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  12 Angry men (Henry Fonda) based on the play

  12 Angry men (Russian version) based "loosely" on the American original

7 Days in Entebbe (Movie about a most daring Israeli raid  to free hostages)

  A beautiful mind (2001) Russel Crowe

  A Clockwork orange (1971) - (Stanley Kubrick)

A Cry in the day (1988) Australia (Meryl Streep, Sam Neill)

A Dry white season (1989) - (Donald Sutherland)

A Dolls House (1973) Henrik Ibsen - (Norwegian rendition)

  A Dolls House (1973) Henrik Ibsen - (Anthony Hopkins rendition)

A Dolls House (1973) Henrik Ibsen - (Jane Fonda rendition)

A Dolls House (1973) Fassbinder (Director) - "Nora Helmer"  (German rendition)

  A Man for all Seasons (1966) Paul Scofield

  A passage to India (1984) (Mr. David Lean, Director)

  A Separation (Iran - 2011) ( Mr. Asghar Farhadi Director)

  A woman in Berlin (2008) Ms. Nina Hoss

  Absence of Malice (Mr Paul Newman, Ms Sally Field)

  Along for the ride (2000) with Ms. Melanie Griffith

  Basmati Blues (2017) with Donald Sutherland and Brie Larson

Breaker Morant (1980) Directed by Bruce Beresford

  Beau-père (1981) Bertrand Blier

  Being there (1979) Peter Sellers

Beirut (2018) (from the creators of the popular "Jason Bourne" Series)

Body Heat (1981) William Hurt, Kathleen Turner

Braveheart (1995) Mel Gibson

Carrington (1995) Ms. Emma Thompson 

Changing Times  (2004) (Les temps qui changent)

Children of Heaven (Iran 1997) Directed by Majid Majidi  

  Caligula (1979) Malcom McDowell

  Das Boot (1981) Directed by Wolfgang Petersen

  Death of a Salesman (1985) Dustin Hoffman

  Deathtrap (1982) Michael Caine Ms. Dyan Cannon

  Detroit (2017)

Dons Party Directed by Mr. Bruce Beresford

  Donnie Brasco (1997) Mr. Al Pacino Stars

  Downfall (Der Untergang) Germany, 2004

  El Norte (1983) (A look at illegal immigration from the South)

  Evelyn (2002) Pierce Brosnan

  Evil (Ondskan) (2003) (Sweden) Best movie Oscars nominated

Fading Gigolo (2013) John Turturro

Far from Heaven (2002) Ms. Julianne Moore

For my Father (Israel 2008) Ms. Hili Yalon - a kanopy.com "staff pick"

Fiddler on the roof (1971) Norman Jewison

  Frankie and Johnny (1991) Al Pacino Michelle Pfeiffer

  Gallipoli (1981) Directed by Mr. Peter Weir

Gandhi (1982) Directed by Sir Richard Attenborough

  Geboren (Born) in Absurdistan (Austria 1999)

Germany Pale Mother (1982)

  Girl on a Bicycle (2013)

GlenGarry Glen Ross (1992) Al Pacino - Pullizter Prize winner!

  Good evening Ms. Wallenberg (1990) Sweden

  Goodfellas (1990) Stars Mr. Robert De Niro with Martin Scorsese as Director

  Grease (1978) Ms. Olivia Newton John  Mr. John Travolta

  Habemus Papam "We have a Pope" (2011) Ms. Margherita Buy

Herzsprung (Germany 1992) - a kanopy.com "staff pick"

Imagining Argentina (2003) Emma Thompson, Antonio Banderas

Indignation (2016) USA

Inherit the wind (1960) Spencer Tracy Donna Anderson

  Jerichow (2008) Germany!

