Utopia


Films suggested by Friends in the area of Utopia: films showing an imaginary world which has promise, if not perfection.


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Last updated: November 21, 1997
* Jonah, Who will be 25 in the Year 2000 (Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000)
France/Switzerland, 1976, Comedy, D: Alain Tanner, Stars: Jean-Luc Bideau, Myriam Meziere, Miou-Miou, 116 m
In Geneva, burned-out 60s political activist revives enough to warn some farmers that a land developer is about to swindle them out of their farm. He and the secretary who tipped him off befriend the farm family, and start a commune with their own school for Jonah.

* Lost Horizon
USA, 1937, Drama, D: Frank Capra, Stars: Ronald Colman, Sam Jaffe, Edward Everett Horton, Jane Wyatt, 138 m
A small plane carrying a British diplomat (Ronald Colman) and a small group of people crash-land in the Himalayas, in the valley of Shangra-la, which offers a life away from the world of cares and corruption.

* Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
USA, 1939, Drama, D: Frank Capra, Screenplay: Sydney Buchman, Lewis R. Foster; Stars: Jean Arthur, James Stuart, Claude Rains, 125 m
Idealistic young Jefferson Smith (James Stuart) is appointed to a U.S. Senate seat by the governor of his state to fill the term of a Senator who died in office. Once there, Smith challenges the corruption of the system that put him in power,

* Until the End of the World (Bis ans Ende der Welt)
Australia/Germany, 1991, Drama, D: Wim Wenders, Stars: Solveig Dommartin, William Hurt, Sam Neill, Jeanne Moreau, 179 m
Solveig Dommartin falls in with some bank robbers and then escapes with William Hurt, who is being pursued by the CIA on a trumped-up charge because the agency wants to get hold of his instruments, which record dreams and give sight to the blind.

* Wings of Desire (Der Himmel ueber Berlin)
West Germany, 1987, Drama, D: Wim Wenders, Stars: Bruno Ganz, Otto Sander, Solveig Dommartin, Peter Falk; Original Screenplay: Wim Wenders, Peter Handke and Richard Reitinger, 127 m
Two angels whose turf is Berlin, disguise themselves as ageing hippie men, with shabby overcoats, ponytails and smiling faces. One angel, Damiel (Bruno Ganz), tires of his life of observing, recording, consoling, but never intervening, never experiencing. After further temptation from actor an ex-angel Peter Falk, in Berlin to do an anti-war movie about Nazi Germany, Damiel gets his wish to become mortal. Of course, he has fallen in love with a mortal, Marion (Solveig Dommartin), a beautiful trapeze artist in a two-bit circus.


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