Directed with operatic flare by Luchino Visconti (following his recovery from a stroke), 1974’s Conversation Piece is dominated by a finely controlled turn by Burt Lancaster as a retired American professor who has filled his apartment in Rome with 18th-century paintings of family groups known as ‘conversation pieces’. 175 more words
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That Cold Day in the Park (1969) | This forgotten gem from American master Robert Altman is electrifying
Before he found fame with M*A*S*H, Robert Altman crafted the unsettling 1969 psychological thriller, That Cold Day in the Park, which gets a UK Blu-ray/DVD release from Eureka Entertainment. 226 more words
Novecento (1900) | Bernardo Bertolucci’s ambitious socialist epic is essential viewing – but over several sittings
With his trademark operatic sense of scale and painterly eye, director Bernardo Bertolucci presents his deeply personal view of the changing face of Italian politics, provincial life, industry and class across five decades – from 1901 to 1945. 383 more words
Punishment Park (1971) | Why does Peter Watkins' subversive pseudo-documentary continue to upset America?
Set in a future where America’s war in Vietnam has led to the setting up of detention camps to hold dissidents, director Peter Watkins’ 1971 pseudo-documentary involves a British film crew, led by Watkins himself, following one group of radicals who accept three days in a ‘punishment park’ over a prison sentence. 464 more words
Rocco and His Brothers (1960) | Lucino Visconti's working class melodrama is a gritty, gripping masterpiece
From Eureka Entertainment comes the worldwide Blu-ray release of Luchino Visconti’s melodramatic 1960 masterpiece Rocco and His Brothers.
In 1950s Italy, recently widowed Rosaria Parondi (Katina Paxinou) and her four sons, Simone (Renato Salvatori), Rocco (Alain Delon), Ciro (Max Cartier) and Luca (Rocco Vidolazzi), leave their impoverished home in Bari in the south for metropolitan Milan where they hope to lodge with their eldest brother Vincenzo (Spiros Focás). 491 more words
Eureka Entertainment have announced a dual format edition of Sydney Pollack’s spy thriller Three Days of the Condor, starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson and Max von Sydow. 103 more words
Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) | Holy spacemen! The futuristic castaway sci-fi crash-lands on Blu-ray
Out on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in the UK comes the colourful, cartoony 1964 sci-fi adventure Robinson Crusoe on Mars.
While following Daniel Defoe’s classic castaway novel, this Boy’s Own adventure transports its hero into outer space. 363 more words