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A Free Soul (1931)

Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, James Gleason, Clark Gable, Lucy Beaumont. In A Free Soul, Lionel Barrymore captured an Oscar for his portrayal of a brilliant alcoholic lawyer Stephen Ashe, who successfully defends dashing gangster Ace Wilfong (Clark Gable) on a murder charge only to find that his headstrong daughter, Jan (Norma Shearer), has fallen in love with his client.

A Free Soul (1931)

Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, James Gleason, Clark Gable, Lucy Beaumont. In A Free Soul, Lionel Barrymore captured an Oscar for his portrayal of a brilliant alcoholic lawyer Stephen Ashe, who successfully defends dashing gangster Ace Wilfong (Clark Gable) on a murder charge only to find that his headstrong daughter, Jan (Norma Shearer), has fallen in love with his client.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

Directed by Richard Lester. Cast: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Jack Gilford, Buster Keaton. A bawdy comedy set in early Rome concerning a slave who can win his freedom if he can hook up his innocent young master with the virgin courtesan next door. 98 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Gathering of Old Men (TV, 1987)

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

A Geisha (Gion bayashi)(1953)

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. Cast: Kogure Michiyo, Wakao Ayako, Kawazu Seizaburo-, Shindo- Eitaro-. The story of the beautiful Eiko who decides to follow in her mother's footsteps and becomes a geisha. Eiko takes up traditional geisha training but discovers the truth that in the new Japan of the 1950s, art alone will not sustain a woman. Accompanied by a booklet includes archival imagery, articles by Robin Wood and Mark Le Fanu. Special features: Tony Rayns on Mizoguchi; original trailer; original teaser. 85 min.

A Girl's Own Story (1984)

Director: Jane Campion. A look at three girls, young teens, in the era of the Beatles. Pam lives with parents who haven't spoken directly to each other in two years, using their daughters to talk across the table to each other. Gloria wants to play games with her boyfriend Graeme and ends up pregnant after a kissless, passionless introduction to sex. Stella becomes popular and puts her friendship with Pam on hold. Meanwhile, Pam's father and other predatory men lurk in the shadows around the girls. 27 min.

A Great Wall (USA / China, 1985)

Directed by Peter Wang. Cast: Peter Wang, Sharon Iwai, Kelvin Han Yee, Li Qinqin, Wang Xiao, Hu Xiaoguang, Shen Guanglan This moving and humorous story chronicles the return of Leo Fang and his American-born wife and son to his native China and provides a comical insight into the cultural clashes between traditional Chinese families and Chinese-American families. Fang and his family are met with many curious and intimate questions on subjects ranging from money to sex. 103 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 Knight's Tale (2003)

Director, Brian Helgeland. Cast: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell, Paul Bettany, Shannyn Sossamon, Alan Tudyk, Laura Fraser, Christopher Cazenove, Berenice Bejo, James Purefoy. A peasant squire breaks all the rules when he passes himself off as a nobleman and takes the jousting world by storm. The only thing that stands between him and his dream of becoming the world champion is the bad boy of the sport Count Adhemar. The two rivals go lance to head at the world finals to determine who will be named the ultimate champion. 132 min.

A Letter to Mother (A brivele der mamen) (Poland / USA, 1938)

Directed by Joseph Green. Cast: Lucy Gehrman, Misha Gehrman, Edmund Zayenda. Set in the Polish Ukraine and New York City, the film traces the break-up of a family due to stress, poverty, the chaos of war and the difficulties of immigrant life. One of the last Yiddish films to be produced in Warsaw, this moving story focuses on one Jewish mother's efforts to keep her family together. "...arguably the most artful and shameless of Yiddish weepies." (J.

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