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The Red Shoes (1948)
Directors: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen, P&P's tale about a woman born to dance and the various tragedies that befall her is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking. A true British masterpiece. Read Review

Z (1969)
Director: Costa-Gavras
A thinly fictionalised account of the assassination of a democratic Greek politician in 1963, Costa-Gavras' respected film takes a swipe at Greek politics and the military dictatorship that ruled the country.

Shampoo (1975)
Director: Hal Ashby
While it was set during a period of extraordinary governmental strife, this Nixon-era satire is more concerned with the arena of sexual politics, as Warren Beatty's cocky hairstylist shags his way around the wives of the rich and famous.

Notorious (1946)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Hitchcock's saucy (for the time) thriller stars Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, who excel as a government agent and a socialite who become entangled during an espionage operation. Read Review

Sophie's Choice (1982)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
A difficult story told with suitable reverence, Pakula's tale of the ultimate Catch-22 scenario may be difficult to watch, but it sure is rewarding. Not least for some solid-gold Streeping.

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