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FILM RETROSPECTIVES

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.

Erik the Conqueror (1961) directed by Mario Bava

Cameron Mitchell and George Ardisson play estranged Viking twin brothers in this visually imaginative and action-filled peplum. While it's a blatant clone of the successful 1958 historical epic The Vikings it succeeds in giving it a run for its money despite being made on a much lower budget.

Ellen Kessler and Cameron Mitchell in Erik the Conqueror (1961)

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Harper (1966) starring Paul Newman and Lauren Bacall

This William Goldman-penned, Jack Smight-directed adaptation of Ross Macdonald's novel updates the dark and cynical language of film noir with a dash of 1960s cool and California sun. It's a fine opportunity to hang out with various dubious characters played by an all-star cast.

Paul Newman and Janet Leigh in Harper

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Point Blank (1967) starring Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson

John Boorman's adaptation of Donald E. Westlake’s novel combines a dreamlike depiction of a man in shell-shock with a memorably pulpy, violent action-thriller. It's one of Marvin's best and also features a fine rogue's gallery of supporting actors including Carroll O'Connor and John Vernon.

Lee Marvin in Point Blank (1967)

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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) directed by Robert Aldrich

Bitter real-life rivals Bette Davis and Joan Crawford play two erstwhile celebrity sisters caught in a downward spiral of faded glories and an abusive/controlling relationship. This cult classic is as relevant now in its ugly dissection of the cult of celebrity as it was when it was released.

Bette Davis Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

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The Killers (1964) starring Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson

Don Siegel's adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's short story overcomes its cheap made-for-TV production values with some hilariously hardboiled dialogue, playful violence and the classic onscreen double-act of Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager.

Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager in The Killers

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The Masque of the Red Death (1964) directed by Roger Corman

Vincent Price turns in one of his finest performances as Prince Prospero in this adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's short story.

Masque of the Red Death poster

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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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Women in Love (1969) starring Glenda Jackson and Oliver Reed

Ken Russell's adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel of sexual blossoming is the one which put the controversy-baiting director firmly on the cinematic map.

Alan Bates and Jennie Linden in Women in Love

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Witchfinder General (1968) directed by Michael Reeves

An interesting if somewhat overrated folk horror cum transplanted western set during the British Civil War, starring Vincent Price and Ian Ogilvy.

A hanging in Witchfinder General

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Quadrophenia (1979)

Adaptation of The Who's rock opera studies youthful rebellion and conformity through the prism of 1960s mods and rockers.

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