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BIX (Pupi Avati, 1991)
Director's Note: "Bix (portrayed by Bryant Weeks, a young American actor 'discovered' in screen test No. 449 out of 450) is a homage to a mythical figure from my youth. ... I met Bix Beiderbecke by c… Read more

BLACK HOLIDAY (Marco Leto, 1973)
Marco Leto's Black Holiday is set in an island detention centre for Italian political dissidents. During the early years of Mussolini's dictatorship, anti-Fascists are sent to the island to be reform… Read more

BOATMAN (Gianfranco Rosi, 1993)
The boatman is Gopal. He rows the waters of the Ganges, the Sacred River of India, guiding his vessel through Benares, the city of Shiva, the city of the Dead. Creating the illusion of a moving point… Read more

Borgo A Mozzano (Michele Gandin, 1958)
Beautifully photographed, this is an account of an experiment in agricultural improvement in Borgo a Mozzano, a community of sixteen hamlets in Tuscany, Italy. ... By supplying modern services and te… Read more

BORN AND BRED (Pablo Trapero, 2006)
“An emotionally stunning journey of a father's return to his senses.” - Variety Being a family man is the most important thing for Santiago, a successful interior designer living with his wife an… Read more

Brian Eno - Crystal Conversation (Studio Azzurro, Soft Video, Balkuh, 1985)
An interview with Brian Eno in the San Carpoforo church in Milan about his videosculpture installation. Topics range from the current to the future state of video, art and music. A few hypotheses on … Read more

CAESAR MUST DIE (Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani, 2012)
“Ever since I discovered art, this cell has truly become a prison.” - an inmate in Caesar Must Die ... The setting is Rome's Rebibbia Prison; specifically, its maximum-security section, which hou… Read more

Carbon Culture (Steven Moni, 1985)
A young Afrikaaner finds himself alone in the Roman countryside just before dawn. As he stalks through military debris and symbols of Roman and Fascist Italy he is confronted with his past and his ad… Read more

Carlo Collodi (Agostino Bonomi, 1973)
Carlo Lorenzini, who wrote under the name of Collodi, is one of the greatest writers of children's books: he is the creator of Pinocchio. This documentary vividly presents the personality of the auth… Read more

Cassino (Edmondo Albertini, 1954)
Ten years prior to the making of this film, the little town of Cassino and its famous monastery were destroyed by bombardment during the World War. Both the town and monastery have been rebuilt. ... Read more

CERTIFIED COPY (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
“Imagine a middle-aged Before Sunrise rolled up with Under the Tuscan Sun but spiked with elements of The Game.” - Screen International ... At the European launch of his latest book, academic aut… Read more

CHINA IS NEAR (Marco Bellocchio, 1967)
Two brothers and their sister, living in a small provincial town, are at the centre of a complex plot through which Bellocchio criticizes petit-bourgeois morality and the current political situation.… Read more

CHUNG KWO - CHINA (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1973)
Antonioni's China is a long way from the England of Blow-up or his American travelogue, Zabriskie Point. After spending six weeks filming in China, he said 'I felt a need to return to my own origins … Read more

CIAO, FEDERICO! (Gideon Bachmann, 1970)
”Fellini says: ‘Reality does not exist. The artist invents it.' I believe it exists. We must live in it. and interpret it. With this film I wanted to experiment: interpret while I was inventing. … Read more

CLOSED PAGES (Gianni da Campo, 1968)
A boy hears his parents arguing, and then is sent off to school before their coming divorce. He is silent and reserved, but also headstrong, and he crosses one of his teachers. His need for love is c… Read more

COME L'AMORE (Enzo Muzii, 1968)
A London photographer and an actress working in Rome return to Positano, where they originally met, to re-live their romance, recapture their love as it was. But by doing so, a commitment is demanded… Read more

CONTINENT OF ICE (Luigi Turolla, 1974)
The Continent of Ice is the Antarctic. The film first deals with the early explorations and includes some rare film footage of Scott and Amundsen. Then it presents the sparse flora and fauna of the r… Read more

DAWN OF THE DEAD (R) (George Romero, 1978)
"Dawn of the Dead is one of the best horror films ever made - and, as an inescapable result, one of the most horrifying." - Chicago Sun-Times ... The second instalment in George A. Romero's ‘Dead' … Read more

DEEP RED (Dario Argento, 1975)
"Argento's first true and bona fide masterpiece." – Twitch ... Hailed by horror aficionados as one of the greatest giallos ever made, Deep Red follows musician Marcus Daly, who witnesses a… Read more

DON GIOVANNI (Joseph Losey, 1979)
Unlike other Mozart operas, the action of Don Giovanni is played out in a brief 24 hour period. It has its fair share of doors slamming and women running through corridors dragging long skirts—… Read more

DON T TORTURE A DUCKLING (Lucio Fulci, 1972)
"Don't Torture a Duckling is [Fulci's] best entry in the giallo pantheon, and a shocking preview of his gory excesses to come." – ... A big-city reporter (Tomas Milian) and a w… Read more

DON'T TOUCH THE AXE (Jacques Rivette, 2007)
"A masterpiece... ‘cruel ironies' doesn't even begin to describe it." - Time Out London ... The latest in Jacques Rivette's series of adaptations of Honore de Balzac's work is a dramatisation of La… Read more

Drop (Bruno Bozzetto, 1993)
From the dripping tap to the end of the universe - unless! Watch this space. ... Read more

DURING THE SUMMER (Ermanno Olmi, 1970)
As in all his films, Olmi's interest is in ordinary people, and he observes them with equal sympathy and understanding. ... In During the Summer, the central character is a professor (we are not told… Read more

EDEN IS WEST (M) (Costa-Gavras, 2009)
“A playful modern fairytale about a serious subject.” - Variety ... Costa-Gavras (Z, Missing, Music Box) takes a different tack on the immigrant experience in Europe with Eden is West, a bittersw… Read more

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