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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

The Directors/Sky Arts

I was so pleased that a further series of The Directors was being run by SKY. I happened to see listed under SKY Documentaries a documentary on Don Siegel, most famous for the Dirty Harry films with Clint Eastwood. In pushing the “Record all” button I saw there were further programmes on John [...]

July 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

Kind Hearts and Coronets

This classic – which I watched on the Talking Pictures channel yesterday – passed with flying colours the Rosen test of excellence, namely initially deciding to watch the first few minutes of a film I have seen many times and staying with it right to its end. It’s known for the [...]

June 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Headhunters (2011)

I participated in a list of non-English speaking movies and my Scandinavian contribution was Force Majeure, a Swedish drama that begins in a ski resort which  a rich young family visit. An avalanche descends and the wife decides that her husband’s main concern is to save his skin. This gnaws [...]

June 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

Dunkirk (1958)

I watched this film yesterday.  Although a traditional war movie in terms of cast, you can see it was made 18 years after the event as, especially at the beginning, there was much and merited criticism of the hapless British military initiative resulting in the rescue of  some  338,000 of the [...]

June 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

In Order of Disappearance (2014)

This is a Norwegian film reflecting Skandi noir at its best and most gory. The story is relatively simple. A noble citizen Nils Dickman (Stellan Skarsgard), who clears the snow with his snow plough , receiving a civic award for his work ,  has his son shot as he is mistakenly assumed to have [...]

May 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

Bill Naughton

I  was asked to submit films to a list based on the theme of “As good as or better than the book on which it was based”. One of my submissions Alfie was correctly rejected as it began life not as a novel but a BBC radio play. I should have known this as the writer Bill Naughton was a [...]

May 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

Bombon el Perro/Bombon the dog 2004

This is an Argentinian film about a mechanic (Juan Villegas) who loses his job as a mechanic and drifts round Patagonia to find a new one. In the course of various short term jobs he accepts a large white guard dog who turns out to be pure bred. An accountant in a bank he is visiting to cash a [...]

May 5, 2020 // 0 Comments


I am sure that I have seen this Hitchcock/Selznick production starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman before but it was sufficiently long ago that I did not recall much of the plot. It was showing on the excellent Talking Picture channel. Ingrid Bergman plays the daughter of a Nazi convicted in a [...]

April 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

Who Do You Think I Am?

This is the latest Juliette Binoche film set in social media and the fantasy relationships it can generate. Juliette Binoche plays Clare Milaud, a fifty something professor of French literature. After her husband leaves her for a younger woman and her lover Ludo rejects her, she tries a new [...]

April 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Malta Story (1953)

I recently watched The Malta Story for the third time. I was motivated by reading The Information Officer reviewed on The Rust. The film has a romantic sub-plot with the love affaire between Peter Ross, a flight reconnaissance airman (Alec Guinness), and local girl Maria (Muriel Pavlow). However [...]

March 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

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