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A Beginner's Guide To Cinema (Vol. 2) - 7-DVD Box Set (DVD) (*)
$71.99 $65.97

Original Title: The Blue Angel / Double Indemnity / Orpheus (Orphée) / Tokyo Story (Tôkyô monogatari) / Imitation of Life / The Leopard (Il gattopardo)
Screened, competed or awarded at:
BAFTA Awards
Cannes Film Festival
David Donatello Awards
Golden Globes
Oscar Academy Awards
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 )

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

Running Time:
731 min

Aspect Ratio:

Special Features:
Box Set
Deleted Scenes
Interactive Menu
Multi-DVD Set
Scene Access

Movie filmed in 1930 - 1963 and produced in:
France ( France, Benelux )
Germany ( Germany, Central Europe )
Italy ( Italy, Greece )
Japan ( India, Eastern Asia )
United States ( USA, Canada )

Directed By:
Josef von Sternberg
Billy Wilder
Jean Cocteau
Yasujiro Ozu
Douglas Sirk
Luchino Visconti

Written By:
Heinrich Mann
Carl Zuckmayer
Billy Wilder
Raymond Chandler
Jean Cocteau
Kôgo Noda
Yasujiro Ozu
Eleanore Griffin
Allan Scott
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Suso Cecchi d'Amico

Emil Jannings ..... Professor Immanuel Rath
Marlene Dietrich ..... Lola Lola
Kurt Gerron ..... Kiepert, the Magician
Rosa Valetti ..... Guste, His Wife
Hans Albers ..... Mazeppa, the Strong Man
Charles Puffy ..... Proprietor of The Blue Angel
The Weintraub Syncopators ..... Group Cast Performers
Fred MacMurray ..... Walter Neff
Barbara Stanwyck ..... Phyllis Dietrichson
Edward G. Robinson ..... Barton Keyes
Porter Hall ..... Mr. Jackson
Jean Heather ..... Lola Dietrichson
Tom Powers ..... Mr. Dietrichson
Byron Barr ..... Nino Zachetti
Richard Gaines ..... Edward S. Norton, Jr.
Fortunio Bonanova ..... Sam Garlopis
John Philliber ..... Joe Peters
Jean Marais ..... Orphée
François Périer ..... Heurtebise
María Casares ..... The Princess - Death
Marie Déa ..... Eurydice
Henri Crémieux ..... L'éditeur
Juliette Gréco ..... Aglaonice
Roger Blin ..... The Poet
Edouard Dermithe ..... Jacques Cégeste
René Worms ..... Judge
Raymond Faure ..... Le commissaire
Pierre Bertin ..... Judge
Jacques Varennes ..... Judge
André Carnège
Claude Mauriac
Chishu Ryu ..... Shukishi Hirayama
Chieko Higashiyama ..... Tomi Hirayama
Setsuko Hara ..... Noriko Hirayama
Haruko Sugimura ..... Shige Kaneko
Sô Yamamura ..... Koichi Hirayama
Kuniko Miyake ..... Fumiko Hirayama - his wife
Kyôko Kagawa ..... Kyôko Hirayama
Eijirô Tono ..... Sanpei Numata
Nobuo Nakamura ..... Kurazo Kaneko
Shirô Osaka ..... Keizo Hirayama
Hisao Toake ..... Osamu Hattori
Teruko Nagaoka ..... Yone Hattori
Mutsuko Sakura ..... Oden-ya no onna
Toyo Takahashi ..... Rinka no saikun
Tôru Abe ..... Tetsudou-shokuin
Lana Turner ..... Lora Meredith
John Gavin ..... Steve Archer
Sandra Dee ..... Susie - 16
Susan Kohner ..... Sarah Jane - 18
Robert Alda ..... Allen Loomis
Dan O'Herlihy ..... David Edwards
Juanita Moore ..... Annie Johnson
Karin Dicker ..... Sarah Jane - 8
Terry Burnham ..... Susie - 6
John Vivyan ..... Young Man
Lee Goodman ..... Photographer
Ann Robinson ..... Showgirl
Troy Donahue ..... Frankie
Sandra Gould ..... Annette
David Tomack ..... Mr. McKenney
Burt Lancaster ..... Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
Claudia Cardinale ..... Angelica Sedara
Bertiana ..... Tancredi Falconeri
Alain Delon ..... Don Calogero Sedara
Paolo Stoppa ..... Princess Maria Stella Salina
Rina Morelli ..... Father Pirrone
Romolo Valli ..... Count Cavriaghi
Terence Hill ..... Francesco Paolo
Pierre Clémenti ..... Concetta
Lucilla Morlacchi ..... Garibaldi's General
Giuliano Gemma ..... Carolina
Ida Galli ..... Caterina
Ottavia Piccolo ..... Paolo
Carlo Valenzano ..... Little Prince
Brook Fuller ..... Mademoiselle Dombreuil, the Governess
Anna Maria Bottini

