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Dead Poets Society
is a 1989 film directed by Peter Weir. Set in 1959 at a conservative and autocratic boys prep school, it tells the story of an English teacher who inspires his students to change their lives of conformity through his teaching of poetry and literature.

A Touch of Spice is a Turkish and Greek movie released in 2003 directed by Tassos Boulmetis. The original Greek title is Πολίτικη Κουζίνα (Politiki Kouzina). Fanis Iakovides, professor of astronomy and astrophysics, recalls his childhood memories from growing up in Constantinople. When Fanis was 7 years old, his grandfather Vassilis was an owner of a general store with a specialty in spices. He was also a culinary philosopher and his mentor. Fanis grew very attached to his grandfather who would assist with his homework using imaginative techniques. For instance, Vassilis would teach his grandson the planets of the Solar System by showing an illustration of it and replacing the planets with spices. Cinnamon took the place of Venus since according to Vassilis, "like all women, cinnamon is both bitter and sweet". Fanis also fell in love for the first time in his grandfather store's upper floor with a young Turkish girl, Saime...

The Importance of Being Earnest is a 2002 film directed by Oliver Parker, based on Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners play The Importance of Being Earnest. The original music score is composed by Charlie Mole.
Amadeus is a 1984 drama directed by Miloš Forman. Based on Peter Shaffer's stage play Amadeus, the film is based very loosely on the lives of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, two composers who lived in Vienna, Austria, during the later half of the 18th century.The film was nominated for 53 awards and received 40, including 8 Academy Awards (including Best Picture), 4 BAFTA Awards, 4 Golden Globes, and a DGA Award. In 1998, Amadeus was ranked the 53rd best American movie by the American Film Institute on its AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies list;

Brave Heart One man can change the world and Mel Gibson's Braveheart proves this.  Based upon the true story of Scottish hero William Wallace, historians will bristle at the facts as the storyline covers two complete centuries within a few years of one man's life and contains few historically accurate events.  But who cares!  The story is wonderful and covers all human emotions.  Mel Gibson as Wallace portrays a man both aggressive and vulnerable.  Angus MacFadyen's portrayal of Sir Robert the Bruce is one of the great performance illustrating a man caught between passion, morality and duty.  Though very violent and brutally illustrative of medieval torture and the depths of horror men can fall to, Braveheart inspires on all levels leaves each wishing to be a Scot.

Life is Beautiful Though the actual film is about the lengths a father will go to protect his child and the power of humor to create a barrier against atrocities, the second half deals with surviving the horror endured by 12-million people of all faiths in the concentration camps under Hitler and Mussolini.If a child is unaware this existed, it can be a major shock.Though rated PG, make sure if children are present, you're prepared to deal with the questions. This movie brings up many and if a child  sees it without historical knowledge.The movie was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998, winning the Grand Prize of the Jury. It then went on to win the Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score and Best Foreign Language Film; Benigni won Best Actor for his role. The film was additionally nominated for Academy Awards for Directing, Film Editing, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay.It also received the Guiness World Record for the highest grossing film in Italian history.

Schindler's List is a 1993 biographical film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Steven Zaillian. It is a dramatized account of the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of more than one thousand Polish Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories.The film, based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally, stars Liam Neeson as Schindler, Ralph Fiennes as Schutzstaffel (SS) officer Amon Göth, and Ben Kingsley as Schindler's accountant Itzhak Stern. The film was both a box office success and recipient of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Score. In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked the film #9 on its list of the 100 best American films of all time.

The Eighth Day
(French: Le huitième jour) is a Belgian 1996 film that tells the story of the friendship that develops between two men who meet by chance. Harry (Daniel Auteuil), a divorced businessman who feels alienated from his children, meets Georges (Pascal Duquenne), an institutionalised man with Down syndrome, after Georges has escaped from his mental institution and is nearly run over by Harry.This film was nominated for the Palme d'Or award, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, in 1996. It did win the Best Actor award at the festival, which was given to both Pascal Duquenne and Daniel Auteuil. This was the first time in the festival's history that two actors had shared the award.The film was also nominated for a César Award and a Golden Globe award.

The Big Blue (French: Le Grand Bleu), released in 1988, is the first English-language film made by French director Luc Besson. The film stars Jean-Marc Barr, Rosanna Arquette, Jean Reno and depicts a fictionalized account of the sporting rivalry between two famed free divers.
The action is divided into two timelines - the nascent rivalry between the two divers as children, and (as adults) their final competition at the world free-diving championships at the Sicilian town of Taormina. Mayol's search for love, family, "wholeness" and the meaning of life and death is a strong undercurrent of the latter timeline.


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