#195: A Prophet

tlngvaz98okkkmtctgkgml26kgl#195 – A Prophet, (Un prophète), 2009, Jacques Audiard
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Sentenced to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena is alone in the world and can neither read nor write. On his arrival at the prison, he seems younger and more brittle than the others detained there. At once he falls under the sway of a group of Corsicans who enforce their rule in the prison. As the ‘missions’ go by, he toughens himself and wins the confidence of the Corsican group.

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#205: Life Is Beautiful

f7dimxdebos148u4upji61idvak#205 – Life Is Beautiful, (La vita è bella), 1997, Roberto Benigni
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A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up he tries to convince his son that the whole thing is just a game.

#206: Rome, Open City

ijgv4v8jxgbnzgehqkdzhdazn8a#206 – Rome, Open City, (Roma città aperta), 1945, Roberto Rossellini
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ROME, OPEN CITY is a landmark in film history. Filmed in secrecy during the Nazi occupation of Italy, the film shows a realistic portrayal of the underground resistance in Italy in 1945. The film has strong impacting imagery with its mix of fiction and reality that strengthened Italian Neo-realism and the film industry.

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#224: Contempt

pxmlcgw7dudxswr55cjiwvjj5k#224 – Contempt, (Le Mépris), 1963, Jean-Luc Godard
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A philistine in the art film business, Jeremy Prokosch is a producer unhappy with the work of his director. Prokosch has hired Fritz Lang (as himself) to direct an adaptation of “The Odyssey,” but when it seems that the legendary filmmaker is making a picture destined to bomb at the box office, he brings in a screenwriter to energize the script. The professional intersects with the personal when a rift develops between the writer and his wife.

#274: PlayTime

76wagzexpnfnqzxqutsnbxbo7bd#274 – PlayTime, 1967, Jacques Tati
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Clumsy Monsieur Hulot finds himself perplexed by the intimidating complexity of a gadget-filled Paris. He attempts to meet with a business contact but soon becomes lost. His roundabout journey parallels that of an American tourist, and as they weave through the inventive urban environment, they intermittently meet, developing an interest in one another. They eventually get together at a chaotic restaurant, along with several other quirky characters.

#281: Belle de Jour

zih8puziwptemyazr6acoqibkap#281 – Belle de Jour, 1967, Luis Buñuel
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Beautiful young housewife Séverine Serizy cannot reconcile her masochistic fantasies with her everyday life alongside dutiful husband Pierre. When her lovestruck friend Henri mentions a secretive high-class brothel run by Madame Anais, Séverine begins to work there during the day under the name Belle de Jour. But when one of her clients grows possessive, she must try to go back to her normal life.