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What is Bollywood?
Brief overview of the history of Bollywood cinema that covers the history of Bollywood cinema from 1913 to the present. A general primer in the history of India's Bollywood cinema.
The 10 Best Italian Films Ever Made
Ten of the best Italian movies ever made as a starting place for exploration. With classics from such infamous filmmakers as Fellini, De Sica, Rossellini, Visconti, and Antonioni.
Where to Go for Free Online Movies
Watching movies online is easier than ever. Put that broadband connection to good use and find the best places to stream free films in great quality to your desktop, laptop, or TV.
The 10 Best Irish Films
Top Ten Irish Films: the best Irish movies
Award-Winning Bollywood Films: Cannes Film...
Award-Winning Bollywood Films: Cannes Film Festival presents a list of Bollywood films that have won awards at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival over the years.
Top 10 Hong Kong Action Flicks
Since "The Matrix" introduced Western audiences to wire-fu, it seems we can't get enough of the flying,
The 10 Most Romantic Movies Ever
The top ten romantic movies, indie style: our list includes Richard Linklater's
Apocalypto
Mel Gibson's follow-up to The Passion of the Christ uses the decline of the ancient Mayan civilization as backdrop for another epic blood bath. Come for the solar eclipse and stay for the large-scale serial human sacrifice!
10 Fantastic Movies About Writers
Burdened with a craft that's essentially uncinematic, writers in the movies are perennially blocked, broke, and insane, simultaneously romanticized and ridiculed for their excesses--from the wise-cracking drunks of Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle to the sticky sweetness of Shakespeare in Love, the self-regarding self-reflexivity of Adaptation, and the homicidal madness of The Shining. Here are ten films that have something real to say about what it means to write.
Shu Qi
Taiwanese actress Shu Qi, also known as Hsu Chi, who has already appeared in over forty feature films including
Best Foreign Language Film - Oscar Winning Best...
A list of past Academy Award winners in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Meet Sibel Kekilli: Biography and Photospread
German actress Sibel Kekilli made her feature film debut in Fatih Akin's award winning film Head-On (Gegen die Wand).
Top 10 German Films
The best German films explore everything from claustrophobic submarine warfare to expressionistic visions of the future, from angelic dreams of immortality to a certain mischievious dwarf. Lang, Wenders, Schlöndorff, Fassbinder, Herzog: here is our list of the ten best German films.
Spanish Actress Photo Gallery
Spanish Actresses: a photo gallery of Latina leading ladies. Including luminous stars of cinema Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayak, Leonar Wattling, Alice Braga and many more.
10 Essential Bollywood Films
10 Essential Bollywood Films. An introduction and overview of 10 essential Bollywood films. A primer to Bollywood cinema, featuring a list of 10 essential Bollywood films that serve as a good introduction to Bollywood cinema.
Control Room
One of the first words spoken in Jehane Noujaim's captivating documentary is "propaganda." This is fitting,
Top 10 Films from Canada
A list of must-see Canadian Films, including David Cronenberg's
The Chorus (Les Choristes) - Review
“The Chorus” is a movie you have seen many times before. Cute, well-acted and utterly predictable, Christophe
Top 10 Cult Films on DVD
Small budgets and a private vision often produce the hippest and edgiest stuff in filmmaking. Here are the ten cult films you can't live without.
Salman Khan
A profile of Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan.
Top 10 Essential French FIlms
In diversity and accomplishment, French films rival that of any country. Here is a list of ten classics that no serious film fan should miss.
The 11th Hour
A powerful and alarming new documentary about the global environmental crisis, narrated by Leo DiCaprio.
Megastars – Bollywood Style
A look at Bollywood megastars and the film industry that supports the creation of Bollywood megastars. Covers the history of the Bollywood star system, leading up a look at the Bollywood megastars of today.
How To Tell an Independent Film From a Studio...
a simple how to on telling indies from blockbusters, from your about.com guide
10 Bollywood Actresses You Should Know
10 Bollywood Actresses To Know - Bollywood beauties, from world famous actress Aishwarya Rai and Rani Mukherjee to rising stars Mallika Sherawat and Sonam Kapoor.
The Many Languages of Indian Cinema –...
