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  • Under the Olive Tree
  • Story of a Love Affair
  • The Lady Without Camelias
  • Death of a Cyclist

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  • Bicycle Thieves

    ★★★★★

  • Sweet Deceptions

    ★★★★★

  • Diary of a Mad Old Man

    ★★★★

  • It Happened in '43

    ★★★★½

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  • An Autumn Afternoon

    An Autumn Afternoon

    ★★★★★

    Poem written by Yasujirō Ozu on the death of his mother in 1962:

    Down in the valley it is already spring
    Clouds of cherry blossoms;
    But here, the sluggish eye, the taste of mackerel -
    The blossoms are melancholy
    And the flavor of sake becomes bitter.

    [Note: 'the taste of mackerel' translates as 'sanma no aji', the Japanese title of An Autumn Afternoon]

  • The Tamarind Seed

    The Tamarind Seed

    ★★★★★

    'Everyone has a conscience..' (Julie Andrews as Judith Farrow)
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    Brief Synopsis: A Soviet military attaché (Omar Sharif), on holiday in Barbados, meets and falls in love with a British widow (Julie Andrews) under the scrutiny of intelligence agents from both sides.
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    Verdict: A mid-'70's romantic spy drama with Doctor Zhivago a-wooing Mary Poppins under the Caribbean sun may not sound great on paper but with the versatile Blake Edwards in the directorial chair, lush widescreen cinematography from Freddie…

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  • Bicycle Thieves

    Bicycle Thieves

    ★★★★★

    When my son was born in 2016 the Father/Son movie I turned to was this one.

    Six years later as my beloved father enters his last days on earth, this is the movie I’ve turned to again..

    I’m taking a break from Letterboxd to spend some quality time with my beloved Dad but Trolley will return when the time is right.. 🙂

    Those of you who still have a father you love with all of your heart, please cherish him and enjoy every second you have together because you never know when your time together will come to an end.

    I love you, Dad.. ❤️

  • Sweet Deceptions

    Sweet Deceptions

    ★★★★★

    An ethereally beautiful Catherine Spaak roaming around a sunny Rome and the nearby countryside in gorgeous monochrome to the beat of a jazzy score as she contemplates whether or not she's ready to embark on her first love affair is one of the coolest movie experiences I've had in a long, long time. Those Italians were pretty darn great at movie making at the time and here's the proof in a concise ninety minutes. Alberto Lattuada, you were a genius..
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    Online Access: m.ok.ru/video/3214975109830

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  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place

    ★★★★★

    5 Reasons why this film is a masterpiece:

    1. It's the best film Nicholas Ray ever made; a noir-tinged drama rendered in dark visuals of exhilarating beauty.

    2. It showcases probably the greatest performance of Bogie's career as the short-fused screenwriter Dix Steele, a character he imbues with a neurotic edge that is frightening in its intensity.

    3. This dialogue: 'I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me'.

    4. Gloria Grahame is in it.

    5. It just 'is', OK?!

  • Le Notti Bianche

    Le Notti Bianche

    ★★★★★

    10 Reasons why I adore Luchino Visconti's Le Notti Bianche:

    1. It's the second radical film interpretation of a Fyodor Dostoyevsky story (in this case his short work White Nights) from the '50's, equal in quality to Akira Kurosawa's tremendous version of The Idiot (1951).

    2. Despite having a CV littered with such masterpieces as Ossessione, La Terra Trema, Senso, Rocco And His Brothers and The Leopard, none of them contains the romantic longing of this picture.

    3. It's entirely…