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Judgment at Nuremburg (1961)

Directed by Stanley Kramer. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, Ed Binns, Werner Klemperer, William Shatner. American judge Daniel Haywood presides over the trial of four German jurists accused of "legalizing" Nazi atrocities. But as graphic accounts of sterilization and murder unfold in the courtroom, mounting political pressure for leniency forces Haywood into making the most harrowing and difficult decision of his career. 186 min.

Komissar(Soviet Union, 1967)

Director, Aleksandr Askoldov. Cast: Nonna Mordyukova, Rolan Bykov, Raisa Nedashkovskaya, Lyudmila Volynskaya, Vasili Shukshin. A dedicated soldier of the newly-formed Soviet army becomes pregnant has to make a choice between becoming a mother and the needs of the Revolution. Set against the Russian Civil War, Klavdia Vavilova has a reputation in her unit as a selfless fighter, but her unexpected situation not only forces her to temporarily leave her comrades, her commanders have placed her in the household of a family of Ukrainian Jews.

La caduta degli dei (The Damned) (Italy / West Germany, 1963)

Directed by Luchino Visconti . Cast: Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem, Helmut Berger, Renaud Verley, Umberto Orsini, Charlotte Rampling. Plot centers around the degradation of a great family, set against the historical background of the "Night of the long knives" and the rise of Nazism. 157 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database Originally released in the U.S. with an X-rating.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Director, David Lean. Cast: Alec Guinness, Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains. The story of T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole), the heroic and troubled man who organized the Arab nations to fight the Turks in World War I and then, having reached a pinnacle of power in Mideast politics, retired to postwar military obsurity. " The Arab as Unruly Child.

Learning Tree (1969)

Based on the novel by Gordon Parks. Traces on year in the lifeof young Newt, in which he learns about love, fear, racialinjustice, and his own capacity for honor. 107 min.Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Awards & HonorsNationalFilm Registry Selection

Life Is Beautiful (La vita e bella ) (Italy, 1964)

Directed by Roberto Benigni. Cast: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giustino Durano, Sergio Bustric, Lydia Alfonsi, Giorgio Cantarini, Horst Buchholz, Marisa Paredes. A charming but bumbling Jewish waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor has won the heart of the woman he loves and has created a beautiful life for his young family. Then that life is threatened by World War II. 116 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Lilies of the Field (1963)

Directed by Ralph Nelson. Cast: Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala,Stanley Adams. A free-spirited ex-G.I. stumbles upon five Germanrefugee nuns in Arizona and stops to fix their farmhouse roof.Homer discovers that not only will the Mother Superior not pay himfor the job, but she also expects him to build their chapel -- forfree! Sidney Poitier won the Academy Award for Best Actor for thisfilm, the first such award given to an African American actor. 95min.Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database

Lost Command (1966)

Director, Mark Robson. Cast: Anthony Quinn, Alain Delon, George Segal, Michele Morgan, Maurice Ronet, Claudia Cardinale. After Lieutenant Colonel Pierre Raspeguy leads his defeated and humiliated French army out of Indochina, he learns that he's been relieved of all command. A French Countess finagles a new position for him in Algeria and he persuades two wartime buddies to join him in shaping up a rag-tag unit. Raspeguy is forced to confront an Arab terrorist and launches a bloody battle against Segal's rebel forces. 130 min.

Medium Cool (1969)

Directed by Haskell Wexler. Cast: Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, Marianna Hill, Harold Blankenship. Filmed against the backdrop of the 1968 Democratic National Convention and ensuing riots, this story is about a television cameraman who chooses not to get personally concerned about the ugliness he must film each day for his station. But the hate and hypocrisy command his attentions at last, and he becomes increasingly involved in the realities he finds with his camera. 111 min.

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Directed by John Schlesinger. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Brenda Vaccaro, John McGiver, Ruth White, Sylvia Miles, Barnard Hughes. A Texas "cowboy" takes a bus to New York in search of lonely, rich women who will pay for his sexual services, but instead spends a hard winter looking after a dying derelict.