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The Thieving Magpie (Giulio Gianini, 1964)
A witty and wholly enchanting adaptation of Rossini's overture; a legendary fairy tale of three kings, who declare war on the birds in the forest. ... First Prize, Bergamo Festival; Prize, Milan Fest… Read more

THE TITAN - STORY OF MICHELANGELO (Richard Lyford, 1950)
The Titan was made between 1938 and 1940, chiefly in Florence and Rome, by the Swiss producer Curt Oertel. During the war the film was lost but afterwards discovered in France by the American Army. W… Read more

The Two Castles (Bruno Bozzetto, Guido Manuli, 1962)
With original stylisation, this humorous anecdote tells of the price paid for his curiosity by a little man who tries to enter another castle which is being built in front of his own. ... Read more

The Wanderer (Roberto Rossellini, 1948)
With "The Wanderer" Rossellini abandoned for the first time his theme of postwar conditions to make a simple and beautiful film. It is dedicated to the art of Anna Magnani, who is the only profession… Read more

Third and World (Daniele Pignatelli, 2001)
A small man Terzo (Third) and a large man, Mondo (World) live in a strange world, closed in by four high walls. There is no roof, doors or windows, only an opening through which one receives sustenan… Read more

THREE MONKEYS (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2008)
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.Awarded the Best Director award at this year's Cannes Film Festival, the latest film from Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Climates, MIFF 06), featuring his distinctive vis… Read more

TIME REGAINED (Raoul Ruiz, 1999)
"Marcel Proust's towering classic. The story of an invalid writer facing premature death who retrieves his childhood anxieties and adult frivolities...Time Regained is a tour de force, gorgeous yet s… Read more

Trailer (Guido Manuli, 1994)
A new generation of animators is born. Due to lack of money, they can only afford to make trailers of their films. This shrewd spoof of Hollywood's short-sharp-'schlock' visual b(u)ylines even manage… Read more

TREACHEROUS ENCHANTMENTS (Mario Martone, 1985)
Three different stories [The Trip, Estrellita Goes To New York and Two Don Giovannis) are blended into one original concept signed by Mario Martone. director of the theatrical group Falso Movimento. … Read more

TRIO (Gian Franco Mingozzi, 1966)
The lives of three young people are intertwined in this initial feature by Gian Mingozzi. A young girl who wins a pop singing contest is seen to triumph in her work as a singer. An introverted youth … Read more

TRISTANA (Luis Buñuel, 1970)
Spain in the I920's - decaying morally and socially. A world filled by norms and relationships that have outlived their time and assumed dangerously reactionary proportions, form the background to th… Read more

Two Women (Annabella Miscuglio, )
Two women, two different ways of life, two possibilities of protest are shown. On the one hand, the drop-outs, punks, skinheads; on the other, political engagement. ... Read more

UCCELLACCI E UCCELLINI (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1966)
Hawks and Sparrows is Pier Paolo Pasolini's only full length comedy, and his last film to be made in black and white. ... It is the story of two characters, a father and son, who represent two genera… Read more

UMBERTO D (Vittorio de Sica, 1952)
With this film it would seem that the so-called ‘neo realist' movement in Italian film production reached its zenith. Political influence and the growing concern of the Italian film industry with m… Read more

Underground (Manfredo Manfredi, 1972)
The film presents the reveries of a man travelling on an underground train, stimulated by the sights rushing past and the faintly disquieting atmosphere of the night. ... Read more

Variations on an Italian Theme (Carson Davidson, 1961)
Set to the music of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, this film, from the director of Third Avenue El, is a travel film but with the emphasis chiefly on people. ... Read more

VENTO DI TERRA (Vincenzo Marra, 2004)
Young Vincenzo lives in a poor suburb of Naples, where he shares an apartment with his unemployed father, seamstress mother and his sister. They are tight knit, despite familial tensions. When sudden… Read more

VICTORY MARCH (Marco Bellocchio, 1976)
Marco Bellocchio's Victory March is a bitter indictment of military establishments and their training methods. The director takes up the theme of his earlier film on the warping effects that rigid in… Read more

WE THREE (Pupi Avati, 1984)
The brief sojourn of 14 year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Bologna, to sit for a musical composition exam, is the starting-point for Avati's high-spirited, whimsical, 18th C. "teen-pic". Set against… Read more

WIND FROM THE EAST (Jean-Luc Godard, 1970)
Made shortly after the Paris riots in 1968, Wind from the East underlines Godard's new approach and his refusal to make so-called commercial films and concentrate only on those that have a revolution… Read more

WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY, THE (Ken Loach, 2006)
FRIDAY 11 AUGUST, 9PM - SOLD OUT ... The Wind that Shakes the Barley was winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Both an ardent observer of reality and a deeply committed politi… Read more

WOMAN IS A WOMAN, A (PG) (Jean-Luc Godard, 1961)
“It's not a musical - it's the idea of a musical.” - Jean-Luc Godard ... In stunning colour CinemaScope and featuring Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean-Claude Brialy at the peak of their popula… Read more

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