Englischsprachige VHS-Filmreihe 2014/15
Alle Filme werden von einem/einer VHS StudienleiterIn eingeleitet und in englischer Originalfassung mit deutschen Untertiteln gezeigt.
Shakespeare in Love
GB/USA 1998, Director: John Madden, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Judi
Dench, Ben Affleck, Colin Firth and others.
William Shakespeare is suffering from a temporary writer’s block. Only when he meets Viola, who, although acting is forbidden for women, wants to enter the stage, he resumes his writing. Dressing for an audition as a man known as Thomas Kent, she seems to be ideal for a part in this play. As William is already married and Viola is promised to Lord Wessex, they
know that their love has no future; Viola would be exposed as a woman on stage. When, after her wedding, Viola learns that the boy that has replaced her on stage has fallen ill, she takes her role again in disguise as Thomas Kent and finishes the play about their love, which is to be the famous play of Romeo and Juliet.
USA 2000, Director: Michael Almereyda, starring Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Sam Shepard, Bill Murray and others.
When the president of the Denmark Corporation is murdered, his brother Claudius shortly afterwards marries his widow Gertrude and makes himself president of the powerful company. As a ghost, the former president tells his son Hamlet that Claudius is the killer. To buy time, he feigns madness and meanwhile devises a cunning plan to get to the truth. Convinced of his uncle’s guilt Hamlet seeks avenge. Claudius knows that Hamlet is a threat and even uses Hamlet’s love, Ophelia against him. A very modern and inspirational interpretation of Shakespeare’s ultimate
Romeo and Juliet (1996)
Director: Baz Luhrman, starring Leonardo di Caprio, Claire Danes and others.
While retaining the 400 year-old words of Shakespeare’s drama, the story about the love between Romeo and Juliet is set in modern time Verona, having the Montagues and Capulets as rival business empires, and swords are replaced by guns with brand names like “Dagger” and “Sword”. The Bard’s tragedy is set in colourful pictures, fast cuts and a modern soundtrack to show that it has not lost any of its attraction and is a timeless piece of “popular” culture.
USA 2011, Director: Roland Emmerich, starring Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis, Derek Jacobi and others.
The film presents Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, as the author of Shakespeare’s plays. It takes us back into his youth and follows him until the end of his life. Having been a courtier and sometime lover of Queen Elizabeth I, he can only see his plays being performed by others, e.g. William Shakespeare. A rebellion takes place, led by his son and using the play Richard III to support it, but the insurrection fails. Queen Elisabeth I only spares his life on condition that de Vere will never be known as the author of his plays and poems.
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
GB 2011, Director: John Madden, starring Judy Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and others.
For various reasons, seven British pensioners respond to an online ad for a retirement hotel and travel to Jaipur, India, where they find a dilapidated hotel run by a young, exuberant and optimistic host. Evelyn, newly widowed, wants low-cost experience, Graham seeks a long-ago love, Douglas and Jean have lost their pension in a family investment, Muriel needs cheap hip-surgery, Madge seeks a rich husband, and Norman is chasing women. India effects each in different ways. Their host, young Sonny, has dreams, but little cash or skill; he also has a
girlfriend, whom his mother dismisses. Stories cross and discoveries await each one.
Just a Kiss
GB 2004, Director: Ken Loach, starring Atta Yaqub, Eva Birthistle, Gary Lewis and others.
A story about love and conventions, new ways and traditions, "Ae Fond Kiss" depicts the relationship of Qasim, a Glaswegian DJ of Pakistani origin, and Róisin, an Irish Catholic working as a part-time music teacher at Qasim’s sister’s Catholic school. Is their love strong enough to endure, against ethnical prejudices and without the support of their respective communities?
GB 2009, Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff and others.
The drama tells the story of John Lennon’s teenage years from 1955 to 1960, explores his relationship with the two dominant women in his early life, his foster-mother Mimi and his mother Julia, whom he meets as a teenager. It goes into his musical beginnings, his first meeting with Paul McCartney, their friendship, their love for music, the work with George Harrison, and the birth of the Beatles.
Breakfast on Pluto
GB 2005, Director: Neil Jordan, starring Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Rea, Bryan Ferry, Gavin Friday and others.
This colourful, funny, sad, and optimistic fairy tale film is about transgender woman Patrick “Kitten” Braden, who comes of age in the 1970s. She leaves her Irish town, partly to look for her mother, who abandoned her on the door steps of the local parochial, and partly because her transgender nature is beyond the town’s comprehension. She is taken in by a rock-band, falls for the lead-singer, has brushes with the IRA, is arrested by the London police, works in peep-shows and poses as a survey researcher. Throughout, her Irish origin and her nature put her at great risk. In her search for her mother she makes surprising discoveries of friendship and family.
2009, Director: Guy Ritchie, Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, 128 Min, FSK 12
The first of two Films by director Guy Ritchie about London based “consulting detective”, famous for
his logical reasoning, his forensic science skills, and his ability to adopt almost any disguise.
Lord Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and Holmes must take up the hunt once again
to unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic - and the
deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler.
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1974, Director : Roman Polanski, Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston.
As a young man private detective Jake was a police officer in Chinatown. He once ineffectively tried
to protect a young woman.
He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis of having an affair. With photographs he supplies the evidence, but in the ensuing scandal it seems he was hired by an impersonator. When Mr Mulray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit all related to the city’s water supply, whose buildings Mr Mulwray was in charge of.
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GB/Belgien 2008, Director: Martin McDonagh, Cast: Elisabeth Berrington, Colin Farell, Brendon Gleeson. Ralph Fiennes.
Das bezaubernd-beschauliche Brügge ist unfreiwilliger Aufenthaltsort der beiden Auftragskiller Ray (Collin Farell) und Ken (Brendon Gleeson). Der letzte Auftrag endete in einem Fiasko. Nun harren sie hier ihrer Dinge und warten auf neue Weisungen durch den Boss (Ralph Fiennes). Wo Ken versucht sich als gewöhnlicher Tourist zu geben, versinkt Ray in der Ödnis der mittelalterlich anmutenden Kleinstadt und verstrickt sich in allerlei Trubel.
Als dann der ersehnte Anruf des Vorgesetzten kommt, verschwindet die Ruhe gänzlich aus Brügge... " Mit knallharter Action und typisch britischem Witz inszeniert Martin McDonagh(..., sein Spielfilmdebüt. Die hochkarätige Besetzung um das traumhafte Duo Colin Farrell als heißblütiger Haudrauf und Brendan Gleeson als erfahrener Hitman verleihen diesem kultigen Genrestück die richtige Würze." (kino.de).
Following their latest job, hit men Ray and Ken are told by their boss Harry to lie low in the medieval city of Bruges (Brugge) in Belgium.Ken, following Harry’s advice, takes in the sights of the city with great appreciation. But the charms of Bruges are lost on the simpler Ray. Things change for him, when he meets Chloe.