TOPAZ
1969, Universal, 143 min, US, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Director Alfred Hitchcock delves deeper into the world of Cold War espionage he’d plumbed in TORN CURTAIN, adapting this thriller from Leon Uris’ fact-based novel about the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. When a defector reveals the Soviet plan to install nuclear missiles in Cuba, the CIA turns to French spy André Devereaux (Frederick Stafford) to gather intelligence. Complicating his work is a cadre of French double-agents codenamed “Topaz.” With Michel Piccoli and Philippe Noiret.


CINEMA PARADISO
NUOVO CINEMA PARADISO
1988, Miramax, 123 min, Italy, Dir: Giuseppe Tornatore

A young Sicilian boy who loses his father to war strikes up a friendship with an aging projectionist. Eventually the boy takes over his mentor's job and becomes a filmmaker himself - but he loses the love of his life along the way. A gloriously romantic and unabashedly sentimental love letter to the romance of the movies. With Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin. In Italian with English subtitles.


LIFE AND NOTHING BUT
LA VIE ET RIEN D'AUTRE
1989, MGM Repertory, 135 min, Dir: Bertrand Tavernier

At the end of World War I, the aging Major Dellaplane (Philippe Noiret) has been given the soul-numbing job of matching 350,000 missing French soldiers with their families' descriptions. When haughty Parisian Irene (Sabine Azema) arrives searching for her missing husband, the two strike up an unusual, increasingly tender relationship in the midst of the bleakest of aftermaths. In French with English subtitles.


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