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The Ladykillers review – the greatest comedy caper
Alec Guinness’s thieves without honour are no match for Katie Johnson’s Mrs Wilberforce in this allegory of postwar Britain

Philip French

25, Oct, 2015 @7:30 AM

Eyes Without a Face review – a work of poetic realism or surrealism
Georges Franju’s psychological horror is open to endless interpretations

Philip French

18, Oct, 2015 @7:00 AM

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Mississippi Burning review – incandescent civil rights thriller
Alan Parker’s finest film, based on the notorious real-life murders of three civil-rights activists by the KKK, remains tragically relevant

Philip French

11, Oct, 2015 @7:00 AM

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The Ang Lee Trilogy review – food and culture clashes link these early gems
Ang Lee’s ‘father knows best’ trilogy, made with the great Chinese actor Sihung Lung, propelled him to fame

Philip French

04, Oct, 2015 @6:59 AM

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My Darling Clementine review – making myths of American west into poetry
John Ford’s first postwar western is wildly inaccurate as historical document, but on the money if you want a magical, human vision of frontier land

Philip French

27, Sep, 2015 @7:00 AM

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Medium Cool review – a landmark fusion of fiction and documentary
Fact and fiction blur in Haskell Wexler’s Godard-inspired examination of the media

Philip French

13, Sep, 2015 @7:00 AM

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Vivre sa vie review – quintessential soul-searching from Godard
Every carefully considered shot of Godard’s fourth film questions the nature of cinema itself and how we perceive the world

Philip French

06, Sep, 2015 @7:00 AM

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The Roberto Rossellini Ingrid Bergman Collection review – a tempestuous affair both on and off screen
It all started with a fan letter from Bergman to Rossellini. What followed were two surprising trilogies

Philip French

30, Aug, 2015 @7:00 AM

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Pickup on South Street review – a masterly film noir
Sam Fuller’s McCarthy-era thriller pleased neither the communists nor J Edgar Hoover but has stood the test of time

Philip French

23, Aug, 2015 @7:00 AM

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3 Women review – exquisite early Robert Altman film
3 Women is among the least seen of Altman’s early films and one in which he took a particular pride

Philip French

16, Aug, 2015 @7:00 AM

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Stalag 17 review – Billy Wilder's fascinating POW movie
Billy Wilder put his own inimitable stamp on the comedy-thriller that wrested the prisoner-of-war genre from the British

Philip French

09, Aug, 2015 @7:00 AM

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The Third Man review – a near-perfect work
A new print does full justice to Carol Reed’s noir masterpiece

Philip French

02, Aug, 2015 @7:29 AM

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