The Many Languages of Indian Cinema – Bengali, Assamese, Tamil looks at the regional cinemas of India, and covers the cinema of Bengal, Assam and Tamil.
French Actors Photo Gallery
French Actors Photo Gallery: photos of famous French actors.
Lust, Caution
Ang Lee's Lust, Caution won the prestigious Golden Lion award earlier this year at Venice, but not without
Eva Green
Birth Date: July 5, 1980. Place of Birth: Paris, France. Family Facts: Eva Green has a twin sister. Her
La Vie En Rose - Review
Olivier Dahan's La Vie En Rose ( La Môme ), a portrait of Edith Piaf, France's most famous singer, features
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1930-1950
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1930-1950 contains a list of cinematic milestones in Bollywood films from 1930 to 1950.
How To Write a Screenplay For an Independent Film
a simple how to on writing an independent screenplay, from your about.com guide
Margo Stilley
Debut: Stilley mades her film debut in 9 Songs .Photo Gallery: For more of Margo Stilley, see our 9 Songs
Why We Fight - Documentary Review
The "military-industrial complex" has long been one of the bogeymen of the left. Not everybody, however,
9 Songs
Michael Winterbottom's latest experiment "9 Songs" mixes live concert footage with real sex. Already
Top 10 Anime DVDs
The best Japanese animation on DVD.
The Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent cinema festival in the United States. Robert Redford founded the festival in 1978 to raise awareness about independent films. The Sundance Film Festival is held each year in January in Park City, Utah.
Tang Wei
Tang Wei Film Career: Tang Wei made her film debut in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution , starring opposite Tony
Top 10 Anti-War Movies
The top ten anti-war movies
Rosalinda Celentano
Birth date: July 15, 1968. Place of Birth: Milan, Italy. Biography: Rosalinda Celentano is the third
Anna Walton
Anna Walton at the Premiere of 'Hellboy II: The Golden Army'. Page 27.
Run Lola Run
OK, I'll confess. I'm German. To me, there wasn't anything "foreign" about Run Lola Run. I recognized
Foreign Film Oscars - The Eighties
A list of all Academy Award winners in the Foreign Film category, 1980-1989. Page 2.
British Actress Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of British actresses
Award-Winning Bollywood Films: Berlin Film...
Award-Winning Bollywood Films: Berlin Film Festival presents a list of ten films that have won awards at the Berlinale during its 61 year history
Lara Dutta
A stunning photo of Lara Dutta. Page 12.
Battle in Heaven
Carlos Reygadas's sophomore film offers an audacious style, amateur actors performing real on-screen sex, and a melodramatic plot that doesn't add up.
The Place Beyond the Pines
A review of Derek Cianfrance's film The Place Beyond the Pines starring Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes.
Top 10 Essential World Films
The very best foreign films--or at the very least, Jurgen's list of favorite world films.
Top 10 Films from Australia and New Zealand
The Best films from Australia and New Zealand, including movies by Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, George Miller, and Peter Weir.
Top Ten Indie Movie Soundtracks - World/Indepen...
Top ten indie soundtracks from your About.com Guide
Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan: A brief biography and overview of the life and filmography of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan. Covers his life history, his beginnings as an actor, his status as Bollywood's Angry Young Man, and his current position as TV host of Kaun Banega Corepati.
Top 10 British Comedies
The ten funniest British films on DVD, from your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Bollywood Genres: Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales
Bollywood Genres: Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales - Bollywood Movies Based on Myths, Legends and Fairytales, a look at the Bollywood genre of movies made after famous myths, legends and fairy tales, including the Ramayana and the Mahabharata
A review of Richard Linklater's exceptional...
A review of Richard Linklater's exceptional film BOYHOOD
Award-Winning Bollywood Films: Venice Film...
Awards Won by Bollywood Films at Major International Film Festivals - Bollywood Films that won awards at the Venice Film Festival. List of five Bollywood films that have won awards at the prestigious Venice Film Festival.
Bong Joon-ho's adaptation of the French graphic...
Bong Joon-ho's adaptation of the French graphic novel is sci-fi for a large audience, mistakenly confined to a narrow one. Seek it out!
