Italian Masters

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1.
Story of a Love Affair (1950)
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Paola is a young, beautiful woman married to a wealthy entrepreneur. She meets her former lover Guido after seven years, but their relationship is marked by tragic events. (98 mins.)
 
2.
I vinti (1953)
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Three stories of well-off youths who commit murders. In the French episode a group of high school students kill one of their colleagues for his money... (113 mins.)
 
3.
Love in the City (1953 Documentary)
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Six separate episodes: would-be suicides discuss their despair. A provincial dance hall. An investigative reporter posing as a husband-to-be. A young unwed mother. Girl-watching techniques of Italian men. A glimpse into prostitution. (115 mins.)
 
4.
Le Amiche (1955)
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A young woman returns to her home town of Turin to set up a new fashion salon and gets involved with a troubled woman and her three wealthy friends. (104 mins.)
 
5.
Il Grido (1957)
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A man wanders aimlessly, away from his town, away from the woman he loved, emotionally and socially inactive. (116 mins.)
 
6.
L'Avventura (1960)
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A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other. (143 mins.)
 
7.
La Notte (1961)
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A day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their steadily deteriorating relationship. (122 mins.)
 
8.
L'Eclisse (1962)
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A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man's materialistic nature. (126 mins.)
 
9.
Red Desert (1964)
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In an industrial area, Giuliana, an unstable woman, attempts to cope with life by starting an affair with a co-worker at the plant her husband manages. (117 mins.)
 
10.
The White Sheik (1952)
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During a day in their honeymoon, a couple is separated by the city's lust and the desires it produces. (86 mins.)
 
11.
I Vitelloni (1953)
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A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy. (107 mins.)
 
12.
La Strada (1954)
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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way. (108 mins.)
 
13.
Il Bidone (1955)
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A trio of con-men lead by a lonesome swindler must deal with their job and family pressures. (113 mins.)
 
14.
The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
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A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak. (110 mins.)
 
15.
La Dolce Vita (1960)
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A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. (174 mins.)
 
16.
Boccaccio '70 (1962)
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Four directors tell tales of Eros fit for a 1970s Decameron. Working-class lovers, Renzo and Luciana... (205 mins.)
 
17.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
 
18.
Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
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Visions, memories, and mysticism all help a 40-something woman to find the strength to leave her cheating husband. (137 mins.)
 
19.
Roma (1972)
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A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital. (120 mins.)
 
20.
The Children Are Watching Us (1944)
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A four-year old boy, Pricò, becomes the subject of emotional folly by his fluctuant parents and inattentive relatives. (84 mins.)
 
21.
Shoeshine (1946)
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Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship. (90 mins.)
 
22.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
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In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
 
23.
Umberto D. (1952)
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An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome. (89 mins.)
 
24.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)
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Stories about three very different women and the men they attract. (118 mins.)
 
25.
Rome, Open City (1945)
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During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi is chased by Nazis and he seeks refuge and escape. (103 mins.)
 
26.
Paisan (1946)
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Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice... (126 mins.)
 
27.
Stromboli, terra di Dio (1950)
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Karen, a young woman from the Baltic countries, marries fisherman Antonio to escape from a prisoners camp. But the life in Antonio's village, Stromboli, threatened by the volcano, is a tough one and Karen cannot get used to it. (107 mins.)
 
28.
Dov'è la libertà...? (1954)
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A barber, murderer because of jealousy, spends twenty years in jail. He cannot, however adjust himself... (93 mins.)
 
29.
Journey to Italy (1954)
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An unhappily married couple attempts to find direction and insight while vacationing in Naples. (85 mins.)
 
30.
General Della Rovere (1959)
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Bardone, a petty con man, is arrested by the Gestapo and coerced into impersonating a partisan leader in order to expose another resistance organizer. (132 mins.)
 
31.
Accattone (1961)
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A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiraling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison. (117 mins.)
 
32.
Oedipus Rex (1967)
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In pre-war Italy, a young couple have a baby boy. The father, however, is jealous of his son - and the scene moves to antiquity... (104 mins.)
 
33.
Teorema (1968)
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A strange visitor in a wealthy family. He seduces the maid, the son, the mother, the daughter and finally the father before leaving a few days after... (98 mins.)
 
34.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
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In World War II Italy, our fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture. (117 mins.)
 
35.
Ossessione (1943)
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Gino, a drifter, begins an affair with inn-owner Giovanna as they plan to get rid of her older husband. (140 mins.)
 
36.
La Terra Trema (1948)
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In rural Sicily, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently. (160 mins.)
 
37.
Bellissima (1951)
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A woman from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies. (114 mins.)
 
38.
Le Notti Bianche (1957)
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A humble clerk courts a woman who night after night awaits for the return of her lover. (102 mins.)
 
39.
Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
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Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone. (177 mins.)
 
40.
The Damned (1969)
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The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich. (156 mins.)
 
41.
The Stranger (1967)
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In an atmosphere of political tension when the French still control Algiers, an Algerian is killed on... (104 mins.)
 
42.
La sfida (1958)
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Vito Polara is a young ambitious man from the slums of Naples, who wants to get as much power and money as possible... (87 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
 
43.
Salvatore Giuliano (1962)
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The unclear and complicated twists between governal powers, independentist party and Mafia in the Sicily of the '40s culminate with the death of Salvatore Giuliano. (123 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
 
44.
Many Wars Ago (1970)
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On the Italian/Austrian front during World War I, a disastrous Italian attack upon the Austrian positions leads to a mutiny among the decimated Italian troops. (101 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
 
45.
Before the Revolution (1964)
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The study of a youth on the edge of adulthood and his aunt, ten years older. Fabrizio is passionate... (115 mins.)
 
46.
The Conformist (1970)
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A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. (113 mins.)