Marthanda Varma

Marthanda Varma 1933

This film features Martanda Varma (Jaidev) the legendary founder and king of the Travancore State (now Kerala) from 1706-58. It tells the story of love between Anantha Padmanabham (Menon) and Parukutty (Padmini), the political conspiracy of Padmanabha Thampi (Naik) and the heads of the eight Nair Houses against Martanda Varma. It opens with newsreel coverage of the aarattu procession of the Travancore maharaja Chitta Thirunal, including elephants, cavalry and the Nair Brigade before embarking on the story of the king's ancestors. Scenes from the young Martanda Varma's youth are intercut with well-known episodes from the novel.

Maria's Day

Maria's Day 1984

The Hungarian Maria's Day is set in that most fateful of years, 1848. The incredible changes and reverses in European politics and culture exert a potent influence on one aristocratic Hungarian family. Losing virtually everything in the way of creature comforts, the family tries to keep up appearances. Eventually every member of the clan falls victim to illness, syphilis and their own headstrong foolishness. The parallels drawn by director Judith Elek between the dissipation of 19th century Hungarian aristocracy and the corruption of Communist ideology in modern times are inescapable.

La terreur et la vertu: Robespierre

La terreur et la vertu: Robespierre 1964

From April to July 1794, Robespierre forms a triumvirate with Saint-Just and Couthon. He plans to instate his ideal based on virtue and in times of revolutionary crisis, on terror. In May, he establishes the Cult of the Supreme Being. However, he still has numerous enemies...

La terreur et la vertu: Danton

La terreur et la vertu: Danton 1964

From November 1793 to April 1794, in order to reinforce the power of the Revolution, Robespierre strikes right and left. He successively sends the Hébertists to the guillotine, followed by Danton, the chief of the Indulgents, and Camille Desmoulins, who asked the new regime for clemency in his journal, Le Vieux Cordelier. Robespierre triumphs, but he is alone...

Amy

Amy 1984

The story of Amy Johnson who disappeared while piloting a RAF Wellington Bomber

Phalanstery

Phalanstery 1979

In the early 19th century the Romanian Theodor Diamant was inspired by the French utopian socialist Charles Fourier and established one of Fourier's "phalansteries" in Rumania. The film dramatizes the origins and demise of this effort, called the "Scaieni Phalanstery (the term is derived from "phalanx" and "monastery"). Among the socio-political commentary that is conveyed throughout, there is an important collusion between the army and the wealthy landowners of the time, and as the film points out in its own way, neither of these groups has ever been convicted of socialist/utopian tendencies.

The Dream of the Red Chamber

The Dream of the Red Chamber 1962

The Ching Dynasty novel The Dream of The Red Chamber is not only the most widely read, but also the most filmed book in Chinese history. The sprawling love story has proven a challenge to many filmmakers, but this version is acclaimed as the most successful. A sumptuous feature which took three years of planning and another for production, it was a hugely popular and critical hit which still stands out as a classic of both 18th century literature and 1960s moviemaking.

Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku Station 1974

The Shinjuku district was the epicentre of Tokyo's art scene and the political fever pitch where protests took place on a regular basis during the 1960s. Jonouchi's compilation footage of the area defies documentary imagery and transforms itself into something altogether more poetically subjective, attempting to capture the chaos of the location through his camerawork and editing. In 1974, Jonouchi projected images of the past onto himself whilst reciting Dada-influenced and virtually inaudible poetry generating a cacophony of images and sounds, drawing from and participating in the maelstrom of political and artistic expression during the era.

Roger D'Astous

Roger D'Astous 2016

A documentary about montreal architect Roger D'astous, who battled all his life to create a nordic architecture. Starchitect in the 60s, this Frank L. Wright student then fell from grace before rising again at the dawn of the century.

The Disputation

The Disputation 1986

In 1263, King James I of Aragon organizes a debate between representatives of Judaism and Christianity regarding whether or not Jesus was the Messiah.

Bizarre: A Circus Story

Bizarre: A Circus Story 2016

An intimate look at the extraordinary life of Master Lu Yi, hailed as the father of modern acrobatics, and the vast community of big-top lovers who share his dream of a thriving US circus industry.

Yankee Doodle Goes to Town

Yankee Doodle Goes to Town 1939

Made just before America would be forced into the Second World War, this short subject is a brief dramatized history of American democracy. It targets a perceived threat to democracy from board room and soapbox fascists who advocated a government based upon contemporaneous European models.