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    "The Birdcage"
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    Albert: Whatever I am, he made me! I was adorable once, young and full of hope. And now look at me! I'm this short, fat, insecure, middle-aged thing! Armand: I made you short? --Robin Williams (Armand) and Nathan Lane (Albert) are gay Miami nightclub owners forced to play it straight when their son's in-laws come to town in "The Birdcage," the outrageous and witty update of the French comedy "La Cage aux Folles."

    NEW RELEASES

    "Billy Elliot"
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    Foursquare in the gritty-but-heartwarming tradition of "Brassed Off" and "The Full Monty" comes "Billy Elliot," the first film from noted British theatrical director Stephen Daldry. The setting is County Durham in 1984, and things "up north" are even grimmer than usual: the miners' strike is in full rancorous swing, and 11-year-old Billy's dad and older brother, miners both, are on the picket lines....

    "The Tao of Steve"
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    This American indie take on the slacker lothario falls into the old familiar story: eternally adolescent man meets grown-up woman and is forced to face up to a life in which he has never taken an emotional risk or a life-changing plunge. "The Tao of Steve" is a mix of zen, tough-guy cool, and college philosophy named after the manly triad of Steve Austin (a.k.a. the "Six Million Dollar Man"), Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord's unflappable cop on "Hawaii Five-0"), and the king of all Steves: Steve McQueen....

    "Eyes of Tammy Faye"
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    Tammy Faye Bakker, she of the layers of makeup that made her face into a living Halloween mask, will forever remain a camp icon of '80s culture for many of us. Directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato chart her life from traveling evangelist to the mother of three religious cable networks, and her fall from grace when husband Jim Bakker was forced out of the PTL (Praise the Lord) ministry after a scandalous affair....

    BACK TO SCHOOL VIDEO STORE

    Ah, the agony and the ecstasy of returning to school! The smell of the textbooks, the roar of the lunch crowd... Get yourself psyched for the return to a life of education with our Back to School Video Store.
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    International School Movies
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    FEATURED BARGAINS OF THE MONTH

    * "Delicatessen"
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    * "The Double Life of Veronique"
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    * "Close to Eden"
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    * "Trust"
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    EDITOR'S PICK

    "Run Lola Run"
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    It's difficult to create a film that's fast paced, exciting, and aesthetically appealing without diluting its dialogue. "Run Lola Run," directed and written by Tom Tykwer, is an enchanting balance of pace and narrative, creating a universal parable that leaps over cultural barriers. This is the story of young Lola (Franka Potente) and her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu). In the space of 20 minutes, they must come up with 100,000 deutsche marks to pay back a seedy gangster....
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    "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears"
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    Russian comedy-drama that won the 1981 Oscar for Best Foreign Film; directed by Vladimir Menshov Available September 4, 2001.

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    "Dancer in the Dark"
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    "The Five Senses"
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    Starring Mary-Louise Parker and Pascale Bussieres; directed by Jeremy Podeswa Available September 11, 2001.

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    "Before Night Falls"
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    Starring Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp; directed by Julian Schnabel Available October 2, 2001.

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    POSTED 6 AUGUST 2001

    "Solomon & Gaenor"
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    Rising Welsh star Ioan Gruffudd ("Titanic," "Horatio Hornblower") stars as Solomon to Nia Robert's Gaenor in director Paul Morrison's Oscar-nominated tale of star-crossed lovers living in the wrong place (Wales) at the wrong time (1911). Solomon is a Jewish packman who travels door to door selling fabric from his family's shop to the locals. It is on one such occasion that he meets Gaenor, the soft-spoken daughter of a miner....

    "Shower"
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    Old and new China collide in Zhang Yang's award-winning drama of a family-run bathhouse in a crumbling Beijing neighborhood marked for demolition. Da Ming (Quanxin Pu), the proprietor's estranged eldest son who left the family business to become part of China's modern business culture, receives a cryptic postcard from his brother Er Ming that suggests his father has died....

