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Akron 2015 12

Two young men meet on the sports field and fall in love. But there’s a family secret which resurfaces and threatens to tear them apart.

88 mins USA Director. Sasha King, Brian O'Donnell

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All That Heaven Allows
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All That Heaven Allows 1955 U

Hollywood’s master of melodrama, Douglas Sirk, is at his most devastating crafting this deceptively simple story of class-crossing romance into a florid explosion of style.

90 mins USA Director. Douglas Sirk

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All the Right Noises
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All the Right Noises 1969 12

A taboo-busting drama about a young married man (Tom Bell) who has an affair with a teenage girl (Olivia Hussey). Directed by Gerry O'Hara.

91 mins United Kingdom Director. Gerry O'Hara

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Amour Fou

Amour Fou 2014 12

Jessica Hausner’s long-awaited follow-up to Lourdes is a devilish anti-Rom-Com in which a German poet seeks mates for a suicide pact.

96 mins Director. Jessica Hausner

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Another Sky
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Another Sky 1955

Two cultures collide in a beautifully photographed love story - an ode to Morocco, its music, its people and way of life.

83 mins United Kingdom Director. Gavin Lambert

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Betty Blue
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Betty Blue 1986 18

Jean-Jacques Beineix’s story of a volatile, highly sexual relationship was one of the most successful French films of the 1980s.

177 mins France Director. Jean-Jacques Beineix

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The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond
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The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond 1921

Silent romance set during the Jacobite rebellion illustrating the lyrics to the traditional Scottish song

12 mins United Kingdom Director. George Wynn

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Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter 1945 PG

Noël Coward’s tale of a love affair, thrillingly played out with tight British reserve.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean

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The Broken Swastika
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The Broken Swastika 1932

In this bizarre 1932 short film produced by the Bournemouth Cine Society, a swastika pendant becomes a plot device in a kidnapping drama.

13 mins United Kingdom

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Brooklyn 2015 12

Saoirse Ronan shines as a woman who journeys from post-war small-town Ireland to New York, in Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s best-selling novel.

112 mins United Kingdom Director. John Crowley

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China Girl
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China Girl 1987 18

Abel Ferrara creates a modern day Romeo & Juliet in gritty New York City, centring on the doom relationship between an Italian boy and Chinese girl.

90 mins USA Director. Abel Ferrara

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Cuban Fury
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Cuban Fury 2013 15

Nick Frost plays the one-time teen salsa champion, lured back to the dancefloor in an attempt to win the girl of his dreams.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. James Griffiths

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Dance Pretty Lady
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Dance Pretty Lady 1932

Passion, tights and tutus are front and centre in this touching tale of a ballerina being romanced by a sculptor in Edwardian London.

64 mins United Kingdom Director. Anthony Asquith

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Death Defying Acts
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Death Defying Acts 2007 PG

The great illusionist Harry Houdini (Guy Pearce) meets his match when the charming and manipulative Mary McGarvie (Catherine Zeta-Jones) magically appears in his life.

97 mins Australia Director. Gillian Armstrong

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The Deep Blue Sea
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The Deep Blue Sea 2011 12

Buried passions boil over in a buttoned-up postwar Britain in Terence Davies acclaimed adaptation of Rattigan's play, starring Rachel Weisz.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies

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Easy Virtue
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Easy Virtue 2008 PG

Jessica Biel plays the brash American fiancée who disrupts an upper-class family in this delightful Downton Abbey-esque tale of high-society hijinks.

97 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephan Elliott

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The Faithful Heart 1932

20 years after saying goodbye to a young waitress and embarking on a war-bound ship, a naval officer discovers he has an adult daughter.

83 mins United Kingdom Director. Victor Saville

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A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms 1932 PG

Based on the best-selling 1929 novel by Ernest Hemingway, Gary Cooper stars in Frank Borzage's Oscar-winning adaptation of the tragic Great War romance.

87 mins USA Director. Frank Borzage

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The Giant Gila Monster
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The Giant Gila Monster 1959 PG

This low-budget addition to the creature features craze of the 1950s sees a giant lizard emerge from a Dallas ravine to terrorise teenagers.

74 mins USA Director. Ray Kellogg

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Goodbye First Love
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Goodbye First Love 2011 15

The pangs and pains of young love are artfully and respectfully rendered in this subtle and sensitive drama from Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden).

110 mins France Director. Mia Hansen-Løve

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Gregory's Girl
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Gregory's Girl 1980 12

The ultimate depiction of coming-of-age awkwardness, Bill Forsyth’s comedy about a teen who falls for the new female footballer on the school team.

88 mins Scotland Director. Bill Forsyth

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The Hand of Fate
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The Hand of Fate 1933

The Hand of Fate is cruel indeed in this minor tragedy from the Bournemouth Cine Society - featuring lovers, letters and suspension bridges

17 mins United Kingdom

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Hidden Away
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Hidden Away 2014 15

A chance encounter between a Moroccan boy and a Spanish teen alters the course of their lives.

