CIRCUS OF HORRORS
1960, 88 min, UK, Dir: Sidney Hayers

In this lurid British shocker, plastic surgeon Anton Diffring botches a job and flees for France, where he operates successfully on circus owner Donald Pleasence’s daughter. The doctor transforms several disfigured women into beauties to work as circus performers – but when any of them want to leave him, they suffer fatal accidents.


THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
1983, Universal, 112 min, Dir: Wilford Leach

Much of producer Joseph Papp’s 1981 Broadway cast – including Rex Smith, Linda Ronstadt and Tony winner Kevin Kline – reprise their roles in this magical big screen adaptation of the beloved Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera. Angela Lansbury joins them as Ruth, the nursemaid who entrusts Frederic (Smith) to the Pirate King (Kline) until his 21st birthday, at which point Frederic meets and falls in love with the beautiful Mabel Stanley (Ronstadt) – but leaving the Pirates of Penzance proves trickier than he anticipated.


FREUD
1962, Universal, 140 min, USA, Dir: John Huston

Montgomery Clift delivers his last truly great performance as the father of psychoanalysis in this fascinating biopic, in which his theories coalesce around the treatment of a patient (Susannah York) in late-1880s Vienna. The film’s original screenwriter, philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, left following creative differences; his successors, Charles Kaufman and Wolfgang Reinhardt, earned an Oscar nomination for their script (as did Jerry Goldsmith for his score). Just as noteworthy is the work of cinematographer Douglas Slocombe, who gives the various dream and fantasy sequences their own distinctive look.


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