THE CHAIN

Every film we show is somehow connected to the previous one screened – sort of like
a perpetual double bill.

After each screening the audience votes between three films linked to the one they’ve just watched to decide what we will show in a fortnight's time.

This is the chain so far: 

The Player (Robert Altman, 1992)
Hollywood given the Altman treatment.
Link: Films referenced in The Player
Choices: Bicycle Thieves, Sunset Boulevard, Touch of Evil

& the winner was…

 

Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948)
A father and son trawl post-war Rome in search of a lost bicycle.
Links: Bicycles, fly-posters, family ties
Choices: Breaking Away, Gilda, Paper Moon

& the winner was…

 

Paper Moon (Peter Bogdanovich, 1973)
A father and daughter con their way through Depression-era America.
Link: The Art of The Con
Choices: The Color of Money, The Grifters, House of Games

& the winner was…

 

The Grifters (Stephen Frears, 1990)
Three professional con-artists tear themselves apart as family loyalty goes badly awry
Link: Bad Muthas
Choices: Animal Kingdom, Psycho, White Heat

& the winner was…

 

White Heat (Raoul Walsh, 1949)
Unhinged gangster with mother-complex leads predictably ill-fated heist on chemical plant. 
Link: Psychotic Egos
Choices: Aguirre, Wrath of God, Sweet Smell of Success, Throne of Blood

 & the winner was… 

 

Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick, 1957)
Press agent and Broadway columnist sweat it out in seedy 1950s New York
Link: New York-set films directed by Brits
Choices: Midnight Cowboy, Saturday Night Fever, Shame

 & the winner was… 

 

Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger, 1969)
Country-boy with dreams of making it as a hustler moves to the Big Apple
Link: Odd Couples
Choices: Harold and Maude, Midnight Run, The Odd Couple

 & the winner was… 

  

Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971)
Troubled teenager begins touching relationship with a lively septuagenarian
Link: Commercial Flops
Choices: King of Comedy, Night of the Hunter, Peeping Tom 

 & the winner was… 

  

The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, 1983)
Would-be comedian becomes obsessed with talk-show host.
Link: TV Fame
Choices: To Die For, Tootsie, The Truman Show

 & the winner was… 

 

Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982)
Dustin Hoffman is Michael Dorsey is Dorothy Michaels
Link: Transformation
Choices: La Belle et La Bette, Orlando, Zelig

 & the winner was… 

 

Zelig (Woody Allen, 1983)
Human chameleon just wants to be loved.
Link: Freaks
Choices: The Elephant Man, The Enigma of Kaspa Hauser, Freaks

 & the winner was… 

 

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Werner Herzog, 1974)
Feral man introduced to 19th Century German society
Link: Untrained actors
Choices: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fish Tank, Pickpocket 

 & the winner was… 

 

Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959)
Light-fingered existential angst.
Link: Übermensches
Choices: Naked, Rope, Taxi Driver

& the winner was... 

 

Rope (Alfred Hitchcock, 1948)
Murder as an intellectual exercise. 
Link: Adaptations from plays.
Choices: Glengarry Glen Ross, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Taste of Honey

& the winner was... 

 

Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley, 1982)
Always. Be. Closing. 
Link: Sweaty desperation.
Choices: Fargo, The Long Good Friday, The Maltese Falcon

 & the winner was...

 

The Long Good Friday (John Mackenzie, 1980)
'Ands Across The Ocean!
Link: The Special Relationship.
Choices: An American Werewolf in London, Local Hero, A Matter of Life and Death

 & the winner was...

 

Local Hero (Bill Foysyth, 1983)
US oil tycoon sets sights Scottish beach
Link: Strangers in a Strange (Scot)Land
Choices: Brigadoon, I Know Where I'm Going!, The Wicker Man 

 & the winner was...

