In the late 16th century, the British Empire faces a real threat: Spanish King Phillip II sends the greatest amount of ships, the
Spanish Armada, to the British Isles. Queen Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) is torn into pieces: on the one hand, she must lead her
country and prepare people for defense; on the other hand, she must cope with her own feelings firstly because she falls in
love with Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen) who is likely to leave Britain and set up for a long travelling.
With the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt's birth in 2006, Nightwatching is truly a feast for the senses. Extravagant and
sensuously beautiful, the mystery behind the extraordinary artist's infamous painting is perfectly explored by one of the most
iconic directors of our time Peter Greenaway. The year 1642 marks the turning point in the life of the famous Dutch painter,
Rembrandt, turning him from a wealthy respected celebrity into a discredited pauper. At the insistence of his pregnant wife
Saskia, Rembrandt has reluctantly agreed to paint the Amsterdam Musketeer Militia in a group portrait that will later become to
be known as The Nightwatch. He soon discovers that there is a conspiracy afoot with the Amsterdam merchants playing at
soldiers maneuvering for financial advantage and personal power in, the richest city in the Western World. Rembrandt
stumbles on a foul murder. Confident in the birth of a longed-for son and heir, Rembrandt is determined to expose the
conspiring murderers and builds his accusation meticulously in the form of the commissioned painting, uncovering the seamy
and hypocritical side to Dutch Society in the Golden Age.
Set in Washington, D.C., in the 1960s, the inspiring drama tells the true life story of Ralph Waldo 'Petey' Greene (Don
Cheadle). When a radio program director, Dewey Hughes (Chiwetel Ejiofor), visits his brother Milo (Mike Epps) in prison, he
hears his fellow inmate, Petey, who works as a disc jockey to express himself. Dewey decides to support an open-minded
and open-hearted man and gets him on the air. Petey's charismatic voice, his bold honesty and his biting sense of humor
make him an instant hit with audiences.
The story about Swedish ambassador in Chile - Harald Edelstam - and his heroic actions to protect the innocent people from
the execution during and after the military coup on September 11th 1973. We travel with Edelstam during the terrible moments
just after the coup and follows his never-ending fight for human rights, law and order. What drove him? And what price did he
end up paying for his total commitment? Haunted by his own demons the we experiences on close hand how a womanizer
desperately searches to find love again, a task only doable, if he can fight his own past and redeem himself. After saving
hundreds - maybe even thousands - he is challenged once more, this time to save his newfound love from the death penalty
issued by the regime. Another impossible task and a desperate chase against time. Based on a true story about a man, that
did, what all of us only dreams of.
An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.
In February, 1945, one of the fiercest battles of the Pacific theater of World War II occurs on the tiny island of Iwo Jima.
Thousands of Marines attack the stronghold maintained by thousands of Japanese, and the slaughter on both sides is
horrific. Early in the battle, an American flag is raised atop the high point, Mount Suribachi, and a photograph of the raising
becomes an American cause celebre. As a powerful inspiration to war-sick Americans, the photo becomes a symbol of the
Allied cause. The three surviving flag raisers, Rene Gagnon, John Bradley, and Ira Hayes, are whisked back to civilization to
help raise funds for the war effort. But the accolades for heroism heaped upon the three men are at odds with their own
personal realizations that thousands of real heroes lie dead on Iwo Jima, and that their own contributions to the fight are only
symbolic and not deserving of the singling out they are experiencing. Each of the three must come to terms with the honors,
exploitation, and grief that they face simply for being in a photograph.
September 11, 2001. The nation was under attack by suicide hijackers, who hit Three famous buildings. The fourth plane
United 93 was a story of 40 passengers who were strangers. Who sat through terrifying event. But found courage, rebelled
and become hero's. And stood united.
An exploration of fame and identity, inspired by one of Hollywood's most infamous real-life mysteries. June 16, 1959. The
glamour of Tinseltown permanently fades for actor George Reeves, the heroic Man of Steel on TV's Adventures of
Superman, as the actor dies in his Hollywood Hills home. Felled by a single gunshot wound, Reeves leaves behind a
fiancée - aspiring starlet Leonore Lemmon - and millions of fans who are shocked by his death. But it is his grieving mother,
Helen Bessolo, who will not let the questionable circumstances surrounding his demise go unaddressed. Helen seeks
justice, or at least answers. The Los Angeles Police Department closes the case, but Helen hires - for $50 a day - private
detective Louis Simo. Simo soon ascertains that the torrid affair Reeves had with Toni Mannix, the wife of MGM studio
executive Eddie Mannix, might hold the key to the truth. But truth and justice are not so easily found in Hollywood. Simo
pursues dangerous and elusive leads in both high and low places and, in trying to turn up the heat, risks getting burned.
The detective also uncovers unexpected connections to his own life as the case turns more personal.
The documentary movie follows the exciting history of the creation of the first superhero, Superman, and his evolution from
comic books to television, and finally to the silver screen. The amazing story is told through archival footage and various
interviews with actors and directors involved in the Superman films and television shows.
