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Filmmaking legend Martin Scorsese explains how seeing the films of Elia Kazan as a kid and young man taught him that the cinema could be an expression of his own life and issues. The filmmaker uses copious clips from Kazan's work in order to paint an autobiographical portrait on the power of movies. (Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide)
A solid, conventional career documentary (basically a talking-head interview punctuated with film clips) about one of the movies' greatest innovators. (Amazon.com)
L'héritage de la chouette (1989) - TV Mini-Series
A television series based on Greek culture and its rich, often troublesome heritage. Topics include the unique nature of Athenian democracy, the grammar of myths, sexuality and pleasure, the invention of the self, music, Pythagoras, and the ever-dominant importance of language. (MUBI)
A chaotic political situation in which a father searches for the murderer of his son.
F.Scott Fitzgerald's novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working himself to death. (imdb)
Bill, Martha and their little child Hal are spending a quiet winter Sunday in their cozy house when they get an unexpected visit from Mike Nickerson and Tony Rodriguez. Mike and Tony are old acquaintances of Bill; a few years back, in Vietnam, they were in the same platoon. They also became opposed parties in a court martial - for a reason that Bill never explained to Martha. What happened in Vietnam, and what is the reason for the presence of Mike and Tony? (imdb)
Wealthy advertising executive Eddie Anderson (Kirk Douglas) is trapped in an unhappy marriage and a mind-numbing career and slipping deeper and deeper into a midlife crisis. Trying to find new meaning, he takes up with a free spirit (Faye Dunaway) who helps him realize how much he's given up to achieve success. As he rebuilds his life, his wife (Deborah Kerr) is determined to hold onto her husband -- or at least his money. (Netflix.com)
Mia and Roman (1968) - Short Film
Mia and Roman is a 1968 23-minute documentary film which was shot during the making of Rosemary's Baby. The title refers to Mia Farrow and Roman Polanski. (en.wikipedia.org)
The story of director Kazan's uncle, who grew up in a small village as a member of the Greek minority in Turkey in the end of the 19th century. When the oppression by the Turks increases, his father provides the young man with the family treasures and sends him to Constantinople. There he is supposed to make money and get the family to join him. But his own dream is different: America... (imdb)
A fragile Kansas girl's unrequited and forbidden love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness. (imdb)
A young field administrator (Montgomery Clift) for the TVA comes to rural Tennessee to oversee the building of a dam on the Tennessee River. He encounters opposition from the local people, in particular a farmer who objects to his employment (with pay) of local black laborers. Much of the plot revolves around the eviction of an elderly woman from her home on an island in the River, and the young man's love affair with that woman's widowed granddaughter. (imdb)
An Arkansas hobo becomes an overnight media sensation. But as he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become? (imdb)
Steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous 19-year-old virgin. (imdb)
In the Salinas Valley, in and around World War I, Cal Trask feels he must compete against overwhelming odds with his brother Aron for the love of their father Adam. Cal is frustrated at every turn, from his reaction to the war, to how to get ahead in business and in life, to how to relate to estranged mother.
Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers. (IMDB.com)
Story of a circus owner in Czechoslovakia who plots to escape across the border with his entire troupe.
The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century. (imdb)
Blanche is in real need of a protector at this stage in her life when circumstances lead her into paying a visit to her younger sister Stella in New Orleans (imdb)
A doctor (Clint Reed) and a policeman (Tom Warren) in New Orleans have only 48 hours to locate a killer (Blackie) infected with bubonic plague. (imdb)
Pinky, a light skinned black woman, returns to her grandmother's house in the South after graduating from a Northern nursing school. Pinky tells her grandmother that she has been "passing" for white while at school in the North. In addition, Pinky has fallen in love with a young white doctor, Dr. Thomas Adams, who knows nothing about her black heritage. (imdb)
The highly melodramatic western begins with St. Louis resident Katharine Hepburn marrying New Mexico cattleman Spencer Tracy after a short courtship. When she arrives in "Salt Pork, NM" she finds that her new husband is considered by the locals to be a tyrant who uses force to keep homesteaders off the government owned land he uses for grazing his cattle--the so-called Sea of Grass... (imdb)
A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred. (imdb)
This dramatization of a factual incident opens in a quiet Connecticut town where a kindly priest is murdered while waiting at a street corner. The citizens are horrified and demand action from the police. All of the witnesses identify John Waldron, a nervous out-of-towner, as the killer. Although Waldron vehemently denies the crime, no one will believe him. District Attorney Henry Harvey is then put on the case and faces political opposition in his attempt to prove Waldron's innocence. (imdb)
In Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies despite great poverty and Papa's alcoholism... (imdb)
The members of a traveling jazz band try to keep their leader from drinking himself to death. (TCM.com)
Cagney is Danny Kenny, a truck driver who enters "the fight game" and Sheridan his former girlfriend, Peggy. Danny realizes success in the ring and uses his income to pay for his bother Eddie's music education... (imdb)
Documentary on a labor education center founded in 1932 in a beaten-down Tennessee mining and lumber region. Highlander Folk School is shown off as a cultural center and a resource for training organizers. After a harsh struggle that endured the union leader's murder, the workers' triumph is shown as proof that labor education is a vital tool for empowering populations and winning better lives.