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Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave, CBE (born 30 January 1937) is an English actress of stage, screen and television, as well as a political activist. She rose to prominence in 1961 playing Rosalind in As You Like It with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has since made more than 35 appearances on London's West End and Broadway, winning both the Tony and Olivier Awards. On screen, she has starred in more than 80 films; including Mary, Queen of Scots, Isadora, Julia, The Bostonians, Mission: Impossible and Atonement. Redgrave was proclaimed by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams as "the greatest living actress of our times," and she remains the only British actress ever to win the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Cannes, Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild awards. She was also the recipient of the 2010 BAFTA Fellowship "in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film." A member of the Redgrave family of actors, she is the daughter of Sir Michael Redgrave, sister of the late Lynn Redgrave and the late Corin Redgrave, and the mother of Hollywood actresses Joely Richardson and the late Natasha Richardson, and the aunt of British actress Jemma Redgrave.

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Movies Starring Vanessa Redgrave (76)

The Secret Scripture (2016)

The Secret Scripture (2016)

The hidden memoir of an elderly woman confined to a mental hospital reveals the history of her passionate yet tortured life, and of the religious and political upheavals in Ireland during the 1920s and ’30s. ...

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Almeida Theatre Live: Richard III (2016)

Almeida Theatre Live: Richard III (2016)

The Almeida Theatre makes its live screening debut with an explosive new adaptation of Richard III, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold with Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret. War ...

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The Go-Between (2015)

The Go-Between (2015)

An elderly man pieces together his childhood memories after finding his diary from 1900, which he wrote when he was 13 years old. ...

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Foxcatcher (2014)

Foxcatcher (2014)

The greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - a union that leads to unlikely circumstances. ...

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The Thirteenth Tale (2013)

The Thirteenth Tale (2013)

Margaret Lea (Olivia Colman), a young biographer, attempts to interview writer Vida Winter (Vanessa Redgrave), whose health is deteriorating. Vida has previously denied access to the secrets of her life and childhood home. Vida tells her story to Margaret, ...

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The Butler (2013)

The Butler (2013)

A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made. ...

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The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012)

The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012)

The story of Leon, an antiques collector who inherits a house from his estranged mother only to discover that she had been living in a shrine devoted to a mysterious cult. Soon, Leon comes to suspect that his mother's oppressive spirit still lingers within ...

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Song for Marion (2012)

Song for Marion (2012)

A feel-good, heart-warming story about how music can inspire you. Song for Marion stars Terence Stamp as Arthur, a grumpy pensioner who can't understand why his wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) would want to embarrass herself singing silly songs with her unc ...

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Political Animals (2012)

Political Animals (2012)

Political Animals is a six-part miniseries. Elaine Barrish's husband Bud was a popular President of the United States during the 1990s despite his extramarital affairs. After leaving the White House, Elaine Barrish was elected Governor of Illinois and ran ...

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Anonymous (2011)

Anonymous (2011)

Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her, the story advances the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare's plays. ...

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Cars 2 (2011)

Cars 2 (2011)

Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. ...

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Coriolanus (2011)

Coriolanus (2011)

Caius Martius, aka Coriolanus, is an arrogant and fearsome general who has built a career on protecting Rome from its enemies. Pushed by his ambitious mother to seek the position of consul, Coriolanus is at odds with the masses and unpopular with certain c ...

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Miral (2010)

Miral (2010)

A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of the first Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict. ...

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The Whistleblower (2010)

The Whistleblower (2010)

Based on the experiences of Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) who discovers a deadly sex trafficking ring while serving as a U.N. peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Risking her own life to save the lives of others, she uncovers an international con ...

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Letters to Juliet (2010)

Letters to Juliet (2010)

An American girl on vacation in Italy finds an unanswered "letter to Juliet" -- one of thousands of missives left at the fictional lover's Verona courtyard, which are typically answered by a the "secretaries of Juliet" -- and she goes on a quest to find th ...

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The Day of the Triffids (2009)

The Day of the Triffids (2009)

It's an up-to-date setting of the 1951 sci-fi thriller. With the world blinded and the Triffids set loose, it falls upon a band of scattered, sighted survivors to fight this carnivorous plant invasion. With a brave new world of maniacs, warring factions an ...

