Paisan / Paisà (1946) Roberto Rossellini, Carmela Sazio, Gar Moore, William Tubbs, Drama, War

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Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice. Communication is fragile. A woman leads an Allied patrol through a mine field; she dies protecting a G.I., but the Yanks think she killed him. A street urchin steals shoes from a G.I. who tracks him to a shanty town. A G.I. meets a woman the day Rome is liberated; in six months they meet again: he’s cynical, she’s a prostitute. A US nurse braves the trip across the Arno into German fire in search of a partisan she loves. Three chaplains, including a Jew, call on a monastery north in the Apennines. Allied soldiers and partisans try to escape capture in the marshes of the Po.

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Lá Fora / Outside (2004) Fernando Lopes, Alexandra Lencastre, Rogério Samora, Maria João Abreu, Drama

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Laura works as a newscaster and José Maria as a stockbroker, and while they live in the same housing complex, their lives never cross directly. Nevertheless, he watches her from a distance, seeing all her movements without her knowledge. But their lives finally meet when he is invited onto her news program. From there, a romance begins which coincides with the desire of two beings who finally find a reason to seek love once again.

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First Born (2007) Isaac Webb, Elisabeth Shue, Steven Mackintosh, Kathleen Chalfant, Drama, Horror, Mystery

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Laura’s expecting. Her husband, Steven’s a loving guy but has little time for her. Her mom lives thousands of miles away. Forced to give up on her dreams, she’s always been a bit edgy. A C-section drives her over the edge, making her see things in a different light. A creepy babysitter doesn’t make things any better. She begins seeing things, trusts no one, as she goes into self-destruct mode.

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Film Without A Name / Film ohne Titel (1948) Rudolf Jugert, Hans Söhnker, Hildegard Knef, Irene von Meyendorff, Comedy, Romance

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Jugert’s “film without title” features an elaborate script by Helmut Käutner about a screenwriter, a director and a star (Willy Fritsch) who try to conceive a story of its time and heavily disagree. When a couple visits them, the director tells them about a love story in the final days of the Third Reich and the time afterwards, he an upper class man of letters she a peasent girl working as maid.

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Chungking Express / Chung Hing sam lam (1994) Kar-Wai Wong, Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Wong Kar-Wai’s movie about two love-struck cops is filmed in impressionistic splashes of motion and color. The first half deals with Cop 223, who has broken up with his girlfriend of five years. He purchases a tin of pineapples with an expiration date of May 1 each day for a month. By the end of that time, he feels that he will either be rejoined with his love or that it too will have expired forever.

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