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  1. #1371
    Saw Powell & Pressburger's weirdest WWII time film again on Sunday: A Canterbury Tale. It features Eric Portman one of most reliably good British film actors of his day ably supported by co-stars the then relatively unknown Dennis Price (Kind Hearts And Coronets) and Shelia Sim who went onto become Lady (Richard) Attenborough.

    The third lead, Sgt. John Sweet, a genuine US serviceman (1944) is not out of his depth either and his slight awkwardness actually works for his character as a soldier who gets off the train to Canterbury at the wrong stop.

    Part mystery, part subtle propaganda, occasionally gently comic but also a forward looking, very progressive film showing in particular the role of women in the war and suggesting the changes in the social order to come after it has ended.

    But it also has that Powell & Pressburger other worldliness too, a deep seated love of the British countryside and its history, Kent (yay!) in particular. The b/w photography and lighting is at times wonderful and there is some unusually modern camerawork used too.
    Last edited by fallenangle; 02-06-2020 at 12:55 AM.

  2. #1372
    ^need to get into the Powell n' Pressburger stuff, I really appreciate older movies these days. What's a good one to kick off with?

    Watched WITHNAIL & I. It was pretty much exactly as I remembered, although my memories gave Richard Griffiths more cats than he actually has (ie. one. And it's a "swine!").

    Still a great movie but I found myself more attracted to the scenery, it's lovingly atmospheric 80s Britain and it made me all nostalgic. See it if you haven't, I bet C4 will be showing it a few times, it'll prob end up on Film4.

  3. #1373
    You should start with the Life and Death of Colonel Blimp or Black Narcissus.

  4. #1374
    Indeed the Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp with Roger Livesey, the fantastically good Anton Walbrook and Deborah Kerr at her stunning best in three roles is probably my favourite of their films. The restored version which enhances its original glowing colour photography is outstanding. A very long film though: 2hrs 44mins.

    But you can't leave out A Matter Of Life And Death with David Niven and, again, Roger Livesey. Same photographic quality and its swapping between colour and b/w is one of it many delights. The special effects are extraordinary even now.

    Can't argue with Black Narcissus either and I suppose we have to mention The Red Shoes too. The latter definitely not my sort of thing (ballet) but you can't ignore it if you're looking for the highlights covering the broad spectrum of their work. On which subject I'd also include The Spy In Black, which I think was their first collaboration and I Know Where I'm Going with Roger Livesey, again, and the great Wendy Hiller. It a small romantic film, very British and in particular very Scottish but at its best it oozes that other worldly atmosphere I mentioned earlier.

  5. #1375
    ^thankyou for the info, I shall let it sink into the subcon and explore those films!!!!

    To counterbalance the above, I have to say not all old movies are worth watching. I watched THE DEVIL RIDES OUT, earlier, and it was terrible, dull rubbish, especially for 1968 (when NOTLD and ROSEMARY'S BABY were about!!!!!!!)

    Even as a kid, I avoided this film. It stank of depressing death. My mum used to rave about it but all I ever used to see were posh old English guys in three-piece suits standing around in studies talking pawsh.

    And that's all 97% of this film is. It's sooooo dull, even with Christopher Lee in.

    As a kid, I absorbed most of the Hammers but this absolutely reeked of dull and I truly had an aversion to watching it. I was right, this is rubbish, my intuition wins in this case!!!

  6. #1376
    Dennis Wheatley?

    Dennis ****ley, more like!!!

  7. #1377
    The Wandering Earth
    Certainly interesting but it's dumb as a door post and despite how much money was spent on it it often looks cheap though there are a few nice shots.

    The Godfather Part II
    Meh, was very curious about this having enjoyed the first film far more than I expected but this is something of a bloated chore by comparison and definitely the weaker installment of the two by quite a margin. Nowhere near enough story to sustain the 3hr 30m runtime.

  8. #1378
    Elle - French language film from Paul Verhoeven about a sexual assault and the way in which it is dealt with I suppose. Itís uncomfortable at times and goes to some unexpected places, but the main performance by Isabelle Huppert is so remarkable itís impossible to stop watching. Typically provocative from Paul Verhoeven.

    Quote Originally Posted by Neon Ignition View Post
    The Godfather Part II
    Meh, was very curious about this having enjoyed the first film far more than I expected but this is something of a bloated chore by comparison and definitely the weaker installment of the two by quite a margin. Nowhere near enough story to sustain the 3hr 30m runtime.
    I much prefer the first one too. Itís in a different league for me.

  9. #1379
    Quote Originally Posted by fallenangle View Post
    Indeed the Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp with Roger Livesey, the fantastically good Anton Walbrook and Deborah Kerr at her stunning best in three roles is probably my favourite of their films. The restored version which enhances its original glowing colour photography is outstanding. A very long film though: 2hrs 44mins.

    the.
    Wonderful film, one of the greatest ever made.

  10. #1380
    Gonna be watching GATTACA tonight. I've never seen it but have had the sealed DVD sitting about for like eleven years, I think it's about time, innit?

    Making it a mini-mission to get through old DVDs I haven't watched, then getting rid if it's not a keeper (few are). I've even got stuff I bought in 2001 that I haven't watched. Got too much stuff, me.

    Next on my list is WITHOUT A PADDLE, a DVD I've owned for about a decade and always fancied seeing. Then I can get rid.

    Unless it's a keeper.

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