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"This is a Bolshoi Ballet version of Anna Karenina. Anna and a younger Vronsky are expressing their love through dance." www.imdb.com
Anna Karenina by Taimanova, Irina (dir.)
Call Number: DVD 2794
Publication Date: 2005
Anna Karenina, trying to escape her loveless marriage with an older husband, falls in love with the handsome Count Vronsky. By following her desires, Anna complicates her life and is ostrasized by upper class 19th century Russian society, ending in her suicide by train.
"Young Lena becomes a chief manager of a workers' club. The problem is this club is not constructed yet and finishing it takes too much effort from a young girl. The solution is found by her grandmother and her 'old guards'. Look out Lena's enemies. Here's her grandma coming!" www.imdb.com
"This production shows, for the first time in two centuries, Moliere and Lully's comedie-ballet in its original and unabridged 1670-version, with the sung and danced interludes interwoven into the action, recreating the atmosphere of unbridled hilarity, which is the hallmark of comedie-ballet. "--Publisher.
Based on Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and prejudice, with a Bollywood twist. In Ammritsar, the determined Mrs. Bakshi sets out to find matches for her four daughters. Second sister, Lalita, meets American Will Darcy - is it love?
The fable of rascally Little Joe, torn between the love of his good wife Petunia and the wiles of good-time bad girl Georgia Brown ... and caught in a tug-of-war between emissaries from the Lord and Satan.
Amarkanth Varma, an All India Radio reporter, is dispatched to the northeastern part of India. While waiting for a train, he meets Meghna and instantly falls in love with her. They meet again by chance but she disappears as soon as she came. Heartbroken and under pressure from his family, he agrees to marry Preeti Nair. On the day of the engagement to Preeti, Meghna shows up at his house with a private and deadly agenda of her own that will shake the very roots of the Varma family and India as a whole.
Based on K.I. Chukhovsky's adaptation of Hugh Lofting's classic, the Story of Dr. Dolittle. Short animated films created by one of Russia's most talented animation teams present several of the quirky doctor's comical adventures.
A ballet rendition of Bram Stoker's gothic novel DRACULA, presented in a style reminiscent of the silent expressionistic cinema of the early 20th Century. This work employs the subtle and sometimes bold use of color to emphasize its themes, but mainly is presented in black-and-white, or tinted in monochrome. No spoken dialogue can be heard, and the story of a sinister but intriguing immigrant who preys upon young English women unfolds through dance, pantomime and subtitles.
Story about students at the High School of Performing Arts, New York. Dance sequences include an audition, classes, a ballet solo by Antonia Franceschi, and the ensemble numbers "Fame" and "I sing the body electric."
A British valet is brought to the Old West to teach Old World charms to a certain redheaded tomboy. Of course, Bob's not really a valet--he's an out-of-work actor who's stumbled across the role of his life. It's tea at 4:00 p.m. and don't fan your soup with your hat, but will proper etiquette protect Bob from Lucy's jilted beau?
Tevye is a poor milkman in czarist Russia, where he provides for three unmarried daughters and a sharp-tongued wife. Faced with mounting financial strain and growing anti-Semitism, Tevye strives to maintain balance despite the precarious nature of his situation.
Set in San Francisco's Chinatown in the late 1950's. Pretty Mei Li has stowed away on a Chinese steamer with her professor father to become a mail-order bride for nightclub owner Sammy Fong. Sammy, however, is completely infatuated with saucy showgirl Linda Low, who is intent on making him jealous enough to propose to her. As Sammy sets out to assign his marriage contract (and Mei Li) to Wang Ta, a handsome college student living in Chinatown, complications, merriment, and many musical numbers ensue.
