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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.

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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Aguirre, Wrath Of God (1972) directed by Werner Herzog

Herzog's historical account of the hopeless delusion of the 16th-century Spanish conquistador expedition to the fabled land of El Dorado is a chaotic but masterful stream of cinematic bolts out of the blue. A genuinely deranged Klaus Kinski stands at the film's centre.

Klaus Kinski in Aguirre, Wrath of God

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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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The Right Stuff (1983)

This adaptation of Tom Wolfe's account of The Great Space Race really deserved its plaudits.

Impressive cast of The Right Stuff

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