the city of Benaras. The father dies after an illness. Apu's mother decides to return with Apu to the countryside. Young Apu and his widowed mother struggle for existence. She wants him to become a priest like his father, but he persuades her to send him to school. She makes sacrifices to make it possible for Apu to study. Apu wins a scholarship and leaves for the city, Calcutta. Sarbajaya, the mother, falls ill. Delayed by his exams, Apu arrives too late. She has died. He leaves again for Calcutta.


 
Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) ? Apu Trilogy  .  director Satyajit Ray
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director Satyajit Ray
screenplay Satyajit Ray
country India
year 1959
duration 106 minutes
color B/W
production Satyajit Ray Productions
cast

Soumitra Chatterjee

Sharmila Tagore

Swapan Mukherjee

Alok Chakravarty

Sefalika Devi

u.a.


cinematography Subrata Mitra
sound Durgadas Mitra
editor Dulal Dutta
music Pandit Ravi Shankar

synopsis

Apur Sansar is about Apu the man. Soumitra Chatterji, who would act in several later Ray films, played Apu. Apu has to give up studies and look for work. Unable to find a job, he is writing a novel based on his life. He gets married unexpectedly to a village girl (played by Sharmila Tagore in her debut role). Young wife finds herself disoriented in the new city life. Both soon develop a companionship and fall in love. They are blissfully happy for a year. She is pregnant and leaves to be with her family for childbirth. She dies while giving birth to their son. Apu blames the infant for its mother's death and refuses to see it. At last, he gives up his novel and goes to meet his son. Reunited, the two of them leave for Calcutta.


 
Les Quatre Cents Coups (The Four Hundred Blows)  .  director Fran?ois Truffaut
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director Fran?ois Truffaut
screenplay Fran?ois Truffaut, Marcel Moussy
country France
year 1959
duration 99 minutes
color B/W
producer Fran?ois Truffaut
cast

Antoine Doinel

Gilberte Doinel

Julien Doinel

 


cinematography Henri Deca
sound Jean-Claude Marchetti
editor Marie-Jos?phe Yoyotte
music Jean Constantin

synopsis

Fran?ois Truffaut?s intensely touching story of a misunderstood adolescent is an indictment of the injustices of the criminal justice system?s treatment of juvenile offenders. The film follows the Parisian youth, Antoine Doinel, who grows up in poverty and neglect. Engaging in childish pranks, Antoine delves into a life of petty crime. When he steals a typewriter from his stepfather to pawn it, his parents turn him over to the police and he is left at the ?mercy? of the French judicial system.


 
The Grapes of Wrath  .  director John Ford
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director John Ford
screenplay Nunnally Johnson
country USA
year 1940
duration 128 minutes
color B/W
producer Darryl F. Zanuck
cast

Tom Joad

Ma Joad

Casy

Joad

Rose-of-Sharon Rivers

Pa Joad

Al Joad

 


cinematography Gregg Toland
sound Roger Heman Sr.
editor Robert L. Simpson
music Alfred Newman

synopsis

John Steinbeck's quasi-documentary study of Dust Bowl immigrants inspired John Ford's film, The Grapes of Wrath. Like Steinbeck's book, the film follows the Joads, an Okie family trying to get to California in an overloaded jalopy filled with crying children, beaten-down people, and dying grandparents. It is a sympathetic look at the fate of the farmers who fled the Dust Bowl for brighter futures in California, but encountered there instead the same class system and prejudices that had impoverished them back home.


 
Treasure of the Sierra Madre  .  director John Huston
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director John Huston
screenplay John Huston
country USA
year 1947
duration 121 minutes
color B/W
producer Henry Blanke
cast

Humphrey Bogart

Walter Huston

Tim Holt

Bruce Bennett

Barton MacLane

u.a.

 


cinematography Ted D. McCord
sound Robert B. Lee
editor Owen Marks
music Max Steiner

synopsis

Mexico 1925: Der Amerikaner Freddie Dobbs und sein Landsmann Curtin arbeiten in Tampico als Tagel?hner. In ihrer Unterkunft h?ren sie mit gro?er Neugier, wie der alte Goldsucher Howard von seinen besseren Tagen erz?hlt. Howard begeistert die beiden f?r eine Expedition zu einer hoch in den Bergen gelegenen Goldader. Bereits die Anreise wird zum gef?hrlichen Abenteuer, doch die M?he lohnt sich: Die Mine erweist sich als wahre Goldgrube. Doch mit dem Reichtum w?chst das Misstrauen unter den M?nnern, die in der Wildnis aufeinander angewiesen sind.