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A Matter of Taste (Une Affaire de Gout) (France, 1999)

Directed by Bernard Rapp. Cast: Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Florence Thomassin. Frederic Delamont, a wealthy businessman, hires Nicolas, a young waiter, to be his personal food taster--with escalating stakes. Delamont's shrewd, bizarre plan is to make Nicolas into a counterpart so sensitive that he can anticipate and share all of his employer's exact tastes. 88 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Noh, David "A Director of Taste: France's Bernard Rapp Concocts a Psychological Tale of Manipulation." Film Journal International, vol. 104, no. 9, pp. 24-28, Sept 2001
Reviews and articles:Noh, David "A Director of Taste: France's Bernard Rapp Concocts a Psychological Tale of Manipulation." Film Journal International, vol. 104, no. 9, pp. 24-28, Sept 2001

A Migrant's Heart (Human geography, people places and change ; 8)

An English actor who's parents came from India and then migrated to East Africa and finally England returns to visit New Delhi, India, to seek his roots, and to work through ethnic identity problems which can result when one is caught between two worlds. 1996. 27 min.

A Million Bricks.

Tells the story of Springfield Park, a housing estate built in the early Sixties in West Belfast, made up of both Catholic and Protestant families who lived together in harmony until "The Troubles" erupted in the early Seventies when the neighborhood was caught in a three-way crossfire between nationalist and loyalist forces and the occupying British Army. Today, on the site of what was once Belfast's last religiously mixed community, Protestants and Catholics are separated by the peace line, a wall of a million bricks. c1999. 59 min.

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A Million to Juan (1993)

Directed by Paul Rodriguez. Cast: Paul Rodriguez, Ruben Blades, Polly Draper, Gerardo, Cheech Marin, Edward James Olmos, Tony Plana, Paul Williams, Pepe Serna. Juan Lopez struggles to make an honest living and raise his son in the Los Angeles barrio. Threatened with deportation, dumped by his girlfriend and faced with losing his home, Juan seems unable to get a break when, suddenly, a mysterious stranger hands him a million-dollar check, with instructions that he must return it in one month. Based on the story "Million pound bank note" by Mark Twain and characters inspired by Paul Rodriguez. 97 min. Credit and other information from Internet Movie Database

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A Mind of Your Own

Looks at the world of children and youth who are affected by learning disabilities through the stories of four young people, who don't allow learning difficulties to hold them back or get them down. With the support of family, teachers and their communities these kids have confronted and learned to cope with their disabilities while enjoying their own unique talents like singing and chess. c1999. Directed by Gail Sweeney. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 38 min.

A Mongolian Tale (Ai zai cao yuan de tian kong) (1995)

Directed by Fei Xie. When Beiyinpalica returns to Inner Mongolia he makes a discovery which leaves him feeling betrayed by his fiance. He leaves Mongolia and his dreams of happiness with the woman he loves and becomes a famous troubadour, recounting in song his true love for the woman he abandoned while his search to find her again ensues. 103 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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A Narmada Diary.

Documents five years of activities by the Narmada Bachao Andolan (the Save Narmada Movement) which has spearheaded the agitation against the construction of the Sardar Sarover Dam in India. The people of the Narmada Valley, with their insistence on non-violence and their determination to drown rather than be shifted off their land, have become a symbol of global struggle against unjust and unsustainable development. Directed by Anand Patwardhan and Simantini Dhuru.1995. 60 min. ;
Related web sites:Description from Icarus Films catalog

A Narmada Diary.

Documents five years of activities by the Narmada Bachao Andolan (the Save Narmada Movement) which has spearheaded the agitation against the construction of the Sardar Sarover Dam in India. The people of the Narmada Valley, with their insistence on non-violence and their determination to drown rather than be shifted off their land, have become a symbol of global struggle against unjust and unsustainable development. 1995. 60 min. Related web sites: First Run/Icarus catalog

A Natural Born Gambler (1916)

Director: Bert Williams. "Our story centers upon the activities of a Negro fraternal organization, the Independent Order of Calcimine Artists of America. [Inside joke: "calcimine" is whitewash, and yet most of these black actors appear to have darkened their complexions with blackface makeup.] The group meet sin the back of a saloon. Their leader, Brother Scott, is a lawyer who disapproves of gambling-- although, after breaking up a pokergame, he doesn't object to appropriating others' winnings. Our protagonist is lodge member Bert Williams, described as a "walking delegate," who is clearly in arrears with both the saloon's barkeep, Hostetter Johnson, and with the lodge itself. Early on, he is compelled to remit the dues he owes (three dollars), which he does reluctantly. [Some prints of the film omit the next sequence: After leaving a meeting with his friend Limpy Jones, who is handicapped with gout and must ride on Bert's shoulders..." [IMDB] 22 min

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A Naturalist in the Rainforest.

Tells the story of Alexander Skutch and reveals the splendors of tropical nature that have captivated him for over half a century. One of the great naturalists of our time, Skutch travelled around Central America for years uncovering the secrets of tropical birdlife. His later efforts to live and farm in harmony with the rainforest in Costa Rica, make Skutch's remarkable story especially relevant today. 54 min.
Related web sites:Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

A Naturalist in the Rainforest.

Tells the story of Alexander Skutch and reveals the splendors of tropical nature that have captivated him for over half a century. One of the great naturalists of our time, Skutch travelled around Central America for years uncovering the secrets of tropical birdlife. His later efforts to live and farm in harmony with the rainforest in Costa Rica, make Skutch's remarkable story especially relevant today. 54 min.

