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L'Âge d'Or
D: Luis Buñuel (1930) 60m


A bizarre surrealist film with a vaguely identifiable plotline about a couple who have their attempts at consummation thwarted by society at every turn. When screened in Paris the fascists threw purple ink at the Studio 28 cinema screen and destroyed artwork. The first legal screenings of the film in the US took place in 1979.





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King Kong
D: Merian C Cooper (1933) 100m


Film crew sets off to jungle to make a movie about a giant ape that is worshipped by local natives. The natives swipe the female lead and offer her up to Kong - who is instantly fascinated by her endless screaming. The movie climaxes on top of the Empire State Building with Fay Wray still screaming. Classic FX monster mash.





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The Wizard Of Oz
D: Victor Fleming (1939) 101m


Legendary fantasy musical featuring a young Judy Garland singing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'. A tornado sweeps Dorothy away from black&white Kansas to the all-colour Land of Oz. She's off to see the wizard - and meets a Cowardly Lion, a heartless Tin Man and a brainless Scarecrow on the way. A wicked witch as well.





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The Thief Of Bagdad
D: Korda & Powell [et al] (1940) 106m


A somewhat troubled production didn't stop this film from becoming an all-time fantasy classic. An outcast prince befriends the best thief in Bagdad and together they outwit the evil grand vizier. Along the way there is all the classic Arabian Nights elements like flying carpets, a genie and - of course - a beautiful princess.





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It's a Wonderful Life
D: Frank Capra (1946) 132m


A very special film that continues to grow in stature. James Stewart plays a frustrated businessman who has thoughts of suicide on Christmas Eve. An angel shows him what the world would have been like had he never lived. Obviously influenced by director Frank Capra's experiences cataloguing World War II on film.





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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
D: R Fleischer (1954) 127m


Wonderful Disney version of the Jules Verne novel. James Mason, Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorre star - as Capt Nemo tries to bring peace to the world by sinking military shipping with his high-tech submarine Nautilus. The giant squid scene is worth the price of admission alone. Also has pretty decent sci-fi credentials.





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The Seventh Seal
D: Ingmar Bergman (1956) 96m


Oft-parodied arthouse film in which a knight returning from the Crusades in the midst of a plague stakes his life on a chess game with Death. Director Bergman's allegorical tale is justifiably famous, although it may move a little slowly for some. Still, a landmark film and a must-see for anyone serious about their fantasy.





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The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad
D: Nathan Juran (1958) 88m


A landmark in the history of fantasy filmmaking, 7th Voyage is the first and by far the best of the Sinbad movies. When princess is shrunken by an evil magician, the hero assembles a motley crew and undertakes a dangerous quest to cure her. SFX wizard Ray Harryhausen's Dynamation is the real star. Aging well.


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