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The Russians Are Coming - Die Russen Kommen
Originally banned by Communist Authorities, Heiner Carow's semi-autobiographical film was not approved for final production. Officials argued it focused on an ordinary Nazi follower, rather than an antifascist hero, and that it was "contaminated with modernism." The film, which includes clips from the Nazi propaganda film Kolberg (1945), was finally…
Der Blaue Engel (Blue Angel)
Emil Jannings (The Last Laugh, Faust, Othello), the quintessential German expressionist actor, stars as Professor Rath, the sexually-repressed instructor of a boys' prep school. After learning of the pupils' infatuation with French postcards depicting a local nightclub songstress, he decides to personally investigate the source of such indecency. But as…
Sabine Kleist, Age 7 - Sabine Kleist, 7 Jahre
Since her parents died in a car accident, Sabine has lived in an orphanage. When Edith--her beloved caretaker and the only adult she trusts--leaves to have a baby, Sabine runs away. Like Alice in Wonderland, the spunky little girl wanders through the city of Berlin, observing life and meeting people.…
The Sun
The final portrait in a series on the lives of dictators by Alexander Sokurov, THE SUN is a re-imagining of Emperor Hirohito's final days in power during the waning days of WWII. Hirohito wanders through his palace in a child-like state of denial. But reality soon intrudes as American soldiers…
Happily Ever After
Writer-director Yvan Attal (My Wife is an Actress) takes a "funny, observant, evanescent approach to the mysteries of human desire" (Jami Bernard, NY DAILY NEWS) in Happily Ever After, a bittersweet comedy about the battle of the married sexes. Starring Attal and real-life amour Charlotte Gainsbourg (21 Grams), Happily Ever…
Rapt
Nominated for four Cesar Awards (including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor), Lucas Belvaux's edge-of-your-seat thriller -- inspired by the 1978 kidnapping of French industrialist Edouard-Jean Empain -- features a career-defining performance by Yvan Attal (Munich, My Wife Is an Actress) as a millionaire playboy who is abducted and…
Misfit
After a wild night of partying in a city in Nigeria, early the next morning a young female is stranded on the streets. Finally setting her sights on a commercial bus heading into town, she quickly boards the bus in an attempt to escape street evangelist and prying eyes. She…
Caesar Must Die
The theater in Rome's Rebibbia Prison. A performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has just ended amidst much applause. The lights dim on the actors and they become prisoners once again as they are accompanied back to their cells. SIX MONTHS EARLIER The warden and a theater director speak to the…
The Actress - Die Schauspielerin
Maria, a rising theater star in Nazi Germany, is in love with Mark, a Jewish actor. She accepts her dream job at a theater in Munich, while Mark is banned from performing--except at the Jewish Kulturbund Theatre in Berlin. Maria discovers she is unable to live without Mark, but the…
Relentless
Relentless is a coming-of-age story set in the bustling city of Lagos by successful Paris-based Art director, Andy Amadi. Obi, a young Nigerian peacekeeping soldier recently returned from an assignment in war-torn Sierra Leone, meets and falls in love with a local woman who ends up in the hands of…
Murder Obsession
Director Riccardo Freda, known for mentoring one of Italy's master cult horror film makers, Mario Bava, brings us one of his sexiest giallos: Murder Obsession which tells the story of a horror film actor Michael Stanford (played by Stefano Patrizi) who, after shooting his film, visits his mother (Anita Strindberg)…
Ca twiste a Poponguine (Rocking Poponguine)
Ca twiste a Poponguine is perhaps the most charming, fast-paced and accessible film in our Library of African Cinema collection. This bittersweet, coming of age story is a kind of African equivalent of George Lucas' American Graffiti, Spike Lee's Crooklyn or Godard's Masculin/Feminin. These Senegalese teenagers living it up on…