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Bolero (1981)
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Bolero (1981)
Original name: Les uns et les autres
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France
Duration: 173 min.
Story: The film follows four families, with different nationalities (French, German, Russian and American) but with the same passion for music, from the 1930s to the 1960s. The various story lines cross each other time and again in different places and times, with their own theme scores that evolve as time passes. The main event in the film is the Second World War, which throws the stories of the four musical families together and mixes their fates. Although all characters are fictional, many of them are loosely based on historical musical icons (Édith Piaf, Josephine Baker, Herbert von Karajan, Glenn Miller, Rudolf Nureyev, etc.) The Boléro dance sequence at the end brings all the threads together.
Style: sentimental, atmospheric, epic, serious, captivating, realistic, stylized
Plot: world war two, ballet, anti semitism, holocaust, music, friendship, politics, friends, family relations, love and romance, world, society, musician's life, artists and showbiz, state affairs, dancing, boxing, train, jewish, twins, baby, dancer, anti war, multiple storylines, bicycle ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, year 1936, post world war two, 30s
Place: france, russia, europe, paris france, moscow russia

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Swing Kids (1993)
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Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
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Rembetiko (1983)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Greece
Duration: 110 min.
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Style: captivating, serious, realistic, emotional, atmospheric
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Time: 50s, 20th century, 1940s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: greece, europe
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'Round Midnight (1986)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, France
Duration: 133 min.
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The Identical (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
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Style: captivating, serious, realistic, touching, exciting ...
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The Man Who Cried (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, War
Country: UK, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young refugee travels from Russia to America in search of her lost father and falls in love with a gypsy horseman.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, lyrical, intense ...
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 120 min.
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Country: Italy
Duration: 107 min.
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Country: Bulgaria, Israel
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, gloomy ...
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The Dust of Time (2008)
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