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How About You... (2007)

How About You... (2007)

The story of Ellie, a young woman left in charge of the residential home run by her older sister, over the Christmas period. Whilst most of the residents have left to spend the festive period with their families, four residents, known as 'the hardcore' rem ...

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Atonement (2007)

Atonement (2007)

As a 13-year-old, fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. ...

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Evening (2007)

Evening (2007)

As Constance (Natasha Richardson) and Nina (Toni Collette) gather at the deathbed of their mother, Ann (Vanessa Redgrave), they learn for the first time that their mother lived an entire other lifetime during one evening 50 years ago. In vivid flashbacks, ...

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The Riddle (2007)

The Riddle (2007)

A journalist investigates a series of murders that follows the discovery of an unpublished novel by Charles Dickens in the cellar of an old Thames-side-pub. ...

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The Shell Seekers (2006)

The Shell Seekers (2006)

Penelope Keeling, a sixty-four-year-old daughter of a famous artist, reflects on her life, and the fate and choices that defined it, when she arrives in the Mediterranean to stay with her headstrong daughter. Shifting through time, and falling into place l ...

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Venus (2006)

Venus (2006)

Maurice is an aging veteran actor who becomes absolutely taken with Jessie - the grandniece of his closest friend. When Maurice tries to soften the petulant and provincial young girl with the benefit of his wisdom and London culture, their give-and-take su ...

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The Thief Lord (2006)

The Thief Lord (2006)

A tale about two young boys, Prosper and Bo, who flee to Venice after being orphaned and dumped in the care of a cruel auntie. Hiding in the canals and alleyways of the city, the boys are befriended by a gang of young urchins and their enigmatic leader, th ...

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The White Countess (2005)

The White Countess (2005)

The last movie from the team of Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in 1930s Shanghai, "The White Countess" is both Sofia (Natasha Richardson), a fallen member of the Russian aristocracy, and a nightclub created by a blind American diplom ...

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Byron (2005)

Byron (2005)

Life and adventures of lord George Gordon Byron. ...

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The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam (2005)

The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam (2005)

Kamran is a 12 year old boy in the present day who discovers that his ancestor is the 11th Century Mathematician, Astronomer, Poet of Persia, Omar Khayyam. The story has been passed down in his family from one generation to another, and now it is his respo ...

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The Fever (2004)

The Fever (2004)

Tells the story of a woman who gets involved in politics with no previous contact with world events. ...

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The Locket (2002)

The Locket (2002)

A bereaved man takes a job at a health care center, where he befriends an elderly and embittered woman - and as time passes, he becomes obsessed with reuniting her with her long-lost true love. ...

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Crime and Punishment (2002)

Crime and Punishment (2002)

A modern day adaptation of Dostoyevsky's classic novel about a young student who is forever haunted by the murder he has committed. ...

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The Gathering Storm (2002)

The Gathering Storm (2002)

A love story offering an intimate look inside the marriage of Winston and Clementine Churchill during a particularly troubled, though little-known, moment in their lives. ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story (2001)

Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story (2001)

Jack Robinson is a wealthy business man with no time for anything but work. However, a family curse is looming over him - no man in the Robinson line ever lives past the age of thirty. With his upcoming birthday appears the remains of literally giant skele ...

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The Pledge (2001)

The Pledge (2001)

A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer. Based on a story by Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt. ...

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A Rumor of Angels (2000)

A Rumor of Angels (2000)

An old woman helps a young boy resolve his feelings over the death of his mother. ...

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If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000)

If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000)

The stories of three lesbian couples -- who live in the same house at different periods of time -- who are at a crossroads in their lives. In 1961, Edith loses her lover, Abby, to a stroke. Linda and Amy struggle with feminist issues in 1972. And, in 2000, ...

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Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Set in the changing world of the late 1960's, Susanna Kaysen's prescribed "short rest" from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice's Wonderland, where she struggles with the thin line between normal and crazy. Su ...

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Cradle Will Rock (1999)

Cradle Will Rock (1999)

A true story of politics and art in the 1930s USA, centered around a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production. ...

