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1. Dogville (2003)

R | 178 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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60 Metascore

A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Harriet Andersson

Votes: 127,986 | Gross: $1.53M

2. Manderlay (2005)

Not Rated | 139 min | Drama

7.3
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46 Metascore

A story of slavery, set in the southern U.S. in the 1930s.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Isaach De Bankolé, Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 21,239 | Gross: $0.08M

3. If.... (1968)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England.

Director: Lindsay Anderson | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick, Christine Noonan

Votes: 20,450

4. The Baby of Mâcon (1993)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, History

7.0
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A movie about the corruption in all levels of society. A baby is born from a supposed-to-be virgin woman, so a chain of hysteria about divine intervention in the birth takes place.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Julia Ormond, Ralph Fiennes, Philip Stone, Jonathan Lacey

Votes: 3,688

5. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)

Not Rated | 931 min | Crime, Drama

8.6
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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.

Stars: Günter Lamprecht, Claus Holm, Hanna Schygulla, Franz Buchrieser

Votes: 3,644

6. La Chinoise (1967)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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A small group of French students are studying Mao, trying to find out their position in the world and how to change the world to a Maoistic community using terrorism.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Juliet Berto, Michel Semeniako

Votes: 5,243 | Gross: $0.04M

7. Sympathy for the Devil (1968)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Music

6.3
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Godard's documentation of late 1960s Western counter-culture, examining the Black Panthers, referring to works by LeRoi Jones and Eldridge Cleaver. Other notable subjects are the role of ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Sean Lynch, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards

Votes: 2,584

8. Class Relations (1984)

126 min | Drama

6.9
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After making the domestic servant pregnant, a woman who doubles his age, a young man of only seventeen years from the German bourgeoisie is sent by his family to the United States in order to avoid a huge scandal.

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Christian Heinisch, Nazzareno Bianconi, Mario Adorf, Laura Betti

Votes: 527

9. Tout Va Bien (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

6.6
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Godard examines the structure of movies, relationships and revolutions through the life of a couple in Paris.

Directors: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin | Stars: Yves Montand, Jane Fonda, Vittorio Caprioli, Elizabeth Chauvin

Votes: 2,850

10. The Travelling Players (1975)

230 min | Drama, History, Music

8.0
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Greece, 1939-1952: Fascist, Nazi, and Communist conflict, as seen through the eyes of a family of travelling provincial players.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Eva Kotamanidou, Vangelis Kazan, Aliki Georgouli, Kiriakos Katrivanos

Votes: 3,084

11. Alexander the Great (1980)

210 min | Drama, History

7.4
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Based on some historical events, the film gives a romanticized biography of Theodoros Kolokotronis, a Greek historical hero serving as a metaphor for Greece herself. Based on a circular ... See full summary »

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Omero Antonutti, Eva Kotamanidou, Mihalis Giannatos, Grigoris Evangelatos

Votes: 725

12. Der Tod des Empedokles oder: Wenn dann der Erde Grün von neuem Euch erglänzt (1987)

132 min | Drama

6.1
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The tragedy of the death of Empedocles, legislator in Acient Greece. Hölderlin's work adapted to cinema by Straub and Huillet.

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Andreas von Rauch, Vladimir Baratta, Martina Baratta, Ute Cremer

Votes: 129

13. Death by Hanging (1968)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kei Satô, Do-yun Yu, Fumio Watanabe, Hôsei Komatsu

Votes: 1,892

14. Hitler: A Film from Germany (1977)

442 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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Director Hans-Jurgen Syberberg examines the rise and fall of the Third Reich in this brooding seven-hour masterpiece, which incorporates puppetry, rear-screen projection, and a Wagnerian ... See full summary »

Director: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg | Stars: Heinz Schubert, Peter Kern, Hellmut Lange, Rainer von Artenfels

Votes: 658

15. Don Giovanni (1979)

176 min | Drama, Music

7.6
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Screen adapatation of Mozart's greatest opera. Don Giovanni, the infamous womanizer, makes one conquest after another until the ghost of Donna Anna's father, the Commendatore, (whom ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Ruggero Raimondi, John Macurdy, Edda Moser, Kiri Te Kanawa

Votes: 997

16. Marat/Sade (1967)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, History, Music

7.5
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In an insane asylum, Marquis de Sade directs Jean Paul Marat's last days through a theater play. The actors are the patients.

