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We Are the Lambeth Boys (1958) Karel Reisz, Jon Rollason, Tony Benson, Adrian Harding, Documentary

We Are the Lambeth Boys (Karel Reisz, 1958)
Part of the British ‘Free Cinema’ movement, which included Lindsay Anderson’s ‘Every Day Except Christmas’ (daily life at Covent Garden fruit/vegetable market) and ‘O Dreamland’ (a working-class trip to Margate amusements), and Reisz and Tony Richardson’s ‘Momma Don’t Allow’ (about a London jazz club) all made in the mid to late 1950s, before the three went on to direct features in the British ‘new wave’ social realist genre that drew from their experiences in Free Cinema.
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And Everything Is Going Fine (2010) Steven Soderbergh, Spalding Gray, Documentary

And Everything Is Going Fine (Steven Soderbergh, 2010)
From the first time he performed Swimming to Cambodia – the one-man account of his experience of making the 1984 film The Killing Fields – Spalding Gray made the art of the monologue his own. Drawing unstintingly on the most intimate aspects of his own life, his shows were vibrant, hilarious and moving. His death came tragically early, in 2004; this compilation of interview and performance footage nails his idiosyncratic and irreplaceable brilliance.
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Una lucertola con la pelle di donna / A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971) Lucio Fulci, Florinda Bolkan, Stanley Baker, Jean Sorel, Mystery, Thriller

Una lucertola con la pelle di donna AKA A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)
Florinda Bolkan plays the daughter of a prominant English politician who keeps having recurring “nightmares” in which she makes love to a bisexual nympho who lives downstairs and conducts all-night LSD orgies. When the nocturnal wet dreams become murderous, the neighbor turns up dead, and Florinda is the main suspect. Did she actually commit the murder she dreamt about? Is she being framed by her philandering husband? Did Florinda actually make nightly visits downstairs aside from borrowing the occasional cup of sugar? How DID Florinda’s letter opener end up stuck in the dead neighbor’s chest anyway? The complex plot unfolds amidst red herrings, outlandish dream sequences, lesbian hanky panky, and ominous close-ups of Florinda Bolkan’s guilt-ridden facial expressions every time someone mentions the murder. All this takes place in swinging late-1960’s London.
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Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942) Ray Enright, Constance Bennett, Bruce Cabot, Warren William, Action, Adventure, Crime

Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942)
The bullets fly fast and thick in this rip-roaring shoot-’em-up starring Constance Bennett, Bruce Cabot and Warren William. When city slicker Harry Farrel (William) learns that the ranchers of Powder River, Wyoming, never filed claim to their spreads, he heads west to kick them out and seize control of their land. Accompanied by gambler Belle Andrews (Bennett), Farrel proceeds with his scheme despite the presence of Wild Bill Hickok (Cabot), who’s in town to visit a friend. Unable to buy the valley’s water rights, Farrel resorts to frame-ups and murder, acts that force Wild Bill to strap on his guns and show how he got his name.
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War and Peace (1956) King Vidor, Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Drama, Romance, War

War and Peace (King Vidor, 1956)
By 1812, Napoleon’s forces controlled much of Europe. Russia, one of the few countries still unconquered, prepares to face Napoleon’s troops together with Austria. Among the Russian soldiers are Count Nicholas Rostov and Prince Andrei Bolkonsky. Count Pierre Bezukhov, a friend of Andrei’s and self-styled intellectual who is not interested in fighting. Pierre’s life changes when his father dies, leaving him a vast inheritance. He is attracted to Natasha Rostov, Nicholas’s sister, but she is too young, so he gives in to baser desires and marries the shallow, manipulative Princess Helene. The marriage ends when Pierre discovers his wife’s true nature. Andrei is captured and later released by the French, and returns home only to watch his wife die in childbirth. Months later, Pierre and Andrei meet again. Andrei sees Natasha and falls in love, but his father will only permit the marriage if they postpone it for one year until Natasha turns 17.
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Little Women (1949) Mervyn LeRoy, June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O’Brien, Drama, Family, Romance

