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  • Casablanca
  • Day for Night
  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • We All Loved Each Other So Much

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  • Spencer

    ★★★★

  • House of Gucci

    ★★★½

  • The Stonebreaker

    ★★★

  • Assandira

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  • Fly

    Fly

    ★★★½

    A recovery program gives a new purpose through street dance to a group of young convicts when a disillusioned dancer turned taxi driver (Tabatabai) accepts to become their coach. Do not let yourself be put off by shallow character development and the barely sketched young adult angst but allow "Fly" to lure you into its whirlwind of stunning dance numbers. If cinema is primarily a visual media, Von Garnier does know how to stage, cut, and pace her straightforward drama through sheer body and camera movements: cringe-worthy dialogue and predictable plot points are a small price to pay to enjoy the show.

  • Boccaccio '70

    Boccaccio '70

    ★★★

    Four independent short films dealing with love, sex, and marriage. Directed by Mario Monicelli, the opening segment ("Renzo e Luciana") is by far the weakest (and was omitted from the international version when this anthology came out too long, much to the chagrin of its director): based on a short story by Italo Calvino it fails to recapture its sweet, near-abstract quality by opting for a realistic attitude in most of its length but offers newcomer Marisa Solinas an energetic,…

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  • We All Loved Each Other So Much

    We All Loved Each Other So Much

    ★★★★★

    Three war-time friends, and the girl they all fall for, live through 30 years of Italian history. Originally designed as a homage to Neorealism, a film that grew into a masterful compendium of Italian Comedy. Scola and co-writers Age and Scarpelli pack more ideas into it than most filmmakers produce in a lifetime and yet the film unfolds naturally combining sheer emotion with an accurate (and, to this day, unsurpassed) map of the way the social texture of Italy evolved after WWII. Stellar cast has never been greater. A cornerstone.

  • Freaks Out

    Freaks Out

    ★★½

    1943: in nazi-occupied Rome a foursome of circus artists (a hairy strongman, a magnetic dwarf, a young man who controls insects, and an electric girl) seek their missing Jewish leader, unaware of the fact Germans are on the look for people with special abilities to employ in their war effort. Finally released after a very long shooting, extensive post-production, and a whole year of further delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mainetti’s sophomore feature is as big and ambitious as…