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UGLY, DIRTY AND BAD
BRUTTI, SPORCHI E CATTIV
1976, Film Movement, 115 min, Italy, Dir: Ettore Scola

Ettore Scola earned a Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival for this tragicomic portrait of a very dysfunctional family. Patriarch/slumlord Giacinto Mazzatella (Nino Manfredi) lives in a Roman ghetto, sharing a tiny shack with a legion of relatives. Giacinto has money from an accident settlement, but doesn’t share it with his family; when he starts spending it on a prostitute, his wife and sons plot against him. This gleefully offensive film was also released as DOWN AND DIRTY. In Italian with English subtitles.


ZABRISKIE POINT
1970, Warner Bros., 112 min, USA, Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

Director Michelangelo Antonioni follows the mind-expanding odyssey of two youths on the run from the police after a violent student demonstration. Their surreal adventures in the California desert climax in slow-motion apocalypse to the strains of Pink Floyd.


LOLA (1961)
1961, Janus Films, 90 min, France, Dir: Jacques Demy

Jacques Demy’s feature debut was described by its director as a “musical without music,” though “a love story without love” may be just as appropriate. Roland (Marc Michel, who would later play the same role in Demy’s THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG) is smitten with his former girlfriend, Dietrich-esque cabaret dancer Lola (Anouk Aimée), but she pines for the lover who abandoned her years earlier. French New Wave mainstays Raoul Coutard and Michel Legrand provide the cinematography and score, respectively. In French and English with English subtitles.


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