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AND GIVE MY LOVE TO THE SWALLOWS
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"A portrait of Germany in the 20th century with few equals in either film or literature" (Chicago Tribune).
BEING JULIA
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The tenuous boundaries between art and life begin to blur irrevocably for Julia Lambert (Annette Benning), an aging actress of the 1930's British stage. Bored and frustrated with her career, Lambert allows a dashing, adoring fan (Shaun Evans) to chase her. This riles both his young lover (Lucy Punch) and her producer husband (Jeremy Irons), forcing Lambert to rediscover her career in a humorous and unexpected fashion. Istvan Szabo's (Mephisto) lush costume drama sparkles with life, and Benning proves a perfect fit for the witty and complex stage diva protagonist. "[Benning] digs into a pagoda-size heap of roles and roles-within-roles and pulls them all out, one by one, deftly" (Desson Thomson, Washington Post).

Istvan Szabo---USA---2004---103 mins.
HEIMAT III
$79.95

The continuation of Edgar Reitz's milestone film epic, Heimat 3 takes the story of the Simon Family into the modern era with the same passion and attention to character as the first two series. Hermann (Henry Arnold) and Clarissa (Salome Kammer), the star-crossed lovers of Heimat II meet in a hotel on the evening of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Caught up in the euphoria over the reunification of their country, the couple reunite as well. They settle in a romantic old house high above the Rhine Valley in the Hunsruck, which draws family and friends from far and wide. The 200-year-old, timber-framed house acts as a hub for the characters, whose stories of love, success, family, and death unfold amidst the uncertainty of the changing times. "...a masterpiece of European film-making" (The Independent). In German with English subtitles.

Edgar Reitz---Germany---2004---680 mins.
JANOSIK (DISC 1)
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This is the complete, 13-episode television series that has mainly been seen outside of Poland in a severely truncated theatrical version. Now the entire, nearly ten hours of this epic adventure can be seen as they were originally broadcast. Janosik is a legendary Robin Hood of the Tatra Mountains who steals from the rich to help the poor who are oppressed by the liege lords who rule the countryside. Full of adventures, fights, duels, pursuits and thrills. With Marek Perepeczko, Bogusz Bilewski, and Witold Pyrkosz. In Polish with English subtitles.

Jerzy Passendorfer---Poland---1974---579 mins.
JANOSIK (DISC 2)
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Within the conventions of the road movie, Iraj Karimi adds a metaphorical dimension to the daylong journey of random characters from Tehran to northern Iraq.
JANOSIK (DISC 3)
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This is the complete, 13-episode television series that has mainly been seen outside of Poland in a severely truncated theatrical version. Now the entire, nearly ten hours of this epic adventure can be seen as they were originally broadcast. Janosik is a legendary Robin Hood of the Tatra Mountains who steals from the rich to help the poor who are oppressed by the liege lords who rule the countryside. Full of adventures, fights, duels, pursuits and thrills. With Marek Perepeczko, Bogusz Bilewski, and Witold Pyrkosz. In Polish with English subtitles.

Jerzy Passendorfer---Poland---1974---579 mins.
JANOSIK (DISC 4)
$24.95

This is the complete, 13-episode television series that has mainly been seen outside of Poland in a severely truncated theatrical version. Now the entire, nearly ten hours of this epic adventure can be seen as they were originally broadcast. Janosik is a legendary Robin Hood of the Tatra Mountains who steals from the rich to help the poor who are oppressed by the liege lords who rule the countryside. Full of adventures, fights, duels, pursuits and thrills. With Marek Perepeczko, Bogusz Bilewski, and Witold Pyrkosz. In Polish with English subtitles.

Jerzy Passendorfer---Poland---1974---579 mins.
NEW ADVENTURES OF THE ELUSIVE AVENGERS
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The flashy sequel to Edmond Keosayan's Soviet box office hit finds teenage super spies The Elusive Avengers returning for another dangerous assignment. This time the group is asked to retrieve the blueprint of a top-secret fortress that's being held in a heavily guarded safe. An instant hit with audiences, Keosayan's franchise was in many ways the Soviet-equivalent of James Bond. In Russian with English subtitles.

Edmond Keosayan---USSR---1968---82 mins.
PEARLS OF THE DEEP
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Jiri Menzel (Closely Watched Trains), Jaromil Jires (Valerie and Her Week of Wonders), and three other directors from the 1960's Czech New Wave contribute witty, entertaining shorts, each based on a different story by legendary writer Bohumil Hrabal. The anthology showcases the groundbreaking styles and bold new themes of a new cinematic era. These young directors took advantage of a more liberal political climate to make films that were daring in both content and style. Includes Mr. Baltazar (Jiri Menzel), The Swindlers (Jan Nemec), House of Joy (Evald Schorm), The Globe Buffet (Vera Chytilova), and Romance (Jaromil Jires). In Czech with English subtitles.

Jiri Menzel/Jan Nemec/Evald Schorm/Vera Chytilova/Jaromil Jires---Czech Republic---1965---103 mins.
VALLEY OF THE BEES, THE
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Czech New Wave filmmaker Frantisek Vlacil (Marketa Lazarova) directs this poetic, startlingly realistic drama set during the Middle Ages. A young man is sent to live and study with a religious order after his father re-marries a very young woman. The boy's residency with the order prompts existential reflection and the questioning of his fundamental beliefs. In Czech with English subtitles.

Frantisek Vlacil---Czechoslovakia---1968---97 mins.
WHITE DOVE
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A beautiful, poetic vision from the director of Marketa Lazarova. A sick carrier pigeon en route to its home on the Baltic Sea becomes lost and lands in Prague, where it is rescued and nurtured back to health by a small, frail boy. Soon the boy and the bird develop a friendship that touches all around them. In Czech with English subtitles.

Frantisek Vlacil---Czech Republic---1960---67 mins.
WINTER EVENING IN GAGRY
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This inspiring musical travels back in time with an unlucky Russian dance coach who happens to see a newsreel clip of his younger self dancing on TV...during a newscast announcing his death! This shocking mistake revives his spirit, compelling him to lend his tap expertise in a dance fan, and to make amends with his daughter. Equally delightful and nostalgic, this musical gem is not to be missed. In Russian with English subtitles.

Karen Shakhnazarov---USSR---1985---85 mins.
WITCHES' HAMMER
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A riveting and often disturbing dramatization of the deadly witch hunts that plagued Czechoslovakia in the late 17th century from acclaimed director Otakar Vavra. A ruthless inquisitor is called out of retirement by the church to investigate allegations of heresy. Driven by greed and bloodlust, he finds cause to accuse anyone he wishes of witchcraft, leading to the brutal torture and deaths of hundreds of people. In Czech with English subtitles.

Otakar Vavra---Czechoslovakia---1969---103 mins.