BEETLEJUICE
1988, Warner Bros., 92 min, USA, Dir: Tim Burton

Yuppies Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara move into a new home only to find that it’s haunted by a ghost couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) with no intention of letting the new inhabitants stay. Their solution: the obnoxious miniature exorcist of the title, a hilarious comic creation played with gusto by Michael Keaton. In this, the first of Keaton’s collaborations with Tim Burton, the actor and director let their imaginations and enthusiasm run rampant to create a horror-comedy classic.


A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
1966, MGM Repertory, 99 min, USA, UK, Dir: Richard Lester

Zero Mostel is a lazy, sloppy slave in ancient Rome who wishes to win his freedom by helping his master woo a beautiful young courtesan in this adaptation of the popular Broadway musical. A cast of comedy and musical legends including Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton and Michael Crawford keeps the pace fast and furious in this classic farce directed by the great Richard Lester. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.


A MIDWINTER'S TALE
1995, Warner Bros., 99 min, UK, Dir: Kenneth Branagh

Director Kenneth Branagh takes a more unorthodox approach to Shakespeare than usual in this very funny tale (which Branagh also scripted) about an out-of-work actor who decides to stage 'Hamlet' in an isolated English town with a cast and crew comprised entirely of volunteers. Amusing parallels between the actors' personal lives and their stage personas emerge in this engaging meditation on art and romance.


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