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Odd Man Out December 31, 1969
Odd Man Out

Synopsis: When he created this classic parable of suspense, Carol Reed (THE THIRD MAN, THE FALLEN IDOL) was at the top of his game. Set in the streets and back alleys of post-WWII Belfast, OD MAN OUT stars James Mason as the leader of an IRA-like political organization.

Starring: Robert Newton, Kathleen Ryan, James Mason
Directed by: Carol Reed
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Open City December 31, 1969
Open City

Synopsis: Roberto Rossellini's OPEN CITY (ROMA CITTA APERTA) is a landmark in the history of cinema, a humanist masterpiece and one of the earliest incarnations of Italian neorealism. Based on real events, it tells the harrowing story of several Italian Resistance fighters battling fascism in Nazi-occupied Rome.

Starring: Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani
Directed by: Roberto Rossellini
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Platoon December 31, 1969
Platoon

Synopsis: In PLATOON, Oliver Stone draws on his experience as an infantryman in Vietnam to convey the brutality of guerrilla warfare: the heat of the jungle, the brushes with such wildlife as snakes and leeches, and, most powerfully, the presence of the unseen enemy.

Starring: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe
Directed by: Oliver Stone
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The Searchers December 31, 1969
The Searchers

Synopsis: A classic Western regarded by many as the best of the genre, John Ford's THE SEARCHERS has been acknowledged by several directors who came into their own in the 1970s, including Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Paul Schrader, and George Lucas, as a powerful influence on their work.

Starring: Vera Miles, Jeffrey Hunter, John Wayne
Directed by: John Ford
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Ten Days That Shook the World December 31, 1969
Ten Days That Shook the World

Synopsis: One of the finest examples of intellectual montage, consisting of more than 3,200 shots in its 103 minutes, TEN DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD has been described as a Constructivist poster come to life. Again working from a commission by Lenin, in this case, to make a film commemorating the 10th anniversary of the overthrow of the Kerensky government by the Bolsheviks, Sergei Eisenstein saw it as an opportunity to push his montage experiments to the limit.

Directed by: Sergei Eisenstein
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Cabiria December 31, 1969
Cabiria

Synopsis: During the war between Carthage and Rome, a girl is separated from her parents. In her odyssey through the world of ancient Rome, she encounters an erupting volcano, the barbaric splendor of Carthage, human sacrifice and Hannibal crossing the Alps.

Starring: Letizia Quaranta, Litizia Catena, Bartolomeo Pagano
Directed by: Giovanni Pastrone
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A Kid for Two Farthings December 31, 1969
A Kid for Two Farthings

Synopsis: The relationship between fantasy and reality in the mind of a small boy is Carol Reed's subject in this whimsical fable, set among the small shops and bazaars of London's East End in the 1950s. It stars Jonathan Ashmore as Joe, a highly imaginative boy living with his mother, Joanna (Celia Johnson), above the tailor shop where she is employed.

Starring: Celia Johnson, David Kossoff, Diana Dors
Directed by: Carol Reed
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The Way Ahead December 31, 1969
The Way Ahead

Synopsis: Carol Reed's typically meticulous research adds a sense of gritty realism to this vivid, stirring account of a WWII British combat unit undergoing basic training. David Niven stars as Lieutenant Jim Perry, a former pump jockey who realizes he needs to take a tough line with the ragged, widely divergent bunch of civilian conscripts under his command, as he and Sergeant Brewer (William Hartnell) try to prepare them for combat with Rommel's Afrika Korps.

Starring: Trevor Howard, Peter Ustinov, David Niven
Directed by: Carol Reed
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The Last Adventure December 31, 1969
The Last Adventure

Synopsis: Two friends are tricked in an insurance scam that nearly costs them their lives. They track down the man responsible, who lets them in on a secret: the whereabouts of a plane crash containing a fabulous treasure.

Starring: Lino Ventura, Alain Delon, Joanna Shimkus
Directed by: Robert Enrico
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The Earth Will Tremble December 31, 1969
The Earth Will Tremble

Synopsis: An example of the neo-realism school of Italian cinema, this is the story of a Sicilian fisherman whose toils are exploited by the men of the fish market. Highly influential Italian director Luchino Visconti;s second film, LA TERRA TREMA is a powerful drama that integrates real Sicilian locals into the cast.

Directed by: Luchino Visconti
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El Topo December 31, 1969
El Topo

Synopsis: With its combination of surreal imagery and assault on the ideals of the Western, EL TOPO may appear to be equal parts Luis Buñuel and Sam Peckinpah, but it's all Alejandro Jodorowsky. In addition to his directing duties, Jodorowsky contributes to the film's writing, music, editing, and costumes, as well as starring as El Topo ("the Mole"). El Topo journeys across the desert to battle a group of gunfighters, but it's not the plot that's important in this midnight movie classic.

Starring: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Directed by: Alejandro Jodorowsky
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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind December 31, 1969
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Synopsis: Hayao Miyazaki's epic, environmentally conscious anime, takes viewers on a voyage through time and space to the magical and dreamlike Valley of the Wind, where good battles evil for the future of the human race.

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
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Blast Of Silence December 31, 1969
Blast Of Silence

Synopsis: Allen Baron's chilly 1961 noir BLAST OF SILENCE follows hitman Frank Bruno (played by Baron) as he returns to New York City during Christmastime. Ostensibly in the city to perform a hit, the coldhearted Bruno finds himself unable to focus, instead choosing to lose himself in the winter festivities.

Directed by: Allen Baron
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Marcello Una Vita Dolce December 31, 1969

Directed by: Mario Canale, Annarosa Morri,
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Requiem For Billy The Kid December 31, 1969

Starring: Kris Kristofferson
Directed by: Anne Feinsilber
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La Drolesse December 31, 1969

Starring: Claude Hébert, Madeleine Desdevises
Directed by: Jacques Doillon
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India Song December 31, 1969

Starring: Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale
Directed by: Marguerite Duras
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Harvest: 3000 Years December 31, 1969

Directed by: Haile Gerima
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Violent Summer December 31, 1969

Starring: Eleanora Rossi-Drago, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacqueline Sassard
Directed by: Valerio Zurlini
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