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My Apprenticeship (Out In The World, Among People) is the second part of the celebrated film trilogy by Mark Donskoy based upon Maxim Gorky's autobiographical works. Alyosha Peshkov leaves the house of his grandfather and goes "into the world", to earn his living. He works as a "boy" for his…
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A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. "Who Is the Murderer?" pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann . . . In his harrowing masterwork, Fritz Lang merges trenchant social commentary…
Master of the House
Before he turned to the story of Joan of Arc, the Danish cinema genius Carl Theodor Dreyer fashioned this ahead-of-its-time examination of domestic life. A deft comedy of gentle revenge, it is the story of a housewife who, with the help of a wily nanny, turns the tables on her…
Passion of Joan of Arc
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The Rules of the Game - La r├Ęgle du jeu
THE RULES OF THE GAME, considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society disguised as a comedy of manners. Taking place over a weekend at a marquis' country chateau, Jean Renoir's classic film lays bare some ugly truths…
La bete humaine
Based on the classic Emile Zola novel, Jean Renoir's LA BETE HUMAINE was one of the legendary director's greatest popular successes--and earned star Jean Gabin a permanent place in the hearts of his countrymen. Part poetic realism, part film noir, the film is a hard-boiled and suspenseful journey into the…
Les Miserables, Part 1
Hailed by film critics around the world as the greatest screen adapation of Victor Hugo's mammoth nineteenth-century novel, Raymond Bernard's dazzling, nearly five-hour LES MISERABLES is a breathtaking tour de force, unfolding with the depth and detail of its source. Featuring stunning art direction and cinematography and unforgettable performances by…
Les Miserables, Part 2
Hailed by film critics around the world as the greatest screen adapation of Victor Hugo's mammoth nineteenth-century novel, Raymond Bernard's dazzling, nearly five-hour LES MISERABLES is a breathtaking tour de force, unfolding with the depth and detail of its source. Featuring stunning art direction and cinematography and unforgettable performances by…
Les Miserables, Part 3
Hailed by film critics around the world as the greatest screen adapation of Victor Hugo's mammoth nineteenth-century novel, Raymond Bernard's dazzling, nearly five-hour LES MISERABLES is a breathtaking tour de force, unfolding with the depth and detail of its source. Featuring stunning art direction and cinematography and unforgettable performances by…
The Outskirts (Okraina)
Directed by Boris Barnet, The Outskirts is Barnet's first sound film. This is the tender love story between a Russian girl Anka and a German prisoner of war given permission to work in the village. This love story is made possible because Anka's father's friend Robert Karlovish, a German taught…
Mark Donskoy - The Childhood of Maxim Gorky
The Childhood of Maxim Gorky, tells the story of Aleksei Peshkov a 12 year old boy, living in 19th Century Russia, who would later be known as Maxim Gorky, possibly Russia's most famous and celebrated novelist and dramatist. Made in 1938, the film is based on Gorky's autobiography `My Childhood',…
Mark Donskoy - My Universities
The trilogy based upon Maxim Gorky's autobiographical works - "Childhood of Maxim Gorky", "My Apprenticeship", "My Universities", had written down Donskoy's name in the history of world cinema. Alyosha Peshkov comes to Kazan to study. The university proved an unreachable dream for him, and he has to look for a…