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Arletty — A Guilty Passion The torments of a woman blinded by the shinning glitter of passion and love. World War 2, Paris under German occupation. In this new movie, the director puts across the romance of Arletty, a famous French actress, with a German officer during the days of Nazi occupation. Bernice Bobs Her Hair Sweet-but-dull Bernice is transformed into a smooth-talking man-trap by her vampish cousin Marjorie.
Bored during one hot summer, sophisticated Marjorie Veronica Cartwright transforms her plain-Jane cousin, Bernice Shelly Duvall , into a beauty. But when Bernice becomes more sought-after than she, Marjorie learns a valuable lesson. Watch free with Prime. The Best Intentions After marrying Henrik becomes a priest in northern Sweden.
Urbane Anna hates living in the county, growing restless. Story spans 10 crucial years in the relationship of Henrik Bergman Samuel Froler and Anna Akerblom Pernilla August , from their first meeting in to the early summer of Costuming and production design are both richly detailed.
Rated PG Watch free with Prime. Breathe brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of devastating odds. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live.
Written by two-time Academy Award nominated writer William Nicholson, and shot by three-time Academy Award winner Robert Richardson, Breathe is a heartwarming celebration of love and human possibility. In the s, a Bronx native moves to Hollywood and falls in love with a young woman who is seeing a married man. Hounded by both the church and the state, the couple must decide to flee or to stand their moral ground. Tortured by her so-called impure thoughts, Camila confesses these to Gutierez.
Flouting tradition, convention, and the repressive Rosas political regime, Camila and the priest embark on a torrid affair. Rated R Watch free with Prime. Captain Scarlett returns from gallivanting around the country-side after the Napoleonic wars and finds life in southern France very different.
Desire for Love A tangled web of unruly passion lies at the center of this drama, chronicling the stormy affair between the great piano virtuoso Frederic Chopin and the flamboyant feminist writer Aurore Dupin, who called herself George Sand.
Academy Award nominated Jerzy Antczak directs this sweeping portrayal of the famed composer and his intense but hurtful relationship with George Sand and her children. Rachel Taylor lost her Union soldier husband in the Civil War. As the battles rage on she discovers a wounded Confederate soldier, Daniel, in her barn. A battle begins in her heart as she does the Christian thing and nurses him back to health while trying to reconcile this man with the image she had of the southerners who took her husband from her.
Daniel is being hunted by a rogue marshal and must stay hidden. He wants to marry her and take care of her family, but Rachel is resistant to his proposal. Confession of a Child of the Century Betrayed by his mistress, Octave falls into a deep despair until he meets young widow Brigitte and finds himself falling passionately in love again. But will he have the courage to believe in love this time?
Amid the bucolic surroundings, he falls for Brigitte Charlotte Gainsbourg , a widow who is 10 years his elder. Critics really disliked this film, but the costumes and sets were applauded. Charles and Emma were married from until his death in They had 10 children, seven of whom survived to beget descendants who even today have reunions. They loved one another greatly. Relating a lively tale of a Spanish pirate, Giovanni then spins numerous other tales that Fiametta criticizes as mockery.
After Giovanni challenges her to respond in kind, the pair flirts, trying to outdo each other in tall tales. All three tales feature Jourdan as the romantic male lead and Joan Fontaine — spruced up in a collection of bright costumes — as the misunderstood and mistreated women of the tales. The first story concerns the bored housewife, of a middle-aged husband, who willingly jumps into the arms of a roustabout. The third story is an ineffectual lark about a wife who fools her indifferent husband into demonstrating his proper marital role.
It tells a melancholy tale of a spirited woman who — after becoming romantically involved with two brothers — rejects social and religious constraints to live her own independent life. Sarah and her mother Martha Brenda Bruce are hired to work as housekeepers by a widowed farmer, Mr. In England during World War II, a repressed dressmaker and her sister struggle with looking after their year-old niece Jane Horrocks who is having a delusional affair with an American soldier.
