Five great port­man­teau films

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DEAD OF NIGHT (1945)

Rare adventure into hor­ror from Eal­ing Stu­dios. Among other weird­ness, the pic­ture fea­tures Michael Red­grave in the best-ever ven­tril­o­quist’s dummy shocker.

KWAIDAN (1964)

Masaki Kobayashi com­poses a beau­ti­ful and un­set­tling se­ries of Ja­panese ghost sto­ries. Win­ner of a spe­cial jury prize at Cannes.

ASY­LUM (1972)

Per­haps in­spired by Dead of Night, in­de­pen­dent Bri­tish stu­dios be­came ob­sessed with an­thol­ogy hor­rors in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Fea­tur­ing Robert Pow­ell as the mas­ter of a “mad­house”, thi­sis per­haps the best.

ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX * BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK( 1972)

Of­fi­cially an adap­ta­tion of a best­selling self-help book, Woody Allen’s early funny one is re­ally a bril­liant se­ries of movie pas­tiches.

COF­FEE AND CIG­A­RETTES (2003)

Lovely se­ries of vignettes from Jim Jar­much in which stars such as Steve Coogan, Iggy Popand Jack White share caffe ine and the lethal weed.

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