Like Vanya, in Malle's last film, Milou never left the family estate. His mother dies during the May 1968 student uprising in Paris. The brother who is the London correspondent for Le Monde... See full summary »
Garvey is a San Francisco pawnshop operator. His unemployed and criminal friends Dillard, Turtle, and Weslake, team up with Boardwalk, a local pimp, to burgle Garvey's shop while the owner ... See full summary »
A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.
In Paris around 1900, Georges Randal is brought up by his wealthy uncle, who steals his inheritance. Georges hopes to marry his cousin Charlotte, but his uncle arranges for her to marry a ... See full summary »
After acknowledging his own immigrant background, Malle, tries to present the range of immigrant experiences in the US during the 1980's. In an attempt to be comprehensive, the film ... See full summary »
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Screenwriter Alice Arlen recalled her first conversation with director Louis Malle very well: "The phone rang one morning and it was my agent, and he said, "'I'm sitting here with Louis Malle. Would you like to talk to him?'." Arlen added: "I was absolutely stunned and I remember saying, 'It would be an honor'. Then Louis got on the phone and I said, 'I'm honored', and that's all I could think of to say". The pair met to discuss the project. Both agreed that they had great sympathy for both sides of the conflict, and they wanted that reflected in the story. Whoever the Vietnamese were up against should not be a stereotypical bad-guy character because the Texas fishermen in this controversy had their point of view, too. After a trip to Texas in the American South, Arlen wrote Alamo Bay (1985). Arlen stated: "It is basically Dinh's story [Dinh is played in the film by actor Ho Nguyen]. A story about what the Vietnamese character wants and why he can't have it. Dinh wants an identity in this country, he wants to earn a place here, and he wants to grow up to be a man. It's a rite of passage. And the reason he can't have what he wants is because standing in his way is this Anglo fisherman, and everything this Anglo fisherman represents". See more »
The movie is stilted and slow in today's terms but does give a fairly accurate historical representation of the struggle of the Vietnamese shrimpers versus the KKK in the early eighties. Morris Dees and the newly formed Southern Poverty Law Center came to Kemah and Seabrook to make sure the Klan did not become the ruling class in the Texas Bay Area. The actual story can be found at www.tolerance.org or the southern poverty law center site. Louis Malle (yes he was French) was a great director who was married to actress Candice Bergen. He died of cancer in the late nineties. The movie does show a fledgling actor, Ed Harris, who has gone on to make many successful movies. The script was written by the writer of "Silkwood" which was another docudrama. It is worth watching for the history alone. Shows the pain felt by the locals and the immigrants.
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