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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

A Taste of Honey (1961) and The Family Way (1966)

A Touch of Honey is based on a Shelagh Delaney play which she wrote when just eighteen. It’s set in the industrial landscape of Salford and was the first and acclaimed role of Rita Tushingham as Jo. She is the illegitimate daughter of Helen (Dora Bryan) a flighty woman first introduced as [...]

April 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

This Sporting Life (1963)

The northern kitchen sink celebration continued at the Rosen Multiplex with This Sporting Life which some film historians judge the epitome of the genre, others the end of it. Most agree it was Richard Harris’ best performance as Frank Machin the troubled but brilliant rugby league player. The [...]

April 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

Leslie Howard

My main objection to those who clamour for more gay roles is that it implies that actors cannot do the very thing they do best i.e. assume roles. Many had to act as a way out of their upbringing often quite different to their film image. Sean Connery was no privileged Etonian but an Edinburgh [...]

April 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

A kind of loving (1962)

The latest film festival at the Rosen Multiplex celebrates Northern British Kitchen sink of the early 1960s. The two best known actors are Albert Finney from Salford who made his name in Saturday Night, Sunday Morning and had a distinguished career in film and television and Tom Courtenay from [...]

March 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

Gumshoe (1971)

In the Sky Arts director series I watched a tribute to Stephen Frears the other day whose canon of work includes My Beautiful Laundrette, Liaisons Dangereuses and The Queen.   The first film he directed was Gumshoe. This was way back in 1971. I enjoyed it at the time and I enjoyed it when I [...]

March 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

Ask my agent/Netflix

I am a bit late on this French series spoofing a film star agency. It’s now become so popular that actual film stars appear as supposed clients of the agency. The first episode featured that excellent film actress Cecile de France. After being offered a leading part in a Quentin  Tarantino movie [...]

February 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Dig/Netflix

This adaptation of John Preston’s novel based on Sutton Hoo has rightly received critical acclaim. It stars Ranulf Fiennes as Basil Brown the excavator commissioned by widow Edith Pretty (Carey Mulligan) to investigate mounds on her land. He unearths a ship used to bury a Saxon King. The theme is [...]

February 2, 2021 // 0 Comments

Francois Ozon

After early Truffaut I have moved onto another French director Francois Ozon who typifies why I like French films so much. I downloaded from Amazon Prime two of his films, Swimming Pool (2003) and 8 Femmes (2002). The story of the Swimming Pool is of successful crime writer Sarah Morton. It begins [...]

January 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

400 Blows/1959

After rather binging on Hollywood, it’s time for a change and what better to revisit than the French New Wave cinema of the late 1950s? Quartre Cents Coups  (400 Blows) was Franois Truffaut’s directorial debut aged 27 and is rightly revered as a classic. The story is of 14 year old Antone [...]

January 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

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