John Schlesinger – Screen One: A Question of Attribution [+ Extra] (1992)

Sir Anthony Blunt was a Soviet agent in Britain for 25 years, the fourth man (after Maclean, Burgess and Philby) in the infamous Cambridge spy ring. Caught out in 1964, Blunt is granted immunity from prosecution and his treason is kept secret in exchange for a full confession. Meanwhile, he continues to work as an art historian, Director of the Courtauld Institute and Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures. Continually hounded by MI5, he presents his interrogator with a puzzle in the shape of a doubtful Titian painting. He also does art restoration work in Buckingham Palace, where he gets into an ambiguous conversation with the Queen. Meanwhile the investigators demand that he disclose the name of the elusive Fifth Man in the ring as part of his immunity deal, otherwise threatening to expose him to the nation. Read More »

Vojtech Jasný – Der Kulterer (1974)

Vojtech Jasný’s adaptation of Thomas Bernhard’s story (1962) of the same name starring Helmut Qualtinger as Der Kulturer, who while in prison becomes a self-sufficient thinker and writer. Read More »

Alain Bergala & Jean-Pierre Limosin – Kurosawa, au dos des images (2018)

At the invitation of Limosin and Bergala, Kiyoshi Kurosawa rediscovers his own films, first during the shooting of his French film in Paris and then in Tokyo. From his first militant films in Super 8 to his undisputed masterpieces, the Japanese director confides his obsessions, his repulsions, his delightfully heterogeneous tastes as a cinephile, his pleasures and fears as a filmmaker. Read More »

Ken Loach – Play for Today: The Price of Coal [Part 1 & 2] (1977)

Part 1 – Meet the People:
The workers of Milton Colliery prepare for a royal visit by H.R.H. Prince Charles.

Part 2 – Back to Reality:
A month after the royal visit, the workers at Milton Colliery are brought crashing back down to earth by an underground explosion. Read More »

Abel Gance – Marie Tudor (1966)

Abel Gance’s Marie Tudor was produced by ORTF and broadcast on French television in two parts, on 23 and 30 April 1966. It is an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s play of the same name (1833), and was the first of two productions Gance made for French television – the second being Valmy (1967). Marie Tudor mines historical and literary material familiar from Gance’s earlier work. He had already turned to sixteenth-century history for his Lucrèce Borgia (1935) (which also echoed another Hugo play) and for his script for Jean Dréville’s La Reine Margot (1954) – likewise a literary adaptation (Alexandre Dumas’ novel of 1845). Though modest fare by Gance’s standards, Marie Tudor was one of the projects that marked his return to critical and commercial visibility in the 1960s – starting with Austerlitz (1960) and ending with his last film, Bonaparte et la Révolution (1971). This copy comes from the digital archive of the Institut national de l’audiovisuel (INA). Read More »

Woody Allen – The Woody Allen Special (1969)

Here’s an edited synopsis from the website TV Party:
Promoted by Woody as “an hour of horny comedy,” the show was refreshingly adult by the standards of 1969 network TV. After wacky animated titles that depicted Allen as an astronaut, a guillotine victim and Virgil Starkwell, his Take The Money & Run character and after the first of 3 very funny Libby’s commercials featuring Tony Randall as detective Justice Dunn, the show opens with the monologue. Read More »

Stephen Frears – Screen Two: Song of Experience (1986)

As the Lady Chatterley court case puts its seal on the 1950s, three boys set out for a day’s train-spotting. They see more than just trains, though, on a
day when innocence and illusion are lost. Read More »