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La città si difende / Four Ways Out (1951) Pietro Germi, Gina Lollobrigida, Renato Baldini, Cosetta Greco, Crime, Drama

La citta si difende (Pietro Germi, 1951)
As a soccer match is in progress, a group of four criminals robs the stadium office. Before they can make their getaway, a chase begins, and they must split up before they can divide the money. The police have little to go on, since it appears that none of the robbers were experienced criminals. Meanwhile, the thieves have to arrange for dividing the money while trying to avoid being captured.

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I cento passi / One Hundred Steps (2000) Marco Tullio Giordana, Luigi Lo Cascio, Luigi Maria Burruano, Lucia Sardo, Biography, Crime, Drama

I cento passi (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2000)
“I cento passi” (one hundred steps) was the distance between the Impastatos’ house and the house of Tano Badalamenti, an important Mafia boss, in the small Sicilian town of Cinisi. The movie is the story of Peppino Impastato, a young left-wing activist that in the late seventies (when almost nobody dared to speak about Mafia, and several politicians maintained that Mafia did not even exist) repeatedly denounced Badalamenti crimes and the whole Mafia system using a small local radio station, with the arm of irony. In 1978 Peppino (30 years old) was killed by an explosion. The police archived the case as an accident or a suicide, but his friends never accepted this thesis. Note: This is a true story. More than wenty years after Peppino’s death, the case has been re-opened. Tano Badalamenti, meanwhile, has been convicted in USA for drug traffic.

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To Forget Venice / Dimenticare Venezia (1979) Franco Brusati, Mariangela Melato, Eleonora Giorgi, Erland Josephson, Drama

To Forget Venice (1979) Dimenticare Venezia
In this drama from the director of “Bread and Chocolate,” a group of friends and relatives gather at the country home of Marta, a dying opera star. Marta’s brother, Nicky, arrives at the house with his much younger lover, Picchio, in tow. There, they meet Anna and Claudia, a pair of lesbian lovers who live with Marta and regard her as a substitute mother. Although the group hopes to take a trip together to Venice, their plan falls apart when Marta dies. The death forces Nicky, Anna and Claudia to reflect upon their lives and figure out how to get by without Marta, who has done so much for them. In the process, these immature adults finally realize they must now grow up and become responsible.

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