After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings.
A man wanders out of the desert after a four year absence. His brother finds him, and together they return to L.A. to reunite the man with his young son. Soon after, he and the boy set out ... See full summary »
Harry Dean Stanton,
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 ... See full summary »
How do we understand faith and prayer, and what of miracles? August 1925 on a Danish farm. Patriarch Borgen has three sons: Mikkel, a good-hearted agnostic whose wife Inger is pregnant, ... See full summary »
Carl Theodor Dreyer
Emil Hass Christensen,
Preben Lerdorff Rye
Schoolteacher and family man Ed Avery, who's been suffering bouts of severe pain and even blackouts, is hospitalized with what's diagnosed as a rare inflammation of the arteries. Told by doctors that he probably has only months to live, Ed agrees to an experimental treatment: doses of the hormone cortisone. Ed makes a remarkable recovery, and returns home to his wife, Lou, and their son, Richie. He must keep taking cortisone tablets regularly to prevent a recurrence of his illness. But the "miracle" cure turns into its own nightmare as Ed starts to abuse the tablets, causing him to experience increasingly wild mood swings. Written by
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Though only Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum are credited for the screenplay, the shooting script was entirely re-worked by director Nicholas Ray and actor/producer James Mason, who added the first 20 minutes of the film depicting Ed Avery's daily life before being hospitalized. Re-writes by Ray, his friend Gavin Lambert (who at that time was living together with Ray, recently confessing that they were actually lovers) and Clifford Odets went on all through the shooting process. See more »
37 minutes into the movie, Ed is at the bathroom sink and has just replaced the pill bottle in the medicine cabinet. As he closes the cabinet door, the director and the camera are reflected in the mirror. See more »
Childhood is a congenital disease - and the purpose of education is to cure it. We're breeding a race of moral midgets.
An absolutely fascinating story about the boring and depressing suburban life. An American beauty in the 50s.
James Mason, a school teacher, is so ashamed that he is a taxi dispatcher after school that he lets his wife (Barbara Rush) imagine he is having an affair because that would be less traumatic.
He contracts a rare disease and has to take what he calls a "miracle drug." It's cortisone, and he begins to suffer manic and depressive side effects. he goes out and spends money like crazy when he had to work part time just to pay the bills. He then gets so depressed he ups his dosage without telling his doctor.
The manic and depressive episodes turn to a grandiosity. While his friend Wally (Walter Matthau) is trying to get him to a psychiatrist, his wife is concerned about appearances and refuses. When he presents her with a journal article, she becomes very concerned.
Before she can do anything, however, he has a psychotic break and almost succeeds in killing his son.
As one would expect in a 50s movie, everything works out in the end.
Mason was outstanding, and Rush and Matthau were very good. The movie was well worth watching and one that everyone should see.
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