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Cult films, the odd, the strange, the classics and the undiscovered. I'll start with this Russian gem,

Amphibian Man

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphibian_Man_(film)

<Amphibian Man (Russian: Человек-амфибия, translit. Chelovek-amfibiya) is a 1962 Soviet science fiction romance film starring Vladimir Korenev and directed by Vladimir Chebotaryov and Gennadi Kazansky. The film stars Vladimir Korenev and Anastasiya Vertinskaya in the lead roles.

It is an almost fable-like story based upon the eponymous novel by Alexander Beliaev. It focuses on a youth named Ichthyander (Russian: Ихтиандр, Ichtiandr) (from Greek: fish+man) who was surgically altered to survive under the sea. Unlike traditional science fiction movies of the time the film focuses much more on the concept of love won and lost. It was given the name of Tarzan des Mers before the estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs took exception. >

 

excellent print!

 

 

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If you’re going to get all soviet on our asses we can’t leave out Tarkovsky. I can’t find a link to this new print of Stalker - I haven’t seen it for years and would love to see it again. 
its based on the Strugatsky brothers’ brilliant novel Roadside Picnic.

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Here's another Night Tide, one of Dennis Hopper's first film roles.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Tide

 

<Johnny Drake (Dennis Hopper), a sailor on shore leave in San Diego, meets a young woman named Mora (Linda Lawson) in a local jazz club. Mora tells him that she makes her living appearing as a mermaid in a sideshow attraction on the boardwalk, operated by Captain Murdock (Gavin Muir). She lives in an apartment above the amusement park that houses the merry-go-round. Johnny becomes acquainted with the merry-go-round operator and his daughter, who warns Johnny that Mora may be dangerous, as her two previous boyfriends both drowned under mysterious circumstances. >

 

Film has an intriguing back story as well concerning the strange real life of Marjorie Cameron

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjorie_Cameron

 

 

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Marwencol

http://marwencol.com/

< On April 8, 2000, a vicious attack stole Mark Hogancamp's memories and left him near death. Unable to afford therapy, he sought refuge in Marwencol, a 1:6th-scale World War II-era town that he built in his backyard. Welcome to the world of Marwencol. >

 

Steve Carroll's Welcome to Marwen is based on this story

 

you can stream Marwencol for free via your local library

https://www.kanopy.com/product/marwencol

 

 

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A Matter of Life and Death, an absolute classic from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

available from SBS On Demand

https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1636452419885/a-matter-of-life-and-death

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Matter_of_Life_and_Death_(film)

 

<A Matter of Life and Death is a 1946 British fantasy-romance film set in England during the Second World War. Written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the film stars David Niven, Roger Livesey, Raymond Massey, Kim Hunter and Marius Goring.

The film was originally released in the United States under the title Stairway to Heaven, which derived from the film's most prominent special effect: a broad escalator linking Earth to the afterlife. The decision to film the scenes of the Other World in black and white added to the complications. They were filmed in Three-strip Technicolor, but colour was not added during printing, giving a pearly hue to the black and white shots, a process cited in the screen credits as "Colour and Dye-Monochrome Processed in Technicolor". This reversed the effect in The Wizard of Oz.[nb 1] Photographic dissolves between "Technicolor Dye-Monochrome" (the Other World) and Three-Strip Technicolor (Earth) are used several times during the film.

In 1999, A Matter of Life and Death placed 20th on the British Film Institute's list of Best 100 British films.[7] In 2004, a poll by the magazine Total Film of 25 film critics named A Matter of Life and Death the second greatest British film ever made, behind Get Carter.[8] It ranked 90th among critics, and 322nd among directors, in the 2012 Sight & Sound polls of the greatest films ever made. >

 

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Another classic from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Life_and_Death_of_Colonel_Blimp

< The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is a 1943 romantic drama war film written, produced and directed by the British film making team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It stars Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr and Anton Walbrook. The title derives from the satirical Colonel Blimp comic strip by David Low, but the story itself is original. The film is renowned for its Technicolor cinematography.

Major-General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey) is a senior commander in the Home Guard during the Second World War. Before a training exercise, he is "captured" in a Turkish bath by soldiers led by Lieutenant "Spud" Wilson, who has struck pre-emptively. He ignores Candy's outraged protests that "War starts at midnight!" They scuffle and fall into a bathing pool. >

 

available from SBS On Demand

https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1640622147607/the-life-and-death-of-colonel-blimp

https://www.sbs.com.au/movies/article/2019/12/03/powell-pressburger-sbs-demand

< General Candy (Livesey), who's overseeing an English squad in 1943, is a veteran leader who doesn't have the respect of the men he's training and is considered out-of-touch with what's needed to win the war. But it wasn't always this way. Flashing back to his early career in the Boer War and World War I, we see a dashing young officer whose life has been shaped by three different women, and by a lasting friendship with a German soldier. >

 

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The Toxic Avenger (1984) Cult following in the 80s...

 

 

 

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The Last Picture Show (1971)

 

Movie Review: The Last Picture Show (1971) | The Ace Black ...

 

Movie Review: The Last Picture Show (1971) | The Ace Black ...

