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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.

This is Spinal Tap (1984) directed by Rob Reiner

This mockumentary parody of the pompous excess and egomania which has tended to surround many heavy rock bands has been endorsed for coming remarkably close to reality by a number of real musicians themselves.

This is Spinal Tap

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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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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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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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