Stewart McBain (Coleman) is a real-estate mogul who spends his living blowing up old buildings to make room to erect new buildings. All goes as planned for a new subdivision, until a group ... See full summary »
Laura is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after the murder of her husband and son, and goes on vacation with her sister to Burma. After losing her passport at a political rally, she... See full summary »
U Aung Ko,
Compelling character study, revolving around Jack Flowers (Ben Gazzara), an American hustler trying to make his fortune in 1970s Singapore in small time pimping. He dreams of building a ... See full summary »
Langston Whitfield is a Washington Post journalist. His editor provocatively sends him to South Africa to cover the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, in which the perpetrators ... See full summary »
Samuel L. Jackson,
Uses accounts from family, friends, and acquaintances to tell the story of Natalie Wood and how she started young, acting in the spotlight, making the transition from a childhood actress to... See full summary »
During World War II, an American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain are deserted on a small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. There, they must cease their hostility and cooperate if they want to survive, but will they?
A semiautobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2. For a young boy, this time in history was more... See full summary »
Joe Dante directs this story of the glamour, the glitter, the magical allure of Hollywood... and not a speck of it rubs off on Miracle Pictures, where "If it's a good picture, it's a ... See full summary »
A compilation film designed to evoke nostalgia for the shared entertainment experiences of early baby boomers, "The Movie Orgy" includes clips from television programs and B-movies of the ... See full summary »
Ngo Dinh Diem,
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Inspired by the 1948 movie Naked City, follows two cops working the streets on the down low. Their latest assignment is a case of a serial killer who became active around Christmas. However, an ambitious reporter gets in their way.
Courtney B. Vance,
Paintings Inspire Stories: A Series of Short Films of Varying Quality
PICTURE WINDOWS is a 1994 Showtime television series now available on CD. The concept for the series was to focus on five well-known paintings and give five writers and directors the opportunity to enter the canvas and create a story stimulated by their response to the painting. Sometimes it works well, sometimes the connection between the painting and the story is so tangential that the stimulus is shaky, but in all this is a nice and potentially clever way to approach art.
One of the more successful of the films is 'Two Nudes Bathing', an exploration of the situation of this famous image by an anonymous artist of two women at bath, one touching the nipple of the other while maintaining eye contact with the painter. John Boorman brings the canvas to life as a history of the work: painter Henri (Charley Boorman) has been hired by a wealthy man (John Hurt) to paint his daughters and during the course of the painting Henri introduces the daughters to the concept of passion and love. Based on David Hockney's pool painting, Armed Response by Bob Rafelson begins with a young man (James Calvert) swimming in his parents (Robert Loggia and Cynthia Preston) and after an invasion by an apparent drifter (Steve Zahn), the father and son discover secrets hidden behind their artful home and the enigma posed by the Hockney painting is mimicked.
'Language of the Heart' is based on a Degas painting of ballerinas at rehearsal and the story concerns the focus of an impresario (Michael Lerner) on a particular ballerina who has fallen in love with a street musician: the manner in which each of these people fulfill their needs for love and recognition is well served by a cinematically beautiful rendering. 'Soir Bleu' by Norman Jewison deals with a sad itinerant circus love affair, 'Song of Songs' by Peter Bogdanovich is a love triangle, and 'Lightning' is by Joe Dante.
While some of the short films are a bit clumsy, the good ones are well worth watching. The problem with the CD is that not all of them come with 2 discs, so watch for that factor when buying or renting. Grady Harp
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