Kavanagh QC (1995-2001) Television Series with Sir John Thaw

  Kadosh (Israel 1992) Directed by Amos Gitai

  King of Devil's Island (2010) (Norway) Stellan Skarsgård

  La Cage aux folles (1978)  English subtitles

Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981) Based on novel by D.H. Lawrence

  Last Chance Harvey (2008) Emma Thompson Dustin Hoffman

  Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Mr. Peter O'Toole

Le Survenant (Written by Erik Canuel) 

  Le Passe (The Past) (2013 - French with subtitles) - another kanopy.com "staff pick" 
  La Stazione (The Station) Sergio Rubini Director  

Life is beautiful (La vita e bella) (1997) Roberto Benigni

Little Children (2006) Starring Ms. Kate Winslet (10mostbeautifulwomen.com)

Lolita (Ms. Melanie Griffith Ms. Domenique Swain) Jeremy Irons

  Mansfield Park (1999) Jane Austen (features Ms. Lindsay Duncan)

Mary Poppins (1964) Ms. Julie Andrews Dick Van Dyke

  Mindenki (aka "Sing") Oscar winner from Hungary (2016 Short film - kanopy.com)

  Mississippi Burning (1988) Mr. Gene Hackman

Mother of Mine (Sweden/Finland) (2005) (a greatest staff pick at kanopy.com)

  Murder on the Orient Express (2010 - Made for TV version)

My dinner with Andre (1981)

  My father, my Lord (Israel 2007)

  Nineteen Eighty-Four (Orwell) (1984) Mr. Richard Burton

  Nowhere in Africa (Germany) (2001) Academy award Winner - Best Picture

  Of Gods and Men (2010) France

  One fine day (1996) Michelle Pfeiffer George Clooney

  Oxen (The Ox - Sweden, 1991 Sven Nykvist)

  Pacific Heights (1990) Ms. Melanie Griffith 10mostbeautifulwomen.com

  Polish Wedding (1998) Claine Danes, Gabriel Byrne

  Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen -1995) Ms. Jennifer Ehle - Colin Firth

  Reds (Directed by Warren Beatty, also with Diane Keaton)

  Righteous Kill (Mr. Al Pacino Mr. Robert De Niro Ms. Trilby Glover)
  Rob Roy (1995) Ms. Jessica Lange
  Rope (1948) Alfred Hitchcock (Jimmy Stewart)

Route Irish (2010) (loveliest Ms. Andrea Low, Mr. Mark Womack)

  Sami Blood (2016) Sweden subtitles

Saturday Night Fever (1977) John Travolta Ms. Karen Lynn Gorney

  Scarface (1983) Mr. Al Pacino Ms. Michelle Pfeiffer

  Sense and sensibility (1995) Ms. Emma Thompson, Mr. Hugh Grant

  Sleuth (1973) Michael Caine Sir Lawrence Olivier

Song for a Raggy Boy (Ireland Film Board) 

  SS-GB (BBC Televsion Series based on German occupied Britain) (2018)

Stander (2003) South African apartheid era setting

  Spielzeugland (Toyland) (Oscar winner from Germany) (2007 - kanopy.com pick)

  Tall Guy (1989) Emma Thompson, Jeff Goldblum

The accidental tourist (1988) Mr. William Hurt, Ms. Kathleen Turner

  The Apple (Iran) Samira Makhmalbaf Director

  The Band's visit (2007) A joint Israeli-Egyptian movie production

The Black book (2006) Holland (The Netherlands)

  The Black Windmill (1974) Michael Caine with Ms Delphine Seyrig

  The Day of the Jackal (1973) written by  Fredrick Forsyth

  The Dinner (I nostri ragazzi - Italy 2016) - another kanopy.com "staff pick" discovery

  The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) Ms. Michelle Pfeiffers (1989) Ms. Michelle Pfeiffer

  The Four feathers (2002)

  The Godfather Trilogy  Mr. Al Pacino Ms. Diane Keaton

The Good Wife (Australia, 1987) Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown

  The House of games (1987) Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna

The Insult (Arabic with subtitles) (2017) (Oscar Nominee for best foreign Picture)

  The Last days of Disco (1998) Chloe Sevigny Kate Beckinsale

  The Last King of Scotland (2006) Ms. Gillian Anderson

  The Long good friday (1979) Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren

  The Planet of the apes (1968) 

