Cesira is a beautiful widow and a successful grocery store owner in Rome. WWII is raging, and she fears for her beloved daughter, 13-year-old Rosetta, amid the daily bombings. They travel to the village where Cesira was born, where Cesira believes they will be safer. There, they are happy even as food dwindles.
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Week End / Weekend (1967) Jean-Luc Godard, Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A supposedly idyllic week-end trip to the countryside turns into a never-ending nightmare of traffic jams, revolution, cannibalism and murder as French bourgeois society starts to collapse under the weight of its own consumer preoccupations.
Hate Thy Neighbor / Odia il prossimo tuo / Hasse deinen Nachsten (1968) Ferdinando Baldi, Spiros Focás, George Eastman, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Action, Drama, Western
Ken wants justice for his brother Bill, who was killed by a notorious gunman named Stevens for a goldmine map. The gunman is arguing with gangster Malone (Horst Frank) about the map. A deadly cat and mouse game between the three men ensues.
La cage aux folles / Birds of a Feather (1978) Édouard Molinaro, Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Claire Maurier, Comedy
Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try conceal their lifestyle and their ownership of the drag club downstairs when the fiancée and her parents come for dinner.
Histoire de Marie et Julien / The Story of Marie and Julien (2003) Jacques Rivette, Emmanuelle Béart, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Anne Brochet, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Julien lives alone with his cat. He dreams of Marie, and a few minutes later, he sees her on the street and makes a date. He asks her to move in with him, and she does. Her boyfriend is dead, the rest of her past a mystery.
Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice. Communication is fragile. A woman leads an Allied patrol through a mine field; she dies protecting a G.I., but the Yanks think she killed him. A street urchin steals shoes from a G.I. who tracks him to a shanty town. A G.I. meets a woman the day Rome is liberated; in six months they meet again: he’s cynical, she’s a prostitute. A US nurse braves the trip across the Arno into German fire in search of a partisan she loves. Three chaplains, including a Jew, call on a monastery north in the Apennines. Allied soldiers and partisans try to escape capture in the marshes of the Po.
Fangs of the Living Dead / Malenka (1969) Amando de Ossorio, Anita Ekberg, Gianni Medici, Diana Lorys, Horror
Oh! Those Most Secret Agents / 002 agenti segretissimi (1964) Lucio Fulci, Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Ingrid Schoeller, Action, Comedy
Patricia (Carla Solaro) is a young beautiful girl living in a small town. One day she has the chance of a lifetime, as she is chosen among many other girls to play the main role on a TV series. She leaves everything behind and moves to Los Angeles to begin a new life. Once there she becomes a TV star and falls in love with Mike (Robert Madison), the cynical and unscrupulous manager of the network. But to find her she still has much to learn.
The Story of Lady Chatterley (1989) Lorenzo Onorati, Malù, Carlo Mucari, Maurice Poli, Drama, Erotic
An Italian film adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s classic erotic novel. After a crippling injury leaves her husband impotent, Lady Chatterly is torn between her love for her husband and her physical desires. With her husband’s consent, she seeks out other means of fulfilling her needs.