Sunday 8 March 2009

Inglourious Basterds,The Silver Screen, Suddenly last Summer,Sweet Bird of Youth,The Thomas Crown Affair,Brief Encounter,The Duchess,Un Conte de Noël

Inglourious Basterds is an upcoming ensemble war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The director has repeatedly stressed that despite it being a war film, the movie will be a "spaghetti-western but with World War II iconography". It has the largest cast of characters (with speaking roles) of any Tarantino film to date and was filmed in several locations, among them Germany and France. Tarantino plans to complete production of Inglourious Basterds in time for release at the Cannes.

Inglourious Basterds begins in German-occupied France, where Shosanna Dreyfus (M?lanie Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema.

Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as "The Basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquee, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own...

Watch | Inglourious Basterds

Yesterday i found an amazing dvd shop in Amsterdam called The Silver Screen , just a few blocs from Central Station in the Jordan Neighborhood [ Haarlemmerdijk 94 ] , i felt like a little kid in a candy shop , im so in to old movies , just in a few seconds of juggling true the shelf's craved with familiar faces , i found loads of movies that i've been looking for ages , i spend all my saturday budget in movies and went back home to watch the movies.

These were my pics.

A wealthy harridan, Violet Venable (Katharine Hepburn), attempts to bribe Dr. Cukrowicz (Montgomery Clift), a young psycho-surgeon from a New Orleans mental hospital that is desperately in need of funds, into lobotomizing her niece, Catherine Holly (Elizabeth Taylor). Violet wants the operation performed in order to prevent Catherine from defiling the memory of her son, the poet Sebastian. Catherine has been babbling obscenely about Sebastian's mysterious death that she witnessed while on holiday together in Spain the previous summer. Written by alfiehitchie

Watch | Suddenly last Summer

Self-professed to be from the wrong side of the tracks from St. Cloud, Florida, Chance Wayne loves Heavenly Finley, the daughter of wealthy 'Boss' Thomas J. Finley, a corrupt and ruthless politician who rules the town. Thomas does whatever he needs to to break the two up, and manages to run Chance out of town. An aspiring actor, Chance rolls back into St. Cloud with temperamental and drunken Alexandra Del Lago, a once great movie actress whose star has since faded. Picking her up at a party, Chance sees Alexandra as his professional meal ticket. Chance is back in St. Cloud to try and get back together with Heavenly, who still loves Chance but will not cross her powerful father if only to save Chance. Boss wants to run Chance out of town again, but it will be a little more difficult this time if only because of the notoriety of Miss Del Lago. The fortunes of all involved may hinge on some secret information concerning Chance and Heavenly. Written by Huggo

Watch | Sweet Bird of Youth

Four men pull off a daring daytime robbery at a bank, dump the money in a trash can and go their separate ways. Thomas Crown, a successful, wealthy businessman pulls up in his Rolls and collects it. Vickie Anderson, an independent insurance investigator is called in to recover the huge haul. She begins to examine the people who knew enough about the bank to have pulled the robbery and discovers Crown. She begins a tight watch on his every move and begins seeing him socially. How does the planner of the perfect crime react to pressure? Written by John Vogel

Watch | The Thomas Crown Affair

To finish my cinematic weekend today i went to the cinema and watch a 1945 David Lean movie.

Brief Encounter is based on a short play by Noel Coward entitled Still Life. Set entirely within a railway station, it follows a brief but passionate affair between two married people. Most of the events occur off-stage and we learn about them through post-facto conversation. The structure is linear: it begins when Mrs. Laura Jesson and Dr. Alec Harvey first meet (he helps remove a smut from her eye) and ends at their final goodbye. Adapting the play for the screen, director David Lean and Coward (along with co-writer Anthony Havelock-Allan) have materialized those off-stage moments. We see Laura’s pleasant but turgid domestic life. Her husband (Cyril Raymond) hardly notices her as he absently agrees with everything she says. We also witness the affair itself. It starts slowly and builds gradually through a series of chance encounters and meetings that are at once rapturous and chaste. Images Journal

Watch | Brief Encounter

Next movies that i'll be watching.

Georgiana Spencer became Duchess of Devonshire on her marriage to the Duke in 1774, at the height of the Georgian period, a period of fashion, decadence, and political change. Spirited and adored by the public at large she quickly found her marriage to be a disappointment, defined by her duty to produce a male heir and the Duke's philandering and callous indifference to her. She befriends Lady Bess but finds she is once again betrayed by her husband who wields his power with the three eventually living uncomfortably together. Against this background, and with the pressures of an unfaithful husband,strict social pressures and constant public scrutiny, Georgiana falls passionately in love with Charles Grey, a rising young Whig politician. However, despite his ongoing liaison with Lady Bess, the Duke refuses to allow her to continue the affair and threatens to take her children from her. Written by johnno.r

Watch | The Duchess

Arnaud Desplechin's film Un Conte de Noel (A Christmas Tale), playing in competition here at Cannes, is a tragically comic tale of love, death, and familial strife and forgiveness. The film centers around Junon (Catherine Deneuve) and her husband Abel (Jean-Paul Roussillon), whose oldest child, Joseph, is diagnosed at a young age with Burkitt's lymphoma.

A beautifully-cast, tragic-comic ensemble piece in which an extended family gathers for the title holiday, Arnaud Desplechin’s A Christmas Tale is an intricate, accomplished patchwork of sometimes nutty but always believable human behaviour.

Lengthy but never dull, this lively tale is sufficiently engrossing to interest even those who don’t usually go for Desplechin’s frank and discomfiting approach to interpersonal and intergenerational relationships. Screen Daily

Watch | Un Conte de Noël

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