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Directed by Philippe de Broca and arriving in the wake of the newly popular James Bond films, these were a riotous cut above the many 007 spoofs that spilled forth worldwide. In the first, set against the beauty of Brazil, Jean Paul Belmondo and Francoise Dorleac are in hot pursuit of a stolen Amazonian statuette, while others pursue them for the same treasure. In the second, Belmondo plays a bored and recently bankrupted millionaire who is convinced to allow someone to murder him so that he can leave the insurance money in his will. He's fine with the plan until he meets a stunning stripper (Ursula Andress).
The film, featuring Jackie Cooper and musicians like Benny Goodman and Harry James in their prime, has been digitally remastered. The romance between a young trumpeter and a New Orleans-born piano player serves as the narrative plot line. But the core of the film is its celebratory history of 'syncopated' music - jazz - tracing it from the turn-of-the-century sounds of ragtime, through Dixieland, the blues, Chicago jazz and the swing era.
A dark and droll thriller with comic undertones about the fine art of killing. Mika Muller (Isabelle Huppert) is the head of a Swiss chocolate company who is not above dispensing a potent blend of hot chocolate and dangerous sedatives to those who get in her way. Isabelle Huppert won Best Actress honors for the film at the Montreal World Film Festival and at France's Lumiere Awards, while director Claude Chabrol won the prestigious Prix Louis Delluc.
Dougray Scott stars as a London doctor and single dad on his way home one night on the high-speed train with his son. He is startled and confused when the train whizzes past his stop - and becomes increasingly desperate to save himself and his mysterious fellow passengers as the train hurtles out of control, without a conductor or brakes but apparently controlled by someone looking to wreak havoc.
In 1942, Fritz Lang decided to make a film that would face the Nazi terror head-on. Working with the famous playwright Bertolt Brecht and the Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe, Lang devised a fact-based thriller that would shock and stir audiences.
The story revolves around two objects, a rare set of 18th-century Limoges china, and a 19th century aristocratic portrait. As these items are passed, sold, or stolen from one character to another, a giddy round dance of excess begins to take shape, one which suggests that if history doesn't repeat itself, it certainly rhymes. Co-writer Gerard Brach and director Otar Iosseliani uses a feather-light touch to expose the futility of class and social order, making a bagatelle of the concerns of rich and poor alike.
France, 1572. During an uneasy break in the wars of religion, Catholic King Charles IX (Jean-Hugues Anglade) concludes a marriage of state between his sister, Margot (Isabelle Adjani), and the Protestant Huguenot King Henry of Navarre (Daniel Auteuil). But Margot's skull-faced Queen Mother (Virna Lisi) is already plotting the attack on the Huguenots that would come to be known as the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, and Margot is in the throes of a throbbingly romantic affair with the Protestant La Mole (Vincent Perez).
Middle-aged high school music teacher Keith Reynolds (Guy Pearce) lives a comfortable if unexciting life in a suburb north of New York City with his wife Megan (Amy Ryan) and teenage daughter Lauren (Mackenzie Davis). Keith is an accomplished cellist but he can't seem to progress beyond being a substitute player in a New York orchestra. However, he is reenergized when teenage British exchange student and piano prodigy Sophie (Felicity Jones) comes to stay with the family. The mutual attraction between teacher and student is immediate - despite the fact that Sophie is the same age as Lauren.
Among the finest later films of Claude Chabrol, here he once again uses a murder mystery to expose the underlying tensions and deceptions of a close-knit community. A 10-year-old girl's violated body is found in the woods of a Brittany fishing village. Suspicion immediately falls on Rene (Jacques Gamblin), a painter and the girl's art teacher; he is apparently the last person to have seen her alive.
Director Gilles Legrand creates a powerful and moving drama with echoes of nothing less than King Lear and the novels of Balzac. The elderly Paul de Marseul is the passionate but abusive proprietor of his prestigious family wine estate in the Bordeaux region. Paul lords it over all his employees, and that includes his son Martin, who works at the vineyard in administration and sales.
A modern retelling of the Virgin Birth, Mary (Myriem Roussel) is a student who plays basketball and works at her father's gas station; her boyfriend Joseph (Thierry Rode) is an earnest dropout who drives a cab. The angel Gabriel (Philippe Lacoste) must school Joseph to accept Mary's pregnancy, while Mary comes to terms with God's plan.
From Jean-Luc Godard, this densely packed rumination on the need to create order and beauty in a world ruled by chaos is divided into several distinct but related stories, chiefly the attempts by an idealistic French acting troupe to stage a play in war-torn Sarajevo. Along their journey, they are captured and held in a POW camp. Amid the gunfire of war, an elderly director struggles to complete his film.
A gritty mix of film noir and suspense about Nazis fleeing for South America in a submarine. This rediscovered masterpiece by director Rene Clement (Forbidden Games, Purple Noon) has been remastered and is available for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD. The 1947 Cannes winner for Best Adventure and Crime Film, featuring stunning cinematography by Henri Alekan.
Though he can be described as a comedian, an actor, a writer and a social activist, Richard Pryor was, first and foremost, an artist whose groundbreaking brand of uncompromising humor enriched the lives of millions. With 7 CDs and 2 DVDs that deliver over 12 hours of prime Pryor hilarity spanning 1966-1992--including nearly two hours of previously unreleased stand-up performances and rare recordings from the Pryor archives--this essential collection features the best recordings from his early years as a still-developing stand-up, his '70s and '80s glory years as a profane-but-profound comic icon and one of his final onstage performances in 1992.
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An indelible piece of pop culture. The greatest movie ever made about movies. Maybe even the greatest movie ever made, full stop. On a sweet new Blu-ray.
Making Its Long-Overdue Comeback, Noir Classic with Over Two Hours of Illuminating Bonus Features, Including a Never-Before-Released Deleted Scene. A fitting release to continue Paramount's centennial celebration, Billy Wilder's seminal classic continues to enthrall audiences with its bizarre and tragic tale of Hollywood's dark side.
Five Clips from The Ernie Kovacs Collection, Vol. 2! Fans who who order from ShoutFactory.com will also receive an exclusive bonus DVD containing seven episodes of Kovacs' game show Take A Good Look, all unseen since their original broadcast.
Years in the making, this amazing Charley Chase collection features more than five hours of comic masterpieces from the height of Chase's career. The Uneasy Three (from a 35mm print at the Museum of Modern Art) and Charley My Boy (from a 16mm print from the John Hampton Collection, courtesy of the Stanford Theater Foundation) are exclusive to this release.
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