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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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O.K. Nerone / O.K. Nero (1951) Mario Soldati

O.K. Nerone (1951)
Two American sailors, Fiorello and Jimmy are slugged while sight-seeing in Rome and, together, they dream they are back in Rome in the days of Nero. They embark on a series of mis-adventures that include a pocket billiard contest with Nero, the establishment of an amusement park, a football (American football, not Soccer) game with a Grecian urn as the pigskin and a 1950’s jam session with Roman musicians. They become favorites of Nero and his adviser Tigellius becomes jealous and goes to Sophonisbo the Sorceress for a potion which will turn Nero’s favor to hatred; Jimmy and Fiorella also visit her seeking a love potion which will make Marcus fall in love with their handmaiden friend Licia. The potions are switched which leads to a series of confusions climaxed when Nero surprises Jimmy making love to Empress Poppea. They are soon in a chariot fleeing for their lives, followed by a second chariot driven by Nero.
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What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971) Curtis Harrington

What's the Matter with Helen (1971)
Set in the 30s, Helen and Adelle are two women whose sons commit a gruesome murder. After their conviction, they move to Hollywood change their names and open a dance school for girls. Adelle is looking for a good life and when one of the parents of her students who is wealthy takes a liking to her she thinks she’s got it made. Helen thinks that someone who blames them for what their sons did is stalking them. But Adelle thinks it’s all in her mind.
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Cronaca familiare / Family Diary (1962) Valerio Zurlini

Cronaca familiare (1962)
1945. Enrico Corsi, in Rome, reflects on his relationship with his eight year younger brother, Lorenzo Corsi, following Lorenzo’s recent passing from a long and debilitating illness at age twenty-seven in Florence. Their mother passed away days after Lorenzo’s birth due to complications from the childbirth exacerbated by illness. With their veteran father still in hospital at the time unable to care for the children, Lorenzo was taken in by Sig. Salocchi, the butler of a wealthy English baron, literally to be raised as his and his wife’s son in privilege, while Enrico remained with their maternal grandmother in relative poverty. The brothers did not truly get to spend time with and get to know each other until 1935 when Lorenzo was on the cusp of adulthood. For Enrico, theirs ended up being a largely strained but still loving relationship.
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