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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.

1964, Rialto Pictures, 101 min, France, Dir: Luis Buñuel

Jeanne Moreau gives a keenly observant and morally ambiguous performance as Parisian maid Céléstine, transplanted to the French countryside to clean house at the manor of M. Monteil (a lusty, wolfish Michel Piccoli). What she discovers in her wintry bucolic surroundings is anything but staid country life - shoe fetishes, simmering anti-Semitism and a brutal rape and murder are all pieces of the unsettling debris that rise to the surface in Luis Buñuel’s wicked, kinky take on the upstairs-downstairs genre. In French with English subtitles.

2011, IFC Films, 102 min, Italy, Dir: Nanni Moretti

Luis Bunuel favorite Michel Piccoli stars "with consummate brilliance" (Variety) as Cardinal Melville, who fears being elected as the new pope after appointment by his co-cardinals in the Sistine Chapel (perfectly reproduced at Cinecitta). With filmmaker Nanni Moretti (THE SON'S ROOM, IL CAIMANO) in a hilarious turn as the shrink summoned to get to the bottom of Melville's mental stability and papal potential. Official selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In Italian with English subtitles.

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