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Una vita violenta / Violent Life (1962) Paolo Heusch, Brunello Rondi, Franco Citti, Serena Vergano, Enrico Maria Salerno, Drama

Una vita violenta (1962)
Based on a novel by Pier Paolo Pasolini, UNA VITA VIOLENTA chronicles the life and death of Tommaso (Franco Citti), a street kid who is equally comfortable running with the Fascists, the Communists and just plain thieves. Tommaso’s milieu is the filthy slums outside Rome; his occupation is whatever comes to hand to make a few bucks, until a stretch in prison convinces him to go straight.

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Francesco / St. Francis of Assisi (1989) Liliana Cavani, Mickey Rourke, Helena Bonham Carter, Andréa Ferréol

Francesco (1989)
The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to the poor, a beggar for others, and an inspiration to friends who accept the Gospels’ life of poverty. He seeks the Pope’s blessing, and he endures persecution at the hands of the family of Chiara Offreduccio (1194-1253), who becomes St. Clare. Many join the order he has established and then rebel at his expectations. In near despair – and ill – he writes a Rule to take to the Pope; then, the Lord sends him a message. He dies smiling.

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I delfini / Silver Spoon Set (1960) Francesco Maselli, Claudia Cardinale, Gérard Blain, Anna Maria Ferrero

I delfini (1960)
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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Die Screaming, Marianne (1971) Pete Walker

Die Screaming, Marianne (1971)
After their parents divorce, one daughter lives with her mother in England while the other lives with her father in Portugal. After the untimely death of her mother, the one daughter stands to inherit a large sum of money and also a number of documents containing information that will incriminate her father, who was a crooked judge. While her father wants the documents, her sister wants the money and they will each stop at nothing, even murder, to get what they want.

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La nave delle donne maledette / The Ship of Condemned Women (1953) Raffaello Matarazzo

La nave delle donne maledette (1953)
Consuelo (May Britt) happen so many misfortunes in the name of virtue as a heroine of Sade: his kindness and deceit of those around the prompts to confess to a crime he did not commit, for which he is sentenced to ten years of hard labor in a penal colony, despite its proclamation of innocence useless to hear the jury’s verdict jobs; in the galleon that carried overseas to other dams, all locked in the cellar, she suffers privations and humiliations, falls ill with fevers and whipped …

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5 bambole per la luna d’agosto / 5 Dolls for an August Moon (1970) Mario Bava

5 bambole per la luna d'agosto (1970)
George Stark is a wealthy industrialist who invites five business friends of his to his remote Mediterranean island for a weekend of relaxation and business when he introduces them to Professor Farrell, a brilliant chemist who gives investment ideas to the group. But against Farrell’s wishes, the group goes behind each other’s back to obtain information on Farrell’s chemistry ideas and soon the guests and residents start turning up dead one by one as Stark and Farrell must rally the group together to determine the identity of the killer (or killers) despite nobody trusting anyone.

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