Director: Peter Brook | Stars: Patrick Magee, Clifford Rose, Glenda Jackson, Ian Richardson

Votes: 2,137

17. The 3 Penny Opera (1931)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.4
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In London at the turn of the century, the bandit Mack the Knife marries Polly without the knowledge of her father, Peachum, the 'king of the beggars'.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Rudolf Forster, Lotte Lenya, Carola Neher, Reinhold Schünzel

Votes: 1,819

18. Partner (1968)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

6.4
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Bernardo Bertolucci, along with co-scenarist Gianni Amico, used Dostoievski's 1846, pre-imprisonment novella The Double: A Petersburg Poem, which they moved to Italy and updated to the pro-Vietcong student-protest present,

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Pierre Clémenti, Tina Aumont, Sergio Tofano, Giulio Cesare Castello

Votes: 651

19. Love and Anger (1969)

102 min | Drama

6.0
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Five short stories with contemporary settings. In New York, people are indifferent to derelicts sleeping on sidewalks, to a woman's assault in front of an apartment building, and to a ... See full summary »

Directors: Marco Bellocchio, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jean-Luc Godard, Carlo Lizzani, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Elda Tattoli | Stars: Tom Baker, Julian Beck, Jim Anderson, Judith Malina

Votes: 593

20. Far from Vietnam (1967)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Drama, War

7.4
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In seven different segments, Godard, Klein, Lelouch, Marker, Resnais and Varda show their sympathy and support for the North Vietnamese army during the Vietnam war.

Directors: Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Agnès Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais | Stars: Anne Bellec, Karen Blanguernon, Bernard Fresson, Maurice Garrel

Votes: 546

21. The Hunters (1977)

168 min | Drama

7.5
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On New Year's Eve, a bourgeoisie group of hunters finds the frozen body of a long dead WWII partisan fighter. They spend the night debating what to do with it, which reveals their sins from the war and leads to their symbolic punishment.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Vangelis Kazan, Eva Kotamanidou, Giorgos Danis, Mairi Hronopoulou

Votes: 652

22. Le Vent d'Est (1970)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

6.0
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A filmic essay on class struggle which draws on images from westerns but has no plot and is both an experiment in making a revolutionary film and an interrogation of how successfully such a film can be revolutionary.

Directors: Groupe Dziga Vertov, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, Gérard Martin | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Anne Wiazemsky, Cristiana Tullio-Altan, Allen Midgette

Votes: 399

23. Reconstruction (1970)

100 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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A woman murders her husband, upon his return home after a long absence, with the complicity of the lover who has relieved her loneliness. Costas Ghoussis, an emigrant recently returned to ... See full summary »

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Toula Stathopoulou, Yannis Totsikas, Thanos Grammenos, Petros Hoedas

Votes: 1,000

24. The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968)

94 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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The life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach as presented by his wife, Anna.

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Gustav Leonhardt, Christiane Lang, Paolo Carlini, Ernst Castelli

Votes: 1,184 | Gross: $0.02M

25. Moses and Aaron (1975)

Not Rated | 107 min | Music, Drama

6.8
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In expressive, melodic tones, the fraternal pair debate God's true message and intent for His creations, a conflict that leads their followers - in extravagantly choreographed song and dance - towards chaos and sin.

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Günter Reich, Louis Devos, Eva Csapo, Roger Lucas

Votes: 354

26. Electra, My Love (1974)

70 min | Drama

7.0
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It has been fifteen years since the death of her father, Agamemnon, and Elektra still burns with hatred for Aegisztosz, who conspired with Elektra's mother to kill him.

Director: Miklós Jancsó | Stars: Mari Töröcsik, György Cserhalmi, József Madaras, Mária Bajcsay

Votes: 562

27. The Artist in the Circus Dome: Clueless (1968)

103 min | Drama

6.7
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"Neues Kino movie" about life in the circus dome narrated in Brechtian spirit; deceptively illusionist grip is broken violently by aloofness and sweeping subjective tracking shots.