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Lulu on the Bridge (1998)

Lulu on the Bridge (1998)

This film is about a famous jazz saxophonist, Izzy who's life is forever changed after he is accidentally shot. ...

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Deep Impact (1998)

Deep Impact (1998)

A seven-mile-wide space rock is hurtling toward Earth, threatening to obliterate the planet. Now, it's up to the president of the United States to save the world. He appoints a tough-as-nails veteran astronaut to lead a joint American-Russian crew into spa ...

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Bella Mafia (1997)

Bella Mafia (1997)

Bella Mafia is a 1997 American television film starring Vanessa Redgrave and Dennis Farina. Redgrave was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film. It is based on the book "Bella Mafia" written in 1991 by Engl ...

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Wilde (1997)

Wilde (1997)

The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realisation of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and responsibility with his obsessive love for Lord Alfred Douglas, nick ...

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Mrs. Dalloway (1997)

Mrs. Dalloway (1997)

As society hostess Clarissa Dalloway prepares for another of her legendary parties, she finds herself haunted by figures and scenes from her passionate adolescence. ...

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Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)

Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)

Smilla Jaspersen, half Danish, half Greenlander, attempts to understand the death of a small boy who falls from the roof of her apartment building. Suspecting wrongdoing, Smilla uncovers a trail of clues leading towards a secretive corporation that has mad ...

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Looking For Richard (1996)

Looking For Richard (1996)

Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III. ...

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Mission: Impossible (1996)

Mission: Impossible (1996)

When Ethan Hunt, the leader of a crack espionage team whose perilous operation has gone awry with no explanation, discovers that a mole has penetrated the CIA, he's surprised to learn that he's the No. 1 suspect. To clear his name, Hunt now must ferret out ...

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The Wind in the Willows (1995)

The Wind in the Willows (1995)

Kenneth Grahame's literary classic about an enchanting world along the Riverbank has delighted readers for nearly a century. Now, this enduring beloved tale comes to life in this beautifully animated feature film from the producers of "The World of Peter R ...

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Little Odessa (1994)

Little Odessa (1994)

The film follows the personal relationship between a father and his two sons, one of whom is a hit-man for the Russian mafia in Brooklyn. ...

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Mother's Boys (1994)

Mother's Boys (1994)

Sexy but unstable wife and mother Jude walked out on her family three years ago. Now, just as suddenly, she is back. But her husband, Robert, has fallen in love with Callie, an assistant principal at his sons' school. He asks Jude for a divorce. She respon ...

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The House of the Spirits (1993)

The House of the Spirits (1993)

A rancher, his clairvoyant wife and their family face turbulent years in South America. ...

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Sparrow (1993)

Sparrow (1993)

Catania, Sicilia 1854. A serious epidemic of cholera is hitting the region. Maria a 16 years old novice leaves her convent and returns her home to avoid contamination. Here she finds a difficult situation, in fact her stepmother and her half-sisters preven ...

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Howards End (1992)

Howards End (1992)

A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman. ...

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Breath of Life (1990)

Breath of Life (1990)

Set in Italy in 1946 just after World War 2, the film explores the lives and emotions of a group of patients who are terminally ill and confined to an isolated sanatorium. ...

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Orpheus Descending (1990)

Orpheus Descending (1990)

Val Xavier is a drifter in 1940's Mississippi who brings new life to an Italian immigrant woman trapped in a loveless marriage. ...

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Consuming Passions (1988)

Consuming Passions (1988)

Adapted from a play written by two Monty Python vets, this toothy satire launches with a tragic accident at Chumley's chocolate factory when hapless manager Ian Littleton (Tyler Butterworth) accidentally knocks several employees into a huge chocolate vat. ...

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Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. ...

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The Bostonians (1984)

The Bostonians (1984)

Based on Henry James's novel of the same name. This bittersweet tragicomedy centers on an odd triangle of characters: Basil Ransom, a political conservative from Mississippi; Olive Chancellor, Ransom's cousin and a Boston feminist; and Verena Tarrant, a pr ...

