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Optimum Releasing (Firm)

Works: 511 works in 761 publications in 5 languages and 5,332 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Fantasy films  Comedy films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Gangster films  Film adaptations  Crime films  Science fiction films  Political films 
Roles: Distributor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Optimum Releasing (Firm)
Four lions by Chris Morris( Visual )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A whip-smart, laugh-out-loud comedy that takes aim at the war on terror. Follow five clueless buffoons as they plan to strike a blow on their own turf, showing that while terrorism is supposed to be about ideology, it can also be about idiots
Submarine by Richard Ayoade( Visual )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young Oliver Tate's coming of age is coming even sooner than expected. Prone to daydreaming, listening to French crooners, and indulging other self-absorbed fantasies, Oliver suddenly finds himself submerged in real-life, dual challenges, plotting to lose his virginity with a quirky new girlfriend while also struggling to reconcile his parents' marriage, even though his mom seems smitten with the self-help guru next door
Tyrannosaur by Paddy Considine( Visual )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph is an unemployed widower, drinker, and a man crippled by his own volatile temperament and furious anger. Hannah is a Christian worker at a charity shop, a respectable woman who appears wholesome and happy. When the pair is brought together, Hannah appears as Joseph's potential savior, someone who can temper his fury and offer him warmth, kindness, and acceptance. As their story develops, Hannah's own secrets are revealed and Joseph becomes her source of comfort
Magic trip : Ken Kesey's search for a kool place( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1964, author Ken Kesey and his friends, known as the Merry Pranksters, set out on a cross-country bus trip from California to New York to visit the World's Fair. They also decided to record it, with several 16 mm movie cameras and audio tape. Compiled from more than 40 hours of footage shot during the journey, it was the magical mystery tour--fueled by both the countercultural sentiments of the time and lots of LSD--that became legend. The participants were not beatniks, not-yet-hippies, but a group of preppy-looking partygoers, outfitted in red, white, and blue, whose traveling bacchanal zigzagged across the country. In those more relaxed times, the Pranksters encountered only sporadic harassment, as they spread low-key mayhem in Phoenix, New Orleans, Houston, and the Millbrook, N.Y. estate where Timothy Leary held court. The film record of this famous bohemian lark is uneven, befitting an unsteady (if borderline revolutionary) group in a time of widespread cultural upheaval
L'Année dernière a Marienbad by Alain Resnais( Visual )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 68 WorldCat member 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
La haine = Hate by Mathieu Kassovitz( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in French and English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film focuses on one day in the lives of these racially stereotyped friends and is a reflection of the cyclical nature of violence in the lives of the marginalized. This cult film is seen as a view of the future of French society. Since the film was made the rise of Islamic fundamentalism has increased French anti-Arab racism and fueled Islamic anti-Semitism. It is considered a classic film about the violence of disengaged and underprivileged youth. While the film speaks of France it transcends national borders
The Titfield thunderbolt by Charles Crichton( Visual )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The British government, having nationalized the railways in 1947, announces that the Titfield-Mallingford Railway is being replaced by an "alternative passenger omnibus service". Titfield locals rally to save operate the line independently, thanks to a loophole in the 1947 Transport Act. A rival company conspires to prevent the comeback
The Maggie by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member 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?
A run for your money( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member 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
El laberinto del fauno = Pan's Labyrinth by Maribel Verdú( Visual )

4 editions published in 2007 in Spanish and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A gothic fairy tale set against the postwar era of Franco's Spain. "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)
Whisky galore! by Alexander Mackendrick( Visual )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member 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
El espíritu de la colmena by Víctor Erice( Visual )

5 editions published between 1973 and 2004 in Spanish and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A travelling movie exhibitor arrives in the 1940s in a small Castillian town with the Hollywood movie, Frankenstein. Two young girls are enthralled by the movie, which is just a fantasy to one but is all too real to the other. DVD
The Go-between by Joseph Losey( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Go Between: "The Go-between links the present and the past taking an ageing bachelor back to the long hot summer when he was twelve and lost his boyish heart to a beautiful headstrong young woman who used his adoration to suit her own purposes" ; Mr. Klein: "Set in France in 1942 at the beginning of the Nazi occupation, Mr. Klein tells of one man's search for another who has stolen his identity. Robert Klein (Alain Delon) is a well to do French Catholic art dealer; he is charming, cultivated and ruthless. One day he learns of another Mr. Klein, a jew who is using his identity to cover anti-Nazi resistance activities. As Klein becomes obsessed with the search for his imposter, he meets an elegant society lady (Jeanne Moreau) who is somehow involved with the Jewish Klein. Eventually, Klein's search becomes a trap into which he falls."--Container
Gomorra by Matteo Garrone( Visual )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in Italian and English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Don Ciro is a timid middleman, who distributes money to the families of imprisoned clan members. One day he is ambushed by two angry clan members with an obvious grudge against their fellows. He later offers to defect to their side and leads them to the location where he is given the money for distribution. Totò is a 13-year-old grocery delivery boy who observes some drug dealers ditching some drugs and a gun when running from the police. He returns the items to the gang, who take him in. When a gang member is killed in a drive-by, they decide to exact retribution on Maria, whose son has joined a secessionist gang. Roberto is a graduate who works in toxic waste management. His boss, Franco, illegally dumps the waste in disused mines. During an operation, a drum of toxic chemicals is accidentally spilt on a driver and Franco refuses to call an ambulance. Pasquale is a haute couture tailor who takes a night-job training Chinese garment workers. His secret work is discovered nonetheless, and on a ride home two gunmen on a scooter open fire on the car. Marco and Ciro are two cocky wannabe gangsters who spy Camorra gangsters hiding a stash of weapons and decide to steal the weapons. The angry gangsters find them and threaten to kill them if they don't return the weapons within a day. Later, they are ambushed and killed
A taste of honey by Tony Richardson( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on one of the most controversial plays of its time, shows how a disaffected teenager finds her way amid the economic desperation of industrial Manchester, and despite an absent, self-absorbed mother. With its unapologetic identification with social outcasts and its sensitive, modern approach to matters of sexuality and race, a classic that is still a startling benchmark work of realism
Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón : Pepi, Luci, Bom by Pedro Almodóvar( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in Spanish and held by 40 WorldCat member 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
In the loop by Armando Iannucci( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Britain's Secretary Of State For International Development Simon Foster states, in the midst of a radio interview, that a war in the Middle East in "unforeseeable," it doesn't follow his government's "line" on events. The problem is that war is not unforeseeable, what with America itching to invade somewhere in the Middle East and the British government loyally following. Unfortunately, Foster suspects nothing about the firestorm to follow. By the next day, Foster is the target of the Prime Minister's director of communications Malcolm Tucker, and the focus of attention for anti-war American diplomat Karen Clarke. After US General George Miller and State Department hawk Linton Barwick jump into the mix, Foster's mountain of an ill-chosen remark turns into a series of festering molehills. In the end, one thing is clear: grave matters involving global power cannot be separated from the pettiness of democratic governance, which is impelled by careerism, vanity, moral compromise and--at least in London--by ear-singeing profanity
La chinoise by Jean-Luc Godard( Visual )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in French and held by 35 WorldCat member 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 cultural upheaval in the West
A bout de souffle = Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard( Visual )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in French and English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A couple of days in the lives of casual lovers in Paris. A young small-time crook kills a policeman after stealing a car, and goes on the run with his American girlfriend who eventually betrays him [c.f. Halliwell's, 1997 ed.]. The film debut of Jean Luc Godard ... spearheaded the French new wave of filmmaking
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