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The films listed below are Alice's Latest Staff Picks, finding their way into this category generally as a result of agreement between staff that they have real merit for one reason or another. Most titles represent a safe choice for those that find choosing a film difficult or are bewildered by Alice's depth and breadth... For personal Staff Picks, you are cordially invited to take a journey into the mind's eye of Alice's movie mavens by clicking on the 'Staff Favourites' link (stage left). Click on the Alice Guide of your choice, and take an ushered journey through the looking glass and into their personal cinematic wonderland.

Loves of a Blonde ( A Blonde In Love ) (1965)

7.7/10
Director: Milos Forman
Starring: Hanna Brejchova, Vladimir Pucholt, Vladimir Mensik

Milos Forman's great comedy is an acute satire of Czech daily life. The film focuses on the relationship of a factory girl and a touring piano player.... Read more

Repulsion (1965)

7.8/10
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Renee Houston, Patrick Wymark, Yvonn...

Roman Polanski followed up his international breakthrough "Knife in the Water" with this controversial, chilling tale of psychosis. Catherine Deneuve... Read more

The End of Summer (1961)

6.2/10
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Starring: Setsuko Hara, Ganjiro Nakamura, Yoko Tsukasa

Aka "Early Autumn". The penultimate film by Yasujiro Ozu examines the difficulties faced by the Kohayagawa family as they struggle to adapt their trad... Read more

Spartacus (1960)

7.9/10
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Charles Laughton, Jean Simmons, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Peter Ustinov, T...

Director Stanley Kubrick directed this tale of the slave rebellion that took place in 71 B.C., led by the famous and indomitable gladiator, Spartacus,... Read more

The Thief (1952)

6.8/10
Director: Russell Rouse
Starring: Ray Milland

A chance accident causes a nuclear physicist selling top secret material to the Russians to fall under FBI scrutiny and go on the run. This film is n... Read more

The Day the Earth Stood Still ( Blu-ray ) (1951)

7.8/10
Director: Robert Wise
Starring: Billy Gray, Hugh Marlowe, Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Sam Jaffe

A spacecraft lands in Washington D.C. and an alien emerges, with a menacing robot whose destructive powers defy imagination. So begins the science-fic... Read more

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

7.8/10
Director: Robert Wise
Starring: Billy Gray, Hugh Marlowe, Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Sam Jaffe

A spacecraft lands in Washington D.C. and an alien emerges, with a menacing robot whose destructive powers defy imagination. So begins the science-fic... Read more

Early Summer (1951)

8.2/10
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Starring: Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara, Ichiro Sugai, Chikage Awashima, Kuniko Miyake

Setsuko Hara has been promised an arranged marriage in post-war Japan, but too much in the world has changed for her not to challenge this tradition.... Read more

Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

8/10
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Martha Raye

Monsieur Verdoux (Charles Chaplin) is a dapper Parisian family man who loses his job as a bank clerk. In order to support his wife and child, he devis... Read more