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La classe operaia va in paradiso / The Working Class Goes to Heaven (1971) Elio Petri, Gian Maria Volontè, Mariangela Melato, Gino Pernice, Drama

La classe operaia va in paradiso AKA The Working Class Goes to Heaven (1971)
Lulù is a real hard worker. For this reason he is loved by the masters and hated by his own colleagues. The unions decide agitations against the masters. Lulù doesn’t agree till he cuts, by accident, one of his own fingers. Now, after he understood the worker’s conditions, he agrees the unions and participates to the strike. He immediately is fired and, not only is abandoned by his lover, but also by the other workers. But the fights of the unions allow him under a new legislation to be hired again. At this point his mind starts giving collapse signs…

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Fai in fretta ad uccidermi… ho freddo! / Kill Me Quick, I’m Cold (1967) Francesco Maselli, Monica Vitti, Jean Sorel, Roberto Bisacco, Comedy, Crime

Fai in fretta ad uccidermi... ho freddo! AKA Kill Me Quick, I'm Cold (1967)
Giovanna (Monica Vitti, L’Awentura) and Franco (Jean Sorel, Belle de Jour) are lovers pretending to be brother and sister in order to con unsuspecting marks while staying in the most luxurious locales throughout Europe. In their travels, they come across the beautiful Christina (Daniela Surina, Divorce His – Divorce Hers], a girl who is being threatened by her brother, Sergio (Roberto Bisacco, Romeo and Juliet), in order to get the family fortune. But as Giovanna and Franco delve into her story, the double-crossing begins, and no one is sure who is getting tricked.

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La fille aux yeux d’or / The Girl with the Golden Eyes (1961) Jean-Gabriel Albicocco, Marie Laforêt, Paul Guers, Françoise Prévost, Drama

La fille aux yeux d'or (1961)
This routine film by novice director Jean-Gabriel Albicocco handles the taboo subject of a homosexual relationship between women, though the story still implies that if a man falls in love with a lesbian she can change her sexual orientation. Loosely based on a novel by Honore de Balzac, a skirt-chasing fashion photographer meets a charming young woman who captures his interest immediately. She is not wholly forthcoming, but after a period of time, he realizes that he is in love with her — she is not just another conquest. It takes awhile before he also realizes that she is the partner of his femme associate who is possessive, at the very least. As it turns out, one corner in this odd triangle is highly unstable. This was one of the early films of Françoise Dorleac, Catherine Deneuve’s beautiful sister who was killed in an automobile accident in 1967.

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Entre onze heures et minuit / Between Eleven and Midnight (1949) Henri Decoin, Louis Jouvet, Madeleine Robinson, Léo Lapara, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Entre onze heures et minuit (1949)
Between eleven o’clock and midnight one evening, a notorious trafficker Jérôme Vidauban is shot dead whilst walking in a subway in Paris. The case is assigned to Inspector Carrel, who is Vidauban’s perfect double. Using his resemblance to the arch criminal, Carrel manages to infiltrate Vidauban’s circle of acquaintances and contacts. He becomes embroiled in a bizarre web of intrigue and discovers no shortage of possible murder suspects, all of whom appear to be surprised to see him still alive…

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Juke box – Urli d’amore (1959) Mauro Morassi, Mario Carotenuto, Marisa Merlini, Karin Baal, Comedy

Juke box - Urli d'amore (1959)
Mario, after serving a sentence for fraud, trying to continue to live at the expense of others. Marisa knows, a mature unmarried owner of a house music started that, despite everything, would like to marry him. After deception and misunderstanding, Mario, who has no intention of getting married, and has since used the situation weaving a series of cheating availing themselves of the house music is discovered and, when pressed between the prison and marriage, promises to Marisa to marry her, but then they blow it upstream to the last moment.

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Senki / Shadows (2007) Milcho Manchevski, Borce Nacev, Vesna Stanojevska, Sabina Ajrula, Drama, Horror, Mystery

Senki AKA Shadows (2007)
A successful young doctor with a beautiful wife, a happy child, and a comfortable house finds his life suddenly changed in ways he never thought possible after being injured in a serious car accident. To the outside eye Lazar Perkov has everything – indeed his friends and colleagues have even gone so far as to christen him with the nickname “Lucky.” But appearances can sometimes be…

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Auf der anderen Seite / The Edge of Heaven (2007) Fatih Akin, Baki Davrak, Gürsoy Gemec, Cengiz Daner, Drama

Auf der anderen Seite AKA The Edge of Heaven (2007)
Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali’s choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter’s university studies. Yeter’s sudden death distances father and son. Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter’s daughter Ayten. Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany. She is befriended by a young woman, Lotte, who invites rebellious Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mother Susanne. When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea is denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Lotte travels to Turkey,where she gets caught up in the seemingly hopeless situation of freeing Ayten.

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Üçüncü Sayfa / The Third Page (1999) Zeki Demirkubuz, Basak Köklükaya, Ruhi Sari, Erol Babaoglu, Drama

The Third Page (1999)
Isa is beaten up after being accused of stealing $50. When his landlord demands the back rent, Isa gets angry and shoots him. The police round up the tenants, but are not suspicious of him. Back in his room, Isa collapses and is helped by his pretty neighbor Meryem, who also pays the $50 when the thugs return. Isa promises to do anything for her, and tells her about his job as a TV extra. Meryem’s husband has left her with her two young children, while he is away working. When her husband returns and beats Meryem up, she asks Isa to kill him.

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