Susan Sontag's Favourite Movies

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1.
Man with a Movie Camera (1929 Documentary)
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A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. (68 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
2.
The Rules of the Game (1939)
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A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
3.
Tokyo Story (1953)
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them. (136 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
4.
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.)
 
5.
My Night at Maud's (1969)
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The rigid principles of a devout Catholic man are challenged during a one-night stay with Maud, a divorced woman with an outsize personality. (110 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
6.
Hitler: A Film from Germany (1977)
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Director Hans-Jurgen Syberberg examines the rise and fall of the Third Reich in this brooding seven-hour masterpiece... (442 mins.)
 
7.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
8.
Contempt (1963)
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Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue. (103 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
9.
Satantango (1994)
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Plotting on a payment they are about to receive, residents of a collapsing collective farm see their plans turn into desolation when they discover that Irimiás, a former co-worker who they thought was dead, is coming back to the village. (450 mins.)
Director: Béla Tarr
 
10.
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980 Mini-Series)
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In late-1920s Berlin, Franz Biberkopf is released from prison and vows to go straight; however he soon finds himself embroiled in the city's criminal underworld. (60 mins.)
 
11.
Europe '51 (1952)
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Irene Girard is an ambassador's wife and used to living in luxury. After the dramatic death of her son... (113 mins.)
 
12.
High and Low (1963)
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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. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
13.
The Big Parade (1925)
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A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War. (151 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels (1975)
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A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine. (201 mins.)
 
16.
The Ball at the Anjo House (1947)
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After Japan's loss in the war, the wealthy, cultured, liberal Anjo family have to give up their mansion and their way of life... (89 mins.)
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967)
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In this film, 'Her' refers to both Paris, the character of Juliette Janson and the actress playing her... (87 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
19.
Napoleon (1927)
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A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career. (240 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
20.
Storm Over Asia (1928)
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In 1918 a simple Mongolian herdsman escapes to the hills after brawling with a western capitalist fur trader who cheats him... (127 mins.)
 
21.
The General (1926)
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When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. (67 mins.)
 
22.
Playtime (1967)
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Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction. (115 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
23.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
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A young girl separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision. (91 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
 
24.
Salome (1973 Short Film)
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(18 mins.)
Director: Clive Barker
 
25.
All That Jazz (1979)
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Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer. (123 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
 
26.
Allonsanfan (1974)
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A anarchist leader (Fulvio) wishes to retire, as he is old and tired. He tries to hide himself, but... (115 mins.)
 
27.
In the Mood for Love (2000)
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Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. (98 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
28.
A Man Escaped (1956)
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Captured French Resistance fighter Andre Devigny awaits a certain death sentence for espionage in a stark Nazi prison... (99 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
29.
The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)
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In the Paris of the late 19th century, Louise, wife of a general, sells the earrings her husband gave... (105 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
30.
Days of Eclipse (1988)
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(139 mins.)
 
31.
The Lower Depths (1957)
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In a Japanese slum, various residents play out their lives, dreaming of better things or settling for their lot. Among them is a man who pines for a young woman but is stymied by her deceptive family. (137 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
32.
L'Atalante (1934)
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Newly married couple Juliette and a ship captain Jean struggle through marriage as they travel on the L'atalante along with the captain's first mate Le père Jules and a cabin boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
 
33.
Close-Up (1990)
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Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran... (98 mins.)
 
34.
Goodbye, South, Goodbye (1996)
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A glimpse at the lives of two petty criminals in Taipei. (124 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
 
35.
Children of Paradise (1945)
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The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her. (190 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
36.
Persona (1966)
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A nurse is put in charge of an actress who can't talk and finds that the actress's persona is melding with hers. (85 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
37.
Muriel, or The Time of Return (1963)
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In the seacoast town of Boulogne, Hélène sells antique furniture, living with her step-son, Bernard... (117 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
38.
My Life to Live (1962)
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Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution. (80 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
39.
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)
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In Tokyo in 1888, Kikunosuke Onoue, the adoptive son of an important actor, discovers that he is praised... (143 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
40.
Meshi (1951)
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Michiyo lives in the small place Osaka and is not happy with her marriage, all she does is cook and clean for her husband. (97 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
41.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
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In a strange chateau, a man insists to a woman that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
42.
Listen to Britain (1942 Documentary)
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A depiction of life in wartime England during the Second World War. Director Humphrey Jennings visits many aspects of civilian life and of the turmoil and privation caused by the war, all without narration. (20 mins.)
 
43.
Molière (1978)
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Who was Moliere? He is known everywhere as one of the world's greatest playwrights. But who was he? Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in 1622... (260 mins.)
 
44.
The Contract (1980 TV Movie)
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The events take place in a villa of a wealthy doctor on the occasion of the family wedding. The young... (114 mins.)
 
45.
Begotten (1990)
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This gory and entirely visual film tells the surreal tale of the death and rebirth of gods. (72 mins.)
 
46.
Pickpocket (1959)
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Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival. (75 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
47.
The Rise of Louis XIV (1966 TV Movie)
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1661: Cardinal Mazarin dies. In the power vacuum, the young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule... (90 mins.)
 
48.
Gertrud (1964)
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In the elegant world of artists and musicians, Gertrud ends her marriage to Gustav and takes a lover, the composer Erland Jansson (116 mins.)
 
49.
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
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A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre. (75 mins.)
Director: S.M. Eisenstein
 
50.
The Blue Angel (1930)
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An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer. (124 mins.)
 
