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Alice in Wonderland
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Alice in Wonderland 1903

The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll's tale, made just 37 years after the novel’s publication and eight years after the birth of cinema.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Cecil M. Hepworth, Percy Stow

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Anton & Minty 1995

Minty’s hobbies include drinking tea, smoking roll-ups and falling into a coma, while Anton dreams of clinically depressed sheep breaking into the house.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Alnoor Dewshi

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As Dreams Are Made Of...
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As Dreams Are Made Of... 1965

Sophisticated, smart and surreal, this Courtaulds’ fashion show ventures well beyond the confines of the catwalk.

12 mins United Kingdom

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The Automatic Motorist
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The Automatic Motorist 1911

A leisurely drive turns into an out-of-this-world adventure for a newlywed couple and their robot chauffeur.

6 mins United Kingdom

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*Batteries Not Included
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*Batteries Not Included 1987 PG

Doomed tenement residents are saved by the ‘Fix-Its’, small alien spacecraft that repair their battered apartments, in this much-loved family sci-fi.

106 mins USA Director. Matthew Robbins

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La Belle et la Bête
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La Belle et la Bête 1946

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

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Blancanieves 2011 12A

Pablo Berger’s imaginative black-and-white ‘silent’ movie relocates the story of Snow White to 1920s Spain – complete with bullfighting dwarfs

105 mins

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Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit 1945 U

A séance results in a man’s first wife returning from the dead in Noël Coward’s wonderful comedy.

96 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean

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The Boy Who Turned Yellow

The Boy Who Turned Yellow 1972 U

A London schoolboy’s surprise transformation marks the final collaboration of great British director Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

52 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell

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The Chocolate Acrobat

The Chocolate Acrobat 1995

An elderly woman in a care home strikes up a sensual, nostalgic relationship with a young nurse.

37 mins United Kingdom Director. Tessa Sheridan

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A Christmas Carol
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A Christmas Carol 1914

A well-acted early version of Charles Dickens' much loved Christmas story, featuring some impressive ghost sequences.

20 mins United Kingdom

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The Company of Wolves 1984 18

Angela Carter and Neil Jordan's magical, radical take on Little Red Riding Hood.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Neil Jordan

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Dead of Night 1945 PG

A group of guests assembled at a country house swap uncanny and supernatural stories in this classic Ealing chiller from 1945.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer

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Flash Gordon 1980 PG

Sam J. Jones stars as the quintessential comic strip hero, out to save the Earth from Ming the Merciless, in Mike Hodges’ visually ravishing sci-fi.

115 mins Netherlands Director. Mike Hodges

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Franklyn 2008 15

Eva Green, Ryan Phillippe and Sam Riley star in an intricate, ambitious sci-fi drama that follows four parallel realities, each based around characters searching for salvation.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Gerald McMorrow

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The Gloves of Ptames
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The Gloves of Ptames 1914

A mysterious pair of gloves from an ancient Egyptian tomb cause chaos in this silent 'trick' comedy.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Haunters of the Deep

Haunters of the Deep 1984 U

A ghostly boy returns from the grave to warn against reopening 'The Devil's Mine' in this spooky drama.

61 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Bogle

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Hero 1982

In a medieval Scotland where sorcery still reigns, a young knight joins a band of warriors but becomes enmeshed in a power struggle with their leader.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Barney Platts-Mills

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How to Get Ahead in Advertising 1989 15

Richard E. Grant and director Bruce Robinson’s companion piece to Withnail and I is a dark satire about an ad-man who grows a second head.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Bruce Robinson

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Inferno 1980 18

Dario Argento’s baroque, operatic horror follows a student who discovers a powerful witch living in a New York City apartment block.

106 mins Italy Director. Dario Argento

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Lost River 2013 15

Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut is a disturbing, visually experimental fairytale about a single mother drawn into a nightmarish netherworld.

95 mins USA Director. Ryan Gosling

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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 2010 12

Apichatpong's Cannes prizewinner, about an ailing man revisiting his past, is a measured, lyrical evocation of mysterious beauty and quiet humanity

113 mins Director. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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The Machine that Kills Bad People

The Machine that Kills Bad People 1952 PG

Roberto Rossellini's film about a photographer who is given the power to rid the Earth of 'evil-doers'.

85 mins Italy Director. Luciano Emmer, Roberto Rossellini

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The Man from Nowhere

The Man from Nowhere 1976 U

Victorian orphan Alice Harvey - arriving to live at her great uncle's spooky house - is frightened by a mysterious, dark-clad intruder.

59 mins United Kingdom Director. James Hill

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Man without Desire

Man without Desire 1923

A sumptuous silent drama of love, frustrated desire and suspended animation in 18th-century Venice.

79 mins United Kingdom

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The Mistletoe Bough 1904

Discover a haunted gem, the earliest film of the Christmas ghost story The Mistletoe Bough. Guaranteed to spook a whole new generation over a hundred years after its creation. With new music by Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne, commissioned by the BFI.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Percy Stow

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The Monster of Highgate Ponds

The Monster of Highgate Ponds 1961 U

A boy receives a mysterious egg, but when it hatches a baby monster mayhem ensues.

57 mins United Kingdom Director. Alberto Cavalcanti

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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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Orlando
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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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Out of the Darkness

Out of the Darkness 1985 U

A ghostly drama of the Derbyshire plague village of Eyam, as unquiet spirits of the long dead make contact with the living.

68 mins United Kingdom

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The Phantom Light

The Phantom Light 1935 PG

Michael Powell’s gothic mystery of a haunted lighthouse where insanity thrives.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell

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The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea 1979

A starry British cast breathes life into the fairytale favourite by Hans Christian Andersen.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Don Boyd

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Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair
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Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair 1978

An imaginative, experimental and playful look at myth, storytelling and female identity.

78 mins United Kingdom Director. Susan Shapiro, Esther Ronay, Francine Winham

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The Scarecrow
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The Scarecrow 1916

A tramp steals the clothes from a scarecrow, but when he realises two couples are using its pockets to pass messages, he sees an opportunity.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Cecil Birch

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Scrooge 1951 U

Alastair Sim’s best known performance, as Dickens’ notorious curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. Brian Desmond Hurst

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Summer Discord

Summer Discord 1955

A Summer Discord is silent, amateur short film directed by David Gladwell which is set in the countryside and tells the story of a little girl who is reprimanded by her mother.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. David Gladwell

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The Beast 1975 18

An outrageous classic of erotic cinema, Walerian Borowczyk’s playful and subversive fantasy finds a horny heiress courting the ravenous desires of a wild beast.

93 mins France Director. Walerian Borowczyk

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The Tenth Victim
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The Tenth Victim 1965 12

Long before The Hunger Games, Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress battled it out in a televised assassination game, in Elio Petri’s cult sci-fi.

93 mins Italy Director. Elio Petri

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Videodrome
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Videodrome 1983 18

James Woods and Debbie Harry star in David Cronenberg’s mind-melting sci-fi about media domination.

87 mins Canada Director. David Cronenberg

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