Clan Movies - Movies and Series from and about Clans
Le Clan des Siciliens (The Sicilian Clan)
Director: Henri Verneuil
Cast: Alain Delon, Jean Gabin, Lino Ventura
With the help of the Malanese family a convicted crook and murderer, Roger Sartet, escapes from a police van which is transporting him to prison. When he meets the head of the family, the aging gangster, Vittorio Manalese, Sartet suggests that they join forces and in an incredible robbery. The plan is to steal a collection of jewels whilst is being transported on an aeroplane between Paris and New York. Inspector Le Goff, who has sworn to bring Sartet to justice, learns of the planned robbery and attempts to prevent it. Meanwhile, the seeds of mistrust begin to appear between Startet and Vittorio.
Confessions of a Police Captain
Director: Damiano Damiani
Cast: Franco Nero, Martin Balsam
A corrupt Public Prosecutor—whose guilt has just been discovered by his former disciple, a young District Attorney—asks the latter, "Is anything wrong?", and the line has almost as much dramatic impact as if it had been uttered by Richard M. Nixon to James D. St. Clair. "Confessions of a Police Captain", directed by Damiano Damiani, was made in Italy in 1971, but it's nicely up to date on the questions of political cover-ups, bribery and immunity. The movie is playing today and tomorrow at the First Avenue Screening Room.
Coffee and Cigarettes
Director: Jim Jarmusch
cast: RZA und GZA, Bill Murray, Roberto Benigni, Cinqué Lee, Steve Buscemi, Steven Wright
The film is composed of a comic series of short vignettes shot in black and white built on one another to create a cumulative effect, as the characters discuss things as diverse as caffeine popsicles, Paris in the 1920s, and the use of nicotine as an insecticide — all the while sitting around drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. The theme of the film is absorption in the obsessions, joys, and addictions of life, and there are many common threads between vignettes (such as the Tesla coil, medical knowledge, the suggestion that coffee and cigarettes don't make for a healthy meal (generally lunch), cousins, The Lees (Cinqué, Joie, and a mention of Spike), musicians, acknowledged fame, and even the idea of drinking coffee before sleeping in order to have fast dreams). In each of the segment of the film, the common theme of alternating black and white tiles can be seen in some fashion.
Ghost Dog - The Last Samurai
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Joh Tormey, Henry Silva
Ghost Dog (Whitaker) sees himself as a retainer of Louie (John Tormey), a local mobster, whom Ghost Dog believes saved his life years ago. Louie tells Ghost Dog to kill a gangster who is sleeping with the daughter of the mafia boss Vargo (Henry Silva). However, Ghost Dog kills the man in the girl's presence. The mobsters decide to get rid of Ghost Dog to cover up their involvement. Louie knows practically nothing about Ghost Dog, and the hitman communicates only by homing pigeon. The mobsters start by tracing all the pigeon coops in town. They find Ghost Dog's cabin atop a building and kill his pigeons. Ghost Dog realizes he must kill the entire mafia or otherwise they will kill him and his master.
Films by the Iranian Movie-Clan Makhmalbaf:
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Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Nafas is a young Afghan journalist who has taken refuge in Canada. She receives a desperate letter from her little sister, who has stayed behind in Afghanistan and has decided to end her life before the imminently approaching eclipse of the sun. Nafas fled her country during the Taliban civil war. She decides to go and help her sister in Kandahar and attempts to cross the Iran /Afghanistan border
5 in the afternoon
Directos: Samira Makhmalbaf
Samira Makhmalbaf’s third feature film, and the very first foreign film to be made in Kabul since the Taliban ruled. Two years after her father, director/ producer Mohsen Makhmalbaf made the highly acclaimed KANDAHAR, it is now his daughter Samira’s turn to concern herself with the plight Afghan women. More specifically the plight of Noqreh, a progressive young woman played by a non-professional actor, trying to survive in post-Taliban Afghanistan. We follow her as she goes about her daily life – girls’ schools have now been reopened, but frustrated by a strained relationship with a bigoted but loving father she dreams of becoming…President of the Republic!
A bitter political statement, a harsh and cruel tale, but an exquisitely moving, often comic depiction of life after the Taliban.
Joy of Madness
Director: Hana Makhmalbaf
Shot on a digital video camera by the then 14-year-old Hana Makhmalbaf, Joy Of Madness is, in the words of its precociously talented young director, "a documentary on the surface but a feature film in essence." Partly it's an idiosyncratic account of Hana's elder sister Samira attempting to cast her own film, At Five In The Afternoon, with non-professionals in war-scarred Kabul in autumn 2002. It's also a revealing portrait of a shattered society still traumatised by its experiences under the terrifying rule of the Taliban.
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