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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

Spreading the gold dust around

There’s a slight tendency among Rust contributors to poke derision and/or fun at what they see as slavish modern politically correct ‘pro-diversity and/or female equality’ attitudes and initiatives. We possessed of a liberal frame of mind allow them a little latitude on the [...]

May 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Gender equality revisited

At the risk of becoming the Rust’s ‘gender equality’ correspondent I return today to this subject. I’m minded to do so for two reasons. Firstly, earlier this week we were treated to the news that actress Sierra Boggess – someone whose existence I was previously unware of – has withdrawn [...]

April 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

Dolce Vita Confidential /Shaun Levy

I very much enjoyed this affectionately appreciation of Cinecitta, the great rise and contribution to world cinema by Italy, which is also known as “Hollywood on the Tiber.” I am a huge fan of Italian cinema and the book is a worthy addition to my film library. Yet it is more than just a film [...]

April 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

The art of keeping up and failing

It ill bodes anyone who ventures to predict the future – I’ll put my hand up straight away to having totally failed to foresee the way things might go when mobile phones and the internet first appeared in the 1970s/1980s – so you’ll excuse me for taking a deep breath before beginning [...]

March 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

A nod to ploughing your own furrow

It’s Oscar time this weekend – the awards season is coming to its annual close – and in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein eruption, the #MeToo, the Times Up movement and general Western World angst over sexist and/or power-abusive behaviour of any kind – the entertainment industry, and [...]

March 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

and the Academy Award goes to….Paul Gambaccini

I am often critical of “film reviewers” who showboat their egos or supposed wit -the two Rosses, Jonathan and Deborah, are the worst examples – but do not understand the grammar of cinema. I would exclude Paul Gambaccini who presents a show on radio 4 on Saturday mornings around [...]

March 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

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