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About Neil Rosen

Neil went to the City of London School and Manchester University graduating with a 1st in economics. After a brief stint in accountancy, Neil emigrated to a kibbutz In Israel. His articles on the burgeoning Israeli film industry earned comparisons to Truffaut and Godard in Cahiers du Cinema. Now one of the world's leading film critics and moderators at film Festivals Neil has written definitively in his book Kosher Nostra on Jewish post war actors. Neil lives with his family in North London. More Posts

Two films on four

The Devil Wears Prada (2005) I missed out on this movie when it came out and never got the DVD. It’s the ultimate fashion film, dare I say it written by women for women to be watched by women. Nothing wrong in that, for years women have had to endure testosterone-laden war and cowboy films. [...]

October 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Housemaid

The cover of the DVD of this 2010 South Korean film advertises it as “a sexy thriller” with star Jeon Do-youn showing her thigh no doubt to entice the punter but in fact it’s a beautifully-observed film which reminded me of Rebecca.  The story is of of a young nanny called Eun- yi (Jeon [...]

October 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Good Year/Ridley Scott

Alone for the day as Gail had taken the kids to a distant relative, I wanted to enjoy my freedom with a DVD. A friend had lent me a Pedro Almodovar movie which had rested in my to-be-watched section rather too long. Slightly resentful that I could not watch a semi-erotic French film, I inserted the [...]

October 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

The directors/ Akira Kurosawa

I am every much enjoying SKY ARTS series on film directors. It has the same line up of critics Ian Nathan and Neil Norman with the addition of Stephen Armstrong and Bonnie Greer as their series on film stars. Ian Nathan rightly says that The Seven Samurai  was the father of then Hollywood action [...]

September 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

A few good actors …

Today I’m referring Rusters to two items related to the world of cinema that I spotted in the media overnight. JOAN CRAWFORD (1904-1977) Firstly, a straightforward link to an article worthy of being read by as wide a readership as possible, written by Clarisse Loughrey on the subject of the [...]

August 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Richard Harris

Everyone has their favourite actors and the ones they do not rate. My father liked two actors of which the present generation of filmgoers may not have heard: Van Heflin and Paul Muni. His father would go to the cinema twice a week – Wednesday and Saturday – for the Pathe news. It’s [...]

August 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Entertainer

That this 1959 film of the John Osborne play was broadcast at midday on BBC2 says it all. The schedulers are never going to put it up against Love Island. It’s an irony that the very playwrights – Terence Rattigan and Noel Coward – that the angry young men cast aside and critic Ken [...]

August 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

Anthony Quinn

The comments about cricketer Jack Russell having a second career as an artist prompted me to think of other film stars that emulated him. Yul Brynner and Gina Lollobrigida, who was 92 yesterday were excellent photographers but the only star I could think of who could really paint was Anthony Quinn [...]

July 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

An infinite variety?

Sometimes lists and historical industry overviews allow a combination of reflection and education. In the world of cinema I often find rewards from reading analyses of genres – horror, biography, sci-fi, comedy etc. – and/or the entire bodies of work of individual actors or directors, [...]

June 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

What you see is what you get

As regular readers to this organ will know, your contributors make it their business to keep abreast of the latest developments around the world in order to bring those of relevance to the notice of those over-50s who are still trying to keep up with the 21st Century. Accordingly, as your resident [...]

June 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

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