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La noire de... / Black Girl (1966) [Criterion Collection]  Video

Posted by RSU75 at Nov. 18, 2017
La noire de... / Black Girl (1966) [Criterion Collection]

La noire de… / Black Girl (1966) [Criterion Collection, Spine #852]
DVD Video, 2 x DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 720x480 | 0hr 59mn | 5.27 Gb + 5.78 Gb
Wolof, French: Dolby AC3, 1 ch
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama

Ousmane Sembène was one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived, as well as the most renowned African director of the twentieth century—and yet his name still deserves to be better known in the rest of the world. He made his feature debut in 1966 with the brilliant and stirring Black Girl. Sembène, who was also an acclaimed novelist in his native Senegal, transforms a deceptively simple plot—about a young Senegalese woman who moves to France to work for a wealthy white family and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a prison, both figuratively and literally—into a complexly layered critique of the lingering colonialist mind-set of a supposedly postcolonial world. Featuring a moving central performance by M’Bissine Thérèse Diop, Black Girl is a harrowing human drama as well as a radical political statement—and one of the essential films of the 1960s.

Charulata (1964) [Criterion Collection]  Video

Posted by RSU75 at Nov. 14, 2017
Charulata (1964) [Criterion Collection]

Charulata (1964) [Criterion Collection, Spine #669]
DVD Video | NTSC 4:3 | 720x480 | 1hr 59mn | 7.68 Gb
Bengali: Dolby AC3, 1 ch
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Romance | Director: Satyajit Ray

The lonely wife of a newspaper editor falls in love with her visiting cousin-in-law, who shares her love for literature.

Mildred Pierce (1945) [Criterion Collection]  Video

Posted by RSU75 at Nov. 9, 2017
Mildred Pierce (1945) [Criterion Collection]

Mildred Pierce (1945) [Criterion Collection, Spine #860]
DVD Video, 2 x DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 720x480 | 1hr 50mn | 5.91 Gb + 7.10 Gb
English: Dolby AC3, 1 ch
Subtitles: English
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Melodrama casts noirish shadows in this portrait of maternal sacrifice from Hollywood master Michael Curtiz. Its iconic performance by Joan Crawford as Mildred, a single mother hell-bent on freeing her children from the stigma of economic hardship, solidified Crawford’s career comeback and gave the actor her only Oscar. But as Mildred pulls herself up by the bootstraps, first as an unflappable waitress and eventually as the well-heeled owner of a successful restaurant chain, the ingratitude of her materialistic firstborn (a diabolical Ann Blyth) becomes a venomous serpent’s tooth, setting in motion an endless cycle of desperate overtures and heartless recriminations. Recasting James M. Cain’s rich psychological novel as a murder mystery, this bitter cocktail of blind parental love and all-American ambition is both unremittingly hard-boiled and sumptuously emotional.

Something Wild (1961) [Criterion Collection]  Video

Posted by RSU75 at Nov. 3, 2017
Something Wild (1961) [Criterion Collection]

Something Wild (1961) [Criterion Collection, Spine #850]
DVD Video, DVD9 + DVD5 | NTSC 16:9 | 720x480 | 1hr 53mn | 6.12 Gb + 3.89 Gb
English: Dolby AC3, 1 ch
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama

A young rape victim tries desperately to pick up the pieces of her life, only to find herself at the mercy of a would-be rescuer.
The Apu Trilogy (1955-1959) [Criterion Collection, Collector's Set]

The Apu Trilogy (1955-1959) [Criterion Collection, Spine #782]
DVD Video, 3 x DVD9, Collector's Set | NTSC 4:3 | 720x480 | 2hr 05mn + 1hr 50mn + 1hr 46mn | 7.68 Gb + 7.69 Gb + 7.66 Gb
Bengali: Dolby AC3, 1 ch
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama

Two decades after its original negatives were burned in a fire, Satyajit Ray’s breathtaking milestone of world cinema rises from the ashes in a meticulously reconstructed new restoration. The Apu Trilogy brought India into the golden age of international art-house film, following one indelible character, a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and finally a sensitive man of the world. These delicate masterworks—Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished), and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)—based on two books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee, were shot over the course of five years, and each stands on its own as a tender, visually radiant journey. They are among the most achingly beautiful, richly humane movies ever made—essential works for any film lover.