Director: Alexander Kluge | Stars: Hannelore Hoger, Sigi Graue, Alfred Edel, Bernd Höltz

Votes: 330

28. Red Psalm (1972)

87 min | Drama, Musical, War

6.9
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Set in the 1890s on the Hungarian plains, a group of farm workers go on strike in-which they face harsh reprisals and the reality of revolt, oppression, morality and violence.

Director: Miklós Jancsó | Stars: Andrea Drahota, Gyöngyi Bürös, Erzsi Cserhalmi, Mari Csomós

Votes: 1,228

29. Sicily! (1999)

Not Rated | 66 min | Drama

7.2
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A man returns to visit his native Sicily after living in New York for a long time. He learns about the Sicilian way of life from stylized conversations with an orange picker, his fellow ... See full summary »

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Gianni Buscarino, Vittorio Vigneri, Angela Nugara, Carmelo Maddio

Votes: 597

30. Le Gai Savoir (1969)

95 min | Drama

6.3
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How do we learn? What do we know? Night after night, not long before dawn, two young adults, Patricia and Emile, meet on a sound stage to discuss learning, discourse, and the path to ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Juliet Berto, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jean-Luc Godard

Votes: 690

31. Days of 36 (1972)

105 min | Drama, History

6.9
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It is 1936 in Greece, shortly before the Metaxas' dictatorship. A former drug trafficker and police informer, Sofianos, is in prison because of the assassination of a trade unionist during ... See full summary »

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Vangelis Kazan, Kostas Pavlou, Thanos Grammenos, Giorgos Kyritsis

Votes: 800

32. Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King (1972)

140 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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The story of the legendary King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1886), his opera interest and friendship with theatre personalities such as Richard Wagner and Joseph Kainz, and at the same time a reflection of the German 1800s.

Director: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg | Stars: Harry Baer, Ingrid Caven, Hanna Köhler, Ursula Strätz

Votes: 233

33. Germany in Autumn (1978)

123 min | Documentary, Drama

6.9
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Germany in Autumn does not have a plot per se; it mixes documentary footage, along with standard movie scenes, to give the audience the mood of Germany during the late 1970s. The movie ... See full summary »

Directors: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alf Brustellin, Hans Peter Cloos, Alexander Kluge, Maximiliane Mainka, Edgar Reitz, Katja Rupé, Volker Schlöndorff, Peter Schubert, Bernhard Sinkel | Stars: Wolfgang Bächler, Heinz Bennent, Wolf Biermann, Joachim Bißmeier

Votes: 1,066

34. Parsifal (1982)

PG | 255 min | Drama, Music

7.4
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Richard Wagner's last opera has remained controversial since its first performance for its unique, and, for some, unsavory blending of religious and erotic themes and imagery. Based on one ... See full summary »

Director: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg | Stars: Armin Jordan, Martin Sperr, Robert Lloyd, Michael Kutter

Votes: 229

35. Under the Olive Tree (1950)

107 min | Drama

6.8
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Francesco Dominici has just returned from the front, fought for three years and was a prisoner for another three years.

Director: Giuseppe De Santis | Stars: Raf Vallone, Lucia Bosé, Folco Lulli, Maria Grazia Francia

Votes: 160

36. Night and Fog in Japan (1960)

107 min | Drama

6.9
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Long takes and a highly theatrical visual approach combine to form a tense and confrontational look at the decline of a socialist student activists' movement in Japan.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Miyuki Kuwano, Fumio Watanabe, Masahiko Tsugawa, Hiroshi Akutagawa

Votes: 533

37. From the Clouds to the Resistance (1979)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

6.6
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Two segments. The first one arranges six stories from Cesare Pavese's "Dialoghi con Leucò", taken from classical mythology. The second segment is taken from Pavese's novel "La luna e i falò... See full summary »

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Olimpia Carlisi, Guido Lombardi, Gino Felici, Lori Pelosini

Votes: 333

38. Vladimir et Rosa (1971)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

6.0
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In Godard and Gorin's free interpretation of the Chicago Eight trial, Judge Hoffman becomes Judge Himmler (who doodles notes on Playboy centerfolds), the Chicago Eight become microcosms of ... See full summary »

