BELOVED SISTERS
DIE GELIEBTEN SCHWESTERN
2014, Music Box, 171 min, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Dir: Dominik Graf

The sisters of the title, unhappily married Caroline von Beulwitz (Hannah Herzsprung) and shy Charlotte von Lengefeld (Henriette Confurius), vow to share everything - even noted poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter). This complex romantic drama, set in late-18th century Germany, earned a Bavarian Film Award for cinematographer Michael Wiesweg’s gorgeous visuals. “Graf has created an unusually intelligent costume drama of bold personalities torn between the stirrings of the heart and the logic of the mind.” - Scott Foundas, Variety. In German and French with English subtitles.


TESS
1979, Janus Films, 186 min, France, UK, Dir: Roman Polanski

Dedicated to his late wife, director Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles is both luminous and tinted with sorrow. Nastassja Kinski stars in the title role as a Victorian-era farm girl, tragically caught between a lustful aristocrat (Leigh Lawson) and the man who really loves her (Peter Firth). Nominated for six Academy Awards, the film won Oscars for Best Art Direction, Costume Design and Cinematography.


LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING
1955, 20th Century Fox, 102 min, USA, Dir: Henry King

Hollywood veteran Henry King directs this classic soap opera set in Hong Kong during the Korean War. William Holden is an American war correspondent; Jennifer Jones is the Eurasian doctor he falls for.


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