BECKET
1964, Paramount, 148 min, UK/USA, Dir: Peter Glenville

Peter O’Toole’s first turn as Henry II sees the king immersed in a complicated friendship with the Archbishop of Canterbury (Richard Burton). This exquisitely mounted historical drama earned a dozen Oscar nominations, including a win for Edward Anhalt’s adapted screenplay. With John Gielgud.


MARINA
2013, Media Luna, 110 min, Belgium, Dir: Stijn Coninx

Director Stijn Coninx’s film tells the true story of Rocco Granata (Matteo Simoni), who moves with his family to Belgium in the late-1940s when his father (Luigi Lo Cascio) takes a job mining coal. The young man struggles in his new home until his dad encourages him to latch onto a dream. That dream is music, and the singer/accordionist goes on to top charts around the world with his song “Marina.” Based on the popular performer’s childhood memories, this rags-to-riches biopic has romance, laughs, drama and, of course, plenty of music. In Flemish, Italian and French with English subtitles.


THE WIND RISES
KAZE TACHINU
2013, Disney, 126 min, Japan, Dir: Hayao Miyazaki

Director Hayao Miyazaki’s final film is a typically glorious animated affair, a celebration of art, science, and the impulse to create. Based on Miyazaki’s own manga, it tells the true story of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of two famous aircraft used by Japan during World War II. The film has already won dozens of critics’ and film festival awards, and is a fitting finale to a triumphant career. In Japanese with English subtitles.


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