 

Brigadoon (Vincente Minnelli, 1954)
American tourists stumble across miraculous highland village
Link: Fantasy Worlds
Choices: Alice, Being John Malkovich, Heavenly Creatures

& the winner was...

 

Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1992)
Vivid adolescent fantasy gets out of hand
Link: Fatal Friendships
Choices: Badlands, Dog Day Afternoon, Prick Up Your Ears

& the winner was...

 

Prick Up Your Ears (Stephen Frears, 1987)
The brilliant life and brutal death of British playwrite, Joe Orton
Link: Dramatist, dramatize Thyself!
Choices: Barton Fink, Bullets Over Broadway, In A Lonely Place

& the winner was...

 

In A Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950)
Hollywood Hack Linked To Hatcheck Girl Murder!
Link: Them Next Door
Choices: 10 Rillington Place, Arlington Road, Rosemary's Baby

& the winner was...

 

10 Rillington Place (Richard Fleischer, 1971)
True-life story of serial killer John Christie
Link: Capital Punishment
Choices: Capote, M, Paths of Glory

& the winner was...

 

Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick, 1957)
Glory-seeking general sends troops on an impossible mission
Link: The Great War
Choices: The African Queen, La Grande Illusion, The Shooting Party 

 & the winner was...

 

The Shooting Party (Alan Bridges, 1985)
The calm before the storm
Link: Weekends
Choices: Lift to the Scaffold, Lost Weekend, Stardust Memories

 & the winner was...

 

Lift to the Scaffold (Louis Malle, 1958)
Miles Davis-scored French Noir
Link: Slumming Soundtrackers
Choices: Night on Earth, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, The Virgin Suicides

 & the winner was...

 

Night On Earth (Jim Jarmusch,1991)
"TAXI!"
Link: It Happened One Night
Choices: After Hours, American Graffiti, Night of the Living Dead

& the winner was...

 

American Graffiti (George Lucas, 1973)
Summer's here and the time is right / we're going racing in the streets
Link: Let Us Put Away Childish Things
Choices: 400 Blows, Blue Velvet, Wish You Were Here

& the winner was...

 

400 Blows (Francois Truffaut, 1959)
Why you little...
Link: They Fuck You Up
Choices: Back to the Future, Capturing the Friedmans, Kind Hearts and Coronets

& the winner was...

 

Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki, 2003)
Homemovie Hell
Link: All This Filming Isn't Healthy
Choices: Autofocus, Peeping Tom, Sex, Lies and Videotape

& the winner was...

 

Peeping Tom (Michael Powell, 1960)
Have camera will kill...
Link: Here Comes The Sixties!
Choices: A Hard Day's Night, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, The Servant

& the winner was...

 

The Servant (Joseph Losey, 1963)
Class War Gets Sexy
Link: YOU'VE RUINED ME!!!
Choices: The Blue Angel, The Last Seduction, Throne of Blood

& the winner was...

 

The Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg, 1931)
Elderly professor loses all dignity for cabaret star
Link: Nightclubbin'
Choices: Cabaret, Le Samourai, Some Like It Hot

& the winner was...

 

Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972)
Berlin dances on the brink
Link: Post-War Berlin
Choices: Goodbye, Lenin!, One, Two, Three, Wings of Desire

& the winner was...

 

Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders, 1981)
Angels watching over West Berlin
Link: Angels
Choices: All That Jazz, Heaven Can Wait, A Matter of Life and Death

& the winner was...

 

All That Jazz (Bob Fosse, 1979)
It's Show-Time!
Link: Directors & Their Semi-Autobiographical Films
Choices: Bad Education, Long Day Closes, Mean Streets

& the winner was...

 

Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese, 1973)
"Jap adapters?"
Link: Low-Level Mobsters
Choices: Altlantic City, Donnie Brasco, The Friends of Eddie Coyle

& the winner was...

 

Atlantic City (Louise Malle, 1980)
Never-was has-been makes last grab for glory!
Link: One Last Roll of the Dice
Choices: The Color of Money, The Shootist, Sunset Blvd

& the winner was...

