LA STRADA
1954, Janus Films, 107 min, Italy, Dir: Federico Fellini

When peasant Gelsomina (the dazzling Giulietta Masina) is sold to boorish strongman Zampanò (Anthony Quinn) as his on-the-road assistant, she quickly becomes both an adept carnival performer and victim of her master’s cruelty. This magical, poetic tale of love, loss and loneliness was one of Fellini’s favorites. With Richard Basehart. Winner of the inaugural Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar in 1956. "Giulietta has the lightness of a phantom, a dream, an idea. She possesses the movements, the mimic skills and the cadences of a clown." - Fellini. In Italian with English subtitles.


YEAR OF THE DRAGON
1985, Warner Bros., 134 min, USA, Dir: Michael Cimino

New York police captain and Vietnam veteran Mickey Rourke takes on Chinese crime boss John Lone in this violent, riveting thriller scripted by Oliver Stone. Director Michael Cimino does some of his best work with his usual themes - male friendships and betrayal, the importance of ritual and American-Asian cultural collision - in this visually stylish and viscerally charged action film. "Cimino's eye for detail and insistence thereon has paid off in his impressive re-creation of Chinatown at producer Dino De Laurentiis' studios in North Carolina. Crammed with an array of interesting characters, including the extras in the background, DRAGON brims with authenticity." - Variety


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