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Down the Ancient Stairs (1975)
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Down the Ancient Stairs (1975)
Original name: Per le antiche scale
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A mental hospital somewhere in Tuscany during the thirties. Far away from fascism, this closed world is rules over by Dr. Bonaccorsi, a passionate benevolent psychiatrist whose dream is to isolate the germ of madness. He is also a very active ladies'man and makes three women benefit from his sexual itch: Francesca the hospital manager's wife, Bianca, his devoted nurse and Carla, a nymphomaniac doctor's wife. His well-ordered universe starts being challenged with the coming of Anna, a trainee psychiatrist, who disapproves of his theory on the origin of madness. Worse, she resists his advances. As Bonaccorsi is more insecure than he looks, what will become of him
Plot: sex, mental institution, female nudity, nymphomaniac, adultery
Time: 1930s
Place: italy, tuscany

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Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 115 min.
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Place: italy
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Madame Bovary (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, Italy
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Emma Bovary is bored by her country doctor husband and gives in to the affections of several rich suitors as well as the temptation of living beyond her husband's means.
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Young Casanova (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 86 min.
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71%
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Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 89 min.
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Plot: pubic hair, female full frontal nudity, bare breasts, sex, female nudity, erotica, male nudity
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59%
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Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Marcello Mastroianni gives a sensitive, finely judged performance as Enrico, a struggling journalist in the Rome of 1945. He receives a phone call informing him that his younger brother Lorenzo (Jacques Perrin) has died. Enrico recalls their long ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, touching, non-linear
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Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 40s, 21st century ...
Place: italy, europe, florence, florence italy
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 90 min.
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54%
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Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Yugoslavia
Duration: 110 min.
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