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Beyond the woods

There’s more to movies than Holly or Bollywood. Pick up the best of world cinema. Take our recco...

entertainment Updated: Aug 25, 2010 14:35 IST

Claude Sautet’s A Heart in Winter
France, Romantic drama
Shemaroo, Rs 279

A love triangle told through music, the movie is about a violinist, Camille, who falls in love with Maxime, a manufacturer and repairer of old violins. Meanwhile, Maxime’s shy employee, Stephane, begins to nurse a secret desire to marry Camille. What ensues is a saga filled with music and passion.

Majid Majidi’s Children of Heaven
Iran, Drama
NDTV Lumiere in association with Enlighten Home Library, Rs 499

Majidi’s portrayal of a lower middle class house in Iran and how children adapt to a lifestyle in Iran’s cultural environment is heart warming and gut wrenching at the same time.

Michael Apted’s Engima
UK, Adapted war drama
UTV World, Rs 349

A hallmark film co-produced by rocker Mick Jagger and starring his World War code-breaking machine called Enigma, it is a screen adaptation of Robit Harris’ novel of the same name. It is about a cryptanalyst Tom Jericho, who decodes the German communications and discovers hidden codes in the classified information.

Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood
Japan, Samurai
Palador, Rs 399

This 1957 movie, set in feudal Japan, is Kurosawa’s interpretation of Macbeth. It is acclaimed as one of the best Macbeth adaptations on screen. Washizu Taketoki is the main character, who is shot in the end by his archers and stumbles forward, holding a bleeding wound in his split neck.

Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor
USA, Biopic
NDTV Lumiere in association Enlighten Home Library, Rs 499

This classic is a real life story of Aisin-Gioro Puyi, the last Emperor of the Qing Dynasty in China. Puyi traces his life from his ascent to the throne at the age of three to his political rehabilitation by Chinese communists.