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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

Borsalino (1970)

My Alain Delon season continued with the only film in which  he is paired with the other French  box office star of the sixties and seventies Jean Paul Belmondo. They play two up and coming gangsters in 1930s Marseilles. Even though they generate a certain chemistry on screen, off screen there [...]

July 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

La Piscine (1969)

My Alain Delon season has been interrupted by the Euros but I saw this film last night. It reflects the best and worst of French cinema. The best? A beautiful villa location in St Tropez with beautiful people – Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Jane Birkin. The worst ? It has its longeurs and the [...]

July 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

En Plein Soleil (1960)

The first film in the Rosen Multiplex Alain Delon season is En Plein Soleil a 1960 adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel later made into an English film version by Antony Minghella starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett. I prefer this  earlier French version [...]

June 8, 2021 // 0 Comments

Hell Drivers (1957)

I came across this film listening to Doten Adenbayoh’s Up All Night radio programme. A film buff called in to recommend this film which I duly acquired on DVD. It is the story of short-haul road haulage drivers. Stanley Baker (Tom), lately out of prison, takes a job in a corrupt road haulage [...]

May 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

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

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