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Book it, Dano!

With apologies for not deferring to the legend that is our film editor Neil Rosen, I am such a devotee of artistic disasters that I could not help bringing the new British film Pudsey The Dog: The Movie to the attention of National Rust readers. Based upon this review by Peter Bradshaw, it surely [...]

July 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Wrapping up

Today we are leaving back for the South coast. It’s been a productive trip, seeing so many of the places that inspired Daphne du Maurier and appreciating tthe breathtaking coastal views. It’s also been interesting to study Cornwall and Cornish people. Given that they are so reliant on [...]

July 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Back on the du Maurier trail

I visited Jamaica Inn, with its Daphne du Maurier museum. We Du Maurier fans were disappointed that the BBC made such a hash of dramatising the book. It’s an early novel, her second, and reflects the independence of spirit that symbolised those years in her life, as seen in the heroine the [...]

July 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Daphne du Maurier’s Cornwall

To understand and appreciate the fourteen du Maurier stories that are based round Cornwall it’s vital to be in situ, which is why I made  this trip. I prepped up in the morning by reading Daphne du  Maurier’s Cornwall.  She always did her research thoroughly and she writes fully on [...]

July 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

A literary journey

    For a few years I wanted to visit Daphne Du Maurier’s Cornwall. Few novelists are so associated withe their locale as du Maurier is with Cornwall, in particular the area around Par. Daphne Du Maurier I succeeded  in reserving a week at Pridmouth Cottage overlooking the cove [...]

July 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Housemaid

Oriental cinema has often suffered from a martial arts image but it has made an important contribution to world cinema. This has much to do with the work of Ang Lee, who won multiple cinema awards  for Brokeback Mountain and is  one of the world’s most esteemed directors. Though born in [...]

July 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Village of Secrets

Twenty or so years ago I met an interesting New York lawyer in Paris who scarcely conformed with the venal prototype of that profession. He had come to Paris not just to join a European law group, but as part of a charity called Christians who saved Jews. Their  mission was to trace those who [...]

July 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Pornographer

This French film, directed by Bertrand  Bonello, has generated controversy both sides of the channel as the British Film censors the BBFC have excised one shot to allow it a 18 certificate. The director is outraged. It raises that hardy perennial of what is art and what is porn? In this case the [...]

July 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Glasto review

  Although an occasional visitor to what in my youth were described as ‘pop festivals’, I have never been to Glastonbury – the 2014 version of which took place over the weekend – and probably never will. You can call me old-fashioned – or even just old – if you wish, but I [...]

June 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Coming Home

In a period of 10 years American cinema produced some fine films hardhitting films about Vietnam: Apocalypse Now (1979), Good Morning Vietnam (1987) and Platoon (1986). Coming Home (1978) is not as remembered as much as the last three but, watching it recently, it engages more issues than the other [...]

June 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

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