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Planet of the Apes (1968)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

September 25, 2021
Passport to Pimlico

Passport to Pimlico

September 25, 2021
Only Two Can Play (1962)

Only Two Can Play (1962)

September 25, 2021
Moonfleet (1955)

Moonfleet (1955)

September 24, 2021
Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959)

Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959)

September 24, 2021

Passport to Pimlico

Passport To Pimlico is one of the most charming and feted Ealing comedies, with turns from dozens of beloved character actors hilariously sending up English stereotypes when Pimlico declares itself independent to escape dour post-war life. One of the archetypal Ealing comedies about ordinary people in a small community to which extraordinary things happen. Screenwriter Clarke dreamed up the idea that the London district of Pimlico discovers that it legally belongs to Burgundy and the

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Only Two Can Play (1962)

This Kingsley Amis adaptation goes more for flat-out laughs than the satire we associate with. Nevertheless, it works just fine. Peter Sellers stars as John Lewis, the small-town Welsh librarian who is offered an escape from his mundane life and henpecked-husband routine when councillor’s wife Liz (Mia Zetterling) takes a shine to him, although having an affair away from the locals’ prying eyes isn’t easy.

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Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959)

Cold War politicking and British colonial incompetence are given a gentle ribbing in toothless but enjoyable British farce Carlton-Browne of the F.O., about the fight by two ‘superpowers’ over an island rich in a vital constituent for nuclear weapons Before the British film industry was taken over by bumbling fools, it enjoyed telling ironic, self-deprecating tales about bumbling fools and general English ineptitude. Hence this story in which Terry-Thomas, here playing the Diffident English Gent

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Pink String and Sealing Wax (1945)

Pink String And Sealing Wax is a crime drama set in the seaside resort of Brighton in Victorian times. Gordon Jackson is the son of a martinet father (Mervyn Johns), an analytical chemist. Googie Withers is the landlady of a pub where Jackson goes to get away from his family. When Withers wants to kill her husband, she seduces Jackson into stealing poison for her and then tries to blackmail Johns. Withers makes a sympathetic

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My Learned Friend (1943)

Will Hay’s final film (he actually died six years later but was plagued by ill health during this time), this darkly funny Ealing comedy has him as a lawyer who is one of the many targets of an escaped murderer seeking revenge on the folks who put him behind bars. As the bodies increase, so, too, does Hay’s paranoia, while the fun becomes increasingly frenetic all the way to the Harold Lloyd-esque finale atop Big

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Get Carter (1971)

British gangster classic starring Michael Caine as the eminently quotable, ultimately tough Jack Carter. Hard to believe that a major studio felt the need to remake this British gangster classic (2000 with Sylvester Stallone in the Caine role), which ranks up there with the likes of The Long Good Friday as one of the finest home grown films of the past 30 years. Caine is the gangster who goes to Newcastle for his brother’s funeral

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Dead of Night

Dead of Night is a pioneering horror classic, and still one of the most successful anthologies to date, with five episodes directed by four different directors. Horror anthologies hardly ever work since the episodic structure rarely allows for the convincing development of character and suspense. This is a rare and terrifically frightening exception – five tales wrapped in one eerie package and made by four top directors of the era, Alberto Cavalcanti (‘Christmas Party’ and

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The films of.... Richard Attenborough

Only Two Can Play (1962)

This Kingsley Amis adaptation goes more for flat-out laughs than the satire we associate with. Nevertheless, it works just fine. Peter Sellers stars as John Lewis, the small-town Welsh librarian who is offered an escape from his mundane life and henpecked-husband routine when councillor’s wife Liz (Mia Zetterling) takes a shine to him, although having an affair away from the locals’ prying eyes isn’t easy.

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Brighton Rock

Vintage British crime thriller, featuring a chilling turn from Richard Attenborough as a brutal teenage racketeer Brighton Rock takes the US noir thriller formula and blends it with a striking vision of the British seaside town in the 1930s. This isn’t the place of innocent days out, but rather “another Brighton of dark alleyways and festering slums.” Arriving in town on a publicity stunt is newspaper journalist ‘Kolley Kibber’. Kibber – actually Fred Hale (Wheatley)

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Planet of the Apes (1968)

Inspired by Pierre Boulle’s novel, this quality sci-fi is given profound power by its central metaphor of apes personifying human cruelty. Charlton Heston at his rugged, moral best “Goddamn you all to hell!” is the moment everybody remembers from Schaffner’s terrific adaptation of Boulle’s darkly comic science fiction novel, but there’s more to Planet Of The Apes than merely a stunning last-minute revelation – four largely ineffectual sequels, for example, a TV series, a short-lived

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Only Two Can Play (1962)

This Kingsley Amis adaptation goes more for flat-out laughs than the satire we associate with. Nevertheless, it works just fine. Peter Sellers stars as John Lewis, the small-town Welsh librarian who is offered an escape from his mundane life and henpecked-husband routine when councillor’s wife Liz (Mia Zetterling) takes a shine to him, although having an affair away from the locals’ prying eyes isn’t easy.

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The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

The true story of the superhuman efforts of Allied POWs, who amid inhuman conditions must build a bridge to aid the Japanese war effort – but what comes first, the bridge or Allied interests? Director David Lean made his name with smaller, more intimate movies like Brief Encounter and Oliver Twist, but by the time of The Bridge On The River Kwai his epic cinema output was in full swing. The story takes place in

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