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The Best of Bogarde

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Bogarde's finest

Indispensable titles for those who are interested in Bogarde's work or who simply enjoy watching a good film.
People who added this item 361 Average listal rating (192 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.5
As Gustav von Aschenbach

Directed by Luchino Visconti
Co-starring Romolo Valli; Silvana Mangano; Mark Burns; Björn Andresen; Nora Ricci
Summary: Composer Gustav von Aschenbach travels to a Venice in search of repose after a period of artistic and personal stress. But he finds no peace there, for he soon develops a troubling attraction to an adolescent boy, Tadzio, on vacation with his family. The boy embodies an ideal of beauty that Aschenbach has long sought and he becomes infatuated.

Remarkable lines:
— "The aperture through which the sand runs is so tiny that first it seems as if the level in the upper glass never changes.
To our eyes, it appears that the sand runs out only at the end ...and until it does, it's not worth thinking about."
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— "Reality only distracts and degrades us."
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— "Farewell, Tadzio. It was all too brief."
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— "You must never smile like that. (...)You must never smile like that at anyone. (...)I love you."
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As Hugo Barrett

Directed by Joseph Losey
Co-starring Sarah Miles; James Fox; Wendy Craig
Summary: A spoilt, rich young man employs a manservant who gradually takes over the household and, with the aid of his 'sister', corrupts him.

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— "I'm a gentleman's gentleman, and you're no bloody gentleman."
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— "Servant? I'm nobody's servant."
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As Stephen

Directed by Joseph Losey
Co-starring Stanley Baker; Michael York; Vivien Merchant; Jacqueline Sassard
Summary: A fatal car accident leads an Oxford don to reconsider the effect of an Austrian girl on her Oxford surroundings and contacts.

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— "All aristocrats were meant to be killed."
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People who added this item 160 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Damned (1969)
As Frederick Bruckmann

Directed by Luchino Visconti
Co-starring Ingrid Thulin; Helmut Berger; Helmut Griem; Reinhard Kolldehoff
Summary: In the early days of Nazi Germany, a powerful noble family must adjust to life under the new dictatorship regime. The transition from democracy to dictatorship is thus dramatized through the lives of the family which also owns a powerful German industrial firm.


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— "I'll make you pay for that, you little swine!"
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People who added this item 76 Average listal rating (35 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.9
Providence (1977)
As Claude Langham

Directed by Alain Resnais
Co-starring Ellen Burstyn; John Gielgud; David Warner; Elaine Stritch
Summary: Clive Langham (Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives. He is a bitter man and he shows, through flashbacks, how spiteful, conniving and treacherous his family is. But is this how they really are or is it his own vindictive slant on things?

Remarkable lines:
— "I myself possess nothing with such tenacity, that I cannot bear its loss. On the other hand... I cannot lose with such equanimity that I will not have my say."
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— "After certain dreams nothing in waking life can have such intensity. Even if it's a common fiction, it's still poignant."
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People who added this item 244 Average listal rating (116 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
As Maximilian Theo Aldorfer

Directed by Liliana Cavani
Co-starring Charlotte Rampling; Gabriele Ferzetti; Isa Miranda; Philippe Leroy
Summary: Thirteen years after WWII, Lucia (Rampling), a concentration camp survivor and her tormentor (Bogarde), currently the night porter at a Vienna hotel, meet again and fall back into their sado-masochistic relationship.

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— "It's not romantic. It's a biblical story."
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"Sane, insane... who's to judge?"
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People who added this item 133 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
As Melville Farr

Directed by Basil Dearden
Co-starring Sylvia Syms; Dennis Price; Peter Copley, Norman Bird; Anthony Nicholls
Summary: When a young homosexual, 'Boy' Barrett (Peter McEnery), commits suicide in his police cell, barrister Melville Farr, motivated by his own guilt, risks his successful career and his marriage to break a sinister blackmail ring.


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— "Alright, alright, you want to know... I’ll tell you! You won’t be content until I tell you, will you?! Until you’ve RIPPED it out of me. I stopped seeing him because I WANTED him! Can you understand? Because I WANTED him.
...Now what good has that done you?"
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People who added this item 39 Average listal rating (24 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
As Hermann Hermann

Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Co-starring Klaus Löwitsch; Andréa Ferréol; Volker Spengler
Summary: Hermann is a Russian émigré and chocolate magnate who's going slowly mad. Occasionally, meets Felix (Löwitsch), an itinerant laborer, whom he delusionally believes looks exactly like himself. Armed with a new life insurance policy, he hatches an elaborate plot in the belief it will free him of all his worries.