A tragic story of love and loneliness — this is the unknown life of the great Russian writer Ivan Bunin. A work of great honesty and piercing psychology. Andrey Smirnov portrays the writer, whose unabashedly bohemian lifestyle caused somewhat of an uproar in Europe and Russia in the years leading up to World War II. When the film opens, Bunin is married to the browbeaten Vera, and feels the need to take up a live-in lover — the beguiling poetess Galia.
The romantic triangle becomes more of a trapezoid when Lionya, a fan of the writer, turns up on his doorstep and eventually moves in with the motley crew. When Galia leaves Ivan for a nightclub singer, however, their lives appear to be changing for the worse — an emotional state exacerbated by the escalation of political conflict in Europe. I Capture The Castle A love story set in s England that follows year-old Cassandra Mortmain Romola Garai , and the fortunes of her eccentric family, struggling to survive in a decaying English castle.
Salvation comes in the form of their American landlord Simon Cotton and his brother Neil. Although initially repelled by Simon, Rose is determined to make him fall in love with her and succeeds. A wedding is arranged and Cassandra is left on the sidelines as everyone around her is drawn into a maelstrom of interconnected relationships.
But events spiral out of control, and before the summer ends she will experience frustrated desire, first love, and a broken heart. Rated R for brief nudity Watch free with Prime. Love and Friendship, Courtesy Amazon Studios Beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon visits to the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society.
Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and a future for her eligible but reluctant daughter, Frederica. In doing so she attracts the simultaneous attentions of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy, the rich and silly Sir James Martin and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring, complicating matters severely. It is also about the romance of a place and its people. Starring Bob Peck and Gemma Jones as an embittered married couple, the film charts their efforts to raise identical twin brothers in the turbulent early years of the 20th century.
Sharing a unique bond, the brothers journey through eight decades of life, death and hardship together, all the while tied to the land on which they were raised. The epic sweep of the film takes in two world wars, exploring themes of nationalism, class, community, faith and pacifism.
Featuring stunning photography and steeped in authentic rural imagery, On the Black Hill has been described as one of the best British films of the s. These are Hardyesque country people rooted to a natural world that is less than benevolent. They are bound to one another in relationships that are part emotional necessity, part torture.
Sheepshearing is the least of their problems. A British aristocrat becomes caught up in an era of social upheaval and the onset of World War I in this compelling five-part HBO miniseries. The viewer needs to embrace the inconsistencies of human nature and the way one person can be both heroic and hateful. Forbidden love affairs have their risks, especially in closed and conservative societies. Overwhelmed and accused, she must face the people and justice. Pride and Prejudice Will she see through their exteriors and discover their true intentions?
The elder Renoir is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy when a young girl miraculously enters his world. Scents and Sensibility Forced with her sister Marianne Marla Sokoloff to take menial work after their no-good father ruins the family name, Elinore Dashwood Ashley Williams supplements their income by concocting and selling a scented lotion that has strange, healing powers.
In the s, the reserved, middle-aged bachelor C. What begins as a formal meeting of two very different minds slowly develops into a feeling of connection and love. Hopkins giving an amazingly versatile and moving performance, shifting the light in those knowing blue eyes to reveal endless shadings between delight and sorrow.
Slow Dance With Me On the home front of World War II, a young woman waits in quiet hope for the conflict to end. One day, a life-changing telegram comes her way. Before she can face the news, she insists on one last dance with her husband.
As the dance begins, a crescendo of emotions sweeps over the two star-crossed lovers, taking the audience on an emotional exploration of love, loss, and the true cost of war. Based on the novel by Marion Meade, this costume drama retelling of the doomed 12th century romance of Abelard and Heloise was directed by Clive Donner.
Abelard Derek de Lint is a philosophy professor at the cathedral school of Notre Dame. Considered the greatest teacher in Paris at a time when professors of philosophy are required to be chaste, Abelard is a champion of reason and a man of the people.
Despite what it could mean to his career and standing, however, Abelard falls in love with a student, Heloise Kim Thomson , an upper class teenage girl raised in a convent and possessing an insatiably curious intellect, along with a rebellious attitude toward the second-class status of women in her society. Sword of Lancelot Arthur pledges to wed Princess Guinevere Jean Wallace and sends Lancelot to protect her on the long journey back to the castle.