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Kenneth Branagh

The actor and filmmaker known for Murder on the Orient Express, Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing picks Circus Of Horrors, Dead Of Night and Stardust.

With a lamentable absence of female Directors, this is a really fine film collection featuring some undisputed classics and many neglected gems. There are masterworks from Reed, Roeg, Cox, Loach and Schlesinger, that richly repay with each revisit. For those who have yet to discover them, I particularly relish and recommend the gothic shrillness of Circus of Horrors, the real dread in Dead of Night, and Michael Apted’s popular 70s classic, Stardust. Fascinating films with the darkness and the sunshine of some rare cinematic imaginations.


Recommended Titles

Charles Crichton, Alberto Cavalcanti, Basil Dearden & Robert Hamer1945
Sidney Hayers1960
Michael Apted1974