Remarkable line:
— "How dare you come into this room partly clothed?
Off with it! Have you no sense of... indecency?!"
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Worthy of attention

Other great features which may have passed unnoticed but deserve to be seen and appreciated.
People who added this item 38 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
As Capt. Hargreaves
Directed by Joseph Losey
Co-starring Tom Courtenay; Leo McKern; Barry Foster; Peter Copley
Summary: During World War I, an army private is accused of desertion during battle. The officer assigned to defend him at his court-martial soon finds out there is more to the case than meets the eye.

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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7
As Tony Russell aka Daddy

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
Co-starring Jane Birkin; Odette Laure
Summary: Living in Riviera, retired English businessman has just been through heart surgery. During recovering, Caroline, his adult daughter comes from Paris to stay with him. Now, for the first time they take the opportunity to get to know each other better.

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— "I don't want to leave the party. What irritates me is knowing that life will suddenly stop. And worse, it will continue without me. That doesn't convince me."

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As Dr. Henry Longman
Directed by Basil Dearden
Co-starring John Clements; Michael Bryant; Mary Ure
Summary: Scientist is voluntary to test the possibility of brainwashing. What he doesn't know is that if the experiment succeeds, it's gonna make him stop loving his wife. Right after it's done, is discovered her to be pregnant.
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As Charlie Hook
Directed by Jack Clayton
Co-starring Margaret Brooks; Pamela Franklin; Louis Sheldon Williams; John Gugolka
Summary: When their deeply religious mother (Annette Carell) dies, the seven Hook children bury her in the garden and continue life as normal. Then their absent father, Charlie, reappears...

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People who added this item 84 Average listal rating (43 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
As Robert Gold

Directed by John Schlesinger
Co-starring Julie Christie; Laurence Harvey; Ronald Curram
Summary: A beautiful, amoral girl (Christie) sacrifices everything and everybody to the satisfaction of her whims, but eventually finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage.


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"Your idea of fidelity is not having more than one man in the bed at the same time."
"I don't take whores in taxis."

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As Frank Clemmon
Directed by Joseph Losey
Co-starring Alexander Knox; Alexis Smith; Hugh Griffith; Maxine Audley
Summary: Psychiatrist has developed a new treatment to reform criminals and decides to test it by taking home a young man who tried to rob him at gunpoint. It happens that the doctor's wife becomes attracted to the lad.
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People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
As Sir Mark Sebastian Loddon/Frank Welney/Number 15
Directed by Anthony Asquith
Co-starring Paul Massie; Olivia de Havilland; Robert Morley
Summary: Sir Mark Loddon is a respected aristocrat who has his identity questioned when a former colleague from the times of military service reappears with an outrageous accusation.

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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
As Edward "Teddy" Bare
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Co-starring Margaret Lockwood; Kay Walsh; Kathleen Harrison; Mona Washbourne
Summary: Making it look like an accident, Edward kills his wife hoping to claim her inheritance, finding out soon that was in vain. Married once again, his plans didn't change.

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As Sydney Carton

Directed by Ralph Thomas
Co-starring Christopher Lee; Donald Pleasence; Ian Bannen; Dorothy Tutin
Summary: A wayward barrister redeems himself with a heroic act of self-sacrifice in Paris during the French Revolutionary Terror.
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"... somebody will weep for me now. And that knowledge redeems a worthless life. Worthless but for this final moment which makes it all worthwhile."


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Going further

Some flicks which may be slightly weaker than the previous ones, but can still provide valuable entertainment. Certainly not everybody will positively appraise, but those admirers who becomes more tolerant by the presence of their idol, will have pleasant moments.
People who added this item 62 Average listal rating (41 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.2
As Gabriel
Directed by Joseph Losey
Summary: Great Britain is giving 50 million pounds worth of diamonds to a Middle East sheik in return for oil concessions. There are rumors of a plot by arch-criminal Gabriel to steal the diamonds, so the Secret Service Chief seeks the help of sexy spy Modesty Blaise (Monica Vitti).