96 mins Spain Director. Mikel Rueda

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I Can't Think Straight
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I Can't Think Straight 2008 12

The story of an affair between a Palestinian woman and her British Indian friend, from the same team behind The World Unseen.

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Shamim Sarif

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Jigsaw 2015

A mismatched couple begin to realise that they need each other more than they thought.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Kiss Me
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Kiss Me 2011 15

Mia is engaged to marry a man, but finds herself falling for Frida, who happens to be her new stepmother's daughter.

107 mins Sweden

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The Lady Eve
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The Lady Eve 1941 U

A female con artist falls in love with her target in Preston Sturges’s comedy, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda.

90 mins USA Director. Preston Sturges

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Lady from the Sea
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Lady from the Sea 1930 PG

Racy sea tale of unbridled passions with Ray Milland's Walmer lifeboatman caught in the vice-like grip of a sultry French vamp.

67 mins United Kingdom Director. Castleton Knight

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La La Land
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La La Land 2016 12

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone channel old-school Hollywood glamour in this bright and playful romantic musical from director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash).

128 mins USA Director. Damien Chazelle

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Love Affair
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Love Affair 1974

Colchester Cine Club present romance and a case of mistaken identity in this intriguing short drama, shot on location in the club's home town in Essex.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Love Story of Ann Thomas the Maid of Cefn Ydfa 1914

Lovingly rendered version of a traditional Welsh folk tale of thwarted romance, set in 17th-century Cefn Ydfa.

50 mins United Kingdom Director. William Haggar Jr

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The Lunchbox
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The Lunchbox 2013 PG

Mismatched lunchboxes lead to an unlikely romance in this exquisite Indian drama, brimful of tantalising food and elegantly delivered wisdom.

104 mins Director. Ritesh Batra

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Madness of the Heart 1949 PG

The path to true love never runs smooth, but poor Margaret Lockwood gets more of a bumpy ride than anyone deserves in this post-war melodrama.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Charles Bennett

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A Man's Affair
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A Man's Affair 1949 U

A holiday romance between a miner and a secretary blossoms in Ramsgate

62 mins United Kingdom Director. Jay Lewis

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Man Up
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Man Up 2014 15

Simon Pegg’s date is hijacked by Lake Bell in this effervescent urban comedy, a fresh twist on the British rom-com.

88 mins France Director. Ben Palmer

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Mimi 1935 U

Paul L. Stein’s period romance tells the story of a composer (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) whose relationship with a woman (Gertrude Lawrence) inspires his success.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul L. Stein

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Morning is Broken
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Morning is Broken 2015

At the end of his older brother’s wedding in the lush English countryside, a young man struggles to deal with his sexuality.

11 mins Great Britain Director. Simon Anderson

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Notting Hill
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Notting Hill 1999 15

Richard Curtis and Hugh Grant followed Four Weddings with this featherlight, frequently funny romance between an ordinary bloke and a visiting Hollywood starlet.

120 mins USA Director. Roger Michell

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Once Upon a Sunday
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Once Upon a Sunday 1968 Not Rated

The disappointment of youthful love, as the gritty realism of the early 1960s stands in stark contrast with the fantasies of the later 1960s.

9 mins England

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One Love

One Love 2003 12

The legendary Don Letts directs this reggae romance about a rasta musician whose affair with a gospel-singing preacher’s daughter causes a stir in Kingston.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Don Letts, Rick Elgood

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Only Lovers Left Alive
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Only Lovers Left Alive 2013 15

Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton star as ageless, blood-drinking lovers in Jim Jarmusch’s clever, funny and sexy vampire tale.

123 mins United Kingdom Director. Jim Jarmusch

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On the Twelfth Day...
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On the Twelfth Day... 1955

Playful, charming, Oscar-nominated take on the Christmas song directed by queen of the dance Wendy Toye and designed by the great Ronald Searle.

23 mins United Kingdom

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Orlando 1992 PG

Tilda Swinton stars in Sally Potter's dazzling interpretation of Virginia Woolf's novel.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Sally Potter

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Paris, Brixton
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Paris, Brixton 1997

L'amour à Lambeth: Breaking Bad's Laura Fraser stars in this delightful short about a Francophile student who falls in love with a burglar.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Jeremy Wooding

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The Passionate Friends

The Passionate Friends 1948 PG

David Lean’s other, lesser known film about a love triangle spent too long in Brief Encounter’s shadow, but is now regarded as a fine, gripping drama.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean

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Pride & Prejudice
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Pride & Prejudice 2005 U

Keira Knightley stars in Jane Austen’s timeless romance, reinvigorated for the modern age by the masters of British rom-com, Working Title.

