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A Beginner's Guide To Cinema (Vol. 1) - 7-DVD Box Set (DVD) (*)
$71.99 $65.97

Original Title: Metropolis / Steamboat Bill, Jr. / Man with a Movie Camera / Umberto D / Seven Samurai / My Life to Live
Alternate Title: The Complete Metropolis / Steam boat Bill Jr / Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Living Russia, or The Man with a Camera) / Umberto D. / Shichinin no samurai (7 Samurai) / Vivre Sa Vie
Screened, competed or awarded at:
BAFTA Awards
Cannes Film Festival
Oscar Academy Awards
Venice Film Festival
Other Film Festival Awards

Language Selections:
English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 )
English ( Subtitles )
French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 )
German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 )
Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 )
Japanese ( Dolby Digital 2.0 )
Russian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 )

Product Origin/Format:
Australia ( PAL/Region 4 )

Running Time:
637 min

Aspect Ratio:

Special Features:
Behind the scenes
Box Set
Interactive Menu
Making Of
Multi-DVD Set
Scene Access
Short Film

Movie filmed in 1927 - 1962 and produced in:
France ( France, Benelux )
Germany ( Germany, Central Europe )
Italy ( Italy, Greece )
Japan ( India, Eastern Asia )
Soviet Union ( Russia, Eastern Europe )
United States ( USA, Canada )

Directed By:
Fritz Lang
Charles Reisner
Dziga Vertov
Vittorio De Sica
Akira Kurosawa
Jean-Luc Godard

Written By:
Thea von Harbou
Carl Harbaugh
Dziga Vertov
Cesare Zavattini
Akira Kurosawa
Shinobu Hashimoto
Marcel Sacotte
Jean-Luc Godard

Alfred Abel ..... Joh Fredersen
Gustav Fröhlich ..... Freder - Joh Fredersen's Son
Rudolf Klein-Rogge ..... C.A. Rotwang - the Inventor
Fritz Rasp ..... The Thin Man
Theodor Loos ..... Josaphat
Erwin Biswanger ..... 11811 - Georgy
Heinrich George ..... Grot - the Guardian of the Heart Machine
Brigitte Helm ..... The Creative Man / The Machine Man / Death / The Seven Deadly Sins /
Buster Keaton ..... William Canfield Jr.
Tom McGuire ..... J.J. King
Ernest Torrence ..... William 'Steamboat Bill' Canfield
Tom Lewis ..... Tom Carter - First and Last Mate
Marion Byron ..... Kitty King - King's Daughter
Mikhail Kaufman ..... The cameraman
Carlo Battisti ..... Umberto Domenico Ferrari
Maria Pia Casilio ..... Maria, la servetta
Lina Gennari ..... Antonia Belloni - la padrona di case
Ileana Simova ..... La donna nella camera di Umberto
Elena Rea ..... La suora all' ospedale
Memmo Carotenuto ..... Il degente all' ospedale
Toshirô Mifune ..... Kikuchiyo
Takashi Shimura ..... Kanbei
Keiko Tsushima ..... Shino
Yukiko Shimazaki ..... Wife
Kamatari Fujiwara ..... Farmer Manzo
Daisuke Katô ..... Shichiroji
Isao Kimura ..... Katsushiro
Minoru Chiaki ..... Heihachi
Seiji Miyaguchi ..... Kyuzo
Yoshio Kosugi ..... Farmer Mosuke
Bokuzen Hidari ..... Farmer Yohei
Yoshio Inaba ..... Gorobei Katayama
Yoshio Tsuchiya ..... Farmer Rikichi
Kokuten Kôdô ..... Old Man Gisaku
Eijirô Tono ..... Thief
Anna Karina ..... Nana Kleinfrankenheim
Sady Rebbot ..... Raoul
André S. Labarthe ..... Paul
Guylaine Schlumberger ..... Yvette
Gérard Hoffman ..... Le chef
Monique Messine ..... Elisabeth
Paul Pavel ..... Journaliste
Dimitri Dineff ..... Dimitri
Peter Kassovitz ..... Le jeune homme
Eric Schlumberger ..... Luigi
Brice Parain ..... Le philosophe
Henri Attal ..... Arthur
Gilles Quéant ..... Premier client
Odile Geoffroy ..... La serveuse de café
Marcel Charton ..... L'agent de police

***WARNING***Films contain original language audio with English subtitles***Six all-time classic films available together for the first time. Showcasing six of the most important and influential cinema movements of the 20th Century, from Russian constructivism, American slapstick and German Expressionism, to the Japanese Jidai-geki, or period film, Italian neo-realism and the French new wave, this box set will explain everything you wanted to know about cinema, but were afraid to ask.
Metropolis (1927)
Story of a city of the future in which the workers dwell underground and are slaves to the machines that they operate and their daily monotonous work.
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
Willie is the effete son of riverboat captain 'Steamboat Bill' coming to see his dad after years of separation. Bill tries to turn his son into a man.
Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
This playful film is at once a documentary of a day in the life of the Soviet Union, a documentary of the filming of said documentary, and a depiction of an audience watching the film.
Umberto D (1952)
Umberto Domenico Ferrari, an elderly and retired civil servant, is desperately trying to maintain a decent standard of living on a rapidly dwindling state pension.
Seven Samurai (1954)
A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits.
My Life to Live (1962)
This film explores a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution.

