Category Archives: Films

Victim (1961)

Dir: Basil Dearden, with Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Syms I saw this film last week; it was fascinating. It was partly the social issues it raised (from the days when male homosexuality was a criminal offence), the coy but brave … Continue reading

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My Cousin Rachel

Dir: Roger Michell, with Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin I broke my normal rule and went to see a film of a novel I had read. It really doesn’t work: films condense too much, and they play fast and loose … Continue reading

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Dunkirk

Dir: Christopher Nolan, with Fionn Whitehead and Mark Rylance In retrospect, I can pick holes in this film, but while I was actually sitting in the cinema I was totally immersed in it. (More than I could bear at times: … Continue reading

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The Bofors Gun (1968)

DVD, Dir Jack Gold, with David Warner and Nicol Williamson I first learned about this play (by John McGrath) from an early 1970s edition of Pears Cyclopedia, the cultural sections of which I used to read endlessly. In retrospect I … Continue reading

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Baby Driver

Dir: Edgar Wright, with Ansel Elgort Well, that was an exhilarating film until it got bogged down in how to end. A young getaway driver, lots of music and some brilliantly choreographed car chases at the start, until they turned … Continue reading

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The Graduate (1967)

Dir: Mike Nichols, with Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft I thought this was a brilliant film on many levels. As with “Blow Up” or “Alfie”, I had the idea beforehand that it would be about the “swinging sixties” and youthful … Continue reading

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Der Müde Tod (1921)

Dir: Fritz Lang, with Lil Dagover and Bernhard Goetzke This film gave you a sense of the creative range that early filmmakers must have sensed in the still-new medium. Nowadays cinema has largely solidified into realism and genres, but this … Continue reading

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