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Youth Without Youth (USA | Romania | France | Italy | Germany, 2007)

Director, Francis Ford Coppola. Cast: Tim Roth, Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz, Andre M. Hennicke, Alexandra Pirici. Romania is on the brink of war with Germany and linguistics professor Dominic Matei has little left to live for. On Easter Day 1938, he crosses the street and is struck by a bolt of lightning. Badly burned and nearly dead, he amazes the doctors by healing in only a short time. He defies science and ages in reverse from 70 to 40. There's seemingly no limit to the wonder and love he can find in his new youth.

Yu-koku (Patriotism, or the Rite of Love and Death (1991)

Directed and written by Yukio Mishima. Cast: Yukio Mishima, Yoshiko Tsuruoka. "Patriotism" uses Noh staging to tell the story of Lieutenant Takeyama and his new bride, Reiko. A planned coup d'etat has failed, and Takeyama will be required to participate in the execution of his friends. He therefore resolves to commit seppuku--ritual suicide--accompanied by his wife.

Yumeji (1991)

Director, Seijun Suzuki. Cast: Kenji Sawada, Tomoko Mariya, Masumi Miyazaki, Tamasaburo Bando. A sensual, absurdist ghost story spun around the character and work of real-life painter and poet Yumeji Takehisa (1884-1934), seen as a chronic philanderer and dreamer. 128 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabaseSee also: Suzuki bibliography

Zalmen, or The Madness of God (TV, 1975)

Directed by Alan Schneider and Peter Levin. Cast: Joseph Wiseman, Richard Bauer, Robert Prosky, Sanford Seeger, Leib Lensky, Michael Mertz, David Reinhardsen, Glenn Taylor, Mark Hammer, Howard Witt, Dianne Wiest, John Koch, Gary Bayer, Michael Haney, Kenneth Kantor, John Jellison, Scott Schofield, Nancy Dutton, Michael Gorrin, Leslie Cass. Based on the play Zalmen, ou La Folie de Dieu by Elie Wiesel, translated by Marion Wiesel. Originally produced in 1975 as a segment of the television series Theater in America. 120 min.

Zan Boko: Homeland. (Burkina Faso, 1988)

Directed by Gaston Kabore. A rural family's world is brutally disrupted when their ancestral village is absorbed by the expanding boundaries of their country's largest city. In More with English subtitles. 92 min.
web web sites: Description from California Newsreel catalog See bibliography of reviews and articles about this film

Zatoichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi)(2003)

Directed by Takeshi Kitano. Cast: 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Michiyo Ookusu, Gadarukanaru Taka, Daigoro Tachibana. A blind, master swordsman wanders into a town controlled by sinister gangs and becomes involved with two geishas who seek to avenge their parents' murders. Zatoichi based on the novels of Kan Shimozawa. 116 min Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Zazie dans le metro (1960)

Directed by Louis Malle. Cast: Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret, Annie Fratellini, Vittorio Caprioli, Hubert Deschamps. 92 min. (PAL); 999:3465 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Zebrahead (1992)

Directed by Anthony Drazan. A young Jewish white man begins dating the cousin of his best friend, both of whom are black, igniting long simmering racial tensions at their high school. 102 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Zegen (1998)

Director, Imamura Shohei. Cast: Baisho Chieko, Ogata Ken. A dramatization of the life of Muraoka Iheiji who was active as a pimp in Southeast Asia from approximately 1910 through the early 1930's. He got his start by rescuing women from pirates in Hong Kong and gradually branched out to own 4 houses of prostitution at the peak of his career. 128 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Zelig (1983)

Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Susan Sontag, Saul Bellow. This spoof of documentary films stars Woody Allen as Leonard Zelig, the famous "Chameleon Man" of the 1920's, whose personality was so vague he would assume the characteristics of whomever he came into contact with. Filmed in black-and-white, the movie simulates the look of a newsreel, complete with stentorian narration. 79 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database