Drama

Banditi a Orgosolo / Bandits of Orgosolo (1961) Vittorio De Seta, Michele Cossu, Peppeddu Cuccu, Vittorina Pisano, Drama

Banditi a Orgosolo (Vittorio De Seta, 1961)
In the harsh granite mountains of the center of the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea, an old people live at the town of Orgòsolo. Between the rocks and the oak woods, shepherds attend their flock of sheep like their fore fathers did since prehistoric times. So do Michele and his younger brother Peppeddu that own a few sheep and make a harsh but honest living selling pecorino cheese. One day arrive three bandits on the run with machine guns and stolen pigs that take a rest at Michele’s camp site. When the police arrives a day later, they run and kill a policemen in flight. Michele takes his sheep and escapes in the opposite direction and becomes a fugitive. Hunted by the police, while afraid to stand trial and leave his sheep poorly protected by his young brother, Michele decides to take Peppeddu and his flock over the mountains. Half way his sheep die of exhaustion and thirst, leaving the brothers without living so that nothing remains but returning to Orgòsolo.
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Azyllo Muito Louco / The Alienist (1970) Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Nildo Parente, Isabel Ribeiro, Arduíno Colassanti, Comedy, Drama

Azyllo Muito Louco (Nelson Pereira dos Santos, 1970)
Based on 19th century story “O Alienista” by great Brazilian writer Machado de Assis, the film is a free adaptation, telling the story of Catholic priest Simão Bacamarte who comes to the small town of Serafim to investigate on the phenomenon of madness and ends up putting most of its inhabitants in an asylum, making things get out of control.
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The Gangster (1947) Gordon Wiles, Barry Sullivan, Belita, Joan Lorring, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The Gangster (1947)
Chubunka is the self-made head of the rackets in the sleazy boardwalk community of Neptune City, a low-rent version of Coney Island. He has become infatuated with a sultry nightclub chanteuse and lavishes her with gifts and attention, spending money on her that might better go to maintaining his hold on his operation. His obsession with her, as well as his pride, clouds his judgment as Cornell, a much more ruthless hoodlum, moves in on Chubunka’s territory, bribes and threatens his associates, and compromises his operation. As if in a Greek tragedy, the petty gangster’s weaknesses conspire to cause his downfall.
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The Man in the Glass Booth (1975) Arthur Hiller, Maximilian Schell, Lois Nettleton, Lawrence Pressman, Drama

The Man in the Glass Booth (1975)
Arthur Goldman is a rich Jewish industrialist, living in luxury in a Manhattan high-rise. He banters with his assistant Charlie, often shocking Charlie with his outrageousness and irreverence about aspects of Jewish life. Nonetheless, Charlie is astonished when, one day, Israeli secret agents burst in and arrest Goldman for being not a Jewish businessman but a Nazi war criminal. Whisked to Israel for trial, Goldman forces his accusers to face not only his presumed guilt–but their own.
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Back Door to Hell (1964) Monte Hellman, Jimmie Rodgers, Jack Nicholson, John Hackett, War, Drama

Back Door to Hell (Monte Hellman, 1964)
In December, 1944, three US soldiers sneak ashore on Luzon to gather intelligence about Japanese troops in advance of the American armada. The three are to reconnoiter and report via their shortwave radio. Lieutenant Craig may not have the stomach for killing; Jersey is a cynical sergeant; Bartlett is the radio man who also speaks Japanese. They’re soon in touch with guerrillas, led by Paco, a tough, skeptical school teacher. The Japanese learn the Americans are in the area and take school children hostage until the Filipinos find, arrest, and turn over the GIs. Can this tiny squad make allies, save the children, get and transmit the information, and live to tell the tale?
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Un condé / The Cop (1970) Yves Boisset, Michel Bouquet, Françoise Fabian, Gianni Garko, Crime, Thriller, Drama

Un conde (1970)
Gang war rages between friends roger dassa and those of mandarin.Barnero, an idealistic young police officer is shot by friends dassa. Favenin his colleague, police disillusioned, disillusioned and tired of having seen too decides to punish the murderers. Acting alone regardless of the laws and its hierarchy, he does not hesitate to shoot those who oppose him …
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Madame Sousatzka (1988) John Schlesinger, Shirley MacLaine, Navin Chowdhry, Peggy Ashcroft, Drama, Music

Madame Sousatzka (John Schlesinger, 1988)
Bengali Sushila Sen and her son, Manek, relocate from India to London after Sushila’s relationship with her husband fails. Sushila struggles with everyday living. A child piano prodigy, Manek’s schoolteacher refers him to a piano teacher, Irina Sousatzka, a Russian immigrant renowned for her teaching skills. Irina forms a strong bond with Manek, not only teaching him piano but also valuable life lessons. Disagreements arise, as Manek does not want anyone to run his life for him, but nevertheless the training progresses. Sushila, a baker and seller of Indian cuisine, loses an important client after her hair is found in one of her baked goods. To help his mother, Manek feels pressure to use his piano skills to earn some money. This is against Irina’s wishes, however, as she is trying to protect Manek from her own negative experiences as a young concert pianist. She believes no student should perform until they are ready. But Manek, encouraged by a pushy music agent, decides to perform …
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