#122: The Dreamers

7abcfmxqzecxl5snrduls1urmpn#122 – The Dreamers, 2003, Bernardo Bertolucci
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A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the ’68 Paris student riots.

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#157: Le Trou

pycmeiatmppwtvwztajcbcibi3u#157 – Le Trou, 1960, Jacques Becker
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Four prison inmates have been hatching a plan to literally dig out of jail when another prisoner, Claude Gaspard, is moved into their cell. They take a risk and share their plan with the newcomer. Over the course of three days, the prisoners and friends break through the concrete floor using a bed post and begin to make their way through the sewer system – yet their escape is anything but assured.

#159: The Battle of Algiers

6kv3n1cgieaeyf4wepeck1oeh7n#159 – The Battle of Algiers, (La battaglia di Algeri), 1966, Gillo Pontecorvo
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Tracing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali from his start as a petty thief to his rise to prominence in the organisation and capture by the French in 1957. The film traces the rebels’ struggle and the increasingly extreme measures taken by the French government to quell the revolt.

#175: Amarcord

jbcsrdqta07p7vfr0ybkd3efeds#175 – Amarcord, 1973, Federico Fellini
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In an Italian seaside town, young Titta gets into trouble with his friends and watches various local eccentrics as they engage in often absurd behavior. Frequently clashing with his stern father and defended by his doting mother, Titta witnesses the actions of a wide range of characters, from his extended family to Fascist loyalists to sensual women, with certain moments shifting into fantastical scenarios.

#179: The Earrings of Madame de…

o1z8wghtptwj8rfya6lxrcu4dyt#179 – The Earrings of Madame de…, (Madame de…), 1953, Max Ophüls
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In France of the late 19th century, the wife of a wealthy general, the Countess Louise, sells the earrings her husband gave her on their wedding day to pay off debts; she claims to have lost them. Her husband quickly learns of the deceit, which is the beginning of many tragic misunderstandings, all involving the earrings, the general, the countess, & her new lover, the Italian Baron Donati.