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Lindsay Anderson – This Sporting Life (1963)

Synopsis:
In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver. Machin lodges with Mrs Hammond, whose husband was killed in an accident at Weaver’s, but his impulsive and angry nature stop him from being able to reach her as he would like. He becomes increasingly frustrated with his situation, and this is not helped by the more straightforward enticements of Mrs Weaver. Read More »

Stanley Donen – Arabesque (1966)

Synopsis:
Professor David Pollock is an expert in ancient Arabic hieroglyphics. A Middle Eastern Prime Minister convinces Pollock to infiltrate the organization of a man named Beshraavi, who is involved in a plot against the Prime Minister. The nature of the plot is believed to be found in a hieroglyphic code. Beshraavi’s mistress, Yasmin Azir is a beautiful mystery who becomes intertwined in the plot. Pollock needs her help, but she repeatedly double crosses him in one escapade after another, he can’t decide on who she is working for. Ultimately working together, Pollock and Yasmin decipher the message and set out to stop an assassination of the Prime Minister. Read More »

James Clavell – Where’s Jack? (1969)

The adventures and the exploits of notorious English thief and prison-breaker Jack Sheppard in 1720s London. Read More »

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. Read More »