 

The Shootist (Don Siegal, 1976)
Aging legend just wants to die with dignity
Link: When They Were Young...
Choices: The Big Sleep, Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Stagecoach

& the winner was...

 

The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)
"The Picture They Were Born For!"
Link: Dicks in Flicks
Choices: Chinatown, The Long Goodbye, Vertigo

& the winner was...

 

Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
"Forget it, Jake..."
Link: H20
Choices: Jean de Florette, The Man Who Fell To Earth, The Swimmer

& the winner was...

 

The Swimmer (Frank Perry/ Sydney Pollack, 1968)
Middle-aged suburbanite swims home via the pools of his neighbours
Link: Truth & Lies
Choices: 12 Angry Men, Citizen Kane, Rashomon

& the winner was...

 

Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950)
What happened here, then?
Link: Mysteries!
Choices: Les Diaboliques, The Third Man, The Vanishing

 & the winner was...

 

The Vanishing (George Sluizer, 1988)
An inexplicable disappearance leads to years of searching
Link: Obsessions
Choices: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Conversation, Pi

 & the winner was...

 

The Conversation (Francis Ford Copolla, 1974)
Surveillance expert suffers crisis of conscience
Link: Big Brother Is Watching You
Choices: 1984, All the President's Men, The Lives of Others

 & the winner was...

 

The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
Surveillance expert suffers crisis of conscience
Link: Cold War Allegories
Choices: High Noon, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, On the Waterfront

 & the winner was...

 

On The Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954)
Union corruption & sibling rivalry
Link: Brothers
Choices: The King of Marvin Gardens, Meantime, Raging Bull

 & the winner was...

 

The King of Marvin Gardens (Bob Rafelson, 1972)
Two brothers try to get rich quick in Atlantic City
Link: Ill-fated business ventures
Choices: McCabe & Mrs Miller, The Producers, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 & the winner was...

 

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948)
American desperados go a-prospectin'
Link: GOLD!
Choices: Aguirre, Wrath of God, The Gold Rush, The Lavender Hill Mob

 & the winner was...

 

Aguirre, Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972)
Oh, El Doraaaaaaado?
Link: Messing About on the River
Choices: L'Atalante, The Night of the Hunter, Young Adam

 & the winner was...

 

Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)
Evil preacher terrorises family
Link: Southern Gothic
Choices: The Beguiled, Southern Comfort, A Streetcar Named Desire

 & the winner was...

 

A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan, 1951)
Ageing Southern Belle is tormented into madness by brutish brother-in-law
Link: Pyschosexual Breakdowns
Choices: Black Narcissus, Death in Venice, Repulsion

 & the winner was...

 

Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965)
Horrors of the past haunt introverted loner
Link: English-Speaking Débuts of European Directors
Choices: Pretty Baby, Taking Off, Sunrise

 & the winner was...

 

Taking Off (Milos Forman, 1971)
Middle-class suburbanites lose daughter to Greenwich Village long-hairs
Link: Hollywood's Take on the Counter-Culture
Choices: Bonnie & Clyde, Dark Star, M*A*S*H

 & the winner was...

 

Dark Star (John Carpenter, 1974)
We're, like, far out, man
Link: Rough Diamond Débuts
Choices: Blood Simple, Targets, Who's That Knocking At My Door?

 & the winner was...

 

 Blood Simple (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1984)
D.I.V.O.R.C.E, neo-noir style...  
Link: Unhappily Marrieds
Choices: The Awful Truth, Les Diaboliques, Husbands & Wives

& the winner was...

 

Les Diaboliques (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955)
D.I.V.O.R.C.E. a la film noir... 
Link: Private Schools
Choices: If..., Rushmore, Suspiria

& the winner was...

 

Rushmore (Wes Anderson, 1998)
The kid's a trier... 
Link: Child Prodigies/ Precocious Brats
Choices: The Innocents, Leon, Spellbound

& the winner was...

