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  • Napoleon
  • The Innocents
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Devils

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  • Portrait of Clare

    ★★★

  • The Falklands Play

    ★★★½

  • An Ungentlemanly Act

    ★★★½

  • The Ghoul

    ★★½

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  • Napoleon

    Napoleon

    ★★★★★

    One of my 1000 recommended films.

    I haven't seen this for quite a few years but today (all day) I watched this unique film on the big screen, in the 5 and a half hour Photoplay restoration with score conducted live by Carl Davis with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

    The story of how Kevin Brownlow has spent nearly half a century working on restoring this film to as close to Abel Gance's original vision as possible is well known - and…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★★

    One of my 1000 recommended films.

    Recently I saw the beautiful new print of this film directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and can report that after fifty years it still looks amazing, with vibrant colours, a remarkably rich score, and performances that linger long in the memory.

    The doomed romance of the modern Romeo and Juliet, Polish American Tony (Richard Beymer, all teeth and eyelashes and so pretty…

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  • Portrait of Clare

    Portrait of Clare

    ★★★

    Margaret Johnson has a rare leading role in this flat family drama about the three loves of Clare, as told to her moping granddaughter. An old-fashioned "women's picture", it suffers from rather slow pacing but the three husbands (Ronald Howard, nice enough but gone after twenty minutes; Robin Bailey, stuffy and impossibly youthful if you only know him from his roles as an elderly man; Richard Todd, caring and reliable) are well-drawn.

    Jeremy Spenser plays the child of the first…

  • The Falklands Play

    The Falklands Play

    ★★★½

    Devoted simply to the talks and matters of state that accompanied the Falklands invasion, this play by Ian Curteis was first commissed in 1983 for broadcast three years later, but was shelved for almost twenty years before being made in 2002.

    Although the locations are few and the machine of government is the main focus, first class writing, direction (by Michael Samuels), and strong performances led by Patricia Hodge as Margaret Thatcher. Yes, it may be somewhat sympathetic to the…

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  • Midnight Cowboy

    Midnight Cowboy

    ★★★★

    This was one of the films on my list of shame, I had been long aware of it but had never got around to seeing it, until now.

    I knew the theme was Nilsson's 'Everybody's Talkin'' and that Jon Voight's character was a would-be hustler, and Dustin Hoffman's character was a low-down dirty rat. But that's about it.

    The film is nothing like I expected. It has some fantastic moments - the way Voight and Hoffman eyeball each other as…

  • A Single Man

    A Single Man

    ★★★★

    This bittersweet film gets another star on a rewatch. It's Colin Firth's best performance in years as stuffy professor George Falconer ('it takes a long time to become George'), who suddenly finds himself bereaved by the sudden death of his partner Jim in a car accident, and finds it difficult to cope until he decides he needs to make a momentous decision.

    This being the 1960s he cannot talk openly about it, or even grieve, nor can he seek a…