The Movies Begin: A Treasury of Early Cinema
A 5-disc set, featuring “The Great Train Robbery and Other Primary Works,” “The European Pioneers,” “Experimentation and Discovery,” “The Magic of Melies,” and “Comedy, Spectacle, and New Horizons,” the genesis of the motion picture medium is recreated in this collection of the cinema’s formative works. More than crucial historical artifacts, these films reveal the foundation from which the styles and stories of the contemporary cinema would later arise. (image from amazon.com)
A thriller set in the urban inferno of 1999 Los Angeles. Lenny Nero sells dreams and hustles nightmares available on small disks that are viewable via a compact headpiece that makes every sensation immediate. Nero replays scenes of happier days with Faith Justin, who has run off with sadistic Philo Gant. Nero hooks up with an old friend, Lornette “Mace” Mason, as he attempts to win back Faith and the two of them are caught in a deadly fantasy of conspiracy, murder and betrayal.
Fast Food Fast Women
On her 5th birthday, Bella, an overworked waitress, is set up on a date with Bruno, an irresponsible cab driver and father of two. One of Bella’s regulars, a long time widow, responds to an ad and meets Emily. Soon, however, a random encounter changes Bella’s life in a way she could never have imagined.
J’accuse is a World War I drama considered to be one of the most technically advanced films of the era and the first major pacifist film. It was referred to by Gance as “a human cry against the bellicose din of armies.” Stars Marise Dauvray as Edith, a young woman who is unhappily married to an older man, François (Séverin-Mars), but is actually in love with a young poet Jean Diaz (Romuald Joubé). Both Jean and François end up on the front lines of World War I while Edith is captured by German forces and suffers atrocities at the hands of the soldiers. Gance contrasts individual human suffering with the larger horrors of war, depicted with stark realism. (image from amazon.com)
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