 

Leon (Luc Besson, 1994)
Professional killer-cum-amateur child-minder
Link: Assassins
Choices: The Conformist, The Day of the Jackal, Le Samouraï

& the winner was...

 

The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970)
Upper-class prof becomes fascist stooge
Link: Exploited by Fascism
Choices: The Counterfeiters, Mephisto, The Remains of the Day

& the winner was...

 

The Counterfeiters (Stefan Ruzowtzki, 2007)
Nazi's plan to forge the British Pound
Link: Based on a non-fiction book
Choices: All The President's Men, The French Connection, Moneyball

& the winner was...

 

All the President's Men (Alan J Pakula, 1976)
Forget it, Carl, it's Watergate!
Link: I'm gonna get the papers, get the papers
Choices: Ace in the Hole, Citizen Kane, His Girl Friday

& the winner was...

 

Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder, 1951)
WASHED-UP HACK IN SHAM STORY SHOCK!
Link: Wilder!
Choices: The Lost Weekend, One, Two, Three!, Some Like it Hot, Sunset Blvd. 

& the winner was...

 

One, Two, Three (Billy Wilder, 1961)
Teenage daughter of US industrialist falls for German card-carrying Commie
Link: Is She Really Going Out With Him?
Choices: Badlands, La Belle et la Bête, The Purple Rose of Cairo

& the winner was...

 

Badlands (Terrence Malick, 1973)
I saw her standin' / on her front lawn
Link: Stone-Cold Classic Debuts
Choices: A Bout de Souffle, The Maltese Falcon, This Is Spinal Tap 

& the winner was...

 

The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941)
The stuff dreams are made of...
Link: Some Other Stuff
Choices: Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Red Shoes, Winchester '73 

& the winner was...

 

The Red Shoes (Powell & Pressburger, 1948)
Put on your red shoes and dance the blues...
Link: Quiet: Genius at Work!
Choices: The Rebel, Sweet and Lowdown, Wonder Boys 

& the winner was...

 

Sweet and Lowdown (Woody Allen, 1999)
The life & loves of a jazz guitarist
Link: Woody!
Choices: Bullets Over Broadway, Husbands & Wives, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Stardust Memories 

& the winner was...

 

Husbands & Wives (  Woody Allen  , 1992)
The end of a beautiful relationship
Link: Blood On The Reels
Choices: Lady from Shanghai, Shampoo, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

& the winner was...

 

Lady From Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1947)
Pulp B-Movie Noir Welles-style!
Link: We're going to need a bigger yacht...
Choices: All Is Lost, The Knife in  the Water, Plein Soleil

& the winner was...

 

Plein Soleil (René Clément, France, 1960)
Talented Monsieur Rippley
Link: Identity Theft
Choices: Gattaca, Heaven Can Wait, The Passenger

& the winner was...

 

The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1975)
Jaded war correspondent trades in one life for another
Link: Rip it up & start again
Choices: Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More, The Lavender Hill Mob, Stroszek 

& the winner was...

 

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (Martin Scorsese, 1974)
Widowed Waitress's Lust for Fame!
Link: Sons & Mothers
Choices: Animal Kingdom, Mamma Roma, Le Souffle au Coeur

& the winner was...

 

Animal Kingdom (David Michôd, Australia, 2010) 
GoodCobbas
Link: Tugs o' War
Choices: His Girl Friday, The Lost Weekend, Sexy Beast

& the winner was...

 

Sexy Beast (Jonathan Glazer, UK, 2000) 
Rude awakenings on the Costa del Crime
Link: One. Last. Job.
Choices: The Killing, Rififi, The Unforgiven

& the winner was...

 

The Killing (Stanley Kubrick, US, 1955) 
A fail-safe racetrack heist. Hubris-ahoy! 
Link: Non-linear narratives
Choices: Bad Timing, The Mirror, Two for the Road

& the winner was...