Super Size Me
What happens when you eat McDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day, super-sized when asked, widely
Koi ... Mil Gaya
I'm all in favor of people bursting into song (see my top ten list of art house musicals), and so it
Top 10 Independent Films
Essential independent films, including movies by Wes Anderson, Lynne Ramsay, Sofia Coppola, Victor Nunez, Richard Linklater, Jim Jarmusch, and Patricia Rocezma.
The Many Languages of Indian Cinema –...
The Many Languages of Indian Cinema – Part 2 looks at the many languages of Indian Cinema, and this part covers Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada cinema
Full Review by your World/Independent Film Guide
A review by your About Guides Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth
Amar, Akbar, Anthony
Amar Akbar Anthony - A Review of the 1977 Bollywood film Amar Akbar Anthony, directed by Manmohan Desai and starring Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, Shabana Azmi, and Nirupa Roy.
Head-On (Gegen die Wand)
A photo from the Strand Releasing film "Head-On (Gegen die Wand)", directed by Fatih Akin and starring
Review: Ram Teri Ganga Maili
Ram Teri Ganga Maili - A review of the 1985 Bollywood film Ram Teri Ganga Maili staring Rajiv Kapoor and Mandakini. Discusses that Ram Teri Ganga Maili has legendary status because of an infamous wet sari scene under a waterfall featuring star Mandakini.
Turtles Can Fly
In his films, Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi casts a surreal spell. With unnerving calm, his movies
A review of Anton Corbijn's John le Carre...
A review of Anton Corbijn's John le Caree adaptation, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The Dreamers
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers is set in Paris in the spring of 1968, a tumultuous time of sexual
Shortbus
A rave review of John Cameron Mitchell's much-anticipated sexually explicit film Shortbus.
Top 10 Movies About Girlfriends
The best films about the all-important, tumultuous friendships between young women.
Head-On (Gegen die Wand) Review
Fatih Akin's thrilling drama "Head-On" starts out loud and ugly. 40-year-old Turkish-German Cahit (Birol
Jim Caviezel
Birthdate: September 26, 1968. Place of Birth: Mount Vernon, Washington. First Role: He had a bit part
Bobby
Bobby Review - Review of Raj Kapoor's 1973 Bollywood film Bobby
DVD Box Sets
DVD Box Sets - Recommended DVD Box sets. The best foreign films and independent films Box sets. - From John Cassavettes to Ingrid Bergman, Francois Truffaut to Pedro Almodovar.
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1950-1960
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema 1950-1960 covers a list of milestones in Bollywood cinema from the years 1950-1960
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1896-1930
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema 1896-1930 contains a list of 9 cinematic milestones in Bollywood film history, which includes the first screening in India, the first feature film, the first social satire, the first permanent theater in Calcutta, the creation of the Indian Cinematograph Act, and the first foreign talkie.
Eric D. Snider reviews "We Are the Best!" the...
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Leticia Dolera
Leticia Dolera: a photo of the Spanish actress. Page 6.
Bollywood Genres: The Historical Film
Bollywood Genres: The Historical Film provides an overview of the historical epic as a Bollywood genre. It also covers biopics, lives of the saints, and epic legends.
Review: Cold in July
Cold in July, based on Joe R. Lansdale's novel and directed by Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are), is a highly satisfying bit of pulp fiction. Starring Michael
Aishwarya Rai
A profile of Aishwarya Rai, crowned Miss World 1994 and one of Bollywood's most famous actresses.
Broken English - Parker Posey stars in Zoe...
Thirty-something New Yorker Nora Wilder (Parker Posey) has a terrific name and even better clothes, but
Kate del Castillo
A stunning photo of actress Kate del Castillo. Page 5.
Fernando Meirelles' City of God
From Brazil comes an exhilarating new film, equal parts Tarantino/Guy Richie slickster spectacle, "Once
The Visitor
The situation in Tom McCarthy's second film The Visitor is ripe with drama: Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins), an economics professor and quintessential sad man, returns to his Greenwich Village apartment when his Connecticut college pressures him to present a lecture at NYU. His apartment, however, isn't empty. Illegal immigrants have moved in: an attractive young couple, Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira).
Deepika Padukone
Background: Deepika Padukone was born January 5, 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her family moved to Bangalore
My Life As A Dog DVD Review
A review of "My Life As A Dog" by Marcy Dermansky
Intruders
Review: Intruders. A-lister Clive Owen makes a dramatic career mistake starring in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's art-house horror film 'Intruder.' Jordan Hoffman reviews.
