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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

Victim/ Sarah Wooley

This play written by Sarah Woolley, broadcast last Sunday on Radio 3, charts the making of the ground breaking film Victim (1961) as part of the Gay Britannia celebration of gay icons. Sarah Wooley The film itself addresses the issue of blackmail of homosexuals. Dirk Bogarde plays barrister [...]

July 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Brothers in law (1957)

Contrary to reputation I do not just admire French cinema. I also love many British films from the forties to the sixties. This period of film making produced such gems as The Third Man, I’m all Right Jack, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Zulu, Lawrence of Arabia, Alfie, The Italian Job and Get [...]

June 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

La Belle Noiseuse

Some reviewers have said this Jacques Rivette film is like watching paint dry which is not perhaps intended to be uncomplimentary as it’s a film about an ageing artist Fernhoffer (Michel Piccoli) who has lost his creative urge but rediscovers this when Marianne (Emmanuelle Beart) poses for [...]

June 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

David Niven

It’s become some thing of a ritual in the Rosen household on bank holiday for me to identify a classic film for the family. Looking down the schedules the best I could find was Jason and the Argonauts which I remember for its special effects that some 50 year later in the age of such [...]

May 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Shadow of a doubt? (He seems to have thought so)

Over the past number of years on the Rust I have occasionally made reference to or analysed the movies of Alfred Hitchcock, one of the greatest directors and film-makers of all time and of course British to boot. Despite this being the annual season of movie awards – now with the Oscars [...]

February 24, 2017 // 0 Comments


One of the joys of writing for the Rust is that you can be controversial without fearing you might lose your job. In some journals or media outlets I would not dare say that Moonlight has benefited in its reviews because it has an all black cast. Yet I believe this to be so as the film’s [...]

February 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

And the Academy award goes to….

In France unlike the UK cinema criticism is a serious business. The whole new wave movement which generated Jean Luc Godard, Francos Truffaut and Alain Resnais to name but three emanated from the film review magazine Les Cahiers du Cinema. Here celebrity interviewers like Jonathan Ross have their [...]

February 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Taking a well-deserved bow

Generally I am not a great fan of self-congratulatory showbiz entertainment awards evenings, especially British ones, because as a nation we are too self-effacing to embrace the process with the unashamed brio and sense of elan required for them to ‘work’ as events. Our American [...]

February 11, 2017 // 0 Comments


All the trailers of films prior to Jackie bore the words “based on a true story.” Jackie covers “the true story” of the three days of Jackie Kennedy after the assassination of her husband. I put the words in inverted commas as I question its accuracy but even more I question [...]

January 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Lalaland- worth 7 Golden Globes?

The short answer is no. To justify these accolades a musical must have a better score and Lalaland barely has one memorable song. Think of the great MGM musicals of the fifties, Singing in the Rain, My Fair Lady, Gigi and the songs are memorable. The much and justifiably revived Oliver! does not [...]

January 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

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