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January list (no new titles) by Nanette Alderman
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1. Mgerman, 1931, not rated

A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. "Who Is the Murderer?" pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert closes in on little Elsie Beckmann.

Rules of the Game
2. Rules of the Game 
french, 1966, not rated

A scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners, in which a weekend at a marquis's countryside chateau lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haute bourgeois acquaintances.

L'Avventura
3. L'Avventuraitalian, 1960, not rated

A girl mysteriously disappears on a yachting trip. While her lover and her best friend search for her across Italy, they begin a vacuous affair.

Sansho the Bailiff
4. Sansho the Bailiffjapanese, 1954, not rated

When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually wrenched apart by vicious slave drivers.

Breathless
5. Breathlessfrench, 1960, not rated

A Paris crook falls in love with an American. One of the first films of the French new wave. A cult favorite.

8 1/2
6. 8½italian, 1963, not rated

Follows burned-out director Marcello Mastroianni through a series of bizarre encounters and wild daydreams, the first of which finds him ascending into the clouds during a traffic jam. Seeking solace and rejuvenation at a remote health spa, he finds himself plagued by journalists, his producer, his mistress, and most inconvenient of all, his wife. Caught between past, present, and fantasy, he longs to make a pure and honest film.

Au Hasard Balthazar
7. Au Hasard Balthazarfrench, 1966, not rated

Robert Bresson's masterpiece follows a much-abused donkey, Balthazar, whose life strangely parallels that of his owner, Marie. A beast of burden suffering the sins of man, Balthazar nevertheless nobly accepts his fate.

Persona
8. Personaswedish, 1966, not rated

Two women are forced into an intimate relationship and ultimately exchange identities.

La Dolce Vita
9. La Dolce Vitaitalian, 1960, not rated

A tabloid journalist who covers the glitzy show business life in Rome becomes seduced by the lives of Rome's rich.

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
10. Ali: Fear Eats the Soulgerman, 1974, not rated

A widowed cleaning woman in her 60s has a love affair with a Moroccan man 30 years her junior. Both encounter moral hypocrisy and racism.