Directors: Groupe Dziga Vertov, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin | Stars: Yves Afonso, Juliet Berto, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin

Votes: 236

39. Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (1969)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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Story of a bookstore thief named Birdey who is led through various adventures in Tokyo's Shinjuku district by salesgirl Umeko.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Tadanori Yokoo, Rie Yokoyama, Moichi Tanabe, Tetsu Takahashi

Votes: 552

40. A Film Like Any Other (1968)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

5.6
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Workers on a car factory argue with revolutionary students.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Votes: 229

41. Sing a Song of Sex (1967)

103 min | Drama

6.7
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Four high school students preparing for their university entrance exam fantasize about a classmate, and meet up with thier inebriated teacher, while singing bawdy drinking songs.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Ichirô Araki, Kazuko Tajima, Jûzô Itami, Akiko Koyama

Votes: 603

42. Struggle in Italy (1971)

Not Rated | 62 min | Drama

6.0
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The film reveals how and why a supposedly revolutionary Italian girl has in fact fallen prey to bourgeois ideology.

Directors: Groupe Dziga Vertov, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin | Stars: Cristiana Tullio-Altan, Paolo Pozzesi, Jerome Hinstin, Anne Wiazemsky

Votes: 215

43. Three Resurrected Drunkards (1968)

80 min | Action, Comedy

6.6
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A carefree afternoon at the beach turns into a comic misadventure when three young Japanese men are mistaken for illegal Korean residents.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kazuhiko Kato, Osamu Kitayama, Norihiko Hashida, Kei Satô

Votes: 498

44. Karl May (1974)

187 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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This ethereal, three-hour biopic is the middle film in Hans-Jürgen Syberberg's "German Trilogy" on the mythological foundations of the Third Reich.

Director: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg | Stars: Helmut Käutner, Kristina Söderbaum, Käthe Gold, Attila Hörbiger

Votes: 117

45. Hungarian Rhapsody (1979)

103 min | Drama, History

6.8
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The first chapter of a two-part dramatized history of Hungary, from the turn of the century, to World War II.

Director: Miklós Jancsó | Stars: György Cserhalmi, Lajos Balázsovits, Gábor Koncz, Udo Kier

Votes: 167

46. The Confrontation (1969)

80 min | Drama, Musical

6.4
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It is 1947; the Communist Party has just taken power in Hungary. In Jancsó's first color film, young students at a People's College have a debate with seminary students, but worry it will escalate into a fight.

Director: Miklós Jancsó | Stars: Andrea Drahota, Kati Kovács, Lajos Balázsovits, András Kozák

Votes: 318

47. History Lessons (1972)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, History

6.5
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A shot from a car coursing through Rome in 1972 opens this interpretation of Brecht's unfinished experimental novel The Business Affairs of Mr. Julius Caesar. In a second part set in ... See full summary »

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Gottfried Bold, Johann Unterpertinger, Henri Ludwigg, Carl Vaillant

Votes: 217

48. Eyes Do Not Want to Close at All Times, or, Perhaps One Day Rome Will Allow Herself to Choose in Her Turn (1970)

88 min | Drama

6.5
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Pierre Corneille's Othon adapted faithfully to cinema, set in the ruins of the Rome of now-a-days.

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Adriano Aprà, Anne Brumagne, Ennio Lauricella, Olimpia Carlisi

Votes: 237

49. Strongman Ferdinand (1976)

97 min | Drama

6.8
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The clownish security chief of a West German business is obsessed with protecting his factory from fancied and real breaches, especially from groups such as The Red Army Faction. ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Kluge | Stars: Heinz Schubert, Vérénice Rudolph, Joachim Hackethal, Gert Günther Hoffmann

Votes: 133

50. Die Nacht (1985)

367 min

8.4
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A six hour long monologue performed by Edith Clever, who reads texts by Syberberg, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Heinrich von Kleist, Plato, Friedrich Hölderlin, Novalis, Friedrich Nietzsche,... See full summary »

Director: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg | Star: Edith Clever

Votes: 30



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