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October 01, 1995|Kevin Thomas

Au Revoir les Enfants (Bravo Monday at 5 a.m. and 11:45 p.m.), Louis Malle's semi-autobiographical 1987 film, is a haunting re-enactment of what Malle regards as the moral turning point of his life: the arrest of his Jewish schoolmate--who was undercover at the Catholic boys' school they attended together--by the Gestapo during 1944. A superb film, done so carefully that the last 10 minutes turn devastating. With Gaspard Manesse and Raphael Fejto as the friends.

Good Morning, Babylon (Bravo Friday at 11 p.m., Saturday at noon), the first English-language film for the Taviani brothers, spins a fictional tale oftwo Italian artisan brothers (Vincent Spano and Joaquin de Almeida) who create the elephants for the famous Babylon set in D.W. Griffith's "Intolerance."

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