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02:15:31
Till the Clouds Roll By
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) A musical and fictionalized biography of American Broadway pioneer Jerome Kern (portrayed by Robert Walker), who was originally involved with the film, but died before it was completed. The film features renditions of the famous songs from his musical plays by contemporary stage artists, including a condensed production of his most famous: 'Showboat'. Plot: On the success of his latest and most elaborate Broadway musical "Show Boat", composer Jerome Kern (Robert Walker) reminisces to his chauffeur about his life that led to this point. He talks about: his long time friendship with arranger James Hessler who in large part helped him hone his craft, and who himself wanted to get out of arranging to focus on composing serious music; how he overcame the mentality of the time of Broadway producers of featuring the English music halls revues; how he met an English country lass named Eva Leale, who would become Mrs. Kern; his near death experience in almost boarding the ill-fated Lusitania sailing, the liner which was ultimately torpedoed and sank on that sailing; his longtime friendship with Hessler's daughter, Sally Hessler, whose want, as an adult, to be a Broadway performer led to a certain estrangement; and the specific events that led to the creation of "Show Boat" with lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. With the advent of talking pictures, Kern's music, both existing songs as well as new songs written expressly for, would hit a broader audience through Hollywood movies. With Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury.
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History Buffs: Braveheart
Well, you have all been asking for Braveheart and for this Christmas that's exactly what you're gonna get! Although this review may not look too kindly on what is regarded as one of the most historically inaccurate movies of all time. Braveheart is a 1995 historical drama epic film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. The story is based on Blind Harry's epic poem The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace and was adapted for the screen by Randall Wallace. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards at the 68th Academy Awards and won five: Best Picture, Best Makeup, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, and Best Director. Randall Wallace, who wrote the screenplay, has acknowledged Blind Harry's 15th century epic poem The Acts and Deeds of Sir William Wallace, Knight of Elderslie as a major inspiration for the film.[26] In defending his script, Randall Wallace has said, "Is Blind Harry true? I don't know. I know that it spoke to my heart and that's what matters to me, that it spoke to my heart."[26] Blind Harry's poem is now not regarded as historically accurate, and although some incidents in the film which are not historically accurate are taken from Blind Harry (e.g. the hanging of Scottish nobles at the start), [27] there are large parts which are based neither on history nor Blind Harry (e.g. Wallace's affair with Princess Isabelle). Elizabeth Ewan describes Braveheart as a film which "almost totally sacrifices historical accuracy for epic adventure".[28] The "brave heart" refers in Scottish history to that of Robert the Bruce, and an attribution by William Edmondstoune Aytoun, in his poem Heart of Bruce, to Sir James the Good Douglas: "Pass thee first, thou dauntless heart, As thou wert wont of yore!", prior to Douglas' demise at the Battle of Teba in Andalusia.[29] It has been described as one of the most historically inaccurate modern films.[30] Sharon Krossa notes that the film contains numerous historical errors, beginning with the wearing of belted plaid by Wallace and his men. In that period "no Scots ... wore belted plaids (let alone kilts of any kind)." Moreover, when Highlanders finally did begin wearing the belted plaid, it was not "in the rather bizarre style depicted in the film". She compares the inaccuracy to "a film about Colonial America showing the colonial men wearing 20th century business suits, but with the jackets worn back-to-front instead of the right way around."[31] "The events aren't accurate, the dates aren't accurate, the characters aren't accurate, the names aren't accurate, the clothes aren't accurate—in short, just about nothing is accurate."[32] The belted plaid (feileadh mór léine) was not introduced until the 16th century.[33] Peter Traquair has referred to Wallace's "farcical representation as a wild and hairy highlander painted with woad (1,000 years too late) running amok in a tartan kilt (500 years too early)." [34] In 2009, the film was second on a list of "most historically inaccurate movies" in The Times.[30] In the humorous non-fictional historiography An Utterly Impartial History of Britain (2007), author John O'Farrell notes that Braveheart could not have been more historically inaccurate, even if a "Plasticine dog" had been inserted in the film and the title changed to William Wallace and Gromit.