 

Two For The Road (Stanley Donen, UK, 1967)
A marriage remembered via motoring holidays in France
Link: On The Road!
Choices: The Last Detail, Sullivan's Travels, Wild Strawberries

& the winner was...

 

Sullivan's Travels (Preston Sturges, US, 1941)
Hollywood director goes slummin' 
Link: Hollywood on Hollywood
Choices: The Bad & the Beautiful, Barton Fink, Sunset Blvd.

& the winner was...

 

Sunset Blvd. (Billy Wilder, US, 1950)
Faded star on the comeback trail
Link: Do call it a comeback!
Choices: The Color of Money, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, Wonder Boys

& the winner was...

 

Wonder Boys (Curtis Hanson, US, 2000)
That difficult second novel... 
Link: BOB!
Choices: Don't Look Back, I'm Not There, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

& the winner was...

 

I'm Not There (Todd Haynes, US, 2007)
That thin wild mercury film
Link: It's a biopic, Jim, but not as we know it
Choices: 32 Short Films about Glenn Gould, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Of Time & the City

& the winner was...

 

Of Time and the City (Terence Davies, UK, 2008)
"We are being gathered in at gloaming..."
Link: Tel!
Choices: The Deep Blue Sea, The House of Mirth, The Long Day Closes

& the winner was...

 

The House of Mirth (Terence Davies, UK, 2000)
How do you solve a problem like Lily?
Link: Unconventional Wisdom
Choices: Frances Ha, Mahanagar, A Taste of Honey

& the winner was...

 

Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach, US, 2012)
"Undatable".
Link: Directors & their muses
Choices: Gloria, Manhattan, Raging Bull

& the winner was...

 

Gloria (John Cassavetes, US, 1980)
On the lam in NYC
Link: Reluctant Guardians
Choices: Bringing Up Baby, The Last Detail, The Steel Helmet

& the winner was...

 

The Steel Helmet (Sam Fuller, US, 1951)
Hey! This Buddhist temple looks like a good place to hide...
Link: UNDER SIEGE!!!
Choices: Assault on Precinct 13, The Birds, Night of the Living Dead

& the winner was...

 

Assault on Precinct 13 (John Carpenter, US, 1976)
Street-gang declares WAR!
Link: Street Fightin' Gangs
Choices: The Firm, Los Olvidados, The Warriors, 

& the winner was...

 

Los Olvidados (The Forgotten Ones) (Luis Buñuel, Mexico, 1950)
It's hard to be a saint in the city...
Link: Role-models
Choices: The Last Picture Show, Meantime, Rebel Without a Cause

& the winner was...

 

Meantime (Mike Leigh, UK, 1984)
It's hard to be a saint in the city...
Link: Made-for-TV
Choices: Duel, The Last Seduction, The Naked Civil Servant

& the winner was...

 

The Last Seduction (John Dahl, USA, 1994)
She's a femme fatale...
Link: Here they come...
Choices: Double Indemnity, The Killers, Out of the Past

& the winner was...

 

Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, USA, 1944)
Murder she said!
Link: No more Mr. Nice Guy/Gal
Choices: Fight Club, M, Rear Window

& the winner was...

 

M (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1931)
Unsolved child murders cause civil disquiet in Weimar Berlin.
Link: Something Rotten in the state of Denmark...
Choices: Do The Right Thing, The Masque of the Red Death, The White Ribbon

& the winner was...

 

The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, Germany, 2009)
An old man recalls a series of unexplained events from his past
Link: ...They do things differently there
Choices: The Go-Between, The Mirror, Wild Strawberries

& the winner was...

 

The Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, Russia, 1975)
An old man recalls a series of unexplained events from his past
Link: Dream dream dream...
Choices: Billy Liar, Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Spellbound

& the winner was...

