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The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992-1996)

Corey Carrier is incredibly engaging and personable as Young Indy (not to mention a nice looking lad!), a completely natural actor, in what must be his most memorable screen role. My favourite episode is the 'Greek' one, the unaired episode that became the second half of the 1996 TV movie "Travels with Father". [The screencaps that make up the Gallery have all been taken from this episode.] Young Indy visits the Mount Athos monastery (strangely, unless my memory is faulty, the name of the famous monastery is never mentioned on screen) and gets to meet Nikos Kazantzakis. The episode has some nice father-son moments as well - indeed, it is the only time when Indy's cold, stand-offish father ever really has an emotional connection with his son. The Corey Carrier episodes are undoubtedly my favourites. In later episodes, a slightly older Indy is played by Sean Patrick Flanery, who is a very handsome young man. To be honest, I found him rather less sympathetic as a character, because he always seems, frankly, slightly dim. He seems hellbent on killing and/or getting himself killed. After a brief stint fighting in the Mexican Revolution with Pancho Villa, he goes off to fight in the Great War because, as he keeps reiterating, the consequences of a German victory are "unthinkable" (why?). Having learned 'respect for life' from Albert Schweitzer, he expresses this by saying that he's now fighting in order to bring the war to an end (presumably this means that previously he was fighting in order to PROLONG the war); though he still thinks exclusively in terms of an Allied victory - cue more slaughter. Having said all that, the Sean Patrick Flanery episodes are still really excellent. Indeed, overall, this series succeeds in actually being BETTER than the Indiana Jones films with Harrison Ford - which is quite something.

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Zamri, umri, voskresni! (1989)

I really love the mood of both this film, and its sequel "An Independent Life". Pavel Nazarov is just wonderful.

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Zéro de conduite: Jeunes diables au collège (1933)

I'm with Saga and Carl on this one. How anyone can not like this exuberant, anarchic masterpiece is beyond me.

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Zlati uhori (1979)

An absolutely wonderful film about a plucky boy (Prdelka, played by Martin Mikulás) whose parents are taken away to a concentration camp by the Germans during World War II. (They turn out to be Jewish in race. They are clearly not Jews in religion, though, since, besides the fact that they don't practice any Jewish religious ritual, one scene shows that Prdelka is uncircumcised.) The boy ends up living with a fisherman who protects him. This brief synopsis may make the film sound depressing, and some scenes, of course, are; but there is also a great deal of hopefulness in this film, symbolised by the 'golden eels' that Prdelka is told about and hopes to catch; and this quality is enhanced by the brilliant cinematography. The countryside is incredibly beautiful in this film, the boy seems to fit naturally into this setting, and the whole movie is filled with a bright luminosity. A masterpiece.

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¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto? (1984)

My personal favourite Almodóvar film. The actors and characters are just wonderful. The attitude towards Miguel's decisions about his life are like a glimpse of a utopian world, and is yet another indication of the superiority of Spanish/Hispanic over Anglophone culture (though no doubt Spanish society has become more conservative since this film was made).

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