Optimum Releasing (Firm)
Most widely held works by Optimum Releasing (Firm)
Four lions ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 458 libraries worldwide
"A whip-smart, slapstick comedy ... takes aim at Jihadi suicide bombers and illuminates the war on terror through satire and farce. Follow five inept aspiring terrorists on their quest to strike a blow, and how they demonstrate that terrorism may be about ideology, but it can also be about idiots"--Container.
The Titfield thunderbolt ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 58 libraries worldwide
When the local railway is replaced with busses by the government, the citizens of Titfield decide to keep it running themselves. The owners of the new bus system try to sabotage their precious railway.
A run for your money ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 58 libraries worldwide
Two Welsh mining brothers win tickets to a rugby match in London pitting England against Wales. Overzealous in their first trip to London, the brothers become separated from their group and then each other, and a newpaper gardening correspondent is given the task of locating the brothers for a human interest story.
The Maggie ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 52 libraries worldwide
A wily Scottish ship captain cons a rich American into letting his coal burning scow "The Maggie" carry a valuable load of furniture to a Scottish island. The American soon realises he's been conned but can he stop the captain from ripping him off?
L'année dernière à Marienbad Last year in Marienbad ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in French and English and held by 50 libraries worldwide
"In a baroque spa hotel, an unnamed sophisticate attempts to persuade a similarly unnamed married woman that they have not only previously met, but that they were also romantically involved and had planned to elope together. The woman recalls no such encounter and so begins a sensual and philosophical examination of the uncertainty of truth."--Container.
Whisky galore ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 45 libraries worldwide
When an English ship runs aground with 50,000 cases of whisky on a tiny Scottish island, the temptation proves too great for its thrifty, God-fearing population, developing into a battle of wits between the canny Scots and the English customs inspector.
La haine Hate ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in French and held by 45 libraries worldwide
Saïd is an Arab, Hubert is black, Vinz is a Jew. Each of them needs to vent the anger he feels about the police brutality that has landed another friend in the hospital.
Pan's labyrinth Laberinto del fauno ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in Spanish and held by 37 libraries worldwide
"Pan's labyrinth" unfolds through the eyes of Ofelia, a young girl uprooted to a remote military outpost commanded by her new stepfather. Powerless and lonely in a place of great danger, Ofelia lives out her own dark fable as she confronts monsters both otherworldly and human after she discovers a neglected labyrinth behind the family home. There she meets Pan, a fantastical creature who challenges her with three tasks that he claims will reveal her true identity"--Container.
La chinoise ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in French and held by 37 libraries worldwide
"Centres upon a small group of Parisian students who discuss the implications of the cultural revolution in China and how it may be possible to effect, by means of terrorism, a similar political and culutral upheaval in the West."--Container.
In the loop ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 33 libraries worldwide
A comedy that draws on non-specific events to create a world that is terrifyingly familiar: The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war, but not everyone agrees that war is a good thing. US General Miller (James Gandolfini) certainly doesn't think so and neither does the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster (Tom Hollander). But when the mild-mannered minister inadvertently appears to back the war on prime-time television, he immediately attracts the attention of the PMs venomously aggressive communications chief Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi), who latches onto him like a hawk. Soon, the British are in Washington, where diplomatic relations collide with trans-Atlantic spin doctors and Foster's off-hand remark quickly spirals into an insurmountable mountain of conflict.
Gomorrah ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Italian and held by 28 libraries worldwide
"Based on the bestselling expose of the Neapolitan mafia, by award-winning journalist Roberto Saviano, Gomorrah is an unforgettable and compelling story of power, money and blood. Five stories are woven together in modern day Naples, set in a brutal world from which there is no escape and no mercy." -- Container.
The Spirit of the beehive El Espiritu de la colmena ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2003 in Spanish and held by 27 libraries worldwide
After the Civil War, a Spanish family lives in retreat in the countryside. When a traveling cinema truck comes to their village, two little sisters are profoundly affected by viewing the old film, Frankenstein. The younger girl becomes so obsessed with its images and story that she tries to recreate it in reality.
Senso ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in Italian and held by 25 libraries worldwide
In 1866, an Italian countess falls into a tempestuous affair with a dashing Austrian officer. When war and revolution break out, she becomes torn between her fervent patriotic commitment and her emotional obsession with one of the enemy.
Brighton rock ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Set in 1947 in post-war Brighton, the elegant and respectable facade hides a sinister underworld ruled by intimidation and terror. Pinkie, a ruthless and sadistic young criminal, commits a murder and then marries the only witness to cover his tracks. A trail of killings and double crossings lead to his eventual downfall, when savage justice is finally meted out in a thrilling and memorable climax.
The go-between ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
A boy on the verge of manhood is used as a pawn in the illicit affair between a beautiful aristocrat and the working class farmer she loves.
Détective ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in French and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Set amidst the confines of a decaying Parisian hotel, plot is set in motion when a miserably married couple attempt to collect a debt from mob-plagued boxing manager, the mischievously named Jim Fox Warner. Meanwhile, a house detective tries to solve an old murder case. It is a take on modern morality and popular culture.
Garden of evil ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 22 libraries worldwide
Three Americans are stranded in a Mexican village while on their way to the Californian gold fields. They are offered a huge cash sum to journey with a local woman into the wilderness to rescue her husband, a trapped miner. During their long and dangerous journey, they question why they are pursuing wealth when death is all around them.
Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in Spanish and held by 20 libraries worldwide
Almodóvar's provocative first feature Pepi, Luci, Bom (1980) is set during Madrid's punk era. The film is an outrageous comedy which follows docile housewife Luci (Eva Silva), her trendy, marijuana smoking neighbour Pepi (Carmen Maura) and rock star Bom (Olvido Gara) who are close friends. Events take a shocking turn when Pepi is raped by a policeman. Pepi vows revenge, and of course her friends are on hand to make sure she gets it.
Comandante ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
Director Oliver Stone spent three days interviewing Fidel Castro for this documentary. Intercut with archival footage.
A bout de souffle ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in French and held by 16 libraries worldwide
Jean Paul Belmondo plays Michel Poiccard, a hoodlum who after stealing a car to drive to Paris, discovers a gun in the glove department and shoots a policeman whom he encounters on the way. While in Paris, searching for a criminal who owes him money, he meets up with an American ex-girlfriend Patricia Franchini, whom he tries to persuade to go to Italy with him. While staying in her apartment, Poiccard is recognised and the police strike a deal with Patricia that leads to his downfall.
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