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Cielo sulla palude / Heaven Over the Marshes (1949) Augusto Genina, Rubi D’Alma, Michele Malaspina, Domenico Viglione Borghese, Drama

Cielo sulla palude (1949)
The scene is the Pontine Marshes, a disease-ridden region. The year is 1902. Maria Goretti, a twelve-year-old girl, lives with her parents, poor farm hands, in the house of Serenelli, a heavy drinker who has offered them board and lodging. The farmer has a son, Alessandro, aged eighteen, who is sexually attracted to the pious girl. Maria resists his advances. One day the young man can’t help it anymore: he rapes Maria before murdering her. Before she dies, Maria forgives her assailant. After her death she is canonized as a saint.

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Un uomo a metà / Almost a Man (1966) Vittorio De Seta, Jacques Perrin, Lea Padovani, Gianni Garko, Drama

Un uomo a meta (1966)
Jacques Perrin was awarded Best Actor at the 1966 Venice Film Festival for his gripping portrayal of a young writer’s descent into madness. Alienated, neurotic, and plagued by guilt, Perrin retreats from reality, loses interest in work, and comes to the brink of suicide before being sent to an asylum for shock therapy. Escaping from the asylum, Perrin returns to his boyhood home, where he learns the reasons for his present mental state.

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Il bigamo / The Bigamist (1956) Luciano Emmer, Marcello Mastroianni, Franca Valeri, Giovanna Ralli, Comedy

Il bigamo (1956)
The life of Mario De Santis, sales representative, husband of Valeria, and the father of a child is shaken from the charge of bigamy. At the police station, admits that some years ago he contracted a marriage with a certain Isolina in the City of Forlimpopoli. Confronted with Mario she recognizes him as her lawfully wedded husband. Faced with this situation, the man loses his head and, in anger, becomes aggressive, he loses control and ends up under arrest.

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Il regista di matrimoni / The Wedding Director (2006) Marco Bellocchio, Sergio Castellitto, Donatella Finocchiaro, Sami Frey, Drama, Mystery

Il regista di matrimoni (2006)
Franco Elica is a film director casting a remake of a pious melodrama in Rome. He’s melancholy, heading south for a break. On a beach, he meets a man who films weddings and is roped into helping film the wedding of the daughter of a severe and imperious prince. The wedding is one of convenience – the prince needs money, the groom is a mama’s boy. Elica is attracted to the bride, Boda, and tries to convince her not to marry. No matter how outrageous his behavior, the prince keeps Elica on as the wedding director. As the wedding approaches, what’s real blurs with Elica’s imagination. Is he mad?

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La nostra vita / Our Life (2010) Daniele Luchetti, Elio Germano, Raoul Bova, Isabella Ragonese, Drama

La nostra vita (2010)
Claudio, a construction worker, works on a site in the suburbs of Rome. He is madly in love with his wife who is pregnant with their third child. However, when he finds the remains of an illegal immigrant under the site and doesn’t report it, fearing he’ll be out of a job if construction comes to a halt, it upsets his simple and happy life. In a rage for life, Claudio energetically fights against the injustice that fell upon him. Love and support from his friends and family as well as the laughter of his children will help him to triumph against the odds.

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La bocca del lupo / The Mouth of the Wolf (2009) Pietro Marcello, Vincenzo Motta, Mary Monaco, Franco Leo, Documentary, Biography, Drama

La bocca del lupo (2009)
Pietro Marcello directs this genre-defying Italian docudrama that follows mustachioed ex-con Enzo as he returns to Genoa after a long stint in prison, only to find that the city he once loved has changed almost beyond recognition. But as he combs the seaside town for hints of his past, he finds solace in the arms of Mary, his faithful lover and a transsexual who embodies the mysterious allure of Genoa itself. Mary Monaco and Vincenzo Motta star.

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Il tuo vizio è una stanza chiusa e solo io ne ho la chiave / Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972) Sergio Martino, Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli, Thriller

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972)
Oliviero is a burned-out writer, living at his estate near Venice, his dead mother dominating his imagination. He is also a degenerate: sleeps with his maid and his ex-student, hosts Bacchanalia for local hippies, and humiliates his wife Irina in front of strangers. She lives in terror. When a young woman is murdered, police suspect Oliviero. Things get complicated when his young, beautiful, and self-confident niece, Floriana, pays an unexpected visit. A silver-haired stranger observes. More women die, and thoughts of harming Irina give Oliviero new inspiration. What’s Floriana’s game and who’s the observant stranger? Watching all is a black cat named Satan.

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