METROPOLIS - Germany (1927)
Perhaps the most famous of all silent films, Fritz Lang's Metropolis envisions a future where the populace is divided between workers who must live underground and the rich who enjoy a futuristic city of splendour. Lavish and spectacular, Metropolis stands today as one of the crowning achievements of the German Expressionist cinema.

Arguable cinema's greatest-ever comic, Buster Keaton wowed American audiences with his easy gift for pioneering stunts and physical comedy. Demonstrating Hollywood's focus on pure entertainment during the silent era, Steamboat Bill Jr. is renowned for its epic scale and timeless humour.

Dziga Vertov's Man With a Movie Camera is an exuberant montage of urban life in the USSR. Vertov used a variety of pioneering cinematic techniques to document the full spectrum of 1929 Soviet life, producing a radical documentary that is exhilarating and intellectually brilliant.

UMBERTO D - Italy (1952)
Considered the last and greatest Italian Neo-Realist film, Umberto D is a moving portrait of one man's battle for survival in the gritty reality of post-war Rome. Starring non-professional actors, Umberto D follows a retired civil servant as he struggles to maintain his dignity in the face of eviction and poverty.

SEVEN SAMURAI - Japan (1954)
One of the most revered films of all time, Akira Kurosawa's jidai-geki follows the fate of a farming hamlet whose residents entreat a number of masterless samurai to protect them and their crops from marauding brigands. One of the first films to introduce Japanese culture to the west, Seven Samurai is an enduring masterpiece.

VIVRE SA VIE - France (1962)
Told in twelve episodes, Vivre Sa Vie shocked audiences at its 1962 première and was instantly recognised as one of the definitive films of the French New Wave. A highly-structured combination of documentary techniques and gangster noir, it is one of Godard's most complex and critically-acclaimed films.

Metropolis (1927)
The future. Metropolis is a wonderful city, high above the ground its towers stand. The people prosper, the economy is flourishing, the suspended streets are busy. But Metropolis also has a great secret, so hidden that not even Freder Fredersen, son of founder Joh Fredersen knows about it. He is spending his free time in the Eternal Gardens, when suddenly a woman shows up, with what looks like a class of children. They're from the City of Workers, in the depth, Freder learns. 'These are your brothers', she tells the children, before she is forced to leave. Freder is so intrigued he follows them into the depth and doesn't like what he sees. The workers are exploited, they must do labor like robots. Freder tries to convince his father to change, while the woman tries to keep workers' morale high by predicting a man will stand up that will mediate. Someone that will use both hands and head, someone that will be the heart.

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
In the riverside town of River Junction, Captain William Canfield has an old steamship and disputes the passengers with the powerful banker John James King, who has a brandy new passenger vessel. William is informed that his unknown son William Canfield Jr. will arrive by train from Boston to visit him. When Willie arrives, William trains him to work with him in his ship. However, Willie meets his friend Kitty King, the daughter of James King, and they date each other, against the will of their fathers. When a hurricane reaches River Junction, Willie rescues his father and his future father-in-law from the river.

Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
This playful film is at once a documentary of a day in the life of the Soviet Union, a documentary of the filming of said documentary, and a depiction of an audience watching the film. Even the editing of the film is documented. We often see the cameraman who is purportedly making the film, but we rarely, if ever, see any of the footage he seems to be in the act of shooting!

Umberto D (1952)
Umberto Ferrari, aged government-pensioner, attends a street demonstration held by his fellow pensioners. The police dispense the crowd and Unberto returns to his cheap furnished room which he shares with his dog Flick. Umberto's lone friend is Maria, servant of the boarding house. She is a simple girl who is pregnant by one of two soldiers and neither will admit to being the father. When Umberto's landlady Antonia demands the rent owed her and threatens eviction if she is not paid, Umberto tries desperately to raise the money by selling his books and watch. He is too proud to beg in the streets and can not get a loan from any of his acquaintances. He contracts a sore throat, is admitted to a hospital and this puts a delay on his financial difficulty. Discharged, he finds that his dog is gone and, following a frantic search, locates him in the city dog pound. His room has been taken over by the landlady and the now-homeless Unberto determines to find a place for his beloved dog, and then kill himself. Unsuccessful, he resolves that his dog must die with him and he stands in the path of a train, with his dog in his arms.

Seven Samurai (1954)
In the Sixteenth Century, in Japan, a poor village is frequently looted by armed bandits losing their crop of rice. Their patriarch Grandpa advises the villagers to hire a Ronin to defend their village. Four farmers head to town to seek out their possible protectors, but they just can offer three meals of rice per day and lodging for the samurai. They succeed in hiring the warming-hearted veteran Kambei Shimada that advises that they need six other samurai to protect their lands. Kambei recruits the necessary five samurai and the brave jester Kikuchiyo and move to the village. After a feared reception, Kambei plots a defense strategy and the samurai start training the farmers how to defend their lands and families for the battle that approaches.

My Life to Live (1962)
The film stars Anna Karina, as Nana, a beautiful Parisian in her early twenties who deliberately leaves her husband and her infant son hoping to become an actress. Without money, beyond what she earns as a shopgirl, and unable to enter acting, she elects to earn better money as a prostitiute. Soon she has a pimp, Raoul, who after an unspecified period agrees to sell Nana to another pimp. During the exchange the pimps argue and in a gun battle Nana is killed. Nana's short life on film is told in 12 brief episodes each preceded by a written resume. Godard introduces other idiosyncrasies to focus the viewer's attention.
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