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All That Jazz (1979)
Director: Bob Fosse
Fosse was one of the most exciting talents in musicals, and this is none more Fosse, giddy with invention and taking as many liberties with the genre as Moulin Rouge!. Read Review

The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Director: George Cukor
The quintessential movie ‘they don’t make anymore’. Can you imagine three better people for a love triangle than Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart? Even if you think you can, you can’t. Read Review

Downfall (2004)
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
With his feature debut, the shocking Das Experiment, German director Hirschbiegel arrived as the European filmmaker to get excited about. Not one to steer clear of controversy, implicitly Das Experiment was about the rise of the Nazis, and for his next trick he went the whole hog — depicting Hitler’s final days in his Berlin bunker, the Führer tipped into a hyperbolic frenzy by the fall of his kingdom. Giving evil a human face, Hirschbiegel dares us even to sympathise with the collapsing Reich. That is, until you see Frau Goebbels icily poison her own children. It makes Hirschbiegel’s crash-and-burn in Hollywood — The Invasion — all the more galling. Read Review

Dazed And Confused (1993)
Director: Richard Linklater
The plot, such as it is, concerns the last day of school in 1976 Texas, but it’s Richard Linklater’s capturing of teenage hang-ups that gives this eternally likable film ‘cult classic’ status. Read Review

Heimat (1984)
Director: Edgar Reitz
The running time is 924 minutes. It takes that long to tell the story of 20th century Germany through one family drama. Part One was said to be one of Kubrick’s favourite films — you won’t be bored. You might, however, need the toilet. Read Review

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