Animated musical tale of a rooster, banished from his barnyard, who finds fame and fortune as a singer.
Set in 1960's and 1970's England, THE DAMNED UNITED tells the confrontation and darkly humourous story of Brian Clough's doomed 44 day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football Leeds United. Previously managed by his bitter rival Don Revie, and on the back of their most successful period ever as a football club, Leeds was perceived by many to represent a new agressive and cynical style of football - an anathema to the principled yet flambouyant Brian Blough, who had achieved astonishing success as manager of Hartlepool and Derby County building teams in his own vision with trust lieutenant Peter Taylor. Taking the Leeds job without Taylor by his side, with a changing room full of what in his mind were still Don's boys, would lead to an unheralded examination of Clough's belligerence and brilliance over 44 days. This is that story. The story of The Damned United.
A meek and mild bank teller awakens one morning from a disturbing dream, in which he has killed a man, only to find that his dream may well have been real. Was he sleepwalking? Was he hypnotized? The suspense never lets up in this film noir original (later remade as Nightmare with Edward G. Robinson) as the story unravels to reveal an eerie tale of murder and mind control. This preferred version stars a young Deforest Kelley (later of Star Trek fame) in his feature film debut.
“Paul Kelly: Stories of Me” charts the many lives, loves and losses of Paul Kelly, one of Australia's most gifted singer-songwriters. Kelly has been marking out the Australian landscape and its people through words and music for almost 40 years. The sixth of nine children, a former altar boy, dux of his school, sports champion and grandson of two famous opera singers, Kelly began playing guitar at the age of 12. Since then, he has penned over 350 songs on themes of love, sex, death, family, friends and places, drawing on an enormous number of heroes – literary, musical, artistic and sporting – for his inspiration, and begging, borrowing and stealing from all of them. His songs are landscapes charting not just the physical terrain but also the emotional landscapes he and his contemporaries have walked through. He is a storyteller, a poet, and has the unique ability to communicate with all Australians, across all age groups and gender. Collaborating with indigenous musicians, young performers, artists of all genres, Kelly has created some of the most important songs of our times. Paul Kelly has lived through failure and success, two marriages, countless lovers, three bands, drug problems, four cities, three volumes of Proust and the two Testaments. And he has the songs to show for it. Although a very private person in a public career, “Stories of Me” digs deeply into what makes Paul Kelly tick, revealing the man and his music for the first time (And the poet who lurks inside all of us).
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About controversial soccer manager Brian Clough, set in 1974 but flashing back to the 1960s, about Clough's ill-fated 44-day reign as coach of Leeds United, then one of England's most successful soccer teams.
From the Academy Award-nominated writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon, The Damned United is based on the incredible true story of Brian Clough, one of England's greatest soccer managers.
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