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Masaki Kobayashi's 'Kwaidan' Horror Films Are Horrifically Beautiful

The four haunting tales of Masaki Kobayashi's Kwaidan are human and relatable, as well as impressive at a formal and a technical level.

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Bang for Your Buck: Sergio Leone's 'A Fistful of Dynamite'

A Fistful of Dynamite finds Sergio Leone working on a massive canvas of intricately choreographed scenes that telegraph the chaos and the brutality of the Mexican Revolution.

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Who Dares to Enter 'The House That Dripped Blood' and the 'Asylum'?

Amicus Productions provide a smorgasbord of macabre thrills and atmospheric chills with two superior films from their quaint line of quirky portmanteau horror features, The House That Dripped Blood and Asylum.

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'The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot' Will, Like 'Donnie Darko', Surprise

The title suggests that this would be a schlocky B movie with a '70s-style grindhouse aesthetic, but The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot is, in fact, a finely crafted and emotionally charged drama about ageing, loneliness, and lost love.

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Rivette's 'Paris nous appartient' Nods to McCarthyism, Communist Witch Hunts, and Cold War Paranoia in the USA

Jacques Rivette's first French New Wave film, Paris nous appartient, is infused with the look and feel of Hollywood's more paranoid, conspiratorial and apocalyptic films noir.

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Nihilistic 'Jubilee' Sought Fit to Celebrate Nothing

Much like his former colleague Ken Russell, Derek Jarman knew which buttons to press when seeking to outrage the UK's moral majority.

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'Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema' Captures the Changes in Britain's Fortunes

Social realist films would spearhead the so-called British New Wave and Woodfall Films produced some of the New Wave's best and most enduring examples of the form.

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'They Came to a City' for a Vision of Utopia

J. B. Priestley's sense of social conscience permeates every frame of They Came to a City.

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A Feminist Adventure Unfolds When 'Celine and Julie Go Boating'

Jacques Rivette's film features two female characters who exhibit feminine strength and solidarity in a masculine world.

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Resistance and Hope in 'Letter to Brezhnev'

Opportunities for happiness and betterment may be few and far between, but these Liverpudlians will grab them when they do come their way.

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Harry Belafonte Fights Racism in 'Odds Against Tomorrow'

By the late '50s, some Hollywood filmmakers were producing films that reflected changes in public attitudes and addressed the concerns of the nascent Civil Rights movement.

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Two 'Women in Love' Prove to Be a Force to Be Reckoned With

In spite of its somewhat obnoxious characters and episodic narrative structure, Women in Love works incredibly well.

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'A Month in the Country' Has a Pleasing Emotional Ambience

This is a thoughtfully scripted film that surreptitiously draws the viewer in before granting them an intensely emotional payoff.

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