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Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Director: Roman Polanski
Still creepy after all these years, Polanski’s efficiently cold and calculating tale of devil- worshipping, nasty neighbours and labour pains should be mandatory viewing for all sex education classes — that’d cut down on ‘the Juno effect’. Read Review

Manhattan (1979)
Director: Woody Allen
A black-and-white love letter to New York, Gershwin and the mess of relationships, this is Allen at his most poignant but funny. Read Review

Spartacus (1960)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Kirk Douglas’ failure to win the title role in William Wyler’s Ben-Hur spurred him on to make his own Roman epic. His influence in hiring Kubrick was rewarded with a rousing, action-packed and iconic sword ’n’ sandaller, now the unmatched emperor of the genre. Read Review

A Matter Of Life And Death (1946)
Director: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
David Niven is wonderful as a young pilot who avoids death due to a celestial bureaucratic cock-up, while Powell and Pressburger’s vision of heaven is still cinema’s greatest. Read Review

The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)
Director: John Huston
John Huston’s mano-a-mano thriller (loaded with stark Western overtones), starring Humphrey Bogart as the grizzled gold prospector who lets greed swerve his moral compass, is back in fashion thanks to Paul Thomas Anderson. He very publicly cited Huston’s gritty classic as an inspiration for his masterful There Will Be Blood. Thus it has now become open season on citing just how many films Treasure has influenced, from City Slickers to Trespass, from The Wages Of Fear to the work of Sam Peckinpah, and there’s plenty of Bogart’s cynical Dobbs in Indiana Jones. Not to forgo the pleasures of Huston’s powerful film in its own right — studio boss Jack Warner considered it the best film they had ever made. Read Review

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