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1960, Surf Film, 100 min, Italy, Dir: Vittorio De Sica

Sophia Loren delivers a career-defining performance as a mother struggling to protect her daughter on a journey through war-ravaged Italy, a role that won her an Oscar for Best Actress - the first ever awarded for a non-English-language performance. This Italian gem - superbly crafted by neorealist master De Sica - is a devastating and at times shocking portrait of a family on a quest to escape bomb-battered World War II Rome. Jean-Paul Belmondo co-stars as Loren’s young, intellectual love interest. In Italian with English subtitles.

1960, Rialto Pictures, 90 min, France, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

Lip-stroking pug Jean-Paul Belmondo is on the run, shooting cops and stealing cars - and cash from the handbag of Herald Tribune-hawking girlfriend Jean Seberg - with the couple engaging in boudoir philosophy, staring contests, sous-blanket tussles and plenty of smoking. The start of Godard’s decade of supreme hipness and seemingly compulsive, often outrageous innovation.

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