The Conformist (Film)
Bernardo Bertolucci's dazzlingly stylish political drama, based on Alberto Moravia's novel, stars Jean-Louis Trintignant as an outsider in 30s Italian society who tries to 'join' by agreeing to assassinate a political refugee on the orders of the fascist government.
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Enzo Tarascio, Fosco Giachetti, José Quaglio
(Subtitles, Subtitled, In Italian with English Subtitles, 1971, 18, 4 Star) (Get more information on this movie)
Wendy and Lucy (Film)
Michelle Williams plays Wendy, who's on her way to a possible job in Alaska when her car breaks down in a small Oregon town. Broke, she tries to work out how she can afford to get the car fixed. Then, her beloved golden retriever, Lucy, Wendy realises she's in a small town with no friends or money but must call on her inner strengths to find Lucy. Kelly Reichardt's sombre but moving drama refuses to portray Wendy as a victim, more as a woman who maintains a strong purpose amid all her difficulties.
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Starring: Michelle Williams, Lucy, David Koppell, Max Clement, Sid Shanley, Dave Hubner
(Widescreen, 2008, 15, 4 Star) (Get more information on this movie)
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Film)
In an alternative future, the totalitarian state controls everything, watched over by the all-powerful 'Big Brother'. But one man dares to fall in love and is hunted down for his heinous 'thought crimes'. George Orwell's bleak vision plays out to an intriguing Eurythmics score.
Director: Michael Radford
Starring: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher, James Walker
(1984, 15, 3 Star) (Get more information on this movie)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Film)
Seminal 60s tale of rebellion and class warfare with BAFTA- winner Courtenay as Colin, the angry young man whose speed and stamina could help his ambitious borstal warden snatch the cup from the toffs' team. But Colin is running his own race.
Director: Tony Richardson
Starring: Michael Redgrave, Tom Courtenay, Avis Bunnage, Alec McCowen, James Bolam, Joe Robinson
(Black and White, 1962, 12, 4 Star)
The Godfather (Film)
Francis Ford Coppola 's classic gangster epic starring Marlon Brando in his Oscar-winning role as Don Corleone, the head of a Mafia family engaged in internecine war with rival crime families.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden
(Subtitles, 1972, 18, 5 Star) (Get more information on this movie)
Cries and Whispers (Film)
Ingmar Bergman's film, one of the few foreign films to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture, stars Liv Ullmann and Ingrid Thulman as the sisters of Harriet Andersson, who is dying of cancer. Both having had their own brushes with death, as they keep vigil, they explore and explain their emotions and feelings in a moving exploration of secrets, desires and slights.
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Harriet Andersson, Kari Sylwan, Ingrid Thulin, Liv Ullmann, Anders Ek, Inga Gill
(In Swedish with Subtitles, 1972, PG, 4 Star) (Get more information on this movie)
Vladimir Ashkenazy: Recital No.2 Chopin (Music)
Acclaimed Russian pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy performs Chopin's 24 Preludes, Op. 28 in a concert film created by Christopher Nupen.
Anne-Sophie Mutter (Arts)
Sonata In C Major, K..
Sonata In C Major, K. 303: Celebrated violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, accompanied by pianist Lambert Orkis, performs Mozart's mature violin sonatas in Munich 2006.