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An anthology film or omnibus film or portmanteau film is a film consisting of several different short films, often tied together by only a single theme or premise. Sometimes each one is directed by a different director. Sometimes there is a theme, such as a place (e.g. New York Stories), a person (e.g. Four Rooms), or a thing (e.g. Twenty Bucks), that is present in each story and serves to bind them together. One of the earliest films to use the form was the 1948 film Quartet based on stories by W. Somerset Maugham. This led to two sequels, Trio (1950) and Encore (1951), as well as imitators like O. Henry's Full House.

Sometimes there is one "top-level" story, a framing device, which leads into the various "sub-stories", as in Dead of Night and The Illustrated Man. The former helped to popularise the format for horror films (though they had existed as far back as Unheimliche Geschichten (1919)), and British company Amicus made several such films in the 1960s and 1970s. Another variation is when different sub-narratives share a common incident (usually a turning point), as in Amores perros.

Recently in Bollywood similar trend is being started by Ram Gopal Varma. First "Darna Mana Hai" and then "Darna Zaroori Hai", he is planning to make more films with same theme.

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