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Gordon Parks was born with, he says, a stubborn need to be somebody. Though Parks is remembered most notably as a photographer and filmmaker, on his enthralling climb to fame between 1944 and 1978 he was successful in many pursuits, including journalism, poetry, and music. It was not always an easy journey, but by thirty-six he had overcome many obstacles...
Derek Jarman's second feature transports Queen Elizabeth I (Jenny Runacre) through time from 1578 to 1978, where she sees what has become of her once glorious kingdom: law and order have broken down, punks roam the streets, decay and desolation eat away at the basic fabric of society. With a cast featuring the likes of Adam Ant and Toyah Wilcox, a vivid...
Thriller starring the late Tupac Shakur in which the attempt of four young black men to gain street cred through an armed robbery backfires. Bishop (Shakur), Q (Omar Epps), Raheem (Khalil Kain) and Steel (Jermaine Hopkins) are a group of friends growing up in the tough New York neighbourhood of Harlem. One day, tired of harassment from police and a...
Mid-1960s comedy adventure based on Peter O'Donnell's comic strip. When former crime boss and sassy spy Modesty Blaise (Monica Vitti) is recruited by the British intelligence services to help prevent a diamond heist by a notorious international gang led by Gabriel (Dirk Bogarde), she quickly realises that she has been set up - and responds by recruiting...
Critically-acclaimed Russian arthouse feature from the Soviet era. The film covers the life of the 18th century Armenian poet Arutiun Sayadin (Sofiko Chiaureli), also known as Sayat Nova. He began as a carpet weaver's apprentice, then became a court minstrel and finally an archbishop. The film's director Paradjanov was imprisoned in 1974 and on his...
American action drama starring Pam Grier. Model-turned-photographer Friday Foster (Grier) is at Los Angeles airport to record the arrival of millionaire Blake Tarr (Thalmus Rasulala), the country's wealthiest African American, when she witnesses three men attempting to assassinate him. Photographing the melee, Foster teams up with private eye Colt Hawkins...
Disney's classic first venture into the field of computer-generated animation. Whizz-kid computer programmer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) tries to hack into the ENCOM computer system, but his efforts are continually frustrated by the Master Control Program. One night he is actually transported into the system, where he again comes up against the oppressive...
John Travolta stars in this 1970s drama about a young man who dreams of a better life. Tony (Travolta) is a Brooklyn roughneck stuck in a dead-end job as a salesman in a paint shop. He lives for Saturday night down at the disco where his stylish dancing has made him something of a local hero. But Tony wants more than his small world can offer. Through...
Jean Cocteau's classic fantasy re-casts the well-known fairy tale. When Beauty's father picks a rose at a deserted castle, a beast in Prince's clothing appears and tells him he must die. He sends the man home to say good-bye to his family, whereupon Beauty offers to take her father's place. She goes off to the castle but instead of killing her,...
Jean-Luc Godard writes and directs this French crime drama starring Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur and Sami Frey. Streetwise Parisians Franz and Arthur (Frey and Brasseur) team up with the shy Odile (Karina) to plan a robbery. As the trio's overdeveloped fantasies are worked out whilst visiting the Louvre, cafés and even play-acting shootouts, it soon...
Writer and director Quentin Tarantino's hugely successful follow-up to 'Reservoir Dogs' melds three dime-store stories set in lowlife LA into one cohesive thriller. Butch (Bruce Willis) is an over-the-hill boxer paid to take a fall, who instead does a runner with mobster Merselius's (Ving Rhames) money. Meanwhile, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules...
Writer-director Quentin Tarantino's feature debut, an examination of the aftermath of a jewellery robbery which has gone violently wrong, is widely regarded as a milestone of independent filmmaking. Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel and Steve Buscemi are amongst the stars making up the team of robbers who meet at a warehouse after the failed heist and attempt...
Quentin Tarantino directs this twisting homage to the black action movies of the 1970s. Air stewardess Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) also smuggles money on the side for gunrunner Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson). When she is caught with $50,000 and a consignment of cocaine, she makes a deal with Ordell: if convicted, she will not shop him as long as...
Gritty drama based on the true confessions of 13-year-old Christiane (played here by Natja Brunckhorst), a girl who lives with her mother in a high-rise tower block, gets into drugs after visiting an ultra-modern disco known as the 'Sound', and eventually becomes a prostitute in order to pay for her heroin addiction. This hard-hitting film is set against...
Elisabeth (Nicole Stéphane) and Paul (Edouard Dhermitte) are a brother and sister who live together in a single room. The siblings are unusually close, and develop an unhealthy obsession with each other which takes a tragic turn when outsiders intrude on their closeted existence. 
Bob Marley was without a doubt Jamaica's most famous export. In this documentary, his long-time girlfriend Esther Anderson describes in detail their life together at home in Hope Road as well as in London. Also featured is the last interview he would ever give in the UK, where journalist Kris Needs questions him about his foot injury (the injury that...
This 1970 documentary follows the Rolling Stones on an American tour culminating in a free concert at the Altamont Speedway, where Hell's Angels were seconded as stage security - with disastrous results. A rare glimpse at the dark side of the 1960s. 
