The Sixties may have been even more exaggerated in the hothouse atmosphere of the East German musical HOT SUMMER than they ever were in Beach Blanket Bingo. In HOT SUMMER, the East Germany’s ‘Grease’, two groups of high school students–eleven girls and ten boys–meet on their way to a vacation on the Baltic Sea they face off like a rugby team, and with one extra girl there’s bound to be trouble. The inevitable love story soon brews between the impetuous Kai (Frank Schöbel) and the precocious Brit (Chris Doerk), who are soon professing their love to each other… and starting trouble for everyone else in the group. The popularity of Schöbel and Doerk, an East German pop duet, helped HOT SUMMER skyrocket to be one of the top films of 1968 and placed the film’s music on all the hit radio play lists. Beginning with its release, this German camp classic provided sheer entertainment value to teens in a culture that was undergoing deep political changes. In 1968 audiences rushed to movie theatres to watch this teenage-romp over and over again. Back then the film carried a unique promise of freedom and happiness in the socialist system. When the film was shot, none of the filmmakers could foresee the dreadful disaster which would occur in the Prague Spring of August 1968. In this respect HOT SUMMER, by mere chance, offered the perfect escape from the images of Soviet tanks rolling into Czechoslovakia and an escape from the realization, that with this, the last chance for a liberal and democratic socialism had died.
The sensuality and stylized ritual of the tango are captured in this illuminating documentary. Director Jorge Zanada spent years researching and recording the tango’s place in Argentine culture and exploring the machismo that drives the dance. Most riveting are the milongueros-the amateur dancers who preserve the pure, traditional steps. Their intimate stories about their personal experiences reveal the intensity that feed their individual tango styles. Numerous tango aficionados, including actors Robert Duvall and Juan Carlos Copes (star of Broadway’s TANGO ARGENTINO), make special appearances. A passionate valentine to what Martha Graham called "the most beautiful dance of this century."
Christophe Honoré further makes a case as one of the most exciting filmmakers of our generation with the exuberant and tender Love Songs (Les Chansons D’Amour), a modern day musical told through unforgettable songs sung entirely by the cast. In the hope of sparking their stalled relationship, Ismaël (Louis Garrel, Dans Paris, The Dreamers) and Julie (Ludivine Sagnier, Swimming Pool) enter a playful yet emotionally laced threesome with Alice (Clotilde Hesme, Regular Lovers). When tragedy strikes, these young Parisians are forced to deal with the fragility of life and love.
Coleccion Pedro Infante: !?Que te ha dado esa mujer?! (DVD)
DOS FANTASMAS Y UNA MUCHACHA: Two men die because of their eternal family vendetta (and because of a woman, Ana the Anklet). The ‘Ghost Boss’ punishes them – they’ll have to stay in the theatre where they killed each other, with no chance of resting in peace, till they become friends. 50 years pass. And because they’re bored in an empty theater or maybe because loneliness is too hard, they start a friendship. The ghost boss sends them a ‘Final Test’ to prove they’re really friends. LOS FANTASMAS BURLONES: Get ready to enjoy this great comedy, when Francois and Ludovico, two bogey ghosts, are invoked by accident. Involved on the conjuration are "Ojitos" and "Manitas" who will try to extract economic profit of the existence of the bogeys ghosts so they can marry their fiancees.
Stage and Spectacle: Three Films by Jean Renoir (The Golden Coach / French Cancan / Elena and Her Men) (The Criterion Collection)
Near the end of his long and celebrated career, master filmmaker Jean Renoir indulged his lifelong obsession with life-as-theater and directed The Golden Coach (1953), French Cancan (1955), and Elena and Her Men (1956), three delirious films, infatuated with the past, love, and artifice. Awash in jubilant Technicolor, each film interweaves public display and private feelings through the talents of three immortal film icons#Anna Magnani, Jean Gabin, and Ingrid Bergman. The Criterion Collection is proud to present these three majestic films by Jean Renoir for the first time on DVD.
Bollywood Hollywood is a delightful, cross-cultural parody of both India’s and America’s musical film traditions. Directed by Deepa Mehta (Earth), Bollywood Hollywood concerns the desperate effort of wealthy businessman Rahul (Rahul Khanna) to get his mother and grandmother off his back when it comes to his romantic life. In love with a white pop-star girlfriend (Jessica Paré), Rahul’s fortunes change when she dies. Still grieving, he is told by his mother that Rahul’s only sister won’t be allowed to marry until he finds a nice Indian girl to wed. The solution: hire a beautiful, dark-skinned, allegedly Spanish escort named Sue (Lisa Ray) to pose as his Indian fiancée. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Mehta pokes fun at a number of Bollywood cinema clichés, especially that familiar mix of modern luxury and old world traditions, melodramas involving the saddest of character backstories, and spontaneous musical numbers that remind one as much of Hollywood’s Golden Age as Bollywood’s current one. –Tom Keogh
Two childhood friends, Javier and Beatriz, coerced by their parents, agreed to get engaged. Although Javier is in love with a cabaret singer and Beatrice is head over heels with a painter. The pair agrees to continue the comedy until they finally manage to break the engagement, but when they do it, they realize then that are in love with each other.Spanish:Dos amigos de la infancia, Javier y Beatriz, coaccionados por sus padres, se comprometen oficialmente aunque Javier ama a una cantante de cabaret y Beatriz está enamorada de un pintor. Los dos acuerdan seguir la comedia de su compromiso hasta que consiguen finalmente romperlo, pero ambos se enamoran.