Remarkable line:"Suffragette!"
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People who added this item 22 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7
The Fixer (1968)
As Bibikov
Directed by
John Frankenheimer
Summary: A Jew (Alan Bates) handyman is caught up in a wave of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia when he is accused of a capital crime he did not commit and only one person seems willing to defend him.


Remarkable line:"The law will protect you unless you're guilty."
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People who added this item 35 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.9
The Blue Lamp (1950)
As Tom Riley
Directed by
Basil Dearden
Summary: A pair of London hoodlums (Bogarde & Patric Doonan), rejected by the established criminal set, execute a spate of robberies which finally results in the death of a policeman (Jack Warner).

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As George Hathaway
Directed by
Terence Fisher
Antony Darnborough
Summary: A woman (Jean Simmons) searches for her missing brother (David Tomlinson) in Paris despite the fact that nobody believes he exists.

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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.9
As Bob Baker
Directed by
Anthony Asquith
Summary: A mysterious woman (Jean Kent) is murdered. She is described in five different ways by five different people. These so many points of view are going to hamper the police investigation.

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People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.3
As Anacleto Comachi
Directed by
Roy Ward Baker
Summary: Newcomer priest (John Mills) defies a faithless and cruel bandit in order to bring religious freedom to a small Mexican town. In the conflict, it will be hard to discern saints from sinners.


Remarkable line:"God understands everything, and God forgives everything. So we can all do as we please."
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As David Donne
Directed by
Ronald Neame
Summary: In London, american singing star Jenny Bowman (Judy Garland) tries to reclaim the son she gave up for adoption. David, her former boyfriend, is the one who's raising the boy.


Remarkable line: — "You haven't changed and you never will. You're nothing but a self-centered, grasping, egocentric little bitch. You're a cheat."
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
As Chris Lloyd
Directed by
Charles Crichton
Summary: A six year-old boy (Jon Whiteley) is the only witness of a murder committed by Lloyd, who soon realises that there's no other way than to take the kid with him along the getaway.

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People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
As Philedem aka Maj. Patrick Leigh Fermor
Directed by
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
Summary: A pair of British soldiers kidnap the Nazi occupying general of Crete (Marius Goring) and, with the help of some Cretan freedom fighters, they try to ship him off to British headquarters in Cairo.

Remarkable line:"Field Marshal Rommel won't be in Cairo but you will be!"
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People who added this item 22 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
As Lieutenant Scott-Padget
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Summary: Malicious and manipulative, Lt. Scott-Padget is a challenge to the tolerance of Captain Crawford (Alec Guinness). Once captain gets hurt, Scott-Padget takes the command... it happens that the crew is fed up with his sadism.


Remarkable line:"Take your hands off me you mutinous filth!"
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People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
As Wing-commander Tim Mason
Directed by
Philip Leacock
Summary: Mason leads a squadron of Lancaster bombers on nightly raids from England. To make his men concentrate only on their job, women are kept away from the base, but then he himself meets naval officer Eve Canyon (Dinah Sheridan).
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.9
As José
Directed by
Philip Leacock
Summary: The British consul in Spain (Michael Hordern) resents his son's (Jon Whiteley) friendship with a humble yet noble gardener (Bogarde) and brutally tries at all costs to tear them apart.

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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.4
Boys in Brown (1949)
As Alfie Rawlins
Directed by Montgomery Tully
Summary: Jackie (Richard Attenborough) supports his widowed mother and dreams of marrying the girl across the street. In a bid to make easy money, he participates in a robbery, which goes wrong, and he is sentenced to three years in borstal.

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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.3
As Matt Sullivan
Directed by
Basil Dearden
Summary:In London to launch an IRA bombing campaign, the relationship between two Irish brothers, Terry (John Mills) and Matt, is shaken up when the first begins to question the use of violence.
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Not bad at all

These aren't big deal... anyway, the fun is guaranteed. Silly but lovely!
People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.1
As Nicholas Whistler

Directed by Ralph Thomas
Summary: Unemployed Czech-speaking writer Nicholas Whistler thinks he's got a job visiting Prague for a bit of industrial espionage. In fact he is now in the employ of British Intelligence. His pretty chauffeuse on arrival behind the Iron Curtain, Comrade Simonova (Sylva Koscina), is herself a Czech agent.
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.7
As Bill Fox

