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Filmmaking is a team sport, and these creative partnerships have proved consistently rewarding.

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INGRID BERGMAN & ROBERTO ROSSELLINI

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Stromboli, Land of God

Stromboli, Land of God 1950 PG

In her first collaboration with Roberto Rossellini, Ingrid Bergman stars as a refugee who marries a fisherman and moves to a barren island.

100 mins Italy Director. Roberto Rossellini

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Fear

Fear 1954 PG

Roberto Rossellini’s film with Ingrid Bergman exploring the inner turmoil of a woman pushed to the edge through the guilt of her infidelity.

83 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Roberto Rossellini

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Journey to Italy
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Journey to Italy 1954 PG

Roberto Rossellini's acerbic but finally very moving masterpiece about marital crisis boasts great performances from Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders

106 mins Italy

Klaus Kinski & Werner Herzog

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Aguirre - Wrath of God

Aguirre - Wrath of God 1972 PG

This early masterpiece from Werner Herzog stars Klaus Kinski as a power-crazed explorer in sixteenth-century South America who leads a band of conquistadors through the Amazon in search of El Dorado.

93 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Werner Herzog

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Fitzcarraldo

Fitzcarraldo 1981 PG

One of Werner Herzog's most acclaimed and audacious films, Fitzcarraldo tells the incredible story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an opera-loving fortune hunter who dreams of bringing opera to the heart of the Peruvian jungle.

158 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Werner Herzog

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Nosferatu the Vampyre
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Nosferatu the Vampyre 1979 15

English language version of Herzog’s stimulating take on the Dracula story starring Klaus Kinski, with echoes of Murnau’s 1922 Nosferatu.

107 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Werner Herzog

GENA ROWLANDS & JOHN CASSAVETES

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A Woman Under the Influence

A Woman Under the Influence 1974 15

John Cassavetes's powerful drama stars Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk as a blue-collar couple struggling to cope with the wife's slide into mental illness.

156 mins USA Director. John Cassavetes

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Faces

Faces 1968 15

Richard and his wife Maria seek solace from their disintegrating marriage in the arms of other lovers in John Cassavetes's powerful 1968 feature.

130 mins USA Director. John Cassavetes

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Opening Night

Opening Night 1977 15

John Cassavetes’s emotionally charged film stands as one of the great American movies about theatre and the art of performance.

144 mins USA Director. John Cassavetes

TOSHIRO MIFUNE & AKIRA KUROSAWA

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Yojimbo

Yojimbo 1961 PG

Kurosawa’s classic about a drifting samurai who plays two gangs off against each other, famously remade as A Fistful of Dollars.

106 mins Japan Director. Akira Kurosawa

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Red Beard

Red Beard 1965 15

Kurosawa’s episodic, poignant story of a 19th-century doctor (Toshiro Mifune) working in a clinic for the poor and his tumultuous friendship with young intern.

172 mins Japan Director. Akira Kurosawa

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I Live in Fear

I Live in Fear 1955 PG

Toshiro Mifune delivers an outstanding performance as a paranoid man striving to move his family to Brazil to escape the nuclear holocaust which he fears is imminent.

99 mins Japan Director. Akira Kurosawa

POWELL & PRESSBURGER

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The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes 1948 U

Moira Shearer’s ballerina is torn between love and her career in Powell and Pressburger’s hugely influential melodrama.

133 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943 U

Powell and Pressburger’s masterpiece follows the rise and fall of a career soldier, from dashing and brave young officer in the Boer War to a pompous and old-fashioned Colonel by the time of World War Two.

163 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

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A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death 1946 U

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s timeless romantic fantasy, with David Niven as an airman trapped between life and death.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT & ALAIN ROBBE-GRILLET

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The Man Who Lies

The Man Who Lies 1968 15

Jean-Louis Trintignant is the mysterious stranger who arrives in a French village claiming to be an old comrade of a local resistance hero, in Alain Robbe-Grillet’s piercing fable of war-time myth and memory.

95 mins France Director. Alain Robbe-Grillet

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Trans-Europ-Express
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Trans-Europ-Express 1966 15

This stylish, cult 1966 erotic thriller stars French New Wave icons Jean-Louis Trintigant and Marie-France Pisier.

105 mins France Director. Alain Robbe-Grillet

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Successive Slidings of Pleasure

Successive Slidings of Pleasure 1974 18

Alain Robbe-Grillet’s serpentine erotic mystery presented as a surreal investigation into a woman with feared sexual powers.

102 mins France Director. Alain Robbe-Grillet

JEAN MARAIS & JEAN COCTEAU

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Orphée

Orphée 1950 PG

Magical retelling of the Orpheus myth by poet, playwright, artist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau.

91 mins France Director. Jean Cocteau

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La Belle et la Bête
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La Belle et la Bête 1946 PG

Jean Cocteau’s ravishingly restored 1946 film is a cinematic classic. “Five stars. [This] magical exploration of the fairytale is a compelling and bizarre masterpiece” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

89 mins France Director. Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau's muse and lover Jean Marais starred in four works from the great director, including these two classics.

PINK FLOYD & BARBET SCHROEDER

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More

More 1969 18

The first feature by Barbet Schroeder (Maîtresse, The Valley), More created a sensation when it was released in 1969, quickly becoming a cult classic and famed for its Pink Floyd soundtrack.

118 mins Luxembourg Director. Barbet Schroeder

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The Valley (Obscured by Clouds)

The Valley (Obscured by Clouds) 1972 15

Different worlds collide when a chic young diplomat's wife meets an intriguing adventurer and his hippy friends in Barbet Schroeder's striking second feature. Soundtrack composed by Pink Floyd.

105 mins France Director. Barbet Schroeder

Composer-filmmaker collaborations can produce great alchemy; these Pink Floyd soundtracks are just as renowned as the Barbet Schroeder films they score.

JEREMY IRONS & JEREMY IRONS

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Dead Ringers
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Dead Ringers 1988 18

David Cronenberg's multi award-winning psychological thriller exploring the bizarre lives of identical twins Elliot and Beverly, both played by Jeremy Irons.

115 mins Canada Director. David Cronenberg

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Mark Kermode introduces Dead Ringers
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Mark Kermode introduces Dead Ringers 2015

Mark Kermode's introduction to David Cronenberg's gripping pyschological thriller, Dead Ringers.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

... And just occasionally, actors have to learn how to collaborate with (and not upstage) themselves.

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