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ORPHANS OF THE STORM

Orphans of the Storm is a 1921 drama film by D. W. Griffith set in late-18th-century France, before and during the French Revolution.
 
The last Griffith film to feature Lillian and Dorothy Gish, it is often considered Griffith's last major commercial success, after box-office hits such as Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, and Broken Blossoms.
 
Like his earlier films, Griffith used historical events to comment on contemporary events, in this case the French Revolution to warn about the rise of Bolshevism. The film is about class conflict and a plea for inter-class understanding and against destructive hatred. At one point, in front of the Committee of Public Safety, a main character pleads, "Yes I am an aristocrat, but a friend of the people."
 
The film is based on the 1874 French play "Les Deux Orphelines" by Adolphe d'Ennery and Eugène Cormon, which had been adapted for the American stage by N. Hart Jackson and Albert Marshman Palmer as The Two Orphans, premiering at Marshman Palmer's Union Square Theatre (58 E. 14th St.) in New York City in December 1874 with Kate Claxton as Louise. It had been filmed in the United States twice before Griffith did his film: in 1911 by Otis Turner and in 1915 by Herbert Brenon (the lost Theda Bara film The Two Orphans). The play had also been filmed twice in France in 1910: by Albert Capellani and by Georges Monca.
 
Clasificación [ CM DVD 01081 ] Disponible en DVD, 4 Piso BJB)

OTHELLO

Otelo (en inglés Othello) es una película de 1995 basada en la tragedia de William Shakespeare del mismo nombre. La película fue dirigida por Oliver Parker y tiene como protagonistas a Laurence Fishburne, Irène Jacob y Kenneth Branagh. Destaca por ser la primera producción cinematográfica rodada por un gran estudio con un actor afroamericano interpretando el papel de Otelo, aunque existen otras anteriores, películas de bajo presupuestos, protagonizadas por Ted Lange y Yaphet Kotto.

Se rodó en Italia. La película sigue la historia de la obra de cerca, pero hay recortes en muchas líneas. Además, añade escenas que no están en la obra, incluyendo una escena de sexo entre Otelo y Desdémona, sueños en los que Otelo imagina supuesta relación de Desdémona con Casio, una escena en la que baila Desdémona para Otelo y una escena final en la que los cuerpos de los muertos son enterrados en el mar. La película también utiliza imágenes fuertes, como cuando Emilia dice que los hombres eructan a las mujeres cuando han acabado con ellas, Iago, que la ha utilizado en su complot contra Otelo, se ve cerrando la puerta en el fondo.

Clasificación [ CM DVD 01085 ] Disponible en DVD, 4 Piso BJB)

On the town

On the Town is a 1949 musical film with music by Leonard Bernstein and Roger Edens and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It is an adaptation of the Broadway stage musical of the same name produced in 1944 (which itself is an adaptation of the Jerome Robbins ballet entitled Fancy Free which was also produced in 1944),[2] although many changes in script and score were made from the original stage version; for instance, most of Bernstein's music was dropped in favor of new songs by Edens, who disliked the majority of the Bernstein score, for being too complex and too operatic. This caused Bernstein to boycott the film.

As three sailors – Gabey, Chip, and Ozzie – begin their shore leave, Gabey falls in love with the picture of "Miss Turnstiles", who is actually Ivy Smith. The sailors race around New York attempting to find her in the brief period they have ("New York, New York").
 
They are assisted by, and become romantically involved with, two women, and pair up: Ozzie with Claire, an anthropologist; and Chip with Hildy Esterhazy, an aggressively amorous taxi driver; and eventually, Gabey with Ivy, an aspiring actress. Claire claims that she's found her passionate "Prehistoric Man" in Ozzie at the Museum of Anthropological History. Hildy invites Chip to "Come Up to My Place". Gabey takes Ivy on an imaginary date down "Main Street" in a studio in Symphonic Hall. Later, Chip sincerely falls for Hildy telling her "You're Awful" – that is, awful nice to be with. That evening, all the couples meet at the top of the Empire State Building to celebrate a night "On the Town".
 
But when Ivy must leave early to work as a cooch dancer, the friends tell a despondent Gabey, "You Can Count on Me", joined by Hildy's annoying, but well-meaning roommate, Lucy Schmeeler. They have a number of adventures reuniting with Ivy at Coney Island before their 24-hour leave ends and they must return to their ship to head off to sea. Although their future is uncertain, the boys and girls share one last kiss on the pier as a new crew of sailors heads out into the city for their leave ("New York, New York" reprise).
 
Clasificación [ CM DVD 00634] Disponible en DVD, 4 Piso BJB)

ORDINARY PEOPLE

Ordinary People (en España, Gente corriente; en Hispanoamérica, Gente como uno) es un filme estadounidense de 1980 dirigido por Robert Redford y con Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth McGovern, Dinah Manoff, Judd Hirsch y M. Emmet Walsh en los papeles principales.
 
La película, primera dirigida por Robert Redford, fue galardonada con importantes premios cinematográficos estadounidenses.
 
Las relaciones de una familia estadounidense modelo (padre, madre, dos hijos) se ven alteradas por un accidente ocurrido en un bote. El mayor de los hermanos muere y el menor, agobiado por la culpa de haber sobrevivido, intenta suicidarse y es internado durante un tiempo en un psiquiátrico. El film narra el regreso a casa del joven, con sus problemas atrapados entre la frialdad de su madre y la impostada alegría de su padre.
 
Clasificación [ CM DVD 01097 ] Disponible en DVD, 4 Piso BJB)

One day in September

One Day in September is a 1999 documentary film directed by Kevin Macdonald examining the 5 September 1972 murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Michael Douglas provides the sparse narration throughout the film.
 
The film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2000.
 
The documentary begins with an advertisement by the Munich Tourism Bureau with a beautiful young girl inviting the world to visit the city for the Olympics, then shows interviews with the wives of some of the murdered athletes, including Ankie Spitzer, widow of fencing coach Andre Spitzer. The film also features the first known filmed interview with Jamal Al-Gashey, a surviving terrorist. Al-Gashey, who is in hiding in Africa, wears a cap and sunglasses and his face is slightly blurred.
 
There are various shots of the Games getting under way, and attention is given to the lax security the Germans had at the Games. The terrorists are seen preparing for the assault; Al-Gashey claims that he and the other members were trained in Libya before going to West Germany to begin the assault.
 
The assault is described by Al-Gashey as well as by some of the German security staff present. Footage of ABC anchor Jim McKay is interspersed, along with sound clips of Peter Jennings, to give an impression of events unfolding as they happened. General Ulrich Wegener, founder of the German counter-terrorist unit GSG 9, was also interviewed during the film, and was roundly criticized for his seemingly flippant attitude about the subject matter.
 
Clasificación [ CM DVD 00630] Disponible en DVD, 4 Piso BJB)