***WARNING***Films contain original language audio with English subtitles***Second volume boxset in 'A Beginner's Guide to Cinema' collection that includes work by six masters of cinema: Josef von Sternberg, Billy Wilder, Yasujiro Ozu, Douglas Sirk, Luchino Visconti and Jean Cocteau.
The Blue Angel - Weimar Germany (1930)
Marlene Dietrich steals more than one show in this backstage tragedy about a lowly professor besotted with a cruel and enigmatic singer.
Double Indemnity - USA (1944)
A wife and an insurance agent plot together to murder the husband and collect his accident insurance.
Orpheus - France (1950)
Orphee is a poet who becomes obsessed with Death (the Princess).
Tokyo Story - Japan (1953)
An elderly couple journey to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness.
Imitation of Life - USA (1959)
In 1947 at Coney Island, down-on-her-luck actress Lora Meredith and her young daughter Susie meet coloured Annie Johnson and her daughter Sarah Jane.
The Leopard - Italy (1963)
In the 1860s, a dying aristocracy struggles to maintain itself against a harsh Sicilian landscape.

THE BLUE ANGEL - Weimar Germany (1930)
The film which started the infamous pairing of director Josef von Sternberg and star Marlene Dietrich centres on a prudish professor who is appalled when a burlesque troupe, starring the wanton Lola Lola, arrives in town. Filmed in simultaneously English and German The Blue Angel is an icon of 20th century cinema.

The quintessential film noir, Double Indemnity epitomises the snappy dialogue and highly-stylised aesthetic for which the genre is known. Barbara Stanwyck stars as the seductive femme fatale and Fred MacMurray the insurance salesman bewitched by her charms in Billy Wilder's classic version of James M Cain's thriller.

ORPHEUS - France (1950)
Surrealist Jean Cocteau's retooling of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice beautifully marries his artistic eye with his penchant for innovative special effects. Orpheus is a renowned left-bank poet, now out-of-vogue, and following several mystical events, he must travel to the Underworld to rescue his wife, Eurydice.

TOKYO STORY - Japan (1953)
Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story is perhaps the cinema's most achingly beautiful study of the human condition. Set in post-war Japan, it follows an elderly couple as they travel from the countryside to visit their children in Tokyo. Ozu's masterpiece regularly rates amongst the greatest films ever made.

Douglas Sirk, the undisputed king of melodrama, distills his mastery into Imitation of Life, his Hollywood swansong. During a beach outing, aspiring actress, Lora, and her daughter meet Annie-a black woman who is hard on her luck-and Sara-Jane, her pale-skinned daughter, and the four from a life-long bond.

THE LEOPARD - Italy (1963)
Based on the celebrated novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa., Luchino Visconti's The Leopard focusses on the aristocratic house of Salina, and the Prince at its head, during the tumultuous years of Italy's Risorgimento. Starring Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon, this luscious Palme d'Or-winning drama is a cinematic masterpiece.

