Film: The Five Best Revivals

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To Have and Have Not (Riverside)

Hawks's WWII drama reeks of sensual delight, 8-year-old Bacall all but purring in Bogart's presence. It's also a great study of alcoholism and male friendship, Walter Brennan's hiccuping drunk inducing a caring sadism in Bogey that's quite mesmerising. Sun 8.25pm

2

Raise the Red Lantern (Riverside)

Feted abroad and banned at home, Zhang Yimou's devastating 920s- set tragedy stars actress Gong Li as a young Chinese girl who realises, too late, that sexual charms do not translate into power. Mon 8.40pm

3

McCabe and Mrs Miller (Riverside)

Wonderfully early Altman movie that soaks cowboy country in a dazed and hazy light, and allows Warren Beatty and Julie Christie to act like real people. Not how the West was won, but how it was survived. Tue 6.30pm

4

Mildred Pierce (Cine Lumiere)

Intelligent, enjoyably hysterical treatment of mother-love from 945, with Joan Crawford in terrifying form as the driven martyr-mater and Ann Blyth as her lusty daughter, suitably cold-eyed and raging. Today 2pm

5

Buffalo 66 (Lux Cinema)

Writer/director/actor Vincent Gallo may be arrogant, but he knows how to tell a story and in this breathlessly inventive road movie, he and Christina Ricci make a miserably glamorous pair. Wed 8.35pm

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