"In order to escape her narrow and restrictive life, Senta, the daughter of a rich shipowner, seeks refuge in her fantasies and dreams. IN this real of imagination, a bold and restless sea captain appears to her, the Flying Dutchman, who is cursed to wander the seas forever. In her obsessive dreams, Senta frees this man through her love for him." Container
The movie musical that introduced the choreography of Busby Berkeley, 42nd Street also contains the classic plot involving a tyrannical director, egotistical leading lady and wide-eyed ingenue, all set to a standout musical score.
A Cinderella story about an inconspicuous salesgirl who is whisked off to Paris by a group of fashion magazine sophisticates and transformed into a dazzling model with whom the magazine's photographer falls in love.
" Singers Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the disapproving father of Lorelei's fiancé to keep an eye on her, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers." www.imdb.com
Infused with spirituals, folk songs, blues, and jazz, Hallelujah follows the fortunes of Zeke, a poor cotton farmer. Love, loss, passion, redemption, make this cinematic milestone the first all-black feature from a major studio.
Set on the Baltic Sea, is the lovin' and fightin' of 10 teenage boys and 11 teenage girls on vacation. A musical version of coming of age. This bit of fluff lit up the East German box offices in 1968. There is a blend of pop songs, rock and upbeat lyrics.
The fairy tale characters of Little Red Ridinghood, Cinderella, and Jack (and the Beanstalk) are linked together with the characters of a baker and his wife. Their stories intertwine as they all search for something different in the woods. After they have all found happiness, they must band together to fight a giant.
A beautiful female ascetic named Surabhi begs for alms. While singing a famous song written by India's most famous female mendicant, 16th century saint Meerabai, Shurabhi attracts the attention of handsome young agnostic Vija. Though she begs him to stay away, he continues to follow her until she eventually tells him why she became a nun.
On receiving a telegram from his wife, Devendra hastily drives down to the station to receive her. Due to a heavy rains and a landslide he is forced to take shelter in an abandoned palace along with his doctor friend. Inside the palace, Devendra begins to think that he has been there before. He talks of a picture on the wall and the old keeper affirmsthere was one... The doctor ascribes it all to the worried mind of Devendra. But, no...a painting supposedly made by Devendra turns out to be exactly at the place where he had left it. Yes, he had come here before, but not as Devendra but as Anand, a Managar on the Estate - but this was in his previous life.
As the star of Meadow's Merry Minstrels, Al Fuller (Jolson) lands a backer for the show, springboarding the troupe to success, but when a jealous co-star puts real bullets in Fuller's stage gun, Al finds himself charged with attempted murder.
Jailed during the Spanish Inquisition for offending the church, author Miguel de Cervantes is forced to act out one of his manuscripts for the entertainment of fellow inmates. Cervantes delivers a rapturous performance as the legendary Don Quixote, the chivalrous knight whose choice to see life as it should be, not as it is, takes him into battles with an imaginary foe and into romance with the beautiful Dulcinea.
" In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives for ever." www.imdb.com
Christian is an idealistic and impoverished young writer who, newly arrived in Montmartre, is haphazardly inducted into a circle of young bohemians led by Toulouse-Lautrec. A comedy of mistaken identities ensues, quickly enmeshing the young poet in a love triangle involving the unobtainable and consumptive Satine, queen courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, and the foppish Duke of Roxbury, his villainous rival for her affections.
A New York scandal, a riot on a ship, and an evening of insanity in a concert hall are some of the problems resulting from Groucho's outrageous business schemes. The goal, to bring Milan's finest opera stars to Manhattan.
A filmed performance of the three-act opera Olga, based on the life of Olga Benario Prestes, a German communist militant who came to Brazil as bodyguard and later wife of Luís Carlos Prestes, went into hiding after the failed insurrection of 1935, and was extradited to Germany and eventually interned in Ravensbrück concentration camp, from which she was sent to be gassed in 1942.
The lone survivors of a Mediterranean shipwreck, our heroes find themselves in the company of Princess Shalimar, who has purchased one of the boys to be her husband, but must now face the jealousy of nasty Sheik Mullay Kassim.
