1900 (56)

1900. Danny Boodmann, a stoker on an American passenger liner, Virginian, finds a baby abandoned on the ship. He names the child Danny Boodmann T.D. Lemon Nineteen Hundred '1900' and raises the child as his own until his death in an accident on the ship. The child never leaves the ship and turns out to be a musical genius, especially when it comes to playing the piano. As an adult he befriends a trumpet player in the ship's band, Max Tooney. After several years on the ship Max leaves, and tells the story of 1900 to the owner of a music store.

IMDB Rating: 8.1

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Ladies and gentlemen, tonight for your entertainment pleasure we have the world's most extraordinary band conductor and his one-man orchestra. Watch the unbelievable act of cloning before your very eyes, as the virtuoso of illusion duplicates himself, not once, but six times to conjure a formidable instrumental band, complete with their chairs and musical instruments. This is a must-see performance that no one should miss.

IMDB Rating: 7.1

 

Miraculously salvaged in 1982, this grand hand-tinted cinematographic epic in twelve superb static tableaux marks the great Georges Méliès's second cinematic triumph after his classic fairy-tale adaptation of Cendrillon (1899). Although the introductory scene which establishes the young Joan as a humble peasant maiden is forever lost, the film still manages to portray Joan of Arc as a saint and France's national hero, through the use of theatrical long shots, experimental medium shots where the action is, and gradual dissolves. Starting off with the seraphic visitation by Archangel Michael, St. Margaret and St. Catherine, a 13-year-old Joan accepts a divine call to arms against her parents' will, as she boldly crosses the iron gates of Vaucouleur, convincing Captain Robert de Baudricourt to grand his permission to lead an army. Next, as Charles VII is crowned King of France in the magnificent Reims Cathedral after the decisive victory at Orléans, the brutal Siege of Compiègne and Joan's final campaign follows, where the charismatic commander falls into the hands of the Burgundians, on 23 May 1430. But in her dank cell, the angelic visions return, as the mighty celestial guardian, St. Michael, reminds Joan of her destiny, inspiriting the now 19-year-old woman to refuse to sign a retraction. Condemned as a heretic by the Bishop of Beauvais, Pierre Cauchon, Joan is burned at the stake at the bustling Rouen marketplace on 30 May 1431, resulting in a glorious apotheosis scene where the noble martyr ascends to heaven, welcomed by God and all the saints.

IMDB Rating: 6.7

 

Set in Italy, the film follows the lives and interactions of two boys/men, one born a bastard of peasant stock (Depardieu), the other born to a land owner (de Niro). The drama spans from 1900 to about 1945, and focuses mainly on the rise of Fascism and the peasants' eventual reaction by supporting Communism, and how these events shape the destinies of the two main characters.

IMDB Rating: 7.7

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As if by magic, a weary traveller eager to retire, finds himself up against his mutinous clothes as they teleport and reappear while he struggles to take them off. To be more precise, every time the perplexed man tries to remove his garments, they multiply before his eyes, refusing to stay on the clothing rack. What kind of a cruel joke is this?

IMDB Rating: 6.8