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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

We’ve all seen ’em from time to time

In the Rust traditions of  firstly, ‘collecting’ lists and – secondly – of providing links for our readers to interesting articles spotted in the media, here’s one from the movie department: David Barnett, writing about the tome The Bad Movie Bible, as see today on [...]

August 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Rod Steiger/Hollywood Legend

I have been offered a gig with a satellite arts programme on a series on the Hollywood Legends. We film critics get a bit sniffy about such work – it’s banal, trite, audience-driven but the reality is that few of us are that well paid or off to refuse the lucre, and most of all there is [...]

August 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Cast a Giant Shadow

Cast a Giant Shadow is a proper war film with a back story – several in fact – fine acting from some Hollywood legends and battle action sequences. I am a bit of glutton for films on Israel’s formation. The most famous is Exodus. It’s so long that American humourist Mort [...]

August 9, 2017 // 0 Comments


Is Dunkirk the greatest war film ever made? I do not think so. I do not even think it’s the best film made about Dunkirk. Director Christopher Nolan’s mission is to convey the reality of Dunkirk with obsessional attention to detail and no computer graphics. The medium is to appreciate [...]

July 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

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

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