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The only thing Oscar Wilde couldn’t resist was temptation; World Movies hopes you’ll feel the same about seven specially chosen movies to tempt you with, through January and February 2006. It’s a wicked way to start the year, says Channel Host Andrew L. Urban.

Sinner that I am, I look forward to presenting this eclectic season of movies and inviting you to match your own weaknesses to the films. If that’s too confronting, just sit back and enjoy these extraordinary works, from some of the world’s most acclaimed filmmakers, including Akira Kurosawa and Pedro Almodovar.

As you’ll see, several of the films are delightful entertainments (eg Ma Vie En Rose, Rosalie Goes Shopping) while others are tougher (eg La Haine). For those contemplating subscription tv, it’s a great introduction to the extraordinary array of films always playing on World Movies; for existing subscribers, it’s a season of selected sensations.

Confront your demons and repent (or repeat?) your sins every Saturday night at 8.30pm from January 7 to February 18, 2006, with encore screenings the following day.

*World Movies is a subscription channel playing a full range of mainstream and arthouse movies from all over the world 24 hours a day, seven days a week, available via Foxtel (1 300 FOXTEL), Austar (132 342), and Optus (133 034).

Pride - excessive belief in one's own abilities, which interferes with the individual's recognition of the grace of God

Red Beard (1965) (premiere)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Yuzo Kayama
Japan (M)
Screening: Saturday January 7, 8.30pm

From cinematic legend Akira Kurosawa comes a complex, moving drama about an arrogant medical student, and the ageing doctor who teaches him lessons of humility and humanity. Toshiro Mifune shines in his final collaboration with Kurosawa. Nominated Golden Lion at Venice, and a Golden Globe.

Punishment in hell for pride: broken on the wheel

Envy - the desire for others' traits, status, abilities, or situation

Ma Vie En Rose (1997) (premiere)
Director: Alain Berliner
Starring: Georges Du Fresne, Michele Laroque
France (M)
Screening: Saturday January 14, 8.30pm

Candy-coloured fantasy sequences pepper this delightful drama about a young boy’s dream to be a girl. Multi-award winning, unique and affecting, the story of a family where everyone is wishing they were someone else.

Punishment in hell for envy: drowned in freezing water

Gluttony - an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires

La Grande Bouffe (1973)
Director: Marco Ferreri
Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret
France (MA)
Screening: Saturday January 21, 8.30pm

The quintessential film about over-indulgence. Four men decide to eat themselves to death in a bacchanalian feast of food and sex. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, it’s a chronicle of decadence and bad behaviour.

Punishment in hell for gluttony: force-fed rats, toads and snakes

Lust - an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body

Live Flesh (1997)
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Angela Molina
Spain (MA)
Screening: Saturday January 28, 8.30pm

A sublime, colourful exploration of lust, power, love and consequence amongst five sultry Spaniards. A vibrant and evocative comedy, Almodovar explores the complexities, ironies and coincidences of life.

Punishment in hell for lust: smothered in fire and brimstone

Wrath - manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury

La Haine (1995) (premiere)
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Starring: Vincent Cassel
France (MA)
Screening: Saturday February 4, 8.30pm

Class and race clash violently in this unforgettable account of hatred and revenge in suburban Paris. Nominated for the Palme d’Or, directed by Amelie’s Mathieu Kassovitz, and starring Irreversible’s Vincent Cassel.

Punishment in hell for wrath: dismembered alive

Greed - the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual

Rosalie Goes Shopping (1989) (premiere)
Director: Percy Adlon
Starring: Marianne Sagebrecht, Judge Reinhold
Screening: Saturday February 11, 8.30pm

Percy Adlon’s exploration of the sweeter side of greed. Mother and wife Rosalie runs up millions on the credit card - and loves it! The Palme d’Or nominated, gently comedic expose on the short-term happiness that material possessions ought not to bring. From the director of Baghdad Café.

Punishment in hell for greed: boiled alive in oil

Sloth - the avoidance of physical or spiritual work

Junk Mail (1997) (premiere)
Director: Pal Sletaune
Starring: Robert Skjaerstad, Andrine Saether
Norway (M)
Screening: Saturday February 18, 8.30pm

A quirky, wryly funny film that takes the long-held belief that the postmen are courteous and trustworthy, and turns it on its head. A multi-award-winning black comedy that exposes a savagely dark and unpredictable slice of life in Norway.

Punishment in hell for sloth: thrown into snake pits

Published December 22, 2005

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Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink) – for Envy

Live Flesh – for Lust

La Haine – for Wrath

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