 

Billy Liar (John Schlesinger, UK, 1963)
"But do you think you've made the right decision this time?"
Link: British New Wave
Choices: Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, A Taste of Honey, This Sporting Life

& the winner was...

 

A Taste of Honey (Tony Richardson, UK, 1961)
"The dream has gone but the baby is real..."
Link: Some girls' mothers are bigger than other girls' mothers...
Choices: Autumn Sonata, Grey Gardens, Imitation of Life

& the winner was...

 

Grey Gardens (Maysles Brothers, USA, 1975)
Eccentric mother & daughter documented
Link: More eccentrics documented
Choices: Crumb, The Grizzly Man, The Jazz Baroness

& the winner was...

 

The Jazz Baroness (Hannah Rothschild, UK, 2009)
British heiress's love for High Priest of Bebop, Thelonious Monk
Link: JAZZ!
Choices: All Night Long, Round Midnight, Young Man With A Horn

& the winner was...

 

Young Man With A Horn (Michael Curtiz, USA, 1950)
Kirk blows hard.
Link: KIRK!
Choices: The Bad and The Beautiful, Lonely are The Brave, Seven Days in May

& the winner was...

 

Seven Days in May (John Frankenheimer, USA, 1964)
Cold War hots up
Link: Nukes
Choices: Dr Strangelove, Hiroshima Mon Amour, When the Wind Blows 

& the winner was...

 

Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais, France, 1959)
Love after the bomb
Link: Ships in the Night...
Choices: Before Sunrise, Roman Holiday, Shakespeare Wallah

& the winner was...

 

Shakespeare Wallah (James Ivory, UK, 1965)
A family of actors tour India to dwindling returns
Link: Shakey!
Choices: The Dresser, Theatre of Blood, To Be Or Not To Be

& the winner was...

 

To Be Or Not To Be (Ernst Lubitsch, USA, 1942)
A troupe of Polish actors  struggle against the Nazis
Link: German Emigres
Choices: The Heiress, The Killers, Scarlet Street

& the winner was...

 

The Heiress (William Wyler, USA, 1949)
A spot of the ol' melodram' down Washington Square way...
Link: Old New York
Choices: The Age of Innocence, Hester Street, Park Row

& the winner was...

 

Hester Street (Joan Micklin Silver, USA, 1975)
An everday tale of Jewish immigrant folk...
Link: Coming to America
Choices:  Stranger Than Paradise, Stroszek, The Visitor

& the winner was...

 

The Visitor (Tom McCarthy, USA, 2007)
Lonely widowed professor finds new friends
Link: Widowers
Choices:  Late Spring, Rebecca, Wild Strawberries

& the winner was...

 

Late Spring (Yasujirō Ozu, Japan, 1949)
Widower attempts to marry off his only daughter
Link: Tokyo!
Choices: Akira, Godzilla, Stray Dog

& the winner was...

 

Stray Dog (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1949)
A cop loses his gun in post-War Tokyo
Link: Heatwave!
Choices: Do The Right Thing, Dog Day Afternoon, Rear Window

& the winner was...

 

Do The Right Thing (Spike Lee,  US, 1989)
Race relations reach boiling point
Link: Race Relations
Choices: Chocolat, The Landlord, Sapphire

& the winner was...

 

Sapphire (Basil Dearden,  UK, 1959)
Hampstead Heath Whodunnit?
Link: North London
Choices: Amy, High Hopes, The Ladykillers

& the winner was...

 

High Hopes (Mike Leigh,  UK, 1988)
"I'll put a tie on the day they machine gun the royal family"
Link: Class Clashes
Choices: Blue Collar, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover ,The Rules of the Game

& the winner was...

 

The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir,  France, 1939)
Les Upstairs et les Downstairs
Link: Inauspicious Receptions
Choices: Bringing Up Baby, Citizen Kane, Vertigo

& the winner was...