51.
Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)
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Arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse sets out to make a fortune and run Berlin. Detective Wenk sets out to stop him. (242 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
52.
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.)
 
53.
Judex (1963)
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Favraux, an unscrupulous banker, receives a threatening note, signed by "Judex", demanding that he pay back the people he has swindled... (98 mins.)
Director: Georges Franju
 
54.
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954 Short Film)
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A Slavonic Mass by Leos Janácek plays as historical figures, biblical characters, and mythical creatures gather in the pleasure dome... (38 mins.)
Director: Anger
 
55.
Fists in the Pocket (1965)
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A young man takes drastic measures to rid his dysfunctional family of its various afflictions. (105 mins.)
 
56.
Seven Samurai (1954)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
57.
The Wild Child (1970)
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In a French forest in 1798, a child is found who cannot walk, speak, read or write. A doctor becomes interested in the child and patiently attempts to civilize him. (83 mins.)
 
58.
L'amour fou (1969)
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During the rehearsals for the production of the tragedy Andromaque, the leading actress and her director... (252 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
59.
Strike (1925)
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A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia. (82 mins.)
 
60.
Greed (1924)
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The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved. (140 mins.)
 
61.
The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968)
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The life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach as presented by his wife, Anna. (94 mins.)
 
62.
Padre Padrone (1977)
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The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh... (114 mins.)
 
63.
Le Trou (1960)
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In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and uncertainty. (132 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
64.
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
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A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. (96 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
65.
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)
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Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer -- arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary... (124 mins.)
 
66.
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
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The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history. (163 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
67.
La Jetée (1962 Short Film)
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Time travel, still images, a past, present and future and the aftermath of World War III. The tale of a man... (28 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
 
68.
Crossroads (1976 Short Film)
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The 1945 atomic-bomb explosion at Bikini Atoll becomes a thing of terrible beauty and haunting visual poetry when shown in extreme slow motion... (36 mins.)
Director: Bruce Conner
 
69.
Chinese Roulette (1976)
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Both the parents of a young teen who walks with crutches, goes on each their secret meeting with lovers, both surprising each other at the family's county home. The daughter arrives and initiates a guessing game of "Chinese roulette". (86 mins.)
 
70.
La Grande Illusion (1937)
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During the first World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from. (114 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
71.
The Lady with the Dog (1960)
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In the Nineteenth Century, at the seaside resort of Yalta, the upper class Dimitri Gurov from Moscow meets Anna Sergeyovna walking with her little dog... (83 mins.)
Director: Iosif Kheifits
 
72.
Les Carabiniers (1963)
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During a war in an imaginary country, unscrupulous soldiers recruit poor farmers with promises of an easy and happy life. Two of these farmers write to their wives of their exploits. (75 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
73.
Lancelot of the Lake (1974)
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A million miles away from 'Camelot' or 'Excalibur', this film ruthlessly strips the Arthurian legend down to its barest essentials... (85 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
74.
The Searchers (1956)
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A Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from an Indian tribe. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
75.
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... (105 mins.)
 
76.
Mädchen in Uniform (1931)
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At an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with a teacher, to terrific consequences. (88 mins.)
 
77.
Damnation (1988)
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A lonely barfly falls in love with a married bar singer. (120 mins.)
Director: Béla Tarr
 
78.
The Second Circle (1990)
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A man tries to come to terms with his father's death and to deal with the mundane details of his burial in a society cut off from spirituality. (92 mins.)
 
79.
The Stone (1992)
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A caretaker encounters Anton Chekov and spends a lonely night and day in his company. (83 mins.)
 
80.
Naked (1993)
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Parallel tales of two sexually obsessed men, one hurting and annoying women physically and mentally, one wandering around the city talking to strangers and experiencing dimensions of life. (126 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
81.
The Puppetmaster (1993)
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In the first half of this century, young Li Tienlu joines a travelling puppet theatre and subsequently... (142 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
 
82.
Lamerica (1994)
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Two Italian racketeers come to Albania just after the fall of the communists to set up a fictive firm and pocket the grants... (116 mins.)
Director: Gianni Amelio
 
83.
Jeanne la Pucelle I - Les batailles (1994)
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A part of Joan of Arc's life. At the beginning, Jeanne (Joan) has already left Domremy, she is trying... (160 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
85.
Through the Olive Trees (1994)
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The movie focuses on one of the events in Zendegi Edame Darad (1992), and explores the relationship between the movie director... (103 mins.)
 
86.
Ostatni etap (1948)
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Martha Weiss, a Jew, is sent to Auschwitz concentration camp with her family. On the first day of their arrival Martha is... (105 mins.)
 
87.
The Travelling Players (1975)
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Greece 1939 - 1952 Fascist, Nazi, Communist conflict as seen through a family of travelling provincial players (230 mins.)
 
88.
The Insect Woman (1963)
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Life story of a woman born in poverty trying to succeed. Through her many schemes, she faces her ups and downs in a cyclical nature, fueled mostly by self-interest. (123 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
89.
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. (128 mins.)
 
90.
My Friend Ivan Lapshin (1985)
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Russian provincial town in the middle of the 1930s Stalin's Great Purge. Ivan Lapshin, the head of the local police, does what he has to do. And he does it well. (100 mins.)
Director: Aleksey German
 
91.
Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (1984 Mini-Series)
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The series (11 episodes) tells the story of the village Schabbach, on the Hunsrueck in Germany through the years 1919-1982... (90 mins.)
 
92.
Marius (1931)
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César runs a bar along Marseilles' port, assisted by his 23 year old son, Marius. Colorful characters abound: M... (130 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Korda