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Blue is the warmest colour

I finally got to see this controversial film. I left it with mixed views. The story is of Adele who is unsatisfied sexually and emotionally until she meets Emma. She is a suppressed lesbian and this is drawn out by Emma a free spirit of a painter. The relationship is intense both physically and [...]

April 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Religious films

I was searching around for a topic for my film list and was greatly aided by Front Row, the Radio 4 arts programme, which considered this genre. It put the theme in historical context with the two celebrated versions of the Ten Commandments by Cecil B De Mille. It continued to explore sun & [...]

April 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Fall of the Roman Empire

Yesterday I had to babysit for the grandchildren. They are good kids, by which I mean as long as they can play AngryBirds they leave me alone. I was going to work on some articles but saw that the Samuel Bronstein sword and sandal epic Fall of the Roman  Empire was on the television. The critics [...]

April 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Les Valseuses 1974

In the Seventies our set of Jewish adolescents went to see this daring movie with its explicit scenes of sex and nudity. One of our group, being derided as prim  although all of us were inexperienced, did not like the film and after she left she came in for some patronising criticism. Forty years [...]

April 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

L’Enfer (Hell) 1995

Last year I compiled a list of films featuring the mentally disturbed. It did not feature L’Enfer but it should have. The director is Claude Chabrol, the French Hitchcock. Like Hitchcock he is master of filming technique, Hitchcock learning his in the German new realist school of Fritz Lang [...]

April 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Jeune et Jolie

Francois Ozon is amongst the most celebrated of French directors and he is on form with Jeune et Jolie. The film, set over four seasons, depicts Isobelle (Marine  Vatch ),  a 17 year old who loses her  virgintiy in the summer on holiday, becomes a prostitute in autumn, is revealed as such in [...]

April 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Yves Saint Laurent

The French Cinema has, over the past few years, produced some interesting biopics of their celebrated achievers: Piaf, Chanel and now Yves Saint Laurent. Although these are warts et tous they reflect a national pride which we do not  often see in British cinema Yves Saint Laurent was played by [...]

April 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Judgement at Nuremberg

One of the claims one frequently hears of a contemporary American film is that is based on fact, even though – for example – Captain Phillips is being sued by eight of the crew he apparently saved. It was not always thus. Judgment in Nuremberg (1961) was based on hard fact. It did [...]

March 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Men Responsible

We film critics love to interview the stars but not the movers and shakers of the  industry. This is part of the celebrity culture where supposedly readers prefer the inanities of a luvvie to hearing about how a successful or more often unsuccessful film is made. Yesterday I had a drink with an [...]

March 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Like an old friend whose brilliance never fades

Several weeks ago now, Channel Four broadcast the Mel Brooks’ classic 1968 movie The Producers, featuring Zero Mostel as Max Byalistock and Gene Wilder as Leo Bloom. The same year, Brooks received an Academy Award for ‘Best Writing, Story and Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen’ [...]

March 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

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