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Looking for a different kind of comedy? Take in these mirthly pleasures; left-field laughs from outside the comedy canon.

Humour is subjective, so they say, and the films here might not top your typical rib-ticklers’ league tables. But for our money these are amusements supreme; comedy at its most subtle, sophisticated and surreal.

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Dogtooth
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Dogtooth

Drama200993 minsDirector: Yorgos Lanthimos

Yorgos Lanthimos' scary, witty tale of a dysfunctional Greek family is original, ingenious and sadly relevant as a study of parent-child relationships

Amour Fou
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Amour Fou

Period drama201492 minsDirector: Jessica Hausner

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

Unrelated
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Unrelated

Drama200796 minsDirector: Joanna Hogg

On a Tuscan break a fortysomething woman finds herself drawn to the company of a group of partying teens, including a young Tom Hiddleston (in one of his earliest roles).

The Gigolos
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The Gigolos

Comedy200794 minsDirector: Richard Bracewell

A highly original comedy following a pair of professional male escorts and their interactions with their lonely, over-50s 'regulars'.

King of Escape
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King of Escape

Comedy200990 minsDirector: Alain Guiraudie

A film about tractors, aphrodisiacs and forbidden love from Alain Guiraudie, the Cannes award-winning director of Stranger by the Lake.

Delicatessen
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Delicatessen

Comedy1990100 minsDirector: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Jeunet and Caro's endlessly inventive and wildly enjoyable post-apocalyptic black comedy, about a sinister butcher and the circus clown who becomes his nemesis.

Penny Points to Paradise
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Penny Points to Paradise

Comedy195172 minsDirector: Tony Young

The first screen outing for Goon Show stars Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe in a cheerful comic escapade set in Brighton.

Let's Go Crazy
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Let's Go Crazy

Comedy195133 minsDirector: Alan J. Cullimore

Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan shine in a series of sketches and multiple roles, in this madcap mixture of music-hall and anarchic comedy.

Fun at St. Fanny's
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Fun at St. Fanny's

Comedy195580 minsDirector: Maurice Elvey

Ronnie Corbett features in this quick-fire vintage classroom caper, featuring enough old jokes to fill a Christmas cracker factory.

The Machine that Kills Bad People
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The Machine that Kills Bad People

Comedy195284 minsDirector: Roberto Rossellini

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

The Slappiest Days of Our Lives
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The Slappiest Days of Our Lives

Comedy195373 minsDirector: Claude Accursi

A young Peter Sellers voices this compilation film of silent slapstick footage, featuring Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Laurel and Hardy.

The Master of the House
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The Master of the House

Drama1925107 minsDirector: Carl Th. Dreyer

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s richly detailed tragicomedy of domestic manners is by turns funny, intensely emotional and deeply affecting.

Straight to Hell
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Straight to Hell

Comedy198786 minsDirector: Alex Cox

Alex Cox’s anarchic homage to the spaghetti western, with arguably cinema’s wildest cast: Dennis Hopper, Joe Strummer, Courtney Love, Grace Jones and Shane MacGowan.

The Falls
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The Falls

Animation & Artists Moving Image1980195 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway's epic first feature, constructed as an excerpt from an imagined, filmic directory listing everyone affected by VUE – the Violent Unknown Event

La Règle du jeu
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La Règle du jeu

Drama1939102 minsDirector: Jean Renoir

Renoir's depiction of an intransigent society teetering towards disaster was derided upon release and only later acclaimed as one of cinema’s most vital films.