The dramatic thriller is based on the true story of Patrick Chamusso (Derek Luke), an apolitical oil refinery foreman in South
Africa who witnessed the authorities’ conspiracy and subsequently became a leader in the struggle against apartheid.
Based on the events of September 11, 2001, the drama tells the true-life story of courageous police officers John McLoughlin
(Nicolas Cage) and Will Jimeno (Michael Pena) who rushed into the sprawling twin towers of the World Trade Center after
they were hit by planes piloted by terrorists. John and Will tried desperately to rescue civilians, but became entombed under
the rubble when the skyscrapers collapsed. Fortunately, these two were the eighteenth and nineteenth men of twenty to be
pulled out alive.
In 480 BC, the Persian king Xerxes sends his massive army to conquer Greece. The Greek city of Sparta houses its finest
warriors, and 300 of these soldiers are chosen to meet the Persians at Thermopylae, engaging the soldiers in a narrow
canyon where they cannot take full advantage of their numbers. The battle is a suicide mission, meant to buy time for the rest of
the Greek forces to prepare for the invasion. However, that doesn't stop the Spartans from throwing their hearts into the fray,
determined to take as many Persians as possible with them.
The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial
Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of
Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the
imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his
subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor
baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that
a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and
horrors beyond imagination.
Vienna, 1824. In the days before the first performance of the Ninth Symphony, Beethoven needs help with copying out the
charts, so a promising student of composition, Anna Holtz, 23, is sent to assist him. She not only aids the transcription of the
notes, she provides guidance from the orchestra pit as Beethoven conducts the work's debut. During the next two years, the
final ones of Beethoven's life, Anna provides assistance to the deaf, temperamental, ailing man. In return, he tutors her in
composition and explains to her the ideas and principles of Romanticism. He tries to speak for God.
The drama follows the life of Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst), an Archduchess of Austria who drank the bitterest cup of
humiliation in her life. She had complicated, poignant relationships with her strict and domineering mother and a disastrous
marriage to the shy and socially awkward Dauphin of France who didn't consent to have sexual intercourse with his wife for
seven long years. Feeling isolated and distressed, Marie Antoinette tried to find consolation in the decadence of the French
aristocracy and in a secret liaison with Swedish Count Fersen (Jamie Dornan). Her short-run popularity as a spouse of King
Louis XVI gave place to a public censure for her frivolous and eccentric behaviour during the celebrations which she held at
the palace of Versailles. Marie Antoinette braved the French Revolution and bore herself with dignity. Her close connections
with Austria and support for a foreign intervention were so apparent that she was stripped of her riches, imprisoned and
sentenced to death. Various attempts to get her out failed. On October 16, 1793, Marie Antoinette was charged with treason
and espionage for other countries, and was executed by guillotine.
Ridley Scott's saga of a peasant blacksmith named Balian (Orlando Bloom), who has lost his family and nearly his faith.
During the Crusades - the world shaping 200-year collision between Europe and the East, he wonders in a strange land, he
serves a doomed king, falls in love with an exotic and forbidden queen and rises to knighthood. Balian meets a man
revealing himself as his father. Ultimately, he must protect the people of Jerusalem from overwhelming forces - while trying
to keep a fragile peace.
A powerful and thoughtful chronicle drama by Steven Spielberg rises up the questions of the human costs of international
terrorism. The 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, were supposed to be a peaceful gathering of outstanding athletes from
around the world, but on September 5, the games took a sinister turn when eight masked Palestinian terrorists invaded the
Olympic village, killing two Israeli athletes and abducting nine others. The story follows a secret Israeli squad assigned to
track down and kill the 11 Palestinians suspected to have planned the Munich attack. Eric Bana stars as a Mossad agent
tracking the Palestinian terrorist group called "Black September" which were ultimately responsible for the deaths of Israelis
during the tragedy.
This film, based on the novel by Arthur Golden, unfolds from the perspective of Chiyo (Zhang Ziyi), a girl who, at the age of
nine, is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house in the early 1930s. Here, she goes through the training to
become a geisha, and the life she leads as one. She learns that becoming a geisha can be the single path to wealth and
independence for a woman. Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary
geisha Sayuri. She can play with the hearts of the mightiest men, but the only one she adores is beyond her reach. Sayuri
must confront the possibility that history will leave all that she has worked for behind as World War II approaches, and as
Japan stands at the brink of a new era.
In 1950, few soccer players in the United States played the game with any particular degree of expertise. Most Americans had
heard about the soccer only by hearsay, even though it was the world's most popular sport, and when the United States was
invited to compete in the World Cup in Brazil, the country turned out to have no soccer team to call their own. The U.S. set out
to recruit players in the soccer breeding ground of St. Louis, Missouri, where they found a group of young friends with almost
absolute lack of an appropriate experience, only an unabashed love of the game.
An historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan, where a young man is destined to unite the country's three warring tribes.
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