 

Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks,  USA, 1939)
Mild-mannered palaeontologist WLTA free-spirited heiress (pref no pets)
Link: Neo-SCREWBALL!
Choices: Flirting with Disaster, Raising Arizona, What's Up Doc? 

& the winner was...

 

What's Up, Doc? (Peter Bogdanovich,  USA, 1971)
Mild-mannered palaeontologist WLTA free-spirited heiress (pref no pets)
Link: Homages
Choices: L'Appartament, Far From Heaven, Stardust Memories 

& the winner was...

 

L’Appartement (Gilles Momouni, France, 1996)
An old flame sparks off new obsessions
Link: Old Flames
Choices: Casablanca, The Hired Hand, Paris, Texas 

& the winner was...

 

Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, USA, 1984)
An amnesiac drifter returns to the world
Link: Texas!
Choices: Days of Heaven, Hud, Lone Star 

& the winner was...

 

Lone Star (John Sayles, USA, 1996)
Small town sheriff uncovers dark family secret
Link: Family Secrets
Choices: Festen, Ida, Secrets and Lies

& the winner was...

 

Festen (Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark, 1998)
A family celebration goes awry
Link: P.A.R.T.Y.
Choices: The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The Masque of the Red Death, Grosse Pointe Blank

& the winner was...

 

The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel, France, 1972)
Surrealism scuppers supper
Link: Surrealism-A-Go-Go
Choices: Mulholland Drive, Orphée, Possession 

& the winner was...

 

Possession (Andrzej Żuławski, France-Germany, 1981)
Surrealism scuppers marriage
Link: BANNED IN THE UK!
Choices: Freaks, Panic in Needle Park, Shock Corridor

& the winner was...

 

Shock Corridor (Sam Fuller, USA, 1963)
Reporter Goes Undercover For Pulitzer Glory!
Link: You Don't Need To Be Mad To Work Here But...
Choices: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Spellbound, Titicut Follies 

& the winner was... 

 

Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1945)
When they met...it was moidor. (And psychiatry.)
Link: What's My Name?
Choices: Desperately Seeking Susan, Mr Arkadin, The Man Without a Past

& the winner was... 

 

The Man Without a Past (Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, 2002)
Life on the Edge (of Helsinki)
Link: Finland, Finland, Finland! 
Choices: White Reindeer, Steam of Life, The Worthless

& the winner was... 

 

The White Reindeer (Erik Blomberg, Finland, 1952)
Fifties Finnish Hoofy Horror
Link: Fairy Stories
Choices: La Belle et la Bête, Company of Wolves, Prince Achmed

& the winner was... 

 

La Belle et la Bête (Jean Cocteau, France, 1946)
La Beauty and La Beast!
Link: Punching Above One's Weight
Choices: Bedazzled, Cyrano de Bergerac, Gregory's Girl  

& the winner was... 

 

Gregory's Girl  (Bill Forsyth, UK, 1981)
Laddie luvs Lassie
Link: Teenage Angst
Choices: Ghost World, The Last Picture Show, Rebel Without a Cause

& the winner was... 

 

The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich, USA, 1971)
Cold, Cold Hearts in Small Town, Texas
Link: 50's Small Towns, USA
Choices: Bad Day at Black Rock, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Long Hot Summer

& the winner was... 

 

The Long, Hot Summer (Martin Ritt, USA, 1958)
Drifter smoulders in Small Town, USA
Link: Amalgamations
Choices: Jesus' Son, Mishima, Tales of Hoffmann

& the winner was... 

 

Jesus' Son (Alison Maclean, USA, 1999)
Coz when the smack begins to flow...
Link: Too Much Junky Business
Choices: Drugstore Cowboy, The Man With The Golden Arm, The Panic In Needle Park

& the winner was... 

 

The Panic In Needle Park (Jerry Schatzberg, USA, 1971)
...I really don't care anymore.
Link: You Can Call Him Al
Choices: Dog Day Afternoon, Scarecrow, Serpico

& the winner was...

