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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

Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be

The art of making people laugh is a funny – that’s to say odd – thing. Sometimes comedy gold travels well down the generations and sometimes – often to some surprise among those who were fans ‘first time around’ – it just doesn’t. Sometimes when we look back at the great [...]

August 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

Stop the world, I want to get off (again)

This PC madness continues! The media is currently awash with reports of the decision of Scarlett Johansson to withdraw from a new movie called Rub and Tug in which she had been cast as a transgender character, this after protests from right-on campaigners that it should only be played by someone [...]

July 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

To 1944 and back

This may sound a degree absurd from someone in their sixties with a general interest in military history but last week I made my first-ever research trip to Normandy as a member of a small touring group spending five days ‘doing’ the D-Day Landings and elements of the 1944 Allied campaign to [...]

July 8, 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

Bobby Robson/More Than a Manager: the documentary

A strong case can be made for Bobby Robson being the most successful post-War British manager. He brought a decade of success to Ipswich, he oversaw England’s most successful World Cup campaign in 1990 since 1966 and he managed abroad achieving trophies at Porto, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven. Sir [...]

June 15, 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

Discovering

When I pressed the record the series on SKY ARTS in the Discovering Film star programmes I thought I had seen them all but going to my television planner I saw there were many more to savour. I have seen profiles of the careers of Laurence Olivier, Jams Mason, Robert Taylor. Warren Beatty, Charlton [...]

May 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

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