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A MAN ESCAPED (Robert Bresson, 1956)
Bresson's A Man Escaped, like The Trial of Joan of Arc, is closely based on factual records. Yet it is far from being a documentary. 'I would like to show this miracle', Bresson explains. 'An invisib… Read more

A STORY OF FLOATING WEEDS (Yasujiro Ozu, 1934)
Out of the fifty-odd films of the great Japanese director, Yasujiro Ozu, about twenty are lost to us today. Throughout his career, Ozu repeated certain plots and dramatic situations many times; A Sto… Read more

LA TERRA TREMA (Luchino Visconti, 1948)
In 1947, Visconti went to Sicily with a small amount of capital advanced by the Communist Party, to make a film that expanded into a mammoth epic on the conditions of the poor workers and peasants of… Read more

OSSESSIONE (Luchino Visconti, 1942)
Luchino Visconti's first film was based on James Cain's thriller 'The Postman Always Rings Twice', which was also made into a French film in 1939, and was turned into the celebrated Hollywood movie b… Read more

PEAU D'ÂNE (Jacques Demy, 1970)
As with The Pied Piper which Jacques Demy made in 1971, Peau d'ane is an attempt to bring a fairytale narrative to the screen in as faithful a way to the original as possible, yet subtly reinterprete… Read more

THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC (Robert Bresson, 1962)
Robert Bresson's account of the Joan of Arc story, although austere and elliptical as are all his films, remains very close to the written records of the trial held in 1431. ... The film begins twent… Read more

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