 

Serpico (Sidney Lumet, USA, 1973)
Al goes deep undercover
Link: Corruption
Choices: Blue Collar, Death in Venice, Mephisto

& the winner was...

 

Mephisto (István Szabó, Hungary, 1981)
Actor sells soul to the Nazis for fame, fame fatal fame
Link: Hey Diddly Dee / An Actor's Life For Me!
Choices: All About Eve, Floating Weeds, Persona 

& the winner was...

 

 Persona  (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1966)
Nurse cares for mute actress; does enough talking for both of them.
Link: Personality Crisis!
Choices: 3 Women, Mulholland Drive, Performance 

& the winner was...

 

3 Women (Robert Altman, USA, 1977)
Strange pair of physical therapists begin even stranger relationship
Link: Outside The Canon
Choices: Mr Arkadin, Saint Jack, Small Back Room 

& the winner was...

 

Saint Jack (Peter Bogdanovich, USA, 1979)
Ex-pat pimp dreams big
Link: Ex-pat!
Choices: Casablanca, The Heart of the Matter, Wages of Fear

& the winner was...

 

The Heart of the Matter (George More O'Ferrall, UK, 1953)
Catholic copper wracked with guilt over affair
Link: Greeneland!
Choices: The Fallen Idol, This Gun for Hire, Ministry of Fear

& the winner was...

 

Ministry of Fear (Fritz Lang, USA, 1944)
Wrong man fingered by Nazis
Link: Kafkaesque!
Choices: Brazil, Seconds, The Trial

& the winner was...

 

The Trial (Orson Welles, France/West Germany/Italy, 1962)
Orson does Franz
Link: Orson!
Choices: Chimes at Midnight, F for Fake, The Magnificent Ambersons

& the winner was...

 

Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles, Spain/Switzerland, 1965)
 Wellesy does Shaky
Link: Shaky!
Choices: King Lear, Macbeth, Prospero's Books

& the winner was...

 

Prospero's Books (Peter Greenaway, UK, 1991)
 Arthouse Tempest. May contain nuts.
Link: "Now our revels all are ended..."
Choices: Gosford Park, The Masque of the Red Death, The Music Room

& the winner was...

 

Jalsaghar (The Music Room) (Satyajit Ray, India, 1958)
 Ageing aristro hosts party
Link: Music Lovers
Choices: 24 Hour Party People, The Phantom of the Opera, Saturday Night Fever

& the winner was...

 

24 Hour Party People (Michael Winterbottom, UK, 2002)
 Pills, Thrills & Unsustainable Business Models
Link: "Manchester, so much to answer for..."
Choices: Hell Is A City, Hobson's Choice, Raining Stones

& the winner was...

Raining Stones (Ken Loach, UK, 1993)
 Some girls’ dresses are more expensive than other girls’ dresses
Link: “I was looking for a job / and then I found a job…”
Choices: Days of Heaven, Grapes of Wrath, Stroszek

& the winner was...

Stroszek (Werner Herzog, Germany, 1977)
 Coming to … Wisconsin?
Link: Motley Crews
Choices: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, A Canterbury Tale, The Misfits

 & the winner was…

The Misfits (John Huston, USA, 1961)
 Swansongs A-Go-Go
Link: More Swansongs
Choices: 1984, Autumn Sonata, The Harder They Fall

 & the winner was…

Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1978)
 Mother & Daughter Reunion
Link: Pianists
Choices: The Beat That My Heart Skipped, The Piano Teacher, Thirty-Two Short Films About Glen Gould

 & the winner was…

The Beat That My Heart Skipped (Jacques Audiard, France, 2005)
 Charismatic young thug just wants to tickle the ivories
Link: Crime vs Respectability
Choices: Ashes & Diamonds, The Harder They Come, Who’s That Knocking At My Door?

 & the winner was…

TBD