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THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK

HD/ DCP - 2017 - Poland, Germany - 82 - Color / Black & White

THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK

THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK (original title)


A film by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski

A cinematic journey on the trail of Hollywood filmmaker and "human chameleon", Michal Waszynski.

 

Who was Moshe Walks really? A golden boy of cinema, a fraud or a man who constantly confused the illusion of wilm with reality?

 

The son of a poor Jewish blacksmith from Ukraine, died in Italy as Prince Michael Waszynski, Hollywood producer and exiled Polish aristocrat. he made more than 50 films including cinema hits with Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale. However only one film was his true obsession - "The Dybbuk" - based on an old Jewish legend, the most important and mystical Yiddish film ever made, directed by Waszynski shortly before the outbreak of the WWII.

To the American magazine "Variety", Waszynski once claimed to be fascinated with the downfall of great nations. The related imagery of pogroms and migration are the sights and images that Waszynski had so often witnessed in his life. It seems he had achieved almost everything he could possibly have wished, but something seemed to be stalking him, leaving him in permanently restless. Waszynski kept searching for the lost print of his film "Dybbuk" which held his early memories of the Jewish shtetl and his first love. What secrets did he keep hidden in this old masterpiece of Yiddish cinema?

 




THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR

HD-DCP - 2017 - USA - 90 min - Color / Black & White

THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR



A film by Nancy Buirski

To the countless women whose voices have not been heard.
 
Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists.
The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. 
 
Our film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning. 
 
More and more women are now speaking up after rape.
Our film tells the story of black women who spoke up when danger was greatest; it was their noble efforts to take back their bodies that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and movements that followed.
 
The 2017 Global March by Women is linked to their courage. From sexual aggression on ‘40s southern streets to today’s college campuses and to the threatened right to choose, it is control of women’s bodies that powered the movement in Recy Taylor’s day and fuels our outrage today.




Cinecittà Babilonia

HD-DCP - 2017 - italy - 74/51 min - Color / Black & White

Cinecittà Babilonia

Cinecittà Babilonia (original title)


A film by Marco Spagnoli

Sex, drugs and black shirts

Inspired by Kenneth Anger’s book “Hollywood Babilonia”, this documentary tells us the story of the italian cinema in the thirties and forties, exploring the relation between sex and power under the shade of fascism.

Combining archive materials and interviews Cineccità Babilonia has a unique point of view between history and gossip of the beginning of what we know as Hollywood on the Tiber.





Hitler’s Hollywood

HD/DCP - 2017 - Germany - 105/ 2x52 min - Color / Black & White

Hitler’s Hollywood

Hitler's Hollywood (original title)


A film by Rüdiger Suchsland

Hitler’s Hollywood tells the story of one of the most important and dramatic period in the German cinema history. Once again, what does cinema know that we don’t know? 

The Third Reich cinema was a heavily censored industry and at the same time, longed to be a German dream factory. It produced, among others, the Nazi blockbuster "Münchhausen", at the request of Joseph Goebbels. It established its own celebrity star system and used the latest marketing tools.

 

About 1000 feature films were produced in Germany between 1933 and 1945 and only a few were openly Nazi propaganda films and even fewer could be considered harmless entertainment.

 

We look at these films and the people behind them. How stereotypes of the “enemy” and values of love and hate managed to be planted, into the viewers’ minds, through the screens.

 




The Dying of the Light

HD/DCP - 2016 - USA - 95/56 min - Color / Black & White

The Dying of the Light

The Dying of the light (original title)


A film by Peter Flynn

For 120 years, they brought the light to our screens. Now their light is dying.

 

Largely unchanged for more than a century, the projection of photochemical film faces an uncertain future in the digital age.  The practice of handing and projecting film is in danger of being lost; and the role of film projectionist is nearing extinction.

THE DYING OF THE LIGHT explores at the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists.  By turns humorous and melancholic, their candid reflections on life in the booth reveal a world that has largely gone unnoticed and is now at an end.  The result is a loving tribute to the art and romance of the movies—and to the unseen people who brought the light to our screens.

