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Frank Sidebottom The Home of the Retrospective

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.

The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971) directed by Duccio Tessari

This Italian giallo murder mystery deviates from the usual tropes to provide a classy and surprisingly cinematic legal procedural.

Carole André in The Bloodstained Butterfly

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Do the Right Thing (1989) written and directed by Spike Lee

The director's third and finest feature-length film is a boldly stylised and invigorated cinematic statement on racial tensions and a vital snapshot of late 1980s hip-hop culture.

Do the Right Thing

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The Exorcist III (1990) directed by William Peter Blatty

This second sequel wisely ignores the John Boorman abomination and tries to craft a true horror masterpiece. While marred by too many talky stretches, it manages some memorably creepy and scary sequences.

The Exorcist III

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Matinee (1993) directed by Joe Dante and starring John Goodman

This unfairly overlooked homage to the magic of old monster movies, set during the Cuban Missile Crisis, is one of the director's best films.

The ant-headed Mant in Joe Dante's Matinee

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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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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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Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) directed by John Schlesinger

This drama - starring Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson and Murray Head - displays real depth in its characters and was deservedly nominated for several awards.

Peter Finch and Murray Head in Sunday Bloody Sunday

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Network (1976) directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Peter Finch

This mad-as-hell look at the manufactured reality of television, also starring Faye Dunaway, is a savage chronicle of modern times. It's well worthy of its Oscar wins.

Peter Finch is mad as hell in Network

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