Documentary on the life of the South African singer, Miriam Makeba. Makeba, known affectionately as Mama Africa, helped popularise African music worldwide and achieved particular success in America, winning a Grammy Award and reaching number 12 in the Billboard Chart with her song, 'Pata Pata'. However, the singer did not forget about her roots. Though...
Collection of 15 #1 music videos from the King of Pop. Includes 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough', 'Billie Jean', 'Black or White', 'Earth Song' and many more. 
Documentary about American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan featuring interviews, home movies, song clips and live performances. Among the songs included in the programme are 'Blowin' in the Wind', 'The Times They Are a-Changin'' and 'Just Like a Woman'.
Pam Grier stars as a private investigator in this action feature. The film follows tough detective Sheba Shayne (Grier) as she leaves Chicago to help her father in Louisville who is being threatened by thugs. Back in her hometown, Sheba is joined by her former partner Brick (Austin Stoker) as she tries to uncover the reasons behind her father's harassment...
Documentary about the late rock icon David Bowie. The programme features interviews with friends, family and music contemporaries, as well as footage of his live performances, to chronicle his impactful and diverse career from the '60s through to the new millennium.
David Bowie at his glam-rock best. This 1973 concert-turned-film encapsulates the era of glam-rock - it is kitsch, colourful, over-the-top, flirts with gender and sexuality and reflects high living and excess. The playlist includes classic Bowie tracks such as 'Changes' 'Space Oddity', 'Time' and 'Suffragette City'.
Thriller written and directed by Alain Robbe-Grillet. The story follows Jean (Robbe-Grillet), a film director, his producer Marc (Paul Louyet) and assistant Lucette (Catherine Robbe-Grillet) as they ride the Trans-Europ Express train from Paris to Antwerp. Inspired by their setting and fellow passengers, the team decide to use the train as inspiration...
A young man (Gerard Depardieu) falls for the mysterious dominatrix (Bulle Ogier). As it develops their relationship begins to mirror the power games of the bordello and they become unable to separate it from the perversions of the chamber below. 
Winner of the 'First Film Special Distinction' award at the Montreal World Film Festival, Chris Newby's film is a story of religious conflict set in the European Middle Ages. After a young girl, Christine Carpenter (Natalie Morse), experiences spiritual apparitions of the Virgin Mary she is coerced by the church priest into becoming an anchoress - a...
In Jean Cocteau's updating of the Orpheus myth, Orphee (Jean Marais) is a famous poet whose obsession with a mysterious princess - representing death - and a series of cryptic radio broadcasts causes him to neglect his wife. When she is killed, the guilty poet travels to the Underworld to win her back - and to find the princess. 'Orphee' is famous for...
Derek Jacobi stars as Francis Bacon in this biographical drama about his complex relationship with his lover George Dyer. In 1971, artist Francis Bacon (Jacobi) is hailed as a genius at a retrospective of his work in Paris. Meanwhile, his younger gay lover George Dyer (Daniel Craig) lies dying from an overdose in their hotel room. Dyer reflects on...
Experimental and avant-garde cinematic experience from Spanish film maker Luis Buñuel. Although deeply in love, a couple find consummating their passion a struggle as their families, the Church and a bourgeois society do everything in their power to prevent them from being together. 
3-Disc Dual Format EditionSet during the time of Mussolini, Pier Paolo Pasolini's adaptation of the Marquis de Sade's '120 Days of Sodom' concerns the adventures of four high-ranking fascist officials - a duke, a bishop, a banker and a judge - who lock themselves away in a palace with a retinue of servants and sixteen kidnapped teenagers, both male...
Roberto Rossellini directs this 1940s drama about the last days of the Nazi occupation of Italy during World War II. Resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi (Marcello Pagliero) flees the Gestapo and seeks a place to hide with the help of his friend Francesco (Francesco Grandjacquet), his pregnant fiancée Pina (Anna Magnani) and the priest who is due to...
Collection of 15 live performances from Motown vocal group Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Tracks featured include 'Shop Around', 'The Tears of a Clown', 'Love Machine' and 'My Girl Has Gone'. In addition to live performances from across the group's career, interviews with notable members Smokey Robinson, Peter Moore and Bobby Rogers are also included.
Filmmaker Julien Temple's celebration of the life and work of Joe Strummer, frontman of punk band The Clash from 1977 onwards. As a musical icon and political activist, Strummer was never shy about saying what was on his mind. The film contains previously unseen footage including studio sessions, archive and early childhood footage and interviews with...
This documentary about pub rock band Dr Feelgood is director Julien Temple's third film in his trilogy on 1970s British music. Formed in Canvey Island in 1971, Dr Feelgood released their first track 'Roxette' three years later and went on to find UK chart success during the mid to late '70s. The film features input from, among others, Joe...
Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour and Tunisian-born pianist Moncef Genoud take their music on a journey beginning in New Orleans and ending in Goree in Senegal. Travelling, in reverse, the route taken by the millions of slaves exported from West Africa to the Americas, N'Dour uncovers a musical legacy, which has had an enormous influence on the music...
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