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A Collection of 2006 Academy Award Nominated Short Films
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WEST BANK STORY--this live action mini-musical parodies the famous WEST SIDE STORY. The film takes place in the Middle East on the West Bank. On the border between Israel and un-nationalized Palestine are two competing fast food restaurants. One the one side of the border is the Kosher King, a fast food kosher restaurant. Directly across the border next to the Kosher King is the Hummus Hut, a fast food restaurant specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine. The sister of the owner of the Humus Hut, Fatima, and an Israeli border guard, David, fall in love with each other. The story is told through humorous singing and dancing numbers. This film was the winner of the 2006 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
THE SAVIOUR--in this short live action film from Australia, a young apparently Christian missionary sent on a weekly door to door witnessing campaign becomes involved in an affair with a married woman.
HELMER & SON--Jess is called into the retirement home where his father, Helmer, is staying. Helmer has locked himself into the wardrobe and won't come out.
ONE TOO MANY--tired of living with two helpless males, Fernando's wife leaves him and throws many of his belongings into the street. Fernando awakens his son, Joaquin, and the two travel to a rest home where Fernando's mother-in-law lives. They pick the woman up and bring her home, hoping that she will take her daughter's place and cook and clean for them.
BINTA & THE GREAT IDEA--Binta is a young girl living in a small village in Senegal.Read more ›
I still haven't figured out how Maestro managed to get nominated over One Rat Short, The Wraith of Cobble Hill or Guide Dog, all of which are extras on this disc. Maestro is a visually impressive short, but so are One Rat Short and The Wraith of Cobble Hill and Maestro is really not as entertaining to watch once you've seen it and know the payoff, whereas the other three bear repeated viewing. In any case, The Danish Poet is an excellent short and deservedly won the Oscar.
As for the live-action shorts, while they were all good, West Bank Story would not have been my choice to win the Oscar. I actually consider it to be fourth-best, behind Eramos Pocos, Helmer and Son and Binta and the Grand Idea. I fully understand why West Bank Story won and it's a very well-executed and entertaining effort-I just preferred the other shorts a bit more.
The other three shorts included as extras are the live-action short Surviving the Rush, which I found amusing but slight and considered far too long and two animated shorts, The Passenger and Gentlemen's Duel, both visually impressive, but a touch too obvious and predictable in spots. Gentlemen's Duel is hilarious and worth watching once
This is most definitely recommended for anyone who likes short films.
The best of the bonus shorts was "The Passenger" (over a number of short films that enchanted and one that revolted, the stinker, "Surviving the Rush". The inclusion of this rude, vulgar short cost the whole collection one star.)
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Great rare DVD for very reasonable price. Plays perfectly. Thank youPublished 3 months ago by Joyce Duhaine
Great DVD. Excellent short films from around the world. I've shared this with many film buffs, and all have enjoyed the selection of short movies.Published on February 8, 2013 by drb
This is a nice collection of short films. If you like shorts, you will like this set. Award nominated filmsPublished on November 23, 2012 by David W. Anderson
The Danish Poet (Torill Kove, 2006)
I'm not exactly sure what I can say about The Danish Poet, except to say that I love it dearly. Read more
West Bank Story is the gem of this collection, but there's more on the disc as well. Truly tongue-in-cheek, anyone with a sense of humor should love this short, though I could... Read morePublished on April 17, 2008 by Fred Philibert
I bought this DVD for one reason. I could not find "West Bank Story" anywhere else. I love it. Anyone with any knowledge of Israel and a sense of humor will enjoy it very... Read morePublished on January 2, 2008 by C. Reich
Not Moving. Not Funny. Not worth the money. Go with the 2005 Short Films. "Our Time is Up" is phenomenal.Published on September 25, 2007 by J Finn