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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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La Grande Bouffe
La Grande Bouffe
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La Grande Bouffe

Comedy1973130 minsDirector: Marco Ferreri

Marco Ferreri's provocative and controversial satire about four friends who retreat to a country mansion with the intention of eating themselves to death.

Computer Chess
Computer Chess
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Computer Chess

Comedy201391 minsDirector: Andrew Bujalski

Andrew Bujalski’s hilarious and surreal comedy about the birth of computer culture, set in an early 1980s conference where primitive programmers take on chess masters.

Whisky Galore!
Whisky Galore!
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Whisky Galore!

Comedy194983 minsDirector: Alexander Mackendrick

Ealing's thirstiest comedy: "the longest unsponsored advertisement ever to reach cinema screens"?

Dogtooth
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

Unrelated
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).

Amour Fou
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.

The Gigolos
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'.

Delicatessen
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.

King of Escape
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.

Straight to Hell
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
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
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.

Penny Points to Paradise
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
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
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 Slappiest Days of Our Lives
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
The Master of the House
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The Master of the House

Drama1925107 minsSilentDirector: Carl Th. Dreyer

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

The Machine that Kills Bad People
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 Immigrant
The Immigrant
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The Immigrant

Comedy191724 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

One of Chaplin’s most famous early shorts finds the Little Tramp aboard a ship bound for America, mistakenly accused of being a pickpocket.

Behind the Screen
Behind the Screen
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Behind the Screen

Comedy191624 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

Chaplin sends up the movie business itself, playing a scene-stealing actor, David, in constant conflict with a tyrannical studio boss called Goliath.

The Count
The Count
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The Count

Comedy191624 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

In Charlie Chaplin’s classic short he plays a tailor who impersonates a nobleman at a society ball, only to discover his boss is practicing the same ruse.

Easy Street
Easy Street
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Easy Street

Comedy191726 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

The Little Tramp decides to start anew and train as a police officer; what could possibly go wrong when he’s posted on the beat in ‘Easy Street’.

The Vagabond
The Vagabond
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The Vagabond

Comedy191626 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

One of Chaplin’s most accomplished films for Mutual, in which the Tramp rescues a girl from a band of gypsies only for her to fall for a rival.

The Pawnshop
The Pawnshop
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The Pawnshop

Comedy191626 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

One of the most popular shorts Charlie Chaplin made for Mutual, The Pawnshop features a famous sequence in which he dissects an alarm clock, prefiguring the mechanics-inspired humour of Modern Times.

The Fireman
The Fireman
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The Fireman

Comedy191625 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

In this classic Chaplin short, he comedy great plays a bumbling fireman who gets caught up in an insurance scam.

The Floorwalker
The Floorwalker
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The Floorwalker

Comedy191628 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

Chaplin’s first comedy for Mutual Films features the first film use of an elevator as a source for slapstick.

One A.M.
One A.M.
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One A.M.

Comedy191626 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

One of Chaplin’s most ingenious shorts, this stunning showcase for his solo comic talents sees him playing a drunken man returning home to navigate his apartment.

The Adventurer
The Adventurer
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The Adventurer

Comedy191726 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

In his final film for Mutual, Chaplin plays a convict who escapes from prison only to become an unlikely member of high society.

The Cure
The Cure
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The Cure

Comedy191725 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

In one of his essential shorts for Mutual, Chaplin plays a drunkard who checks into a health spa – with a case full of booze.

The Rink
The Rink
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The Rink

Comedy191625 minsSilentDirector: Charles Chaplin

Formidable physical comedy is the order of the day in this dynamic Chaplin short, in which he plays a waiter running rings around an angry customer.