Neorealism

Open City

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Combining elements of documentary-style news footage with the tense, taut drama associated with the horrors of war, Roberto Rossellini managed to turn a neorealist mirror on the western world with his groundbreaking tale of resistance, repression and liberty.  In many ways, Open City foreshadows the political power of the moving image.  In fact, by the turbulent 1960s many world-class filmmakers, such as Haskell Wexler (Medium Cool), Costa-Gavras (Z), and Sidney Lumet (Dog Day Afternoon) were incorporating many of these same techniques in an effort to open the eyes and hearts of the American people.

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Apocolypse

Blade Runner

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Consider the implications of the past and how what happened then impacts what will likely occur in the future and you have a pretty good synopsis of Ridely Scott’s impressive tale, Blade Runner.  Based on the marginally successful novel by Philip K. Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?Blade Runner opened up a whole new universe of questions that most folks hadn’t even thought to ask.

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Romance

Moonstruck

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Although often thought of in terms of an oldie or a romantic comedy, Norman Jewison’s classic tale of a Sicilian-American widow (Cher) caught up in the expectations of her family and her unrequited love for her finance’s younger brother (Nicolas Cage) remains one of the most enduring and endearing stories of the past 30 years.

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