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Brazilian Western

Brazilian Western

Brazilian Western is an adaptation of the eponymous song by Renato Russo a famous Brazilian singer and composer who in the style of Bob Dylan knew how to delight crowds by telling stories and singing with his lyrics. The adaptation precipitated a both social and romantic drama with a tragic ending. Focusing on the love story of outlaw Joao do Santo Cristo with Architecture major student Maria Lucia, the movie takes place in Brasilia in the early 80s. In a clash of interest, drug dealers and the police conflict with one another,while the end of the military dictatorship in the Capital of Brazil, Brasilia takes place. The wanderings and tedium of a young rocker, who lived in a city still being built, are the backdrop for this story.

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A Boy and His Dog

A Boy and His Dog

World War IV has ravaged Earth, and its survivors must battle for food, shelter and companionship in a post-atomic wasteland.

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Another Country

Another Country

In the 1930s, upper-class Tommy Judd and Guy Bennett are both nearing the end of their careers at their public school. Tommy, a Marxist intellectual, refuses to participate in the school's social hierarchy. But Guy, when not mooning after pretty boys, angles for a slot as one of the "gods," or prefects, of his house. When faculty stumbles upon a homosexual act by two students, one boy commits suicide and scandal erupts. 

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Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman

Willy Loman is an aging, traveling salesman, who despairs that his life his been lived in vain. Facing dispensability and insignificance in a heated, youthful economy, Willy is not ready to part with his cherished fantasies of an America that admires him for personable triumphs in the marketplace.

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Hester Street

Hester Street

Gitl and her son arrive on the Lower East side of New York in 1896 to join her husband Jake. While Jake, who has job in a sweatshop and an English-speaking girlfriend, has completely embraced America, Gitl clings to her old country ways. Jake is embarrassed to be seen with her as he struggles to assimilate by shedding his ethnic heritage. Gitl finds a way to become victor instead of victim.

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My Brilliant Career

My Brilliant Career

A story charting the developing self-awareness of Sybylla Melvyn as she grows from an insecure tomboy to a self-assured woman. Sybylla wants to be a writer and stuns her family and friends by her insistence on following her dream.

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Room at the Top

Room at the Top

A ruthless young working-class Englishman takes a job in a North Country village controlled by a local millionaire. The young man resents the magnate's class consciousness and vows to rise to the top by wooing the millionaire's daughter, while having an affair with a Frenchwoman. Though he regards his lover as a mere self-gratifying conquest, she takes their romance seriously enough to kill herself when he impregnates the daughter.  Only as he leaves the chapel after marrying the millionaire's daughter does he realize that his "smart" marriage, coupled with the guarantee of a fabulous career, has been attained at the cost of his soul. 

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The Chosen

The Chosen

Set in the Brooklyn of the 1940s, the story elucidates the friendship between two young Jews of differing factions. Daniel is Hassidic, while Reuven is a Zionist; though separated ideologically, the boys find a common bond through their love of the neighborhood games of stickball.

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Voyager

Voyager

A story concerning the travels of an American construction engineer who is wandering throughout Europe, recounting his life story through a series of flashbacks while a new relationship develops.

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Trouble In Mind

Trouble In Mind

In the fictional Rain City, ex-cop Hawk has just been released from prison after serving hard time. Meanwhile, a young down-on-his-luck father, Coop, and his radiant wife, Georgia, head toward the city with their new baby in search of a new life.

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