Film: The five best revivals

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1

The Fountainhead (PG Curzon Sohon, NFT)

Gary Cooper plays a visionary architect who refuses to buckle to mob pressure in King Vidor's astonishing adaptation of the Ayn Rand novel. Patricia Neal smoulders opposite him.

2

Falstaff (Chimes at Midnight) (Cine Lumiere, Wed 7.3Opm )

Orson Welles's great but little-seen movie from 966 conflates five of Shakespeare's plays and features one of his largest - in all senses - performances.

3

The Philadelphia Story (Curzon Soho, NFT)

As civilised and graceful as any romantic comedy ever made, it also brought together one of the most loveable of Hollywood trios: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart - all on peak form.

4

A Bout de Souffle (NFT, Thurs 8.3Opm)

Godard's swoony romantic debut from 959 - a poetic version of the American gangster movie, starring Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo, whose Bogart impersonation is unmissable.

5

Easy Rider (NFT, Friday 8.3Opm)

The road movie that put a bomb under Hollywood. It's showing its age a little more nowadays, but Jack Nicholson's turn as the bibulous lawyer will remain a joy for ever.

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