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1980-1989

38--auch das war Wien (Austria / West Germany, 1987)

Director, Wolfgang Gluck. Cast: Sunnyi Melles, Tobias Engel, Heinz Trixner, Ingrid Burkhard. Follows two lovers--one Jewish, one Aryan--in pre-war Vienna who are blind to the inhumanity which surrounds them. In German without subtitles. 94 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Gathering of Old Men (Murder on the Bayou_ (TV,1987)

Directed by Volker Schlondorff. Cast: Louis Gossett Jr.,Holly Hunter, Richard Widmark. A regular day in a Louisianasugarcane plantation changes course when a local white farmer, aracist, is shot. A group of old, black men takes a courageous stepby coming forward en masse to take responsibility for the killing.As the sheriff confronts the suspects, the young plantation ownerstands alone in her defense of this group of men who stand resoluteagainst decades of injustice. Based on the novel, A gathering ofold men, by Ernest J. Gaines. 94 min.

A Handful of Dust (UK, 1988)

Director, Charles Sturridge. Cast: James Wilby, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rupert Graves, Anjelica Huston, Judi Dench, Alec Guinness. In 1930s England, Tony and Brenda Last and their son, John Andrew, live an idyllic life in the huge Victorian country house that is the symbol of Tony's family pride. The chance arrival of a penniless scrounger irrevocably shatters the gentle balance of their lives as Brenda's search for excitement and Tony's determination to hold on to what is his eventually lead in the direction of divorce and send Tony to South America. Based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh.

A Passage to India (1984)

Director, David Lean. Cast: Peggy Ashcroft, Judy Davis, James Fox, Alec Guinness, Nigel Havers, Victor Banerjee. While on a trip in 1928 to visit her son, Mrs. Moore, accompanied by her son's fiancee, becomes appalled at the treatment of the Indians by the ruling British government. Later, they befriend a native Indian who, over-stepping the accepted norms of his culture, invites the two ladies on an excursion. In a strange turn of events, he is accused of attempting to rape the young woman. Based on the novel by E. M. Forster and the play by Santha Rama Rau.

A Raisin in the Sun</a> (1988)

Directed by Bill Duke. Performers: Scarletta DuPois, DannyGlover, Kimble Joyner, Kim Yancey, Esther Rolle, Lou Ferguson,Joseph C. Phillips, Helen Martin, John Fiedler, Stephen Henderson.A $10,000 insurance benefit creates conflicting dreams within aChicago ghetto family. Son, Walter Lee wants to start his ownbusiness while his mom wishes to spend her days in a little houseof her own. Their love a bond, their warmhearted humor a breath offresh air, their tenative hold on dignity - their lifeline.

Angel Heart (1987)

Directed by Alan Parker. Cast: Mickey Rourke, Robert DeNiro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling. A journey of violence and murder that canvasses the streets of Harlem, the jazz clubs of New Orleans, and voodoo rituals in the swamps of Louisiana. From the novel "Falling angel" by William Hjortsberg. 98 min. Online Access through LFLFC.  Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Angry Harvest (Bittere Ernte) (West Germany, 1984)

Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Wojciech Pszoniak, Gerd Baltus, Anita Hofer, Kathe Jaenicke, Hans Beerhenke, Isa Haller, Margit Carstensen. A wartime story [1943] that is both a character study and a mesmerizing cat and mouse game between a Polish Catholic farmer and a Jewish woman who has escaped a train bound for the Nazi death camps. Set in Silesia during WWII, the drama unfolds with the concealment of the woman by the wealthy, sexually repressed farmer, and moves through various stages of power and powerlessness on both sides.

Annie (1981)

Directed by John Huston. Cast: Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Geoffrey Holder, Edward Herrmann, Aileen Quinn. Charles Strouse, music: Martin Charnin, lyrics. A lavish musical production of the story of the comic strip character Little Orphan Annie, who is chosen to stay for one week with the famous billionaire "Daddy" Warbucks. One week turns into many, and the only person standing in the way of Annie's fun is Miss Hannigan, the gin-soaked ruler of the orphanage.

Ashes and Embers (1982)

Written, directed and produced by HaileGerima. Cast: John Anderson, Evelyn A.Blackwell, Norman Blalock, KathyFlewellen, Uwezo Flewellen, BarryWiggins. The story of the pained psycheof a black Vietnam veteran, Ned Charleswho returns to Los Angeles after hishitch is up. Anderson can't adjust tocivilian life and soon becomes involvedin minor crimes. The film explores histroubled relations with his grandmotherwho tries to help him come to termswith life and also with his activistgirlfriend and her friends. 120 min.;

Au Revoir les Enfants (Goodbye, Children) (France / West Germany, 1987)

Directed by Louis Malle. Based on the director's life, this film chronicles Malle's experiences during the German occupation of France in World War II. Julien (Malle) is 12 years old, and the smartest boy in his class at a Catholic boarding school when a new student appears. The two form a friendship and Julien soon discovers that his new friend is a Jew who must be hidden in their school from German soldiers. 103 min.

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