Documentary 2010 NR 1hr 14m. Mexican ringmaster Tino struggles to operate his family’s long-running traveling circus in the midst of an economic downturn, while coping with the demands of his fed-up wife and four talented young children in this fascinating documentary.
Documentary 2009 NR 80 minutes. Filmmaker Bertrand Normand’s fascinating documentary profiles five outstanding Russian ballerinas from the prestigious Mariinsky Theatre (the renamed Kirov Ballet), following them from grueling rehearsals to flawless performances around the globe. Dancers in the spotlight include gifted 18-year-old Alina Somova, the newest Mariinsky ballerina, along with Svetlana Zakharova, Evguenya Obraztsova, Diana Vishneva and Uliana Lopatkina.
The Rape of Europa
Documentary 2007 NR 1hr 56m. Joan Allen narrates this documentary that chronicles 12 years of the Nazis’ pillaging works of art throughout Europe and the international effort to locate, protect and return millions of valuable treasures. The film traces the story of art lovers and everyday heroes who tried to thwart the looting Nazis and reveals how experts from Europe and the United States are working to recover priceless works of art missing or hidden for decades.
Docudrama series 2005 TV-PG 1 season. Using historical flashbacks and re-creations, this dramatic series tells the stories behind some of the great archaeological discoveries in Egypt.
The Red Violin
(Le Violon Rouge)
Drama 1998 R 2hr 10m. When the long-lost “red violin,” a rare instrument crafted during the Italian Renaissance, shows up at a modern auction, it reveals its mysterious history — and the lives of its previous owners — in a series of flashbacks spanning three centuries. See Full Review
Jean de Florette / Manon of the Spring
Drama 1986 PG 234 minutes. Claude Berri directs this pair of award-winning dramas that tell the story of a farmer who falls victim to a cruel scheme by his neighbors, and the comeuppance later delivered by the man’s daughter. In Jean de Florette, two men (Yves Montand and Daniel Auteuil) block the water source that a new farmer (Gérard Depardieu) needs for his crops. In Manon of the Spring, Jean’s grown daughter (Emmanuelle Beart) goes after the two men with a vengeance.See Full Review
3 Days of Peace & Music
Documentary 1970 R 224 minutes. The director’s cut of Michael Wadleigh’s Oscar-winning documentary restores footage snipped from the original 1970 release. With the help of a young editor named Martin Scorsese, Wadleigh not only chronicles Woodstock’s memorable music and legendary artists, he also captures the festival’s dauntless free spirit. The presentation features live performances from, among others, Jimi Hendrix; the Who; Janis Joplin; and Crosby, Stills and Nash.
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