Category Pre-20th century

Burn

Queimada (1969) Director: Gillo Pontecorvo Actors: Marlon Brando, Evaristo Márquez Runtime: 132 min In the golden age of colonialism, British government sends an agent to a tropical island under Portuguese rule with the mission to start a slave rebellion, so that Britain would take over the island, for its significant sugar cane production. However, after […]

The Round-up

Szegénylegények (1966) Director: Miklós Jancsó Actors: János Görbe, Zoltán Latinovits, Tibor Molnár Runtime: 90 min The year is 1869 in Hungary – the government has decided to deal with uncontrolled elements in order to stabilize the system. In an improvised prison which has elements of a concentration camp a large group of people is detained. […]

The Promised Land

Ziemia obiecana (1975) Director: Andrzej Wajda Actors: Daniel Olbrychski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Andrzej Seweryn Runtime: 138 min Three young friends, a Pole, a German, and a Jew, decide to join forces and open a textile factory. Due to lack of money, they have to cope in various ways, at any cost, using all the means and […]

Black Death

Black Death (2010) Director: Christopher Smith Actors: Eddie Redmayne, Kimberley Nixon, Sean Bean Runtime: 102 min The story takes place in plague-ridden England in the mid-fourteenth century. A young monk joins and guides a group of Christian knights who have the task of investigating rumors of a remote village in the swamp surrounded by a […]

Walker

Walker (1987) Director: Alex Cox Actors: Ed Harris Runtime: 94 min William Walker was US adventurer and mercenary who (among other things) organized a private military expedition to Nicaragua in 1855. This expedition was funded by Cornelius Vanderbilt, a tycoon who controlled transportation in Nicaragua, since at that time the Panama Canal hasn’t been constructed […]

The Devils

The Devils (1971) Director: Ken Russell Actors: Oliver Reed, Vanessa Redgrave Runtime: 117 min Historical drama about the Urbain Grandier, a controversial Catholic priest from the 17th century who was tried for witchcraft, and sentenced for political reasons. Believe it or not, this movie is based on actual events. You can download this film or […]