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RETRO

A nostalgic (but not blindly nostalgic) look back at some cult and classic movies. Are they worth checking out once you take off the rose-tinted glasses? Find out in this retrospective section.

The 400 Blows (1959) directed by François Truffaut

The French Nouvelle Vague director's debut is an exhilarating portrait of misunderstood youth, starring Jean-Pierre Léaud as main protagonist Antoine Doinel.

Protagonist Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) in The 400 Blows

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The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976) starring David Bowie

The late art rocker is perfectly cast in this tale of an idealistic alien overcome by alcoholism, directed by Nicolas Roeg and also starring Candy Clark.

The Man Who Fell to Earth

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Blue Velvet (1986) written and directed by David Lynch

Don the gas mask for this analysis of the surreal director's subconsciously disturbing classic starring Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini and Dennis Hopper.

Blue Velvet (1986) titles

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The Room (2003) starring, written and directed by Tommy Wiseau

In the light of the imminent UK release of The Disaster Artist, here's a timely look back at this notorious so-bad-it's-good cult classic which inspired it.

You're tearing me apart, Lisa!

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The Blues Brothers (1980) starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd

John Landis's epic blend of comedy, musical, action and spiritual quest is a cult movie in the truest sense of the word. A must if you love blues or car chases.

The Blues Brothers (1980)

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Enter the Ninja (1981) starring Franco Nero and Susan George

Menahem Golan kicked off the Western world's 1980s Ninja craze with this entertaining but problematic low-budget action flick, also starring Sho Kosugi.

Franco Nero and Susan George in Enter the Ninja (1981)

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Frank (2014) starring Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson

Director Lenny Abrahamson and writer Jon Ronson's loose account of the eccentric comedy musician Frank Sidebottom is blackly funny, bittersweet and strange.

Frank - loosely based on Frank Sidebottom

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The Conversation (1974) directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Gene Hackman plays a surveillance expert in this neglected masterpiece. A superbly-constructed thriller cum character study focussing on perception.

Gene Hackman with saxophone in The Conversation

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Beverly Hills Cop (1984) starring Eddie Murphy

This comedic cop thriller, directed by Martin Brest and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, is formula stuff but blends action and humour very well.

Eddie Murphy, John Ashton and Judge Reinhold in Beverly Hills Cop

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Bullitt (1968) directed by Peter Yates and starring Steve McQueen

This police thriller, also starring Jacqueline Bisset and famous for its iconic car chase, has been diminished by being endlessly copied and superseded since.

Bullitt Steve McQueen and Robert Vaughn

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