Essential Art House: Volume III
Ashes And Diamonds
On the last day of World War II, Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet f-rces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland. In this incendiary environment, we find Home Army soldier Maciek Chelmicki, who has been ordered to assassinate an incoming commissar.
A timeless evocation of childhood innocence corrupted, RenÃ© ClÃ©ment's mythical and heartbreakingly real Forbidden Games tells the story of a young girl orphaned by war and the farm boy she joins in a fantastical world of macabre play.
The Hidden Fortress
A general and a princess must dodge enemy clans while smuggling the royal treasure out of hostile territory with two bumbling, conniving peasants at their sides; it's a spirited adventure that only Akira Kurosawa could create.
Told by his doctor he has no more than a few months to live, drab British workingman George Bird (Alec Guinness) decides to spend his savings on lodging at a seaside resort. Once there, however, he finds his identity caught between upstairs and downstairs, the guests and the "help."
As director, producer, and star, Laurence Olivier transfigures Shakespeare's great historical drama Richard III into a mesmerizing vision of Machiavellian villainy.
A beautiful ingenue joins a tawdry music hall troupe and quickly becomes its feature attraction in Federico Fellini's stunning debut film (directed in collaboration with neorealist filmmaker Alberto Lattuada).