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Sawdust And Tinsel (1953)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Through the structure of a travelling circus, Bergman preoccupies himself with the torments of marital jealousy — how a partner’s sexual past can cast shadows on the present. The Swedish auteur rather living up to his mordant cliché...
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Director: Preston Sturges
This bit of screwball Sturges magic concerns itself with marital fidelity beneath the lure of money. An improbable inspiration for Indecent Proposal. Read Review
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Melville, that beloved master of French noir, delivers a morally murky crime story of honour among poker-faced thieves, and corruption among hardened cops. Read Review
It Happened One Night (1934)
Director: Frank Capra
Another justly celebrated Capra fable has snappy heiress Claudette Colbert, on the run from her cosseted life, hit it off with cynical reporter Clark Gable in search of just this kind of story. Read Review
All The President’s Men (1976)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
The Watergate scandal told with razor-sharp intelligence from the perspective of Woodward and Bernstein (realised via the opposing styles of Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford) — arguably the best film about the Fourth Estate. Read Review

The Untouchables (1987)
Director: Brian De Palma
Made with all of De Palma’s stylistic brio, but anchored by David Mamet’s steely script, this is the gangster epic as comic-book fable. Read Review

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