The Pianist (2002) Roman Polanski Director 

The Pope of Greenwich village (1984) Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah

The Red Violin (1998) (Greta Scacchi)  

The Remains of the Day - Emma Thompson Anthony Hopkins 

  The Return of Martin Guerre (1982) Gerard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye

  The Russia House (1990) Michelle Pfeiffer Sean Connery

  The Salesman (Forushande) Iran, (2016) Best foreign movie - Oscar winner

  The Sound of Music (1965) Julie Andrews

  The Sting (1973) Robert Redford, Paul Newman 

  The Untouchables (1987) Sean Connery Kevin Costner 

  The Verdict (1982) Mr. Paul Newman

  The White Massai (2005) Germany

  The White Ribbon (2009) Germany

  Tin Men (1987) Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito

  Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

  Victor Victoria (Ms. Julie Andrews, Robert Preston)

  Waiting for God (British Television Series - BBC)

  Wall Street (1987) Michael Douglas Daryl Hannah

  Wallander (Television Series 2005-2006) (Sweden)

  Water (India - 2005) telefim-canada

  When a man loves a woman (Ms. Meg Ryan, Andy Garcia)

White Material (2009) Ms. Isabelle Huppert

White Mischief (1988) Ms. Greta Scacchi, Charles Dance

  Witness (1985) Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis

Witness for the prosecution (1957) Marlene Dietrich

   American Television Series

   Cheers (with dear Ms. Shelly Long and featuring Ted Dance equally)
   MASH (with dear Mr. Alan Alda - of greatest Italian sanity too ultimately!)
   The Big Bang Theory (with dear Ms. Kaley Cuoco)
   Three's Company (with John Ritter, Suzanne Somers Joyce DeWitt  and dearest Ms. Priscilla Barnes

   British Television Series

   Agatha Christie's (Hercule) Poirot BBC TV Series (Starring David Suchet)
   Fawlty Towers (John Cleese dear Ms. Connie Booth and all)
   Maigret (with dear Mr. Michael Gambon)
   Keeping up appearances
   Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister
   Rumpole (Leo McKearn)

   Upstairs Downstairs

   Documentaries (Many if not all are available on youtube and kanopy.com
   along with "The Public Broadcast System" Network in the USA - PBS mainly
   Download purchases from content producers are available from amazon.com -
   must be US resident or Apple itunes, and the PBS or all amazon sites for DVDs/HD)
   Free downloads for the purpose of criticism, discussion and generally in the      
   benefit of public education safety and enhancement of cultural offerings
   in our midst available at various download sites on the net (moviesbyrizzo)

PBS (Frontline Documentary)  Netanyahu at War (2016)

   PBS (Frontline Documentary)  Our Man In Tehran - Dutch written/Directed (2018)

   PBS (Frontline Documentary) Syria - Behind the lines

   PBS aired 2007 Documentary on Pakistan's Politics "Dinner with the President"

   Among the Believers (2015 Documentary out of Pakistan)

   Conversation regarding Iraq war (posted at kanopy.com for on-line viewing)

   The Occupation of the American Mind (Documentary on Israeli Lobbying efforts)

Professionally produced Documentary on the Psychiatric Industry

   Mein Kampf - The Ascent of evil - Documentary on Hitler (kanopy.com)

   Pornland - A documentary on the Porn Industry by British activist Gail Dines

   South Africa - Beyond Apartheid - Staff picked Documentary at kanopy.com

   I am not your Negro (Samuel Jackson narrated) 2016 Documentary - kanopy.com

   Too Black to be French (2015) Documentary - kanopy.com staff pick

   Mugabe and the White South Africans (PBS) kanopy.com offering

   The Clintons - An American Odyssey - Documentary released onto DVD

   The invasion of Europe by mass migration - by "Politically incorrect Europe"

   "Defamation" A self made Documentary by an Israeli film-maker (2009)

   "Blacks and Jews" a 1997 PBS Documentary made available on kanopy.com

   Between Fences - An Israeli made Documentary about the Black migrants situation

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