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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.

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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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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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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Duel (1971) - Steven Spielberg’s first major hit

This made-for-TV killer trucker movie was such an eye-opener that it got extended and put in cinemas. It's a film loaded with cat-and-mouse tension and terror ably bolstered by Dennis Weaver's fine performance.

Truck in Steven Spielberg's Duel

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The Parallax View (1974) directed by Alan J. Pakula

This imaginative and disturbing conspiracy thriller starring Warren Beatty was given some extra charge at the time because of the Watergate Scandal and still holds up well today.

The Parallax View finale

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The Conversation (1974) directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Gene Hackman plays a surveillance expert in this neglected masterpiece. A superbly-constructed thriller cum character study focussing on perception.

Gene Hackman with saxophone in The Conversation

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Beverly Hills Cop (1984) starring Eddie Murphy

This comedic cop thriller, directed by Martin Brest and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, is formula stuff but blends action and humour very well.

Eddie Murphy, John Ashton and Judge Reinhold in Beverly Hills Cop

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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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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) directed by John Carpenter

This low-budget modern-day remake of Rio Bravo served as a blueprint for both the director's later films and some more recent entries in the wider action genre.

Assault on Precinct 13

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White Dog (1982)

Samuel Fuller's White Dog is commendable for its approach to the thorny subject matter of racism.


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