A Nice Arrangement

Set in the London home of an Indian family on the morning of their daughter's wedding, Menna, the young bride, changes into her traditional bridal gear with the help of her divorced friend, Sita. Together, the women discuss Indian marriage customs and why they chose to marry the "perfect" cultural choice for their parents. 11 min.
Related web sites:Center for Asian American Media catalog description

A Nice Arrangement.

Set in the London home of an Indian family on the morning of their daughter's wedding, Menna, the young bride, changes into her traditional bridal gear with the help of her divorced friend, Sita. Together, the women discuss Indian marriage customs and why they chose to marry the "perfect" cultural choice for their parents. 1991. 11 min.
Related web sites:Center for Asian American Media catalog description

A Night in Casablanca (1946)

Directed by Michael Winterbottom & Mat Whitecross. Cast: The Marx Brothers, Charles Drake, Lois Collier, Lisette Verea, Sig Ruman. Its the Nazis vs. the nutsies as The Marx Brothers ferret out Nazi spies in a Casablanca hotel. 85 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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A Night Out (aka. Champagne Charlie, Charlie's Drunken Daze, Charlie's Night out, His Night Out) (1915)

Directed by Charlie Chaplin. After a visit to a pub, Charlie and Ben cause a ruckus at a posh restaurant. Charlie later finds himself in a compromising position at a hotel with the head waiter's wife. 33 min.

A Night to Remember (UK, 1958)

Directed by Roy Baker. Cast: Kenneth More, Honor Blackman, Michael Goodliffe, Kenneth Griffith, David McCallum, Tucker McGuire, John Merivale, Frank Lawton, Laurence Naismith, George Rose. This meticulous re-creation of the sinking of the Titanic was adapted by Eric Ambler from the best-selling book by Walter Lord. The film covers the life and death of the huge vessel from its launching celebration to that fateful night of April 14, 1912, when the "unsinkable" ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Special features: Audio commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall; the making of "A Night to Remember" (1993), a 60 minute documentary featuring William MacQuitty's rare behind-the-scenes footage; includes original theatrical trailer. 123 min. ; also Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Geduld, Harry. "Nearer My Wreck to Thee." Humanist; Jul/Aug87, Vol. 47 Issue 4, p45-45, 1p Full-text of this article / review is available:UC users only
Howells, Richard. "Atlantic Crossings: Nation, Class and Identity in Titanic (1953) and A Night to Remember (1958)." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Oct99, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p421-438, 18p Full-text of this article / review is available:UC users only
Richards, Jeffrey. A night to remember: the definitive Titanic film / Jeffrey Richards. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : In the United States of America and Canada distributed by Palgrave Macmillan, c2003. (Full text online (UCB users only); print Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.N5222 R53 2003)

A Nous la liberte (France, 1931)

Directed by Rene Clair. Cast: Henri Marchand, Raymond Cordy, Rolla France, Paul Olivier, Andre Michand, Germaine Aussey, Jacques Shelly, Leon Lorin, William Burke, Vincent Hyspa. A landmark film in early sound production this is a left-wing satirical comedy about two ex-convicts, one of whom works his way up from salesman to factory owner. He oversees a highly mechanised operation where the workers are reduced to mere automatons. Blackmailed over his past, he joins up with his old cellmate, and the pair take to the road as tramps. Frequently acknowledged as the inspiration for Chaplin's "Modern times." Special feature: Entr'acte (1924), the classic surrealist short by Clair and artist Francis Picabia. 83 min. Online Access through LFLFC; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Kramer, S.P. "Rene Clair: Situation and Sensibility in A Nous la Liberte." (Article). Literature/Film Quarterly XII/2, Apr 84; p.142-144.

See also:
Rene Clair bibliography

Reviews and articles: Kramer, S.P. "Rene Clair: Situation and Sensibility in A Nous la Liberte." (Article). Literature/Film Quarterly XII/2, Apr 84; p.142-144.See also: Rene Clair bibliography

A Page of Madness (Kurutta ippeiji) (1927)

Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa. Cast: Ayako Iijima, Masuo Inoue, Yoshie Nakagawa, Hiroshi Nemoto. An eldery man works at odd jobs in the lunatic asylum in hopes of freeing his wife who is confined after having attempted to drown her baby son in a fit of madness many years ago. NOTE: This DVD is silent and without intertitles. 59 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:
Gerow, Aaron Andrew A page of madness : cinema and modernity in 1920s Japan Ann Arbor : Center for Japanese Studies, the University of Michigan, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.K895 G47 2008)
Goldberg, Ruth. "Demons in the family : tracking the Japanese "uncanny mother film" from A page of madness to Ringu." In: In: Planks of Reason: Essays on the Horror Film / edited by Barry Keith Grant. pp: 307-320. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1984. (Main Stack; Moffitt PN1995.9.H6.P56 1984)
Komatsu, Hirosh. "The Foundation of Modernism: Japanese Cinema in the Year 1927." Film History; 2005, Vol. 17 Issue 2/3, p363-375, 13p Full-text of this article / review is available:UC users only
Petric, Vlada. "Page of Madness: Neglected Masterpiece of the Silent Cinema." Film Criticism, Fall83, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p86-107, 22p Full-text of this article / review is available:UC users only

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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. Special DVD features: Reflections of David Lean ; bonus trailers; talent files; interactive menus ; production notes; scene selections. 164 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Awards
Academy Award - Foreign Language Film
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
Awards Academy Award - Foreign Language Film Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

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