A Yakut shaman and a Muscovite violinist escape a Soviet gulag on horseback. The shaman, Anatolia, promises to guide Dimitri, but Tolia is shot during the escape and dies. His spirit seems ... See full summary »
In a barren land, a women-only tribe known as the Selenians rule. They are in war with the Tazaris, evil men. Ancient law has it that Tazaris are cursed and the Selenians cannot enter their land, but they can.
Southern France, nineteenth century: Alfredo de Quiroga, a Spanish gentleman in exile, is unable to accept the idea that Vera, his wife, has died. He is so concerned that everything in the ... See full summary »
Fernando Fernán Gómez,
After the Civil War, Michael "California" Random, is released from prison and goes to Missouri with his partner William. He is killed by bandits. California decides to return the belongings to his family and help them against outlaws.
A teenage girl is kidnapped by 3 guys and taken to an abandoned house in the country, and make her write her own ransom letter. She soon discovers that one of her captors is infatuated with... See full summary »
Cecilio Rubes, a businessman engaged in the manufacture of baths and toilets, try to remain neutral in the imminent Spanish civil war. But the attitude of Ceci, her only child, a spoiled ... See full summary »
Antonio Giménez Rico
Amparo Soler Leal,
Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family.
"Very French" -- obscure, intense, sensual, gorgeous images and music. Loved it.
Mazeppa tells the story of a painter (Gericault) who is brought into the sensuous and strange world of a traveling "circus" -- not like Ringling Bros., but more of a demonstration of horse training and acrobatic feats on horseback. The story is of Gericault's immersion in the sensual pleasures of the circus -- gorgeous horses, gorgeous music by Ukrainian singers, gorgeous women -- and his transformation by that experience. The main strength of the movie is in the lush visuals, particularly in the portrayal of the sensuality of the horses' bodies and movement. There isn't a lot of dialogue, which allows the viewer to concentrate on everything else, but also leads to some confusion about what is happening and why. It was my sense that this was partly intentional, paralleling Gericault's experience. The film has the visual richness of The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, but is not as disturbing (though there are some disturbing scenes at beginning and end). I loved this movie but gave it only a seven out of 10 because even after having seen it three or four times, I can't really say what it's about -- I love the music and the imagery so much I'm willing to overlook that, but it's hard to get anyone else to watch the movie with me.
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