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Lunga vita alla signora! / Long Live the Lady! (1987) Ermanno Olmi, Marco Esposito, Simona Brandalise, Stafania Busarello, Comedy

Lunga vita alla signora! (1987)
The Lady (or Signora) of the title is a mysterious matron who lives in a crumbling mansion. Six catering trainees are brought to the castle upon its conversion into a resort hotel. They are ordered to prepare a special meal for the old lady, whom none of them ever seen for more than an instant. As the caterers grow in wisdom and sophistication, we learn that the lady may very well be an urbane ghost rather than a flesh-and-blood entity. Lunga Vita alla Signora! is a rewarding experience for those willing to give the film their full undivided attention.

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Campane a martello (1949) Luigi Zampa, Gina Lollobrigida, Yvonne Sanson, Carlo Romano, Drama

Campane a martello (1949)
Agostina is a maid turned prostitute during World War II. She sends all the money she makes to the local priest in her home village for safekeeping. After the war is over Agostina and her friend Australia plan to open a clothing store so they return to her home island to collect the money from the priest. But after arriving there Agostina learns in shock that the priest has been dead for more than a year and that his eccentric successor mistook the received money for donations and spent all of it on building a new orphanage for war orphans. To make matters even worse, other islanders think that Agostina is now a millionaire and beg her to help them financially.

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Non c’è pace tra gli ulivi / Under the Olive Tree (1950) Giuseppe De Santis, Raf Vallone, Lucia Bosé, Folco Lulli, Drama

Non c'e pace tra gli ulivi (1950)
Raf Vallone plays Francesco Dominici, a shepherd and war veteran who returns home to find that his flock of sheep have been stolen by the area thuggish big-shot landlord Agostino Bonfiglio. Francesco decides to steal back what is rightfully his, and winds up in jail, through a series of manipulations and witness bribes by Agostino, who claims the sheep were always his. To make matters worse, when Francesco is in prison, Agostino manages to also steal Francesco’s girl Lucia (Lucia Bosé). When Agostino escapes from, he attempts to exact revenge on Agostino.

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L’isola di Arturo / Arturo’s Island (1962) Damiano Damiani, Vanni De Maigret, Key Meersman, Reginald Kernan, Drama

L'isola di Arturo (1962)
Arturo is a teenage boy who lives alone on an island. His mother died when he was born, and his father is always away. From time to time, Arturo’s father comes to see him, but only too soon leaves him again. He seems not to appreciate his son at all, but, nevertheless, Arturo adores his father. One day, Arturo’s father arrives with his second wife, Nunciata, a seventeen-year-old girl with whom Arturo soon falls in love…

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