 

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A Girl Who Walks Home Alone At Night - An Iranian vampire movie

 

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El Topo (1970)

 

http://static.rogerebert.com/uploads/movie/movie_poster/el-topo-1970/large_uh9RIqoWzH3qGIHiwh6blcNlXpQ.jpg

 

El Topo (Official Trailer)- Alejandro Jodorowsky - YouTube

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good to see some michael powell fans

😁

to the above add...

the red shoes,

black narcissus,

the tales of hoffmann,

peeping tom

 

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Blue Velvet

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If you love clowns this is a much watch...

 

 

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The Blues Brothers.

 

On a mission from God.

 

 

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52 minutes ago, glenm64 said:

Blue Velvet

Love David Lynch. Most of his back catalogue would qualify however there's one that's not been highly regarded and not that well known. Not on par with the Blue Velvet or the Mulholland Drive, however still a very accomplished effort. And in many ways the start of exploration of the ideas completely nailed in Mulholland Drive 6 years later.

 

Lost Highway (1997)

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https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/uploads/monthly_2019_06/image.png.715f8e2da9d29e5ad1a02b20c234f0ce.png

 

https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/uploads/monthly_2019_06/image.png.e24fc6eb1091d296ae423f7c7361ccfb.png

 

The Film Temple: Director Spotlight #8.11: David Lynch's ...

 

Lost Highway (1997) David Lynch | Journeys in Darkness and ...

 

http://www.angelfire.com/oh5/monkeycrap/losthighwaybox.jpg

 

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Since we seem to have some good knowledge here, I hope it's OK to ask a question.

SBS used to have a regular cult movie schedule, either Friday or Saturday night I think.

I saw many excellent oddball movies while it ran.

Nosferatu was a good one

But there was a very weird and at times disturbing 'mongolian cowboy' movie that I can't remember the name of. I think the group of cowboys were travelling cross-country on horseback and it was about their experiences on the journey. Does anyone know what that movie was?

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Wild at Heart, David Lynch, strange but entertaining 

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Hi All,

 

A little bit of SciFi, Forbidden Planet.

 

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From :https://www.forbiddenplanet.org/forbidden-planet/

 

"Forbidden Planet is probably one of the best science fiction movie of the 1950’s. In an era where Cold War fears materialized in mutated, giant insects, or alien invaders subverting all that was American, Forbidden Planet worked as all good science fiction does: it examines ourselves. Quite literally, it looked into the materialization of our own inner demons.

The story of Forbidden Planet holds up so well because it is lifted almost straight from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Starring Leslie Nielson, Walter Pidgeon and Anne Francis, it tells the tale of a ship from Earth investigating the missing expedition to Altair IV. When they arrive they find that most of the crew had died nearly two decades before with only a scientist and his daughter still alive. The scientist’s inner hate for all things foreign to the world begins to lethally manifest through the alien world’s advance technology, especially once love blooms between the ship’s captain and the scientist’s daughter."  

 

JJ

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16 hours ago, ChrisBen said:

Wild at Heart, David Lynch, strange but entertaining 

oddly - it has many references to the Wizard of Oz throughout the film and the plot of Wild at Heart can in a way be seen to have been inspired by the Wizard of Oz, loosely, weirdly in a very Lynchian way.

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On 24/04/2020 at 12:03 PM, buddyev said:

 

 

If you’re going to get all soviet on our asses we can’t leave out Tarkovsky. I can’t find a link to this new print of Stalker - I haven’t seen it for years and would love to see it again. 
its based on the Strugatsky brothers’ brilliant novel Roadside Picnic.

 

a bit of production background info on this awesome film:

 

 

plus a lovely video essay:

 

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Trying to keep this topic to cult flims and also to those you can access whilst in lockdown.

Here's another, Head starring the Monkees and directed by none other than Jack Nicholson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_(film)

 

 

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Wrritten by Jack Nicholson and directed by Roger Corman, The Trip (1967)

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trip_(1967_film)

< Paul Groves (Peter Fonda), a television commercial director, takes his first dose of LSD while experiencing the heartbreak and ambivalence of divorce from his beautiful but adulterous wife (Susan Strasberg). He starts his trip with a "guide," John (Bruce Dern), but runs away and abandons him out of fear. >

 

full movie here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmZCwcGu_2I

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The cult movie that never made it to the screen

Jodorowsky's Dune

rent through amazon

This fascinating doco describes Jodorowski's ill fated attempts to bring Frank Herbert's epic novel Dune to the screen

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jodorowsky's_Dune

https://www.amazon.com/Jodorowskys-Dune-Chris-Foss/dp/B00KRIYI3K

David Lynch tried his hand at Dune and failed to capture its essence

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dune_(1984_film)

Dennis Villeneuve's (Bladerunner 2049) version is in production now

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dune_(2020_film)

Sounds promising!

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/04/behold-dune-an-exclusive-look-at-timothee-chalamet-zendaya-oscar-isaac

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31 minutes ago, Ian McP said:

Trying to keep this topic to cult flims and also to those you can access whilst in lockdown.

Here's another, Head starring the Monkees and directed by none other than Jack Nicholson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_(film)

 

 

Interesting...

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