The latest period offering from Mike Leigh is a mixed bag, but still packs a punch when it counts and makes an important contribution to British working class history on film.
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It Happened Here, the chilling 1964, ‘What if’ film, eight years in the making by Kevin Brownlow and Kevin Mollo, is the powerful and controversial story of life in Nazi-occupied Britain, should the German Army have successfully invaded in 1940.
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Angel, the Edinburgh smash hit by Henry Naylor lands in Dalston’s Arcola and is one of the most devastating productions currently in the capital.
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Park Circus have produced another beautiful 4k restoration of a French favourite, with Luis Buñuel’s Belle De Jour. The film stars Catherine Deneuve as Séverine, the housewife whose frigidity conceals her need for a much more confident and dominant lover. Continue reading “Film Review: Belle De Jour”
This little known masterpiece of European cinema, initially derided for its poor taste and overblown symbolism, may be the best place to start when rediscovering the work of the late great actress. Continue reading “Jeanne Moreau in Mademoiselle (1966)”
There’s no honour among thieves. Or is there? Le Doulos, (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1962), is the French slang for the kind of hat worn by Parisian gangsters, but also the derogatory term used by the hoods themselves, for a police informant. Continue reading “Film Review: Le Doulos (1962)”
Directed by Aisling Walsh, Maudie, is a meticulous and affectionate biopic of Canadian ‘Folk Artist’ Maud Lewis (1903–1970).
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Mosquitoes is a brilliant dramatic analogy linking sibling conflict with the mind bending collisions of particle physics. Continue reading “Theatre Review: Mosquitoes by Lucy Kirkwood”
Snatching a powerful propaganda victory from the jaws of defeat, the evacuation of Dunkirk marked a turning point in Britain’s resolve to prosecute the war against Nazi Germany. Continue reading “Film Review: Dunkirk”
The Death of Louis XIV, the latest work from Catalan director Albert Serra, spans – often in unsparing detail – the last twenty-four days of the French monarch Louis (1638–1715) as he succumbs to gangrene.
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