135 mins USA Director. Joe Wright

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Quest for Love

Quest for Love 1971 PG

Joan Collins stars in this British sci-fi comedy, adapted from a John Wyndham story, about a man’s search for the perfect woman he briefly met in a parallel universe.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Ralph Thomas

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The Ragman's Daughter 1971

Gritty romance on the backstreets of Nottingham, as a teenage thief enlists his rich girlfriend as his partner in crime

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Harold Becker

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Reaching for the Moon
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Reaching for the Moon 2013 12

Beautifully told true story of the love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lola de Macedo Soares.

118 mins Director. Bruno Barreto

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Retribution 1931

Sheila sees the folly of her ways when husband, John, is to be hanged for murdering her paramour, but once trusty Bill from the CID is on the case, the real killer is soon unmasked

17 mins United Kingdom

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A Romance of Seville 1929 U

This florid Iberian romance centres on the daring exploits of Ramon as he takes on a group of bandits to win the admiration of true love Pepita, and escape his stultifying arranged marriage.

62 mins United Kingdom Director. Norman Walker

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Romeo and Juliet
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Romeo and Juliet 1954 PG

Laurence Harvey and Susan Shentall are the star-crossed lovers in the ravishingly filmed 1954 adaptation.

138 mins United Kingdom Director. Renato Castellani

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Shakespeare in Love
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Shakespeare in Love 1998 15

A creatively stymied bard finds love and inspiration in the form of one of his players, a cross-dressing actress, in the impeccably crafted, Oscar-winning period romance.

123 mins USA Director. John Madden

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Solomon and Gaenor
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Solomon and Gaenor 1998 15

The moving and passionate story of illicit love between a Welsh girl and a Jewish boy, set against a backdrop of industrial unrest in the Welsh Valleys of 1911.

104 mins Wales Director. Paul Morrison

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Southside with You
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Southside with You 2016 12

This smart, sophisticated, Sundance-nominated romance follows the first date of a couple who would go on to change the world – Barack and Michelle Obama.

84 mins USA Director. Richard Tanne

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Still the Water
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Still the Water 2014 15

Naomi Kawase’s visually ravishing, beautifully composed film tells the story of two youths growing up and falling in love on a Japanese island.

120 mins Japan Director. Naomi Kawase

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Strings 2012

A German exchange student begins an impulsive and ultimately destructive relationship with a shy British boy, in her final weeks before returning to Munich and her warring family.

89 mins United Kingdom Director. Rob Savage

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That Hamilton Woman

That Hamilton Woman 1941 PG

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier bring Hollywood glitz to the love affair between Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton in the midst of political turmoil.

128 mins USA Director. Alexander Korda

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Théo and Hugo
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Théo and Hugo 2016 18

A brief encounter at a naked sex club in Paris seems to be going well for Theo and Hugo, but a sudden realisation changes everything.

97 mins France Director. Jacques Martineau, Olivier Ducastel

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The Way He Looks
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The Way He Looks 2014 12A

A blind student’s relationship with his best friend is tested when he falls for the new boy in school, in Daniel Ribeiro’s beautifully realised romance.

96 mins Director. Daniel Ribeiro

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Twinky 1969 12

Richard Donner directs this unlikely romance between a 38-year-old writer of erotic novels (Charles Bronson) and a 16-year-old schoolgirl played by Susan George. After marrying and absconding to Scotland, the pair finds it hard to adjust to life together.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Donner

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Underground 1928 PG

The BFI National Archive restoration of one of Anthony Asquith's finest silent films set in London's Underground, with a new score.

81 mins United Kingdom Director. Anthony Asquith

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Blue is the Warmest Colour
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Blue is the Warmest Colour 2013 18

The epic, passionate and strikingly naturalistic Palme d'Or-winning romance.

179 mins France Director. Abdel Kechiche

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Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf? 2013 15

In order to impress a girl, a struggling filmmaker agrees to write an all-female retelling of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

83 mins France Director. Anna Margarita Albelo

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Wild Flowers
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Wild Flowers 1989

Robert Smith's Wild Flowers is an exquisite drama set at the funeral for a daughter, where her mother remembers the passionate yet painful affair she once had with another woman in Scotland.

66 mins United Kingdom Director. Robert Smith

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Wuthering Heights
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Wuthering Heights 2010 15

Andrea Arnold's bold re-imagining of the Emily Brontë classic.

128 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Arnold

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Spring in a Small Town

Spring in a Small Town 1948 U

Fei Mu’s newly restored 1948 masterpiece, a piercingly poignant study of adulterous desire, was once voted the greatest Chinese film ever made.

People's Republic of China Director. Fei Mu

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You Made Me Love You
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You Made Me Love You 1933 U

A loose adaption of The Taming of the Shrew, with Thelma Todd as a spoilt heiress who can’t stand her suitor.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Monty Banks

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