Sunday, August 16, 2009

Film Recommendations of the week...

The Wages of Fear-(April 10, 1953)

French w/english subtitles.
Running time 2 hours 27 minutes.

In a small, impoverished South American town four desperate losers sign up to drive two truckloads of nitroglycerin across treacherous mountain roads for an American company who need it to put out an oil fire at one of their refineries. The dangers of handling this cargo over such terrible terrain puts an immense strain on all four of these characters, whose emotions run the gamut from cowardice to bravery to sheer stupidity until the bitter end. A great film.

Nights Of Cabiria-(Release date May 10, 1957)
Italian w/english subtitles.
Running time 1 hour 50 minutes.

A prostitute in post-war Italy tries desperately to find love, only to be thwarted time and time again. This film won the Academy Award for "Best Foreign Picture" and is one of Federico Fellini's most poignant films. This is another excellent example of the unsentimental neo-realism school of film making that took hold in post-war Italy.

The beautiful and talented Giulietta Masina (pictured below) won Best Actress at Cannes as the title character.

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