The Best of Abbott & Costello, Vol. 3 (Abbott & Costello Go to Mars / Abbott & Costello in the Foreign Legion / Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein / Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man / Abbott & Costello Meet the Killer / Comin' Round the Mountain
Includes the following movies, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Mexican Hayride Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man Comin’ Round the Mountain Lost in Alaska Abbott and Costello Go to MarsNOTE:There is a message on the title menu which states "flip the disc over to play the other two episodes."
Considered one of the most important figures in the history of British television, Dennis Potter (The Singing Detective, Pennies from Heaven) created numerous widely-acclaimed television dramas. Powerful and often controversial, his groundbreaking works continue to enthrall audiences worldwide. Dennis Potter: 3 To Remember showcases three exquisite but rarely-seen teleplays shot on location and specifically produced for London Weekend Television. Blade on the Feather (Original UK Broadcast: 10/19/80) Jason (Donald Pleasence), a reclusive author, is visited by Daniel (Tom Conti), a young admirer, but both men are more than they claim to be. After Daniel seduces Jason’s daughter, dark secrets are unearthed. Rain on the Roof (Original UK Broadcast: 10/26/80) Disturbed by her husband’s infidelity, Janet (Cheryl Campbell) flirts with her simple reading student Billy (Ewan Stewart). Unfortunately, her advances trigger aggressive behavior in Billy, putting her and her husband in danger. Cream in my Coffee (Original UK Broadcast: 11/2/80) Past and present intertwine between the early 1930s – where a young couple Bernard (Peter Chelsom) and June (Shelagh McLeod) are having a pre-marital fling, and the present – where the same couple, now elderly (played by Lionel Jeffries and Peggy Ashcroft), revisit the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne, the scene of their blossoming romance. Also Includes: Dennis Potter: The Last InterviewBroadcast in April 1994, this Channel 4 television special was recorded only three months prior to Potter’s death and features the dramatist candidly discussing his life and career with interviewer Melvyn Bragg.
Anthony is a bland and cautious American office worker living in Tokyo with nothing exceptional about him. Or so he thinks. When his young son is killed, Anthony begins a violent and bizarre metamorphosis, his flesh transforming into metal, his body expressing his repressed rage and lust for revenge. Anthony is becoming the weapon that will destroy the man who killed his son and, if his rage cannot be contained, the entire city in the process. Cult director Shinya Tsukamoto s TETSUO trilogy comes full-circle with TETSUO: THE BULLET MAN.
STREET ANGEL – Loosely based on Frank Borzage’s silent classic Seventh Heaven, a great hit when shown in Shanghai, Street Angels shows how its characters, even in a teeming metropolis as Shanghai, are abandoned by society. TWIN SISTERS – Leftist melodrama at its finest. Dabao and Erbao are twin sisters born to village ne’er do well Mr. Zhao, who go on very divergent paths, only to again meet years later.
Opera Jawa (Amazon.com Exclusive) Setyo and Siti live a peaceful life as husband and wife, selling earthenware in their village. But when Setyo is called away on business, a flirtatious butcher, Ludiro, takes advantage of Siti’s loneliness to seduce her. Tempted by song and dance, Siti initially refuses his advances but acquiesces in a moment of weakness, setting the stage for an epic battle between the two men.Located in lush forests and on pristine beaches of Java, director Garin Nugroho bases his deeply imagistic and dazzling visual narrative on the The Abduction of Sita, from the Hindu epic, The Ramayana."A beautifully mounted musical epic combining traditional myths with contempo meditations on violence and social inequality, ‘Opera Jawa’ is bold and innovative… Choreography is often mesmerizing, especially when set within the precincts of a gorgeous seaside palace rising above the flat landscape." –Variety"Superbly conceived and performed, it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen or heard." -London Film FestivalOpera Jawa is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Indonesian with English subtitles.When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com’s standard return policy will apply.
Sometimes the game of love requires a little cheating… The Other Side of the Bed is a raucous and sexy romantic comedy with a musical twist. The film tells the story of two couples, along with a collection of their friends and co-workers, whose switching back and forth between lovers leads to lies and heartache – and lots of song and dance.