The Blue Angel (1930)
The Blue Angel presents the tragic transformation of a man from a respectable professor to a cabaret clown, and his descent into madness. The film is considered to be the first major German sound film, and brought Dietrich international fame.

Double Indemnity (1944)
In 1938, Walter Neff, an experienced salesman of the Pacific All Risk Insurance Co., meets the seductive wife of one of his clients, Phyllis Dietrichson, and they have an affair. Phyllis proposes to kill her husband to receive the proceeds of an accident insurance policy and Walter devises a scheme to receive twice the amount based on a double indemnity clause. When Mr. Dietrichson is found dead on a train-track, the police accept the determination of accidental death. However, the insurance analyst and Walter's best friend Barton Keyes does not buy the story and suspects that Phyllis has murdered her husband with the help of another man.

Orpheus (1950)
The poet Orphée is popular among the general public but detested by the avant-garde at the Café des Poètes. A young poet is killed by two motorbikes just outside the café. His patroness, called The Princess, brings the body to her car, and asks Orphée to come along as a witness. From the car radio a monotonous voice is reciting meaningless lines, which Orphée conceives as the fresh inspiration he has been looking for to renew his writing. In a deserted house he witnesses how The Princess revives the dead poet and disappears with him into a mirror. The chauffeur Heurtebis takes Orphée back home, where Eurydice is longing to tell him that she is pregnant. Orphée ignores her, and sneaks out to the garage, to listen to the captivating voice in the car radio. When Eurydice leaves the house, the two motorbikes kill her on the road. Heurtebis shows the remorseful Orphée how to follow Eurydice through a mirror. When Orphée finds Eurydice in the other world, a court allows them to return to life under the condition that he never looks at her. Orphée is tormented by conflicting feelings, because he is also in love with The Princess, his personal Death.

Tokyo Story (1953)
Elderly couple Shukishi and Tomi Hirayama live in the small coastal village of Onomichi, Japan with their youngest daughter, schoolteacher Kyoko Hirayama. Their other three surviving adult children, who they have not seen in quite some time, live either in Tokyo or Osaka. As such, Shukishi and Tomi make the unilateral decision to have an extended visit in Tokyo with their children, pediatrician Koichi Hirayama and beautician Shige Kaneko, and their respective families (which includes two grandchildren). In transit, they make an unexpected stop in Osaka and stay with their other son, Keiso Hirayama. All of their children treat the visit more as an obligation than a want, each trying to figure out what to do with their parents while they continue on with their own daily lives. At one point, they even decide to ship their parents off to an inexpensive resort at Atami Hot Springs rather than spend time with them. The only offspring who makes a concerted effort on this trip is Noriko Hirayama, their widowed daughter-in-law, whose husband, Shoji Hirayama, was killed eight years earlier in the war. Following the vacation, each child comes to some conclusion of their general behavior toward their parents, not only on this trip but throughout their entire adult lives. For some, this realization may come too late.

Imitation of Life (1959)
In Coney Island, the widow aspiring actress Lora Meredith finds her six-year-old daughter Susie playing with eight-year-old Sarah Jane, who is the daughter of the black homeless housekeeper Annie Johnson. Lora brings Annie and her daughter to live in her small apartment in New York and they become close friends. Lora has a love affair with the photographer Steve Archer and sooner he proposes her. But the ambitious Lora dreams on becoming a star in Broadway and prioritizes her career and also neglects Susie. The light-skinned Sarah Jones rejects her mother and tries to pass as white for her friends. Lora is well-succeeded in her career and reaches stardom. Ten years later, she meets Steve by chance and he gives attention to Susie while Lora is shooting a film in Italy. When she returns, she decides to get married with Steve; but Susie has fallen in love with Steve. Meanwhile Sarah Jane runs away home to work in fleshpots.

The Leopard (1963)
Arguably Luchino Visconti's best film and certainly the most personal of his historical epics, The Leopard chronicles the fortunes of Prince Fabrizio Salina and his family during the unification of Italy in the 1860s.
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