THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS
LA BATTAGLIA DI ALGERI
1966, Rialto Pictures, 121 min, Algeria/Italy, Dir: Gillo Pontecorvo

The Algerian struggle for independence is presented in a compelling, ultra-realistic style by director Gillo Pontecorvo in this landmark docudrama. Refusing to make villains of either the colonialist French or the bomb-throwing rebels, Pontecorvo weaves a morally complex, dramatically riveting tapestry that presents a balanced yet passionate view of revolution.


WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE?
COSA AVETE FATTO A SOLANGE?
1972, Arrow Video, 107 min, Italy/West Germany, Dir: Massimo Dallamano

Students at an all-girl school are being brutally murdered. But as the killings multiply, all the clues lead to a dark secret connected to Solange, a young girl who had gone missing months before. Expertly directed by Sergio Leone’s former cinematographer Massimo Dallamano and featuring a haunting score by Ennio Morricone, SOLANGE is one of the more darkly lyrical entries in the giallo subgenre.


TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN!
ATAME!
1989, Janus Films, 102 min, Spain, Dir: Pedro Almodóvar

Paroled mental patient Antonio Banderas kidnaps former porn star-turned-junkie Victoria Abril to save her from herself, in Almodóvar’s violently sexy take on male-female relations – and his most controversial film in the U.S., where it earned a hotly contested X-rating. “In a country like Spain I don’t have to explain that TIE ME UP! is a love story, or defend myself against accusations that it could turn you into a psychopath!” – Almodóvar.


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