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If you ascribe to the theory that European films have to be twice as good to get half as far in America — or to get here at all -- then some of the better filmmakers in Europe are currently on an angry tear about economic malpractice, privileged elites, cultural degradation and soulless capitalism. The Greeks, with no money to speak of, are in the middle of a cinematic insurgency. The French, always conflicted about money and power, have become more so. And this year's foreign language Oscar went to a film – Paolo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty" -- that was nothing if not a condemnation of trash-and-trauma years of Silvio Berlusconi, and the spiritual blight he carried like a virus. Sorrentino's fellow Italian Paolo Virzi is not quite as overtly indignant as his Oscar-winning compatriot. And his "Human Capital" works as an intricately structured soap opera. But it is also »

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