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