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  • Sons and Lovers

    Sons and Lovers

    ★★★★

    Trevor Howard, Dean Stockwell and Wendy Hiller star in this adaptation of DH Lawrence’s semi-autobiographical novel, about a young aspiring artist who attempts to move on from the coal mining town of his birth.

    Freddie Francis’ black and white photography highlights the drabness of the town, but also finds a kind of strange beauty in the layered images created. Everything is impeccably framed and filled with endless detail, and for this Francis deservedly won an Oscar for his work, as…

  • Leave Her to Heaven

    Leave Her to Heaven

    ★★★★½

    Ellen (Gene Tierney) is a young woman whose obsessive love for Richard (Cornel Wilde) leads to tragedy, in this psychological thriller co-starring Jeanne Crain and Vincent Price.

    Tierney is fantastic in the lead role, and it’s definitely one of her best performances, conveying a coldness and menace that is chillingly effective. She manages to make this troubled and damaged character feel realistic and almost sympathetic, which makes it all the more disturbing.

    The cinematography adds to this immensely, the vivid…

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  • Theatre of Blood

    Theatre of Blood

    ★★★½

    Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart (Vincent Price) exacts revenge on the critics who humiliated him, in this horror comedy co-starring Diana Rigg and Ian Hendry.

    It’s a lot of fun, with Price having a blast in the lead role, staying just the right side of over-the-top. The film was apparently a favourite of his, and it definitely gives him a fantastic showcase. He’s backed by a whole host of names including Robert Morley, Jack Hawkins and Coral Browne (who married Price the…

  • The Postman

    The Postman

    ★★★★½

    Humble postman Mario (Massimo Troisi) begins a friendship with exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (Phillippe Noiret) in this touching comedy-drama directed by Michael Radford.

    It was Troisi’s last film, as he died of a heart attack the day after shooting ended, and the final product is definitely a fitting tribute to his talent. He’s incredibly likeable and warm in the lead role, and perfectly conveys Mario’s increasing self-confidence and awareness of the world around him.

    Although he isn’t on screen…