Damiano Damiani – L’inchiesta (1986)

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Tito Valerio Tauro is sent by the emperor Tiberius in Galilee to investigate the disappearance of the body of Jesus. Tito thinks quickly attend to his duties and return to Rome, but meets Claudia Procula, Pilate’s wife, fascinated by the personality of Jesus, who reveals that Mary Magdalene was a witness to the resurrection of Jesus. Tito became convinced that Jesus is still alive and that is in place and a conspiracy to hide it, pretending to be Christian, begins to search for Mary Magdalene. Continue reading

Karel Reisz – The Gambler (1974)

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“James Caan as a New York college professor? Somehow it works in Karel Reisz’s interesting, mostly forgotten 1974 drama The Gambler. A quintessential ’70s film with its non-innocent protagonist swimming in a sea of sleaze and self-destructing when he should know better, The Gambler is one of cinema’s best depictions of a person’s addiction to gambling. That may seem like an inflated statement, but gambling addiction hasn’t really been a subject of film interest, at least not in the same vein as drugs or alcohol. And yet its milieu is tailor-made for drama, comedy, and tension. With that, The Gambler is a crime movie wrapped in an addiction movie wrapped in an existential void, during which, fittingly, Caan teaches his students about Dostoyevsky, one of our first existentialists (without knowing the word yet) who had a gambling problem himself. He even wrote a semi-autobiographical work about it called (again, fittingly), “The Gambler”. Like Dostoyevsky, Caan’s character, Axel, knows what he’s doing and can even discuss his psychology and madness in an offhand manner (as he does to his class) while still jonesing for his next win or lose. Continue reading

Ertem Egilmez – Canim kardesim AKA My Dear Brother (1973)

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Imdb:

About a boy…
6 September 2011 | by inceh85 (New Zealand)

The story starts in a dark atmosphere, which is located slums of Istanbul in early 70’s. During the movie athmospehere gets darker and darker and at last finishes in pitch black. This is quite interesting because in that period as a result of Turkish economy & life standards people would like to see classical comedy or happy endings at cinema contrary to this kind of desperate dramas.

Its about a little boy whom realizes that he has a leukemia whether his brother tries to hide the fact. They believe that they should make the boy really happy in his last days. This is also important because, fact that they are poor they never think about cures. Continue reading

Mauro Bolognini – La Viaccia AKA The Lovemakers (1961)

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IMDb review:

A film from a totally different era

I first saw this film 7 years ago at the age of 22 and it created an impression on me for days. I still remember the curtains, the “Belle èpoque” scenes of an Italian city, the beautiful lady, the difference between city life and peasants back in those days, the revolutionary anarchists…. I recommend this film for the scent it leaves for years after seeing it, also I recommend it because the theme of this film and the period of producing it are a distant non returning past of European history and European film making. Continue reading

Mauro Bolognini – Per le antiche scale AKA Down the Ancient Stairs (1975)

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PLOT SYNOPSIS:
A mental hospital somewhere in Tuscany during the thirties. Far away from fascism, this closed world is rules over by Dr. Bonaccorsi, a passionate benevolent psychiatrist whose dream is to isolate the germ of madness. He is also a very active ladies’man and makes three women benefit from his sexual itch: Francesca the hospital manager’s wife, Bianca, his devoted nurse and Carla, a nymphomaniac doctor’s wife. His well-ordered universe starts being challenged with the coming of Anna, a trainee psychiatrist, who disapproves of his theory on the origin of madness. Worse, she resists his advances. As Bonaccorsi is more insecure than he looks, what will become of him? Continue reading

Jean Delannoy – Les Amitiés Particulières AKA This Special Friendship (1964) (DVD)

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Synopsis
In the 1930s, Georges de Sarre, a fifteen-year old boy from an aristocratic background, begins his studies in a Jesuit boarding school. He strikes up an immediate friendship with a fellow student of his own age, Lucien. On discovering that Lucien already has a close relationship with another boy, André, Georges contrives to get the latter expelled from the school. Georges then notices Alexandre, a boy who is some years younger than himself, and is struck by his purity and beauty. To Georges’s delight, Alexandre enjoys his company, and the two boys become good friends. They exchange love poems and meet in secret; they can hardly bear to be apart. When one of the priests is on the brink of uncovering the nature of his relationship with Alexandre, Georges manages to get him dismissed for “inappropriate involvement” with his boys. Free from the fear of discovery, Georges and Alexandre pursue their perfect friendship, growing ever closer. But for how long can this idyll continue…? Continue reading