Brian Gibson – Where Adam Stood (1976)

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From VLN:

A play, written by Dennis Potter, which deals with the turningpoint in science when Charles Darwin released his theories from the point of view of a religious scientist who can’t bare the thought that the Genesis isn’t to be taken literally. Not as famous as his Musical mini-series “The Singing Detective” and “Pennies From Heaven”, not as notorious as his banned play “Brimstone & Treacle” Potter writes a very quiet and heartbreaking play about a boy who watches his father’s life work being destroyed. Continue reading

Robert Freeman – The Touchables (1968)

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All Movie Guide:

Somebody at 20th Century-Fox must have been asleep at the switch when the studio picked up the British The Touchables for American distribution. This listless melodrama concerns a British rock star (David Anthony) with a love-’em-and-leave-’em reputation. The tables are turned when four cute young girls (Judy Huxtable, Esther Anderson, Marilyn Rickard and Kathy Simmonds) kidnap the singer. Continue reading

John Cassavetes – BBC Omnibus: The Making of Husbands (1971)

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This is a super-rare look behind the scenes of Cassavetes’ first ‘big budget’ film, Husbands. It depicts several scenes which never made it into the final film, and a few that did. Also great is to watch Cassavetes working out scenes with Peter Falk and Ben Gazzara, sitting around a table smoking, brainstorming, joking, and singing – just like Archie Gus and Harry!

Picture quality isn’t tops, being this was taken from a VHS copy from a 16mm print that’s seen better days, and it has a timecode window burned in at the bottom left, but everything is visible that counts. Continue reading

Ken Loach – Fatherland (1986)

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Persona Non Grata in his homeland, protest singer Klaus Drittemann must leave East Berlin, his wife and child and emigrate to West Berlin, where the representatives of an American record company are eagerly waiting for him. They plan to exploit his defection from communism both ideologically and financially. But Klaus, as ill-at-ease in the West as he was in the East, is reluctant to be used as an expendable commodity. Leaving his contract unsigned (or signed in his manner), he leaves for Cambridge to meet his father, a concert player, who -just like him – left East Berlin thirty years ago as Klaus was a little boy. He is accompanied by a young French journalist, Emma, who knows where his father has been living since he disappeared for more than a decade. The young lady is cooperative but might hide things from him… Continue reading

Herbert Wilcox – Irene (1940)

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Sent by her employers on an errand to the home of the wealthy Mrs. Vincent, Irene O’Dare
meets Don, a friend of Bob, Mrs. Vincent’s son. Attracted to Irene, Don decides to invest
some money in Bob’s latest venture, the “Madame Lucy” dress shop, in order to give Irene a
job there as a model. She is very successful and Bob also becomes attracted to her. Smith,
the manager assigns Irene and other models to display gowns at Mrs. Vincent’s charity ball,
but Irene ruins the gown she was to wear, and appears instead in a quaint blue dress that
had belonged to her mother… and it is a big hit. A guest, Princess Minetti, places her as the
niece of Ireland’s Lady O’Dare, and Irene does not deny the relationship. Smith decides to
set her up in a Park Avenue suite as the niece of Lady O’Dare, so that she can attend
socially important gatherings wearing and displaying… Continue reading

Roy Ward Baker – A Night to Remember (1958)

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Director Roy Ward Maker, and his producer, William MacQuitty, have done a sterling job in putting the tragic sinking of the Titanic in 1912 on the screen with an impressive, almost documentary flavour. With around 200 speaking roles in the film, few of the actors are given much chance to develop as characters. Even leading player Kenneth More, is merely part of a team. The ship itself is the star.

The story tells how the Titanic widely regarded as unsinkable, set out on her maiden voyage bound for the United States on the night of the 14th April, 1912, and how she struck an iceberg and sank – in less than three hours – with the loss of 1,302 drowned, and only 705 survivors.

The errors and confusion which played a part in the drama are brought out with no whitewashing. Technically director Roy Baker does a superb job under difficult circumstances, with special mention for the lifeboat scenes which were expertly done. Eric Ambler’s screenplay (from Walter Lord’s book) brings out how some people kept their heads, and others became cowards. Continue reading

David Gladwell – Requiem for a Village (1975)

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The idyllic, rural past of a Suffolk village comes to life through the memories of an old man who tends a country graveyard, in this extraordinary, little-seen film from David Gladwell. Although best known for his celebrated work as editor on Lindsay Anderson’s If…. and O Lucky Man!, Gladwell has, until now, rarely been recognised as the director of a number of ground-breaking films. Continue reading