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Picture power: 10 films that shook the world

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Thousands of new feature films are produced ever year, with India’s Bollywood leading the way with well over a 1200 glittering cinematic spectaculars released annually. Add to that the vast amount of independent and short films created and, by some estimates, you reach an astounding 50 000. But how many actually made a difference to the way we live, the way we think, the way the world is?

Movie making is more than a hundred years old, yet in all that time only a handful of films have really shook the world. Think spectacle. Controversy. Conscience. Science and politics use logic – but cinematic art gets a grip on your emotions. Then doesn’t let go. The following films have made the world think differently, argue and ultimately, change:

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10 reasons why the 70s was the golden era for cult TV

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Each decade throws up so many television classics that we’re not sure there’s any period we’d say was devoid of interest. The eighties had The Golden Girls; the nineties had Xena; the naughties had Six Feet Under. But we’ve got a soft spot for the seventies, what with its glam rock and disco credentials, and we reckon we can convince you, too, that the seventies were, in fact, the real golden era for cult TV. Let’s take a look…

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