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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

Neil Rosen’s Film List – Rome

To maintain my capital theme here is my Rome list. Rome is an important and creative force in the cinema with location, some great Italian directors and actors, though probably less so at the moment. Bicycle Thieves 1948 De Sica’s first film set in the poverty of post war Rome, with a [...]

December 22, 2013 // 2 Comments

Planes Trains and Automobiles

My readers will know of my almost visceral dislike of American cinema post Star Wars so I am delighted to  say how much I enjoyed Planes Trains and Automobiles, a film that was recommended to me as it crossed the categories of car, train and plane movies. It’s a comedy but more than that. If [...]

December 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Inherit the Wind

When I drafted my list of great court movies I omitted Inherit the Wind and was chastised correctly by Michael Cole. All the more so as this film represents all I once admired about American cinema but now find deficient. Made  in 1960, its a factual representation  of the famous monkey trial [...]

December 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Gravity

I hoped I really did that my dislike of contemporary American cinema would cease with Gravity as I do not care for obsessive critics. I’m afraid I found it as vacuous as the gravity in space. Its main feature according to the critics and viewers is the magnificence of the space photography. [...]

November 20, 2013 // 1 Comment

‘Hollywood Left and Right’ by Steven Ross

  This book could have been reviewed by Simon Campion Brown as its as much about politics as films . In it, Ross assesses the impact of 10 activists , 9 of which are Hollywood legends, Republican, Democrat, Independent . Though he does not impose his own ideology he states that the Republican [...]

November 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

VLADEK SHEYBAL

Many years ago I was at the Regents Park Open Air theatre when I recognised the actor Vladek Sheybal who played Kronsteen the chess grandmaster and sinister enforcer in From Russia with Love. Whenever I watch arguably the best of the Bonds I see Vladek Sheybal and the chanteuse Lotte Lenya playing [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

FILM LISTS: MOVIES FEATURING SHIPS

  The Caine Mutiny 1954 Stanley Kramer Humphrey Bogart shows his versatility as Captian Queeg a war time captain who may have had a breakdown or may be insane and is replaced . This leads to a trial for mutiny. The Cruel Sea 1953 Leslie Norman The best naval war time movies has Jack Hawkins on [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

FILM LISTS: SPORTS MOVIES

1. Senna 2010 A brilliant study of what drives a sportman to achieve sporting perfection. 2 . Fire in Babylon 2010 Not everyone admired the West Indies of the 70s and 80s as they did not maintain a proper over rate, played without spinners and set out to maim batsmen but to go 15 years without [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

FILM LISTS: MOVIES MADE BY NON-BRITISH/AMERICAN DIRECTORS

  1 . Das Boot 1981 Wolfgang Petersen AGerman film which brilliantly conveys the danger and claustrophobic grimness of being in a uboat for a considerable time . Starring Jurgen Pochnow as the young captain of a younger crew ( he was the English Patient )the British viewer takes an ambivalent [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

AMERICAN CINEMA

We film critics are known for having bees in their bonnets. Mine is a dislike for the modern American cinema. When I composed and circulated my list on courtroom dramas my regular readers picked me up on the omission of A Few Good Men. I do admire director Rob Reiner whose best film is This is [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

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