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The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Director: John Huston
Hustonís first film as a director and still his best, in which Bogartís Sam Spade slaps dames, cracks wise and solves crimes in a plot that is gloriously unfathomable. Read Review
The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1970)
Director: Dario Argento
Features a gloved murderer, kinky sex, lurid colours, politics and a great set-piece involving a glass cage. Vintage Argento, then.
Pee-Weeís Big Adventure (1985)
Director: Tim Burton
Burtonís debut is a Bicycle Thieves for the í80s, as Paul Reubensí man-child quests for his missing bike. A live-action, eye-popping cartoon. Read Review
The Death Of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
Director: Cristi Puiu
If Die Hard has explosions, this Romanian masterpiece has faltering bureaucracy and stomach pains, as a dying OAP is refused admittance to numerous Bucharest hospitals. Black, bleakly funny, brilliantly Kafkaesque. Read Review
A Place In The Sun (1951)
Director: George Stevens
Not the Channel 4 foreign property show but George Stevensí character study of the American male in meltdown (a superb, poignant Montgomery Clift), underpinned with masterly filmmaking control. Read Review
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
An old dear goes missing onboard a Balkan Express, setting in motion cinemaís greatest railway romp. Making the most ridiculous plot engaging, Hitchcock has rarely been more blissfully entertaining. Read Review

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