 




Because I am a genius! Lorenza Mazzetti

DCP - HD - 2016 - Italy - 62 Min - Color / Black & White

Because I am a genius! Lorenza Mazzetti

Perché sono un genio! Lorenza Mazzetti (original title)


A film by Steve della Casa, Francesco Frisari

Lorenza Mazzetti’s “genius” resides in her fantastic and profound outlook she uses to tell her extraordinary story and create the most part of her works. Adopted by the Einstein family, which was exterminated by the SS in the early 1950s, Lorenza decided to go to London to forget the tragedy she witnessed when she was just a little girl.

Once in London she managed to enter the well-known Slade School of Fine Art where she stole a movie camera and shoot "K", a reinterpretation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Thanks to this incredible first film she got in contact with Lindsay Anderson, Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson establishing the Free Cinema Manifesto and revolutionized British cinema. Her second film "Together" was awarded in 1956 Cannes Film Festival.

Having returned to Italy, she joined Paola, her twin sister with whom she lives nowadays. Through Lorenza’s memories, animation of her paintings and the everyday life we discover a funny old woman who still exhibits all the freedom and the innocence of childhood.




From Caligari to Hitler

DCP - HD - 2014 - German - 118 - Color / Black & White

From Caligari to Hitler

Von Caligari Zu Hitler (original title)


A film by Rüdiger Suchsland

The film tells the story of German Cinema in the Twenties between Expressionism and New Sobriety. This was the most important period of German Cinema, a time full of wonders and invention. The aesthetic foundations were laid for the "seventh art".

FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER is the first feature documentary ever on German Cinema of the Twenties. It shows well known films, but furthermore forgotten, never shown or totally unknown material. This is an entertaining rollercoaster-trip to the best period of German Cinema and into the abyss of sub-consciousness. 




Ain’t Misbehavin

DCP – HD - 2013 - France - 106 Min - Color / Black & White

Ain’t Misbehavin

Un Voyageur (original title)


A film by Marcel Ophuls

Eighteen years after his last film (The Troubles We've Seen: A History of Journalism in Wartime), Marcel Ophuls comes back as one of the last cinema master and more especially, the most caustic and the funniest.

The director of The Sorrow and the Pity, shares his memories with us, stories incredibly rich and fascinating, making of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN a cheerful and bittersweet trip in Cinema history.

Son of the great Max Ophuls, Marcel can be a generous man and an admirer. Marcel talks with and about personalities like Jeanne Moreau, Bertold Brecht, Ernst Lubitsch, Otto Preminger, Woody Allen, Stanlely Kubrick and, of course, his friend François Truffaut.

A filmmaker without memory doesn't exist, here is Marcel Ophuls's “memorabilia store”.




Tony Curtis: Driven to stardom

HD - 2011 - France - 96 & 52 min - Color / Black & White

Tony Curtis: Driven to stardom

Tony Curtis: Driven to stardom (original title)


A film by Ian Ayres

Tony Curtis, the man who influenced Elvis Presley and James Dean, was one of the very first teen idols and one of the last real movie stars. From his difficult upbringing in the Bronx, where he was born Bernie Schwartz, to his unprecedented fame and infamous way with women, TONY CURTIS: DRIVEN TO STARDOM presents Mr. Curtis's life in all its rags to riches glory. Interviews with Tony's family, friends and co-stars (Hugh Hefner, Harry Belafonte, Debbie Reynolds, Mamie Van Doren, Piper Laurie, Theresa Russell, Jill Curtis among others!) along with exclusive footage and film clips are given deeper meaning and clarity by the most honest and intimate interview the actor may have ever given. Here, in the definitive film about Tony Curtis, filmmaker Ian Ayres forms this incredible material into a revealing portrait of one of the greatest Hollywood celebrities of all time.

 

TONY CURTIS: DRIVEN TO STARDOM explores the man's rebellious demeanor, his struggle as a Jew in Hollywood, his difficult childhood, the brief love affair with Marilyn Monroe and his failed marriages to actresses Janet Leigh and Christine Kaufman, his courageous stance to break the color barrier with The Defiant Ones (the film that earned him an Oscar Nomination), and his entire sixdecade career. A sex symbol, a matinee idol, a powerful and magnetic actor, Tony Curtis was the original movie star.