L'Argent (1983) + Extras [Criterion Collection]  Video

Posted by Helladot at Nov. 18, 2017
L'Argent (1983) + Extras [Criterion Collection]

L'Argent (1983) + Extras
BRRip 720p | MKV | 1280 x 720 | x264 @ 2560 Kbps | 1h 24mn | 1,61 Gb + 0,97 Gb
Audio: French AC3 1.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subtitles: English (embedded)
Genre: Crime, Drama | Director: Robert Bresson

In his ruthlessly clear-eyed final film, French master Robert Bresson pushed his unique blend of spiritual rumination and formal rigor to a new level of astringency. Transposing a Tolstoy novella to contemporary Paris, L’argent follows a counterfeit bill as it originates as a prop in a schoolboy prank, then circulates like a virus among the corrupt and the virtuous alike before landing with a young truck driver and leading him to incarceration and violence. With brutal economy, Bresson constructs his unforgiving vision of original sin out of starkly perceived details, rooting his characters in a dehumanizing material world that withholds any hope of transcendence.

Diabolique (1955) Les diaboliques [The Criterion Collection]  Video

Posted by MirrorsMaker at Nov. 12, 2017
Diabolique (1955) Les diaboliques [The Criterion Collection]

Diabolique (1955)
DVDRip | MKV | 706x480 | x264 @ 2188 Kbps | 116 min | 1,98 Gb
Audio: French AC3 1.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subs: English (embedded in MKV)
Genre: Crime, Horror

Before Psycho, Peeping Tom, and Repulsion, there was Diabolique. This thriller from Henri‑Georges Clouzot, which shocked audiences in Europe and the U.S., is the story of two women – the fragile wife and the willful mistress of the sadistic headmaster of a boys’ boarding school – who hatch a daring revenge plot. With its unprecedented narrative twists and terrifying images, Diabolique is a heart-grabbing benchmark in horror filmmaking, featuring outstanding performances by Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, and Paul Meurisse.

Lola (1961) [Criterion Collection]  Video

Posted by Helladot at Nov. 9, 2017
Lola (1961) [Criterion Collection]

Lola (1961)
BRRip 720p | MKV | 1280 x 720 | x264 @ 2560 Kbps | 1h 28mn | 1,69 Gb
Audio: French AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subtitles: English (embedded)
Genre: Drama, Romance | Director: Jacques Demy

Jacques Demy’s crystalline debut gave birth to the fictional universe in which so many of his characters would live, play, and love. It’s among his most profoundly felt films, a tale of crisscrossing lives in Nantes (Demy’s hometown) that floats on waves of longing and desire. Heading the film’s ensemble is the enchanting Anouk Aimée as the title character, a cabaret chanteuse who’s awaiting the return of a long-lost lover and unwilling to entertain the adoration of another love-struck soul, the wanderer Roland (Marc Michel). Humane, wistful, and witty, Lola is a testament to the resilience of the heartbroken.

Naked Lunch (1991) + Extras [Criterion Collection]  Video

Posted by Helladot at Nov. 9, 2017
Naked Lunch (1991) + Extras [Criterion Collection]

Naked Lunch (1991) + Extras
BRRip 720p | MKV | 1280 x 720 | x264 @ 2560 Kbps | 1h 55mn | 2,54 Gb + 963 Mb
Audio: English AC3 2.0 @ 384 Kbps + Commentary track | Subs: English (embedded)
Genre: Drama | Director: David Cronenberg

In this adaptation of William S. Burroughs’s hallucinatory, once-thought-unfilmable novel Naked Lunch, directed by David Cronenberg, a part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict named Bill Lee (Peter Weller) plunges into the nightmarish Interzone, a netherworld of sinister cabals and giant talking bugs. Alternately humorous and grotesque – and always surreal – the film mingles aspects of Burroughs’s novel with incidents from the writer’s own life, resulting in an evocative paranoid fantasy and a self-reflexive investigation into the mysteries of the creative process.
The Battle of Algiers (1966) La battaglia di Algeri [Criterion Collection]

The Battle of Algiers (1966)
BDRip 720p | MKV | 1280 x 688 | x264 @ 4941 Kbps | 2h 1mn | 4,36 Gb
Audio: French AC3 1.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subtitles: English (embedded)
Genre: Drama, War | Director: Gillo Pontecorvo

One of the most influential political films in history, The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés, and French soldiers resort to torture to break the will of the insurgents. Shot on the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film is a case study in modern warfare, with its terrorist attacks and the brutal techniques used to combat them. Pontecorvo’s tour de force has astonishing relevance today.