Monthly Archives: November 2016

Victory at Sea

1Victory at Sea is a documentary television series about warfare in general during World War II, and naval warfare in particular, as well as the use of industry in warfare. It was originally broadcast by NBC in the USA in 1952–1953. Victory at Sea won many honors including the Emmy and Peabody Award. Here we present all 26 original 30-minute patriotic episodes of the famous stories on how WWII was won, covering all hemispheres, strategies and the most significant battles. Victory at Sea contains interviews and original film footage from the 40s.

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The Rules of the Game

rulesThe Rules of the Game is a 1939 French comedy of manners and social satire directed by Jean Renoir (grandson of painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir) starring Marcel Dalio and Nora Gregor depicting members of upper-class French society and their servants just prior to WWII exhibiting their moral callousness on the eve of impending destruction. At the time, it was quite a scandalous movie and was considered an embarrassment by the French government. Since its re-introduction in 1959, The Rules of the Game has often been called one of the greatest films in the history of cinema. Numerous film critics and directors have praised it highly, citing it as an inspiration for their own work.

**Note** In our presentation of this film, the audio is in French with no English subtitles.

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Rehearsal For Murder

rehearsalIn Rehearsal For Murder, the 1982 David Greene thriller/drama starring Robert Preston and Lynn Redgrave, a famous playwright is engaged to a famous actress. But on the opening night of her new Broadway play, she kills herself over some bad reviews. Thoroughly distraught, the playwright can’t believe she’d commit suicide and begins to suspect she was actually murdered. Under the pretext of having them read for his new play, all of the suspects are invited to an empty theater where he locks them in until the truth comes out.

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And Then There Were None

and-thenAnd Then There Were None is a 1945 Rene Clair mystery drama starring Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Lois Hayward and Roland Young where eight people, all total strangers to each other, are invited to a small, isolated Indian Island off the coast of Devon, England by Mr. and Mrs. Owen. They settle in at a mansion tended by two newly hired servants, Thomas and Ethel Rogers, but their hosts are absent. When the guests sit down to dinner, they notice the centerpiece, ten figurines of Indians in a circle. Afterward, Thomas Rogers puts on a gramophone record, from which a voice accuses them all of murder! From there, it only gets better!

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impactImpact is the 1949 Arthur Lubin mystery drama film-noir staring Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn and Helen Walker where an unfaithful wife and her lover plan the murder of her millionaire husband. A dark story of adultery and deceit, this black & white classic movie is still quite the thriller/mystery and well worth seeing again and again.

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Village of the Damned

village-of-damnedJohn Carpenter’s Village of the Damned is a 1995 science fiction-horror film starring the late Christopher Reeve and Kirstie Alley along with Linda Kozlowski, Mark Hamill and Michael Paré. This 1995 remake tells the story of a quiet coastal California town that is visited by some unknown life form, which leaves all the women of the village pregnant. Nine months later, the babies are born, and they all look normal, but it doesn’t take the “parents” long to realize that the kids are neither human nor are they humane.

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Night of the Living Dead

night-of-the-living-deadGeorge A. Romero’s 1968 independent horror film Night of the Living Dead stars Duane Jones and Judith O’Dea and tells the ghoulish story of seven people trapped in a farmhouse in Western Pennsylvania that is attacked by a large and growing group of unnamed “living dead” monsters. Completed on a $114,000 budget and premiered October 1, 1968, the film became a financial success, grossing $12 million domestically and $18 million internationally. It has been a horror cult classic ever since.

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chillerWes Craven’s Chiller is a 1985 horror film starring Michael Beck, Beatrice Straight and Paul Sorvino telling a story of Miles Creighton, a corporate executive, who relied on cryogenics to preserve his failed life, unexpectedly begins to thaw due to a machinery malfunction and returns to life, but not fully whole. He proceeds to but wreak havoc at his inherited business and only after a series of mysterious deaths is Miles implicated leading to some pretty horrific scenes and events. This is a pure sci-fi thriller that Craven is so well noted for.

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