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Sing Sing (1983)

Sing Sing (1983)

Eduardo accidentally discovers that he is adopted. His real father is dying, but before his death he said that his mother was the "Queen of England", failing to clarify that this is the nickname of Italian prostitute. But Eduardo is already rushing to the ...

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My Body, My Child (1982)

My Body, My Child (1982)

A woman must choose between having an abortion or giving birth to a deformed child. ...

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Playing for Time (1980)

Playing for Time (1980)

When Jewish songstress Fania Fénelon is plucked from the stage and sent to Auschwitz, she and other musicians find themselves assigned to a terrible task – using their talents to soothe fellow prisoners who are sentenced to die in the gas chambers. ...

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Bear Island (1979)

Bear Island (1979)

A group of people converge on a barren Arctic island. They have their reasons for being there but when a series of mysterious accidents and murders take place, a whole lot of darker motives become apparent. Could the fortune in buried Nazi gold be the key ...

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Yanks (1979)

Yanks (1979)

During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, especially when it comes to the G.I.s making advances on the lonely British ...

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Agatha (1979)

Agatha (1979)

In real life, mystery writer Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days in December 1926. To this day, no one knows the details of what she did during that time. The film gives a fictional account of Christie's time away, showing her as a woman fleeing her ow ...

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Julia (1977)

Julia (1977)

JULIA covers the 1930s when Lillian attained fame with the production of her play "The Childrens' Hour" on Broadway. It centers on Lillian's relationship with her friend, Julia. It's a relationship that goes beyond mere acquaintance and one for which the w ...

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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

Concerned about his friend's cocaine use, Dr. Watson tricks Sherlock Holmes into travelling to Vienna, where Holmes enters the care of Sigmund Freud. Freud attemts to solve the mysteries of Holmes' subconscious, while Holmes devotes himself to solving a my ...

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Out of Season (1975)

Out of Season (1975)

Middle-aged Ann and her teenage daughter Joanna manage a failing hotel on an island off the British coast. One day, the hotel receives an unexpected guest, a man named Joe... ...

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Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

In 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before. ...

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Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

Mary Stuart, who was named Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old, is the last Roman Catholic ruler of Scotland. She is imprisoned at he age of 23 by her cousin Elizabeth Tudor, the English Queen and her arch adversary. Nineteen years later the l ...

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The Trojan Women (1971)

The Trojan Women (1971)

The women of Troy face enslavement after the fall of their city. ...

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The Devils (1971)

The Devils (1971)

A dramatised historical account of the rise and fall of Urbain Grandier, a 17th-century Roman Catholic priest accused of witchcraft following alleged demonic possessions of sexually repressed nuns. ...

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Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

A movie about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the ...

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Isadora (1968)

Isadora (1968)

A biography of the dancer Isadora Duncan, the 1920s dancer who forever changed people's ideas of ballet. Her nude, semi-nude, and pro-Soviet dance projects as well as her attitudes on free love, debt, dress, and lifestyle shocked the public of her time. ...

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The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

A chronicle of events that led to the British involvement in the Crimean War against Russia and which led to the siege of Sevastopol and the fierce Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 which climaxed with the heroic, but near-disastrous calvary charge m ...

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Camelot (1967)

Camelot (1967)

King Arthur establishes the ideals and laws of Camelot but is tragically forced to enforce these laws against his own wife. ...

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Blow-Up (1966)

Blow-Up (1966)

A successful mod photographer in London whose world is bounded by fashion, pop music, marijuana, and easy sex, feels his life is boring and despairing. But in the course of a single day he accidentally captures on film the commission of a murder. The fact ...

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A Man for All Seasons (1966)

A Man for All Seasons (1966)

A Man for All Seasons is the filmed version of the life of Thomas More. An English man comes to Sir Thomas More to ask if he can divorce his wife since King Henry VIII has made it illegal. Sir Thomas More stands up in opposition to the King even though he ...

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Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966)

Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966)

Morgan, an aggressive and self-admitted dreamer, a fantasist who uses his flights of fancy as refuge from external reality, where his unconventional behavior lands him in a divorce from his wife, Leonie, trouble with the police and, ultimately, incarcerati ...

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