    "The Waiting Game"
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    At last, a movie made by and for actors with lots of experience in the service industry. "The Waiting Game" is a slight movie, but nice enough, and sure to provide a few moments of recognition for actors still slugging away in the trenches. The characters are familiar ones: Lenny, the Actor with the Upscale Girlfriend Who Doesn't Understand His Career; Andi, the Actress Who...

    ESSENTIAL VIDEOS

    Essential Videos Casual movie fans and fanatical film buffs alike will love our Essential Video Store. We've gathered the cream of the crop across a wide range of genres, from blockbuster epics to side-splitting comedies to uniquely personal art films. It's the perfect way to complete your own collection of must-see movies. Lights, camera, action!

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    EDITOR'S PICK

    "Traffik - Miniseries"
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    Like "The Singing Detective," Alastair Reid's award-winning 1989 British miniseries (broadcast in the U.S. on "Masterpiece Theatre") has taken on mythic status. The critical and box-office success of Steven Soderbergh's Oscar-winning feature-film adaptation paved the way for "Traffik"'s home-video release, and it's an even more gripping and devastating experience. This is understandable in that it unfolds over five riveting hours, allowing for richer characterization. "Traffik" also operates on a broader canvas, as the interlocking stories play out in such far-flung locales as London and Hamburg, Germany, as well as Pakistan, a reminder that the war on drugs--in this case, heroin--is a global one....

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    "42 Up"
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    Director Michael Apted's third segment in the "Up" series now on video Available August 28, 2001.

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    "Billy Elliot"
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    Starring Julie Walters and Jamie Bell; directed by Stephen Daldry Available August 28, 2001.

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    "Eyes of Tammy Faye"
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    A film festival favorite narrated by RuPaul Charles; directed by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey Available August 28, 2001.

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    "The Tao of Steve"
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    Starring Donal Logue and Greer Goodman; directed by Jenniphr Goodman Available August 28, 2001. See more Sony Pictures Classics
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    POSTED 10 MAY 2001

    Herman Blume: She's my Rushmore. Max Fischer: I know. She was mine too. --Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman star in "Rushmore," a wonderfully unorthodox coming-of-age story that ranks with "Harold and Maude" and "The Graduate."
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    "A Nous La Liberte"
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    Starring Raymond Cordy and Henri Marchand; directed by Rene Clair

    "The Fourth Man"
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    Starring Jeroen Krabbe and Rene Soutendijk; directed by Paul Verhoeven

    "Zero De Conduite"
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    Starring Jean Daste and Louis Lefebvre; directed by Jean Vigo

    "Soldier of Orange"
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    Starring Rutger Hauer and Jeroen Krabbe; directed by Paul Verhoeven

    EDITOR'S PICK

    "Rififi"
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    Hollywood's loss was Europe's gain when Jules Dassin made the House Un-American Activities Committee blacklist and then fled the country at the end of the 1940s. His films helped bring the moral ambiguity of the postwar American thriller to Europe, inspiring a new generation of critics and filmmakers. Several years before Francois Truffaut made "The 400 Blows," he praised Dassin for the way his films combined "the documentary approach with lyricism," a method that would inform many of the new wave films of the '60s.

    SPANISH-LANGUAGE VIDEOS STORE

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    Visit our new Spanish-Language Videos Store to find thousands of titles subtitled or dubbed in Spanish. Buy current fare from Spain (like the Oscar-winning "All About My Mother") or translated versions of such favorites as "The Sound of Music" and "Toy Story 2."
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    "Cecil B. Demented"
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    John Waters spoofs independent filmmaking at its most absurd fringe with this affectionate portrait of a guerrilla filmmaking collective that declares war on Hollywood drivel. "Cecil B. Demented" is a bizarre revision of the Patty Hearst story (with Hearst herself in a supporting role) full of film-insider jokes and '60s revolutionary references, but it's more spoof than satire. Available May 22.

    "The Wolves of Kromer"
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    A mix of revisionist fairy tale and social satire, this gay allegory imagines urban runaways as storybook werewolves lurking around the fringes of a quaint little village. Gabriel (James Layton) is a rascally, seductive veteran of the wilds who fancies young Seth (Lee Williams), an innocent newcomer tossed out of his home by parents appalled at his sudden transformation from normal boy to... wolf.... Available May 22.

