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Deserted by his father, and dislocated by the Second World War, Paul is a boy who wants affection and attention and cannot find it at home. Read More »
Charles is a young provincial coming up to Paris to study law. He shares his cousin Paul’s flat. Read More »
L’oro di Roma / Gold of Rome (1961) Carlo Lizzani, Gérard Blain, Paola Borboni, Miranda Campa, Drama
Set in Rome in 1943, this standard wartime drama has its moments. The German Commandant of the city causes a turmoil in the Jewish community by offering them what seems to be an expensive way out of imprisonment and death. If the Jews can give him 100 hundred pounds in gold, he will spare their lives and not deport them to the death camps. One Jewish shoemaker (Gerard Blain) is definitely against the idea, but his brethren are confused and at odds with what to do. A subplot has a young Jewish woman, Giulia (Anna Maria Ferrero) falling in love with a Catholic and then converting – though ultimately not deserting her cultural and ethnic roots.
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Francois comes back to his home village in France after more than a decade. He notices that the village hasn’t changed much, but the people have, especially his old friend Serge who has become a drunkard. Francois now tries to find out what happened to him and tries to help him.
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I delfini / Silver Spoon Set (1960) Francesco Maselli, Claudia Cardinale, Gérard Blain, Anna Maria Ferrero
The idle lives of the rich or famous or both are depicted from an aloof and uninvolved perspective in this standard though uneven drama by director Francesco Maselli. Claudia Cardinale appears in one of her early screen roles as Fedora, a member of the elite and privileged in a provincial Italian town. The seedy underside of illicit affairs, quick flings, betrayals and deceptions, and other, similar pasttimes of the “in” circle slowly become apparent when a young outsider tries to gain acceptance into the exclusive group. As the plot weaves in and out of the various liaisons in a cool and remote manner, the motivation for wanting to take part in it all is hard to fathom.
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