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Frank Sidebottom The Home of the Retrospective


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.

Les Diaboliques (1955) directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot

This adaptation of Pierre Boileau & Thomas Narcejac's novel is a darkly potent thriller full of suspense and twists which proved to be a major inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock.

Véra Clouzot in Les Diaboliques

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North by Northwest (1959) directed by Alfred Hitchcock

While an archetypal mixture of Hitchcockian tropes, this vicariously thrilling and funny adventure stands as one of his very best.

Cary Grant in North by Northwest

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The Red Balloon (1956) - an award-winning French short

Albert Lamorisse's charming celebration of a child's imagination is a 34-minute delight and a fascinating document to now-demolished sections of Paris's Belleville district.

The Red Balloon

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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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Absolute Beginners (1986) directed by Julien Temple

A retrospective review of this British 1950s-set musical flop which has subsequently gained a cult following, in particular after David Bowie's recent passing.

Patsy Kensit and Eddie O'Connell in Absolute Beginners

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The War of the Worlds (1953)

George Pal's adaptation of H.G. Wells's novel is still chillingly relevant despite some dated aspects.

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