    "Mansfield Park"
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    In "Mansfield Park," based on Jane Austen's strongly autobiographical novel, penniless city mouse Fanny Price (Frances O'Connor) comes to live in a handsome country manor with the Bertrams, her heartless, class-conscious relations. After many cruel setbacks, Fanny manages, by dint of writing talent and moral integrity, to win the day and the love of her life ("Trainspotting"'s Jonny Lee Miller). Canadian director Patricia Rozema delivers full-blooded Jane Austen, a protofeminist, with savvy charm in this entertaining ride in the socioeconomic fast lane, circa 1806. Available June 5.

    Editor, Alison Gubser, © 2001 amazon.com and associate ncdn

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    WORD FOR WORD

    "Give us the future; we've had enough of your past. Give us back our country, to live in, to grow in, to love." --Liam Neeson in "Michael Collins" (1996)
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    "Cinema Paradiso"
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    Giuseppe Tornatore's beautiful 1988 film about a little boy's love affair with the movies deservedly won an Oscar® for Best Foreign Film and a Special Jury Prize at Cannes. Philippe Noiret plays a grizzled old projectionist who takes pride in his presentation of screen dreams for a town still recovering from World War II....

    "Princess Mononoke"
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    This epic, animated 1997 fantasy has already made history as the top-grossing domestic feature ever released in Japan, where its combination of mythic themes, mystical forces, and ravishing visuals tapped deeply into cultural identity and contemporary, ecological anxieties. For international animation and anime fans, "Princess Mononoke" represents an auspicious next step for its revered creator....

    "East Is East"
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    Manchester in 1971 was not the ideal place and time to raise a proper Pakistani family. But George Khan (Om Puri), father of seven unruly moppets and husband to a willful British wife (Linda Bassett), was determined to wield his influence over his clan....

    EDITOR'S PICK

    "Titus"
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    Considered by many to be Shakespeare's worst play, "Titus Andronicus" is a bloodthirsty tragedy full of villainous heroes and bottomless revenge--hardly the stuff of big-screen directorial debuts, it would seem. Yet Julie Taymor dives headfirst into moviemaking with "Titus," a spectacular adaptation that manages to find beauty and humor in the piles of carnage....

    RECENTLY REDUCED FAVORITES

    "Delicatessen"
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    --Outrageously surreal black French comedy about cannibalism

    "The Double Life of Veronique"
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    --Perfect for fans of Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors"

    "Smilla's Sense of Snow"
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    --Julia Ormond as a captivatingly icy character

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    IT'S OSCAR TIME!

    The Nominees, Please! Don't miss our red-carpet coverage of the 73rd annual Academy Awards.
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    "Tokyo Story"
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    Yasujiro Ozu's economical style reaches its zenith in this deceptively simple 1953 story of an elderly couple in rural Japan who go to visit their married children in Tokyo. Chishu Ryo (Ozu's favorite performer) and Chieko Higashiyama star as the aging parents who find a cold welcome waiting for them from their two urbanized children, too busy with work and their own lives to pay them any attention.... Available March 20.

    "Pelle the Conqueror"
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    Wonderful 19th-century drama about a humble old widower (Max von Sydow) and his young son Pelle (Pelle Hvenegaard), Swedish immigrants in Denmark. They are simple folk with simple, modest dreams, yet they must valiantly struggle for survival in a world rife with everyday cruelties and injustices. The life-sustaining closeness between father and son is especially poignant.... Available April 10.

    "The Virgin Suicides"
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    Previously criticized for her marginal acting skills, Sofia Coppola made her directorial debut with "The Virgin Suicides" and silenced her detractors. No amount of coaching from her director father (Francis Coppola) or husband (Spike Jonze) could have guaranteed a film this assured, and in adapting Jeffrey Eugenides's novel, Coppola demonstrates the sensitivity and emotional depth that this material demands.... Available April 24.

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