Perfect Sense
The world is coming to an end in David McKenzie’s dystopian love story 'Perfect Sense' starring Eva Green and Ewan McGregor. Marcy Dermansky reviews.
The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Ken Loach's THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY, winner of the Golden Palm at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, is a searing story of two brothers whose loyalties are put to the ultimate test in the fight for Irish independence. Earnest and seemingly comprehensive, Loach's drama provides both a lesson in history and the complexities of war. Cillian Murphy gives a fine performance in the leading role.
Taking Woodstock
Taking Woodstock - A review of Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock. Ang Lee lighten ups in this warm and funny adaptation of Elliot Tiber's memoir. Comic Demetri Martin is terrific in his first starring role. The cast also includes Imelda Staunton, Emilie Hirsh, Paul Dano and Liev Scrierber, who does terrific work in a dress.
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1960-1965
Milestones in Bollywood Cinema: 1960-1965 looks at milestones in Bollywood cinema from the years 1960 until 1965
Caterina in the Big City
Paolo Virzì's "Caterina in the Big City" is a lovely surprise: an insightful, charming story of a fifteen-year-old
Crazy Love
Dan Klores' CRAZY LOVE tells the astonishing story of the obsessive roller-coaster relationship of Burt and Linda Pugach, which shocked the nation during the summer of 1959.
Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre handle the...
SNL's Jenny Slate and director Gillian Robespierre handle the hot-button topic abortion with humor and authentic emotion. Eric D. Snider reviews.
Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in Woody...
Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight.
Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola has made the kind of movie that I love to see most. "Lost In Translation" is a simple story
Sexy Beast - Ben Kingsley - A Review by Beck...
A review of "Sexy Beast" starring Ben Kinglsey, by your Guide to World Film, Jurgen Fauth
An Inconvenient Truth
David Guggenheim documents Al Gore's slide show: a compelling and easy to understand scientific exploration of the dramtic effects of global warming.
Festival Review: Little Children
In Todd Field's follow-up to In the Bedroom, Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson meet on the playground and cheat on Jennifer Connelly while a pervert (Jackie Earle Haley) lurks in the shadows. Little Children is based on the novel by Tom Perrotta. Read Jürgen's review.
There Will Be Blood
Weeks before its release, Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated oil drama has already been gathering
Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd star in one of the...
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Louis Garrel
Louis Garrel: His Famous Family : He is the son of Philippe Garrel, a French director, and Brigitte Sy,
Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell is the real thing: this intense Irish actor is known both for his antics off-screen and his remarkable performances on screen.
Monica Bellucci in "The Passion of the Christ"
Monica Bellucci in The Passion of the Christ
Lemming
Dominik Moll returns with an outstanding thriller about a perfect couple whose lives are thrown into chaos when the boss and his bitter wife come over for dinner. With Charlotte Rampling, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Lucas Laurent.
Sibel Kekilli
Sibel Kekilli. World / Independent Film. Page 24.
Kareena Kapoor
Birth Date: September 21, 1980. Place of Birth: Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Father: Randhir Kapoor. Mother:
Don't Move
Give her some tacky blue eye shadow, wobbly high heels, a horrendous hair cut, some false front teeth
Happy, Happy
Norway's selection for Best Foreign Film, Anne Sewitsky’s debut film HAPPY, HAPPY is billed as a comedy. Reviewer Marcy Dermansky did not find the awkward and in fact painful stories of two married couples acting out particularly funny. Read her review.
How To Throw an Indie Theme Party
a simple how to on indie theme parties, from your about.com guide
Elsa Pataky
A photo of gorgeous Spanish actress Elsa Pataky. Page 8.
How To Become an Indie Film Star
a simple how to on [topic], from your about.com guide
An interview with Senegalese artist and...
An interview with Senegalese artist and filmmaker Fatoumata Kandé Senghor.
Review: Troubled Water
Troubled Water review - Erik Poppe's Troubled Water review, a story of redemption, won the two top prizes at the Hamptons Film Festival: the Golden Starfish for Best Narrative Feature and the Audience Water. Actress Trine Dyrholm is true discovery.
