Drama

Roberto Rossellini – Germania, anno zero aka Germany Year Zero (1948)

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In the third and final film of Rossellini’s WWII trilogy, the director shifts his focus from his native Italy to the bombed-out ruins of Berlin, where 12-year-old Edmund Koehler struggles for survival. Among the nine people he lives with are: a father, who is suffering from malnutrition and a fatal illness; a brother, who is a former Nazi soldier hiding to avoid arrest; and a sister, who has turned to prostitution. Scouring the rubble-strewn city for food, money, and cigarettes, he comes upon a former teacher, Herr Enning (Erich Guhne), who evinces a barely restrained sexual attraction to the boy while providing him with records of Hitler’s speeches that can be bartered on the black market. He also drums into the boy a classic piece of Nazi propaganda about the importance of having the courage to let the weak be destroyed. Under his influence, the confused young protagonist heads down a tragic path.
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Emir Kusturica – Sjecas Li Se, Dolly Bell ? aka Do you remember, Dolly Bell ? (1981)

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A young man grows up in Sarajevo in the 1960s, under the shadow of his good, but ailing father, and gets attracted by the world of small-time criminals. They hire him to hide a young prostitute and he falls in love with her. Read More »

Mark Rydell – Cinderella Liberty (1973)

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This charming tough-love romance is yet more evidence why the early 1970s is considered one of the most creative times in Hollywood. Basically a story about a link-up between a sailor and a pool hall tramp, Cinderella Liberty overcomes traditional problems with such material. The “R” rating for once allows such characters to talk as they might, although our nice-guy hero has a thing against profanity. Darryl Ponicsan’s story acknowledges the desperation of sailors to find female companionship, especially when on ‘Cinderella Liberty,’ a shore pass that expires at midnight. Also breaking with Hollywood tradition, the film allows Marsha Mason’s hooker to be credibly profane and self destructive, and yet still be worthy of our concern. The movie has its share of emotional compromises but by the last act we’re only hoping that things turn out well for our deserving main characters. Read More »

Claire Denis – Les salauds aka Bastards (2013)

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Plot / Synopsis
Supertanker captain Marco Silvestri is called back urgently to Paris. His sister Sandra is desperate – her husband has committed suicide, the family business has gone under, her daughter is spiralling downwards. Sandra holds powerful businessman Edouard Laporte responsible. Marco moves into the building where Laporte has installed his mistress and her son. But he hasn’t planned for Sandra’s secrets, which muddy the waters… Read More »

Philip Leacock – The War Lover (1962)

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Steve McQueen is Buzz Rickson, a B17 pilot during WWII. Rickson’s brashness serves him well during wartime, but he finds that he feels out of place during everyday civilian life. His more mild-mannered co-pilot, Bo Bolland (Robert Wagner), however, lives only to get through the war to resume his life with his girl, Daphne (Shirley Anne Field). This wartime character study is based on a novel by John Hersey, who also wrote the screenplay. Read More »

Alberto Cavallone – Quickly, spari e baci a colazione (1971)

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QUICKLY, SPARI E BACI A COLAZIONE (1967) Also known as: “Quickly, Shoot and Kiss Before Dinner.” Extremely rare war thriller/ comedy, which seems to take place in South America. Starring Antonio Casale, Magda Kanopka, Claudie Lang, and others. Read More »

Lutfi Akad – Vesikali yarim aka My Prostitute Love (1968)

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Imdb User Review:

Watch it like that you can’t watch any movie after this time,it gives you unbelievable moments…
29 August 2006 | by hashus (Turkey)

Lütfi Akad is one of the most important directors of Turkey, he gave our cinema very useful things, a lot of things started with his camera…he was different, he moved cinema from sets to streets, he gave to watchers real world,real people, no star… his actors didn’t act in front of the camera, they lived in white-screen…

And I think Akad’s the best movie is Vesikali Yarim, because he always directs real stories which everybody can live them, but in this story we can’t find anything from us…but we forgot one important thing : director is Lütfi Akad…so again we find us in the white-screen between actors. He can do this. Although story is not from us, he can move us his movie…In this movie, he asked us “Who deserve the real love?” and “Does love deserve the reality?” I won’t say anything about answers but if you watch this movie, you will see them easily… Read More »