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A Severed Head (1970) starring Ian Holm Blu Ray (Indicator)

This absurdist game of musical beds is strange without being particularly interesting or funny. The talented cast tries hard but only Claire Bloom manages to make a truly memorable impression. Also starring Lee Remick, Richard Attenborough and Ian Holm.

Claire Bloom and Ian Holm in A Severed Head (1970)

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Picnic (1955) starring William Holden Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This rather dated and overly melodramatic adaptation of William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play is redeemed by some beautiful cinematography and Susan Strasberg's turn as a shrewd, brattish tomboy. Also starring Kim Novak and William Holden.

William Holden and Kim Novak in Picnic

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Laura (1944) dir: Otto Preminger Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This classic film noir mystery is, at its heart, a dreamlike study of obsession - and one which has considerable relevance in today's post-#MeToo era. It features memorable performances by Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb and Vincent Price.

A painting of Laura (1944), a film directed by Otto Preminger

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Two couples flirt tentatively with polyamorous relationships in a comedy which feels like a time capsule of the era, and yet still offers much in the way of laughs and food for thought. It stars Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon.

Natalie Wood in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

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The Pyjama Girl Case (1977) starring Ray Milland Blu Ray (Arrow)

This Italian-made mystery, set in Sydney in Australia, was inspired by an actual murder case which occurred in the same area. Far from being the typical giallo, it’s one of those films which could leave the viewer genuinely in two minds about it.

Dalila Di Lazzaro in The Pyjama Girl Case

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