The Big Shot (1942) Lewis Seiler, Humphrey Bogart, Irene Manning, Richard Travis, Drama, Crime

The Big Shot (1942)
Three time loser Duke Berne risks life in prison with one more armored car robbery. His attorney’s wife Lorna, Berne’s old sweetheart, keeps him from it but he goes to jail anyway. Duke and Lorna get some time together again after he stages a prison break, but if he stays with her his old friend George will have to take the rap for killing one of the guards.
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Dance, Fools, Dance (1931) Harry Beaumont, Joan Crawford, Cliff Edwards, Lester Vail, Crime, Drama, Romance

Dance, Fools, Dance (Harry Beaumont, 1931)
After her father Stanley Jordan loses his wealth in market, Bonnie goes to work as a cub reporter. Her brother Rodney is the wheel man in a gangland massacre. Bert, a reporter on Bonnie’s paper, is murdered while investigating. Bonnie gets to know gang leader Jake Luva and learns how the gang works and that her brother is involved. By the time it’s over her wealthy friend Bob sees how wonderful she is and falls in love with her for good.
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Dans la ville blanche / In the White City (1983) Alain Tanner, Bruno Ganz, Teresa Madruga, Julia Vonderlinn, Drama

Dans la ville blanche (Alain Tanner, 1983)
A Swiss sailor jumps ship in Lisbon, tired of the noisy engine room, the ship “a floating factory of crazy people.” He rents a room and does little. He writes letters to his lover, describing the whiteness of the city, the solitude and the silence. He sends his love and emptiness; she replies with love and confusion. He sends movies from his 8mm camera. Then he becomes friendly with Rosa, a chambermaid, and soon it’s a love affair. He continues to send letters and movies home. His Swiss lover is hurt and angry; she sends an ultimatum.
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Ditte Menneskebarn / Ditte, Child of Man (1946) Bjarne Henning-Jensen, Tove Maës, Karen Poulsen, Rasmus Ottesen, Drama

Ditte Menneskebarn (Bjarne Henning-Jensen, 1946)
Ditte is born out of wedlock and lives as a young girl with her old beloved grandmother. As an illegitimate child she is teased in school and more than anything in the world she wants a father. When steady – utterly reliable – herring dealer Lars Petter shows up and tells her that he is marrying Ditte’s mother, the little girl is very happy. Now Ditte must take care of three new sisters and brothers but gets nothing but complaints from her ungrateful, selfish mother. But the little girl finds consolation and support in both her sisters and brothers and Lars Petter.
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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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Arkadas / Friend (1974) Yilmaz Güney, Kerim Afsar, Azra Balkan, Civan Canova, Drama

Arkadas (Yilmaz Guney, 1974)
After betraying his social class, denying his peasant roots and fleeing his native village, Ahmed has become a successful businessman and has found a place in the sun among the bourgeoisie. Azem, his childhood friend, has followed a quite different way. refusing the rat race, he has remained close to people of humble origin. Politically committed, he aspires to be useful to his country and more particularly to the forsaken rural world. The two former friends meet again. Due to the influence of Azem, Ahmed gradually becomes aware that his life is a failure.
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