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Journalist and man-about-town Marcello struggles to find his place in the world, torn between the allure of Rome's elite social scene and the stifling domesticity offered by his girlfriend, all the while searching for a way to become a serious writer.

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1963 • NR • Fantasy, Drama, Foreign
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Guido Anselmi, a film director, finds himself creatively barren at the peak of his career. Urged by his doctors to rest, Anselmi heads for a luxurious resort, but a sorry group gathers—his producer, staff, actors, wife, mistress, and relatives—each one begging him to get on with the show. In retreat from their dependency, he fantasizes about past women and dreams of his childhood.

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Wild Strawberries
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Wild Strawberries

1957 • Drama, Foreign
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Crotchety retired doctor Isak Borg travels from Stockholm to Lund, Sweden, with his pregnant and unhappy daughter-in-law, Marianne, in order to receive an honorary degree from his alma mater. Along the way, they encounter a series of hitchhikers, each of whom causes the elderly doctor to muse upon the pleasures and failures of his own life. These include the vivacious young Sara, a dead ringer for the doctor's own first love.

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The Passion of Joan of Arc
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The Passion of Joan of Arc

1929 • NR • Indie, Drama, History, Foreign
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A classic of the silent age, this film tells the story of the doomed but ultimately canonized 15th-century teenage warrior. On trial for claiming she'd spoken to God, Jeanne d'Arc is subjected to inhumane treatment and scare tactics at the hands of church court officials. Initially bullied into changing her story, Jeanne eventually opts for what she sees as the truth. Her punishment, a famously brutal execution, earns her perpetual martyrdom.

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Fanny and Alexander

1982 • Indie, Fantasy, Drama, Mystery, Foreign
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As children in the loving Ekdahl family, Fanny and Alexander enjoy a happy life with their parents, who run a theater company. After their father dies unexpectedly, however, the siblings end up in a joyless home when their mother, Emilie, marries a stern bishop. The bleak situation gradually grows worse as the bishop becomes more controlling, but dedicated relatives make a valiant attempt to aid Emilie, Fanny and Alexander.

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Pierrot le Fou

Pierrot le Fou

1965 • R • Indie, Drama, Thriller, Foreign
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Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

1962 • PG-13 • Western
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A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.

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A Man Escaped

A Man Escaped

1957 • Indie, Thriller, Drama, War, Foreign
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A captured French Resistance fighter during World War II engineers a daunting escape from prison.

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Stranger Than Paradise

1984 • Indie, Comedy, Drama
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Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie, his pal Eddie, and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb.

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Fitzcarraldo

1982 • Action, Adventure, Drama, Foreign
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Fitzcarraldo is a dreamer who plans to build an opera house in Iquitos, in the Peruvian Amazon, so, in order to finance his project, he embarks on an epic adventure to collect rubber, a very profitable product, in a remote and unexplored region of the rainforest.

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Days of Heaven

Days of Heaven

1978 • PG • Drama, Romance
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In 1910, a Chicago steel worker accidentally kills his supervisor and flees to the Texas panhandle with his girlfriend and little sister to work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer. A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish fire—Malick captures it all with dreamlike authenticity, creating at once a timeless American idyll and a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor.

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Man with a Movie Camera

Man with a Movie Camera

1929 • NR • Indie, Drama, Documentary
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A cameraman wanders around Moscow, Kharkov, Kiev and Odessa with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

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Talk to Her

Talk to Her

2002 • R • Drama, Romance, Foreign
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Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas.

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Crimes and Misdemeanors

Crimes and Misdemeanors

1989 • PG-13 • Comedy, Drama
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An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.

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It Happened One Night

1934 • NR • Comedy, Romance
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A renegade reporter and a crazy young heiress meet on a bus heading for New York, and end up stuck with each other when the bus leaves them behind at one of the stops.

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Battleship Potemkin

1926 • NR • Drama, History, Foreign
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A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resultant public demonstration, showing support, which brought on a police massacre. The film had an incredible impact on the development of cinema and is a masterful example of montage editing.

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Diabolique
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Diabolique

1955 • NR • Indie, Drama, Horror, Thriller, Foreign
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The cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school, Michel Delassalle, is murdered by an unlikely duo -- his meek wife and the mistress he brazenly flaunts. The women become increasingly unhinged by a series of odd occurrences after Delassalle's corpse mysteriously disappears.

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Notorious

Notorious

1946 • Thriller, Drama, Romance
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In order to help bring Nazis to justice, U.S. government agent T.R. Devlin recruits Alicia Huberman, the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal, as a spy. As they begin to fall for one another, Alicia is instructed to win the affections of Alexander Sebastian, a Nazi hiding out in Brazil. When Sebastian becomes serious about his relationship with Alicia, the stakes get higher, and Devlin must watch her slip further undercover.

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Persona
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Persona

1967 • Drama, Foreign
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A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. The time they spend together only strengthens the crushing realization that one does not exist.

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Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil

1958 • PG-13 • Drama, Thriller, Crime
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When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan. When Vargas begins to suspect that Quinlan and his shady partner, Menzies, are planting evidence to frame an innocent man, his investigations into their possible corruption quickly put himself and his new bride, Susie, in jeopardy.

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High and Low

High and Low

1963 • Indie, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Foreign
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An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

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