When junior shipping mogul Josh Mallon comes too close to getting hitched, he and his best buddy Ace Lannigan run to the furthest point they can find on a map--Singapore. The first of the famous "Road" pictures starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby as a team of irrepressible bachelors, the scenery includes Dorothy Lamour as the beautiful live-in housekeeper they bring home.
Bing and Bob get caught up in a race to stake their claim to the veins of a Klondike gold mine after nabbing the deed from a couple of vicious killers. Since the boys themselves are skipping town after a shady deal, they decide to adopt the murderers' identities and take the opportunity to get to know the beautiful and ambitious Dorothy Lamour.
The story of a Brooklyn store clerk who is a Saturday night disco king; he begins to question the narrowness of his perspective when he meets a girl who is shedding her origins for a more sophisticated lifestyle.
"In a Carpathian village, Ivan falls in love with Marichka, the daughter of his father's killer. When tragedy befalls her, his grief lasts months; finally he rejoins the colorful life around him, marrying Palagna." www.imdb.com
"A budding romance between a ballet master and a tapdancer becomes complicated when rumours surface that they're already married." www.imdb.com
She Done Him Wrong by Sherman, Lowell (dir.)
Call Number: DVD 4617
Publication Date: 1933
A brash barroom entertainer of the 1890s (West) has a soft spot for men in trouble, especially a mission director (Cary Grant). She unwittingly is caught up in murder and white slavery and has to clear things up as only she can. Features songs including "Frankie and Johnny."
With fame, fortune and fans galore, silent screen idol Don Lockwood thought he had it all. But one look at aspiring actress Kathy Seldon, and he knew exactly what he was missing. Now he's swinging from lampposts, singing in the raindrops and ready for love. With talking pictures on the rise, Don sets out to make a musical with the woman of his dreams, but one thing stands in his way, his jealous co-star who wants Don--and the leading role--all to herself.
Follow-up to the historic "first talkie", The jazz singer. Al Stone (Al Jolson), goes from a waiter to Broadway performer with the trials and tribulations of life and several great songs along the way.
Dancing great Bill Williamson takes a look back on the beginnings of his career and his romance with fellow rising star Selina. Their romance is brief because Selina does not want to settle down. The movie includes an all-star show hosted by Cab Calloway.
This film tells of the trials and tribulations of the Parisian exile of a group of Argentines in the late 70's, and how they seek to express their frustration, despair and anger by putting on a musical play with tango dancing which they entitle "The Exile of Gardel." Uncertain of their own futures, they have problems getting their play finished and produced. Their thoughts and experiences in Paris are bound up with two famous Latin American characters whose ties with France were noteworthy -- General San Marti?n, liberator of South America, and the famous tango singer Carlos Gardel. San Marti?n spent the last 25 years of his life in French exile and died there in 1850. Gardel, who was born in France, emigrated with his mother at the age of three to Buenos Aires. He became an international music and film star but was killed in a plane crash at the age of 44.
A musical comedy which pits a whip-cracking, animal-herding, good-hearted rustic with a fine voice and a Pan-like effect on all who hear him against a so-called "finer" stratum of society. Leaving a trail of mirth and mayhem from the seaside to the Moscow theater world, our hero eventually finds harmony and lifelong melody with a pretty, tuneful serving girl.
A poverty-stricken singer in Depression-era Paris becomes convinced that the only way she can earn a living on the nightclub circuit is to masquerade as a man who impersonates women. Then she meets the man of her dreams.
This musical sets the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of the rivalry of two street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, in New York of the 1950s. A young woman who is sister to the Sharks leader has her first taste of love with the former head of the Jets.
"John Greyson has woven a tall tale of love and loss, sex and science, history and hysteria in the age of AIDS. Greyson revives renowned Victorian Sir Richard Burton who constructs a sensationalist multimedia museum display focusing on Patient Zero, the gay French-Canadian flight attendant accused of bringing AIDS to North America"--Container.
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