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01:24:20
Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (1922)
ENG - Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (translated as Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror; or simply Nosferatu) is a 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film, shot in 1921 and released in 1922, was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel. (...) Stoker's heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, one print of Nosferatu survived, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema. GER - Nosferatu -- Eine Symphonie des Grauens ist ein deutscher Spielfilm aus dem Jahr 1922 von Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau in fünf Akten. Der Stummfilm ist eine -- nicht autorisierte -- Adaption von Bram Stokers Roman Dracula und erzählt die Geschichte des Grafen Orlok, eines Vampirs aus den Karpaten, der in Liebe zur schönen Ellen entbrennt und Schrecken über ihre Heimatstadt Wisborg bringt. ESP - Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu, una sinfonía del horror), conocida en español como Nosferatu y Nosferatu el vampiro (España), es una película muda de 1922 dirigida por F. W. Murnau. (...) Murnau quiso realizar una adaptación cinematográfica de la novela Drácula, de Bram Stoker, pero su estudio no logró hacerse con los derechos de la historia. De modo que decidió filmar su propia versión de la novela y el resultado es una película que tiene un gran parecido con la historia original de Stoker. FRA - Nosferatu le vampire (titre original : Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens en version originale) est un film muet allemand réalisé par Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau sorti en 1922, adapté du roman Dracula, bien qu'il fût non autorisé par les ayants droit. C'est pour cette raison que certains noms et détails ont été changés par rapport au roman. ITA - Nosferatu il vampiro (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) è un film muto diretto da Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau e proiettato per la prima volta il 5 marzo 1922. Considerato il capolavoro del regista tedesco e uno dei capisaldi del cinema horror e espressionista, Nosferatu il vampiro è ispirato liberamente al romanzo Dracula (1897) di Bram Stoker. Murnau dovette modificare il titolo, i nomi dei personaggi (il Conte Dracula diventa il Conte Orlok, interpretato da Max Schreck) e i luoghi (da Londra a Wisborg) per problemi legati ai diritti legali dell'opera, infatti Nosferatu in romeno significa "non spirato". Wikipedia
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01:25:17
Night Tide (1961)
Night Tide is a 1961 thriller film, written and directed by Curtis Harrington and starring Dennis Hopper. It was filmed in 1960, premiered in 1961, but was held up from general release until 1963. Seaman Johnny Drake (Dennis Hopper), on shore leave, finds a "Mermaid" sideshow attraction at the marina, operated by Captain Murdock (Gavin Muir). The "Mermaid" Mora (Linda Lawson) who lives in a hotel above the marina merry-go-round, and Johnny fall for each other. Everyone around them is wary of the romance, as her previous lovers have died mysteriously. Mora believes she is a descendant of the Sirens, mythic sea creatures who lure sailors to their deaths. From time to time a mysterious and seemingly sinister woman (Marjorie Cameron) appears and frightens Mora. She believes the woman is the leader of the mermaids, calling Mora to fulfill her destiny. Mora's origins seem to be driving her to commit murder by the full moon. Johnny is unable to believe his lover is capable of murder, but Mora herself seems more certain. During a diving trip on the day of the full moon, Mora cuts Johnny's breathing tube and he is forced to surface, leaving her below, where she swims away into the shadows. When Johnny returns to the marina the next day, he sees that the lifeless body of Mora is now on display in the mermaid tank. Murdock appears, brandishing a gun. It was he who committed the murders and convinced Mora that she was an actual mermaid. Mora had discarded her oxygen tank in the sea, and had drowned. In the ensuing struggle between Johnny and Murdock, the glass tank is shattered, and the water and debris pin Murdock down. At the police station, Murdock confesses to the crimes and Johnny returns to his ship accompanied by the shore patrol. The one loose end to Murdock's story is that he denies any knowledge of the mysterious woman who had been frightening Mora. The police dismiss it as the man protecting her, but this is left open to other possibilities as well.
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OPEN FOR ANYONE
OPEN FOR ANYONE - a film by Salvation Productions Salvation Productions - Matthew Wright, Sam Keene, Ina Rai, Paige Dexter. DIRECTOR & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Matthew Wright WRITTEN & PRODUCED BY: Chainsaw Productions EDITED BY: Chainsaw Productions DIRECTOR OF CINEMATOGRAPHY: Matthew Wright CAST Matthew Wright as "Matt" Harry Wheelwright as "Harry" Jacob Jerkovich as "The Murderer" Paige Dexter as "Dead Body" CINEMATOGRAPHY/CAMERA CREW: All of Salvation Productions, as well as: Lesley Wright Harry Wheelwright Jacob Jerkovich MUSIC (in order of appearance) "People Say I'm No Good" by Charles Manson Music sampled from Bertie Gilbert's "Tick Where It Hurts", composed by Tom Rosenthal "Ghosts We Once Knew" by Mumford & Sons TRAILER MUSIC: "It's Okay" by Tom Rosenthal SPECIAL THANKS TO Lesley Wright Harry Wheelwright Jacob Jerkovich Infinite thanks to those three people. Without them the film would either have been not possible to make, not like my original idea, or incomplete. Without Mum, Harry wouldn't have been able to come over and film, essentially making the film half done. Without Harry, the film wouldn't have been like my original idea. When I first constructed the idea, I thought of me and Harry, and it makes me so proud that I could bring that to life. Without Jacob, the forest shots wouldn't have been completed and again the film would've been half done. Obviously, massive thanks to Sam, Ina and Paige. You took me and my idea on head first and you helped make it something even better than I could imagine. Thank you for being so patient with me taking essentially all creative control. Couldn't have done it without you. I hope our grade at the end of it all is representative of the effort we put in :D Thanks to everyone who helped. We created something awesome. And when you get right down to it, awesome things make the world go round.
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