Little Women (Mervyn LeRoy, 1949)
Louisa May Alcott’s autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord Mass in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the civil war, the sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother – a very outspoken women for her time. The story is of how the sisters grow up, find love and find their place in the world.
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Coogan’s Bluff (1968) Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood, Lee J. Cobb, Susan Clark, Action, Thriller

Coogan's Bluff (Don Siegel, 1968)
Coogan, an Arizona cop, is sent to New York to collect a prisoner. Everyone in New York assumes Coogan is from Texas, much to his annoyance. To add to Coogan’s problems the prisoner isn’t ready, so he decides to cut a few corners. In the process the prisoner escapes, and Coogan is ordered home. Too proud to return home empty handed, Coogan sets out into the big city to recapture his prisoner.
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Thieves’ Highway (1949) Jules Dassin, Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, Lee J. Cobb, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

Thieves' Highway (1949)
The soldier Nick Garcos returns back home from the war very happy with gifts for his parents Yanko and Parthena Garcos and money in his pocket to open a business and get married with his girlfriend Polly Faber. Out of blue, Nick realizes that his father lost both legs and Yanko, who was a truck driver, tells that he was cheated by the dealer Mike Figlia in the San Francisco’s market when he delivered a truckload of tomatoes and was not paid. He believes that his accident was provoked by Figlia’s gangsters. He also tells that he sold the truck to a driver named Ed Kinney that has not paid him. Nick meets Ed and tells that he will bring the truck back, but Ed proposes a deal with apples, where they may earn a great amount. Nick invests his savings in another truck and buys apples from a Polish farmer. They need to drive directly to the market in San Francisco without sleeping to keep the fruits fresh, but Ed’s truck has problem on its axle and Nick arrives first.
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Picture Snatcher (1933) Lloyd Bacon, James Cagney, Ralph Bellamy, Patricia Ellis, Drama, Crime

Picture Snatcher (1933)
Ex-convict Danny Kean decides to become honest as a photographer for a paper. He falls in love with Patricia, the daughter of the policeman who arrested him. Mr Nolan, her father, doesn’t like that relation at first, but McLean, Kean’s boss, convinces him of Kean’s good nature. But Kean uses his relation to Patricia to make a photo of an execution. Due to this, Nolan loses his stripes and Kean isn’t allowed to see Patricia any longer. But when one of his former friends kills two policemen, Kean sees his chance….
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Seven Thieves (1960) Henry Hathaway, Edward G. Robinson, Rod Steiger, Joan Collins, Crime, Drama

Seven Thieves (1960)
In Monte Carlo, Theo Wilkins recruits his young protégé Paul Mason – just released from prison – to help him rob the famous casino of $4 million. The plan is straightforward. On the night of the Governor’s Ball, Theo will create a distraction in the casino by having one of the team collapse requiring urgent medical attention. During that time Paul and another member of the crew will get the money from the vault. When the ambulance arrives, the money will leave with the sick man. The plan is a good one but not everyone will survive the robbery and no one will get rich from it.
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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Joseph Sargent, Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Action, Crime, Thriller

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent, 1974)
Four seemingly-unrelated men board subway train Pelham 1:23 at successive stations. Mr. Blue, Mr. Green, Mr. Grey and Mr. Brown are heavily armed and overpower the motorman and novice conductor to take control of the train. Between stations they separate the front car from the remainder of the train, setting passengers in the back cars and the motorman free. The four demand $1 million ransom within exactly one hour for the remaining eighteen hostages, including the conductor. If their demands are not met in time or their directions are not followed precisely, they will begin to shoot hostages dead, one every minute the money is late. Wisecracking Lt. Zach Garber of the transit police ends up being the primary communicator between the hijackers and the authorities, which includes transit operations, his own police force, the NYPD, and the unpopular and currently flu ridden mayor who will make the ultimate decision of whether to pay the ransom.
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