8 1/2
OTTO E MEZZO
1963, Corinth Films, 144 min, Italy, Dir: Federico Fellini

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film and arguably Fellini’s greatest masterpiece. The great Marcello Mastroianni stars as a very Fellini-like director trying to escape the self-made chaos of his artistic and personal lives at an Italian health spa, where he’s pursued by jealous mistresses, demanding producers and surreal fantasies of his own past, present and future. Co-starring Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Sandra Milo, Rossella Falk and Barbara Steele. In Italian with English subtitles.


NIGHTS OF CABIRIA
LE NOTTI DI CABIRIA
1957, Rialto Pictures, 125 min, Italy, Dir: Federico Fellini

Giulietta Masina won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her unforgettable portrayal of a Roman prostitute named Cabiria who endures life’s tragedies with a heartbreaking, almost Chaplin-esque innocence and resilience. Winner of the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar, NIGHTS was later remade as the stage musical and film SWEET CHARITY - but the original remains unbeatable. In Italian with English subtitles.


THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
2003, Warner Brothers, 201 min, Dir: Peter Jackson

The former Fellowship of the Ring prepare for the final battle for Middle Earth, while Frodo & Sam approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring.


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