An army cadet accompanies an irascible, blind captain on a week-long trip from Turin to Naples. The captain, Fausto, who wants no pity, brooks no disagreement, and charges into every ... See full summary »
The Queen of the Night offers her daughter Pamina to Tamino, but he has to bring her back from her father and priest Sarastro. She gives a magic flute to Tamino and magic bells to the bird ... See full summary »
A private applies to be a test subject for the military's new chemical weapons program. After many tests he decides to use his knowledge on chemical warfare to rob banks. He will need a partner, though.
A young woman goes home to New York after a long stay in Europe. Her former schoolmate introduces her to the decadence of New York and she ultimately falls in love with an older man who's a stand-in for her father, before tragedy strikes.
Based on Ivan Turgeyev's novella, Erste Liebe is about two young lovers in czarist Russia. One is a 21-year-old woman, the other a young man of sixteen. Things take a tragic turn as the ... See full summary »
Bizarre documentary on mating/reproduction habits of earth's species
This is a bizarre documentary and, be warned ahead of time, potentially offensive in more than a few areas. It is basically an excursion into mating and reproduction habits of as many of earth's creatures as can be crammed into a ninety minute time period - everything from one cell organisms to buffaloes, rhinos and elephants. It does get tedious after a while - enough is enough, already. Its point is made at the end when we see the modern genetic recreation of a mouse and the warning for mankind against the way science is heading - man, you could be the next test tube birth - beware!!!
Along the way we are alternately fascinated and repelled. The desert wasp's need to paralyze a fresh tarantula in order to lay its egg to feed off the still living spider; the marsupial birth of a kangaroo; the incredible skill of a weaver bird; the hilarious mating "dance" of a Western Grebe; the double sexed snail with genitals in its head that simply exchanges sperm with his other double-sexed partner. Much of what is cruel in our minds within nature is explicitly shown as well as man's cruelty to animals (chicken farms and artificial bull-semen gathering). The incessant shots (close-up and otherwise) of critters "doing it" will certainly be offensive to some viewers. Even more bizarre than the film itself is the fact that its competent but in no way extraordinary musical score (by Gerald Fried) was nominated for an Oscar - on only two other occasions were documentaries honored in this category and both of those were Disney films. Hollywood was obviously having a bad year in the music department. All in all, the film is,I suppose,worth seeing once- but I can't imagine ever wanting to see it again.
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