Directed by Jack Lee
Summary: In the late 1930's, Bill Fox is a factory worker who's tired of his monotonous job. Defying his parents' wishes, he becomes a rider at the local speedway and quickly turns into the fans favourite with his daring riding. With the outbreak of WW2 Bill has few friends and a failed marriage, so he enlists in the army. This experience will make him return a changed man.
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As Bruce Campbell

Directed by Ralph Thomas
Summary: Diagnosed with a terminal illness, Bruce Campbell decides to assume the heritage left by his grandpa, a great portion of land in the Canadian Rockies. The old man believed there was oil underground, which hadn't been proved until then. Bruce takes the responsability to clear his family name as a last effort.
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As Lieutenant General Browning

Directed by Richard Attenborough
Summary: A historic telling of the failed attempt to capture several bridges to Germany in World War II in a campaign called Operation Market-Garden.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.9
As Major McGuire

Directed by Ralph Thomas
Summary: During Cyprus' struggle for independence in the late 50s, a British major is sent to the island to track down a terrorist leader and falls in love with an American girl (Susan Strasberg) who may know of his whereabouts.
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They Who Dare (1954)
As Lieutenant Graham

Directed by Lewis Milestone
Summary: During World War II, a team of British and Greek soldiers are given an assignment to blow up a German airfield on a Greek island and trying to dodge the enemy at every step.
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As Flight Lieutenant Michael Quinn

Directed by Ralph Thomas
Summary: A Royal Air Force officer in Burma during the early days of WWII, is transferred to India to learn Japanese so he can become an interrogator of prisoners of war.
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As Simon Sparrow

Directed by Ralph Thomas
Summary: A medical school freshman gets caught up with three upper classmen who've managed to flunk their exams and have to repeat the semester.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.3
Simba (1955)
As Alan Howard

Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst
Summary: A European family in East Africa finds itself caught up in an uprising by local black Africans against their white colonial masters. Based on the Mau-Mau rebellion in Kenya in the early 1950s.
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
Esther Waters (1948)
As William Latch

Directed by Peter Proud & Ian Dalrymple
Summary: Esther goes into service in Victorian England, only to be seduced by the sweet talking groom William, who then takes off with his employer's daughter. Left alone to bring up the child, Esther manages and after 7 years has a chance at happiness. Then William turns up again...
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As Philip Boyle

Directed by Henri Verneuil
Summary: Vlassov, a senior Soviet spy defects to the West and brings along a "gift" for his American host, a list of several high ranking Western officials who are Soviet double agents. If he is telling the truth, every Western government has been infiltrated by Soviet intelligence and at the highest level. The case is a political time bomb and it's up to intelligence officials, Allan Davies and Philip Boyle, to put a stop to it.
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Quartet (1948)
As George Bland (segment "The Alien Corn")

Directed by Ralph Smart & Harold French
Summary: The movie is consists in four of Somerset Maugham's short stories are brought to the screen with each introduced by the author himself. In 'The Alien Corn', an aspiring pianist devotes himself to perfecting his artistic skills but finds he likely hasn't the talents to reach the heights he so desperately craves.
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Restricted to the addicted

Watch them only if you're really willing to overcome anything for him... even weak, unimpressive and sometimes kinda "constraining" movies. By using these adjectives I intend to stress the level disproportion between the fine acting and the poor script.
Of course Mr. Bogarde always maintains his elegance, taking seriously his job.
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Minor apparitions & et cetera.
As Stephen
Directed by Richard Attenborough




Summary: A film adaptation of the play of the same name about the follies of war, in which WWI is played out as a music hall attraction. There are rousing songs, shooting galleries, prizes and a scoreboard totting up the dead as Generals play leapfrog. Attenborough directed and the cast list reads like a roster of great British acting talent: Olivier, a brace of Redgraves, Gielgud, Richardson, Mills, Bogarde, More, Hawkins...
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A guide to explore the highlights of Sir Dirk Bogarde's filmography.


Bio:
Born Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde. He served in the World War II before being a matinée idol over the 50s. In the early 60s, "Victim" enabled him to get more challenging parts. Soon he achieved the peak of his prestige, working alongside renowned filmmakers. Following, he successfully debuted as a writer in the middle 70s. Bogarde did his last cinematic effort in 1990, after a hiatus of twelve years off screen. Then, until his death, maintained a prolific literary production.

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