Born in Berlin, Margarethe von Trotta is one of the leaders of the New German Cinema movement, as well as one of the world’s most important feminist filmmakers. In 1977, she wrote and directed her first solo feature, The Second Awakening of Christa Klages, which introduced many of the themes that she would return to in her later films: female bonding, sisterhood, and the uses and effects of violence.
Category Films & TV
Black Death, a supernatural thriller set in England in the year 1348, will be coming to movie theaters next month. Starring Sean Bean, the movie centers around the efforts of a monk and a group of knights to learn the secret why a remote village is not being effected by the plague which is ravaging Europe.
The 13th Warrior, starring Antonio Banderas, was released in 1999. It was based on the novel Eaters of the Dead, by Michael Crichton. The film follows a group of Viking warriors, accompanied by an Arab ambassador, as they defend a village from a mysterious foe. The movie is considered a Hollywood flop, having cost an estimated $100 million more than was made in theatres.
Timeline is a movie released in 2003 and based on a novel by Michael Crichton (which was also called Timeline). It stars Paul Walker and Gerard Butler and was directed by Richard DonnerPlot: A group of medieval archaeologists get the opportunity to go back in time to the year 1357 when a high-tech company accidentally finds a way of traveling back through time.
The ReckoningStarring William Dafoe and Paul BettanyDirected by Paul McGuiganReleased in 2003Set in 14th century England, The Reckoning focuses on Nicholas, a young priest who has broken his vow of chastity and in turn becomes a fugitive, escaping from his fellow monks and their judgment. Posing as an actor in a traveling acting troupe, Nicholas, along with the actors, discovers that a young woman convicted of killing a boy is actually innocent and the troupe sets out to prove her innocence by incorporating the crime into their plays.
First KnightReleased in 1995Starring Richard Gere, Julia Ormond and Sean ConneryDirected by Jerry Zucker“This is the heart of Camelot, not these stones, not these timbers, these palaces and towers. Burn them all and Camelot lives on, because it lives in us. Camelot is a belief that we hold in our hearts.
Monty Python and the Holy GrailReleased in 1975Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael PalinPerhaps the most unique take on the legend of King Arthur, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is considered to be one of the funniest movies ever made. Written, produced, directed and starred in by the members of the British comedy troupe Monty Python, the film was made on a budget of just $350 000, but has earned over $127 million in revenues to date.