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      Past and present...people who made history

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Benito: The Rise and Fall of Mussolini   (1993 - DVD)
Director: Gianluigi Calderone
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Claudia Koll, Meme Perlini, Susanne Lothar, Toni Bertorelli, Valentina Lainati, Ivano Marescotti, Franco Mescolini, Anna Geislerova

Award-winning actor Antonio Banderas stars in this gripping tale of the deadly rise of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Rising quickly from within the ranks of the socialist party, Mussolini secured local chief of the Italian Socialist Party at a young age, where he developed his secure instinct for power and his talent for intrigue as he played off various sections of the left against each other.

His dangerous rise to power ultimately played out against the backdrop of World War I, and gave rise to a new fighting government-Fascism. While the pacifists in the party pressed for neutrality, Mussolini turned his back on his deal and allowed himself to be bought by the Conservative government. The former anti-war campaigner turned opportunist revoked his opposition to the war and suddenly found himself on his own - and at the brink of collapse.

Language (with English Subtitles): English / Italian
Rated R for some sexuality/nudityGenre: War  Run Time: 307 minutes   Release Date: 8/15/2006   Nights: 7   Status: (Buy for $1.00)

Darwin's Darkest Hour   (2009 - DVD)
Director: John Bradshaw
Starring: Henry Ian Cusick, Frances O'Connor

Starring Henry Ian Cusick and Frances O'Connor, Darwin’s Darkest Hour depicts the professional and personal trauma Charles Darwin endured the year before the publication of On the Origin of Species.

Darwin's life's work, what he called "his abominable volume," is in danger of being scooped by Alfred Wallace; at the same time, one of his children is stricken by scarlet fever and one with diphtheria. His wife, Emma, is his rock - helping him through the turmoil even though his work challenges her deep Christian faith.

We flash back with Charles to his journey as he figures out what he called "the mystery of mysteries" and come to understand why a letter from Wallace is such a bombshell. In the end, it is the remarkable, erudite Emma who will see Charles through this nightmare, even as one of her children dies of fever. Darwin's Darkest Hour brings to life the compelling human story behind the publication of one of history's most influential theories.

Not RatedGenre: Drama  Run Time: 102 minutes   Release Date: 11/17/2009   Nights: 7   Status: (Buy for $1.00)

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective   (2002 - DVD)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most loved, respected and feared leaders in American history. He was the conscience of the struggle for civil rights - and one of its many heroic martyrs.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective offers a one-of-a-kind examination of Dr. King's extraordinary life. Using rare and largely unseen film footage and photographs, writer/director Tom Friedman explores how Dr. King's ideas, beliefs and methods evolved in the face of the rapidly changing climate of the Civil Rights Movement.

To study Dr. King's compelling and magnificent life is to understand that social change and enlightenment are brought about only by the overwhelming force of the human spirit.

Not RatedGenre: Spec. Interest-Bios  Run Time: 60 minutes   Release Date: 1/24/2006   Nights: 7   Status: (Buy for $1.00)

Sun, The   (2009 - DVD)
Director: Alexsander Sokurov
Starring: Robert Dawson, Kaori Momoi, Shiro Sano, Shinmei Tsuji

Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) continues his brilliant investigation into the lives of dictators with the "engrossing, supremely assured" (Village Voice) The Sun. Following up his portraits of Hitler in Moloch (1999) and Lenin in Taurus (2001), the film is a mesmerizing tour of Emperor Hirohito's final days in power during the waning moments of WWII.

Played by Issei Ogata with "an impish wit" (Variety), Hirohito wanders through his palace in a child-like state of denial. He spends his time studying marine biology and paging through a photo album of Hollywood stars. Hirohito's patient chamberlain (Shiro Sano) encourages his isolation through banal daily rituals, which include "time for private thought." But reality soon intrudes, as American soldiers overrun his manicured gardens and nightmare visions of Hiroshima invade his dreams. No longer a God among men, Hirohito is forced to kowtow to General MacArthur (Robert Dawson), who softly pushes the terms of the occupation and, even more dramatically, for the renunciation of Hirohito's divinity.

One of the "best movies released in 2009" (NY Times), The Sun is an elegantly constructed meditation on absolute power and how it dissipates the man who wields it.

Language (with English Subtitles): English / Japanese
Not RatedGenre: Foreign-Japanese  Run Time: 110 minutes   Release Date: 6/22/2010   Nights: 7   Status: (Buy for $1.00)

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