Molière
Romain Duris stars in Laurent Tirard's charming bio about the great French writer focuses on the years between his release from prison in 1645 at age 22 and his return to Paris 13 years later after a triumphant career as a traveling playwright and actor. Ludivine Sagnier, Fabrice Luchini, Laura Morante, and Edouard Baer co-star.
Top 10 Mute Performances on Film
A Top Ten list of the Greatest Mute Performances on Film
Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson photo. World/Independent Film. Page 17.
Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike at the 2008 Academy Awards. Page 11.
Rani Mukherjee
A profile of Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee, featuring bio, interviews, filmography and photo galleries.
The five films from the first half of the year...
2014 is half over! The perfect time for a look back at our favorite movies of the year.... so far!
Review: The Darjeeling Limited
Wes Anderson's <I>The Darjeeling Limited</I> is a wonderful film -- both funny and affecting. Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman star as a trio of semi-deranged brothers who take a desperately needed spiritual journey across India on the Darjeeling Limited. The cast also includes Angelica Huston, Bill Murray, Natalie Portman, and in a marvelous debut, British actress Amara Karan.
Ariadna Gil
Ariadna Gil: a photo of the Spanish actress. Page 9.
Daniel Auteuil
A profile of French actor Daniel Auteuil.
Elephant
Gus Van Sant's exploitive school shooting drama is brutal and pointless. When journalists at the New
Bollywood at the Berlinale
Bollywood at the Berlinale contains an overview of Bollywood's history with the Berlin Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale
Legendary MKD Films to Relaunch
Legendary MKD Films to Relaunch - Manmohan Desai’s Banner Revived by Son and Grandaughter looks at the news that the legendary Bollywood film company MKD studios is relaunching, thanks to the efforts of Manmohan Desai's son and granddaughter
Take a Trip for Vengeance in Blue Ruin
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Festival Express
In the Summer of 1970, a number of rock bands, including the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, the Band, and
Most Influential Film Festivals
Film festivals provide moviegoers with the first exposure to cinema's best new films. The influence of such important international film festivals as Cannes, The Toronto Film Festival, The Berlin Film Festivals, and Sundance point to the most exciting work by contemporary film makers. Major film acquisitions are made, obscure films are discovered, and future classics are recognized. Cinephiles will want to stay up to up to date with news from these top film festivals.
Trouble The Water
Trouble the Water Review - a review of Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Hurricane Katrina documentary Trouble the Water, starring Kimberly Rivers aka Black Kold Medina.
Grave of the Fireflies DVD Review
A Review of Grave of the Fireflies, by Jurgen Fauth
Love Songs
Featuring the brightest young stars of French cinema and directed by rising filmmaker Christophe Honoré (DANS PARIS), LOVE SONGS is a vibrant and audacious ultra-modern movie musical. Louis Garrel (THE DREAMERS, DANS PARIS), Ludivine Sagnier (SWIMMING POOL), Chiara Mastroianni (PERSEPOLIS), Clotilde Hesme (REGULAR LOVERS), and Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet star.
Alex van Warmerdam's baffling "Borgman",...
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Rent This: A Walk on the Moon
Rent This: A Walk on the Moon. : anna pacquin pearl kantrowitz jewish housewife viggo mortensen walk on the moon
Capote
"Fascinating" is an adjective that has been abused so much that it's become almost useless. But how else
Aitana Sanchez Gijon
Aitana Sanchez Gijon: a photo of the stunning Spanish actress. Page 13.
Fahrenheit 9/11
The hype surrounding Michael Moore's scathing analysis of the Bush Administration has been impossible
Mallika Sherawat
Popular Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat is one of India's most famous sex symbols.
Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival is the oldest and most prestigious film festival.
Aishwarya Rai Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.
Bully
Review: Bully. Watching Lee Hirsch’s 'Bully is not easy. The documentary is a wake-up call; it’s cinematic evidence and testimony for stronger bullying laws. Read Jessica Pallington West's review.
The Wedding Song
The Wedding Song - A review of Karin Albou's THE WEDDING SONG. Set during World War II in Tunis, Karin Albou's The Wedding Song is the story of a friendship between adolescent girls tested by drastic circumstances.
Pedro Almodovar
Background: One of the most influential Spanish directors, the irrepresible Pedro Almodovar is infamous

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