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17
Jun
2015
 

aka Stairway to Heaven

Returning home from a bombing run, World War II pilot Peter Carter (David Niven) is shot down, making last radio contact with an American air controller, June (Kim Hunter) before bailing out and plunging into the sea. With his soul in limbo, a heavenly court meets to decide his fate. Moving seamlessly between a Technicolor earth and a monochrome heaven, the unique vision of Powell and Pressburger (co-creators of Black Narcissus, 1947, and The Red Shoes, 1948) delivers an intensely moving, epic and unforgettable film.

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26
May
2014
 

Marlene Dietrich introduced her theme song "Falling in Love Again" and shot to international fame on the strength of her performance as seductress Lola Frohlich in Josef von Sternberg's classic story of love and obsession. Strict Professor Immanuel Rath is outraged to discover that the boys in his class are frequenting a notorious cabaret called The Blue Angel. He goes to the club with the intention of turning them out, only to fall under the spell of sensuous showgirl Lola who will transform his life.

Among the first enduringly great movies of the sound era, The Blue Angel was made simultaneously in German and English versions by the 35-year-old Viennese-born Hollywood director Josef von Sternberg. The great German character actor Emil Jannings, who'd won the first ever Oscar for best actor under Sternberg's direction in The Last Command (1928), insisted on Sternberg being brought to Berlin for his first talking film.

This turned out to be The Blue Angel (based on a novel by Thomas Mann's brother Heinrich), in which Jannings gives an exquisitely detailed performance as the pompous, middle-aged Professor Rath, a high-school teacher whose life is destroyed through his romantic infatuation with Lola Lola, a wilful young singer he meets at the eponymous nightclub. Sternberg cast the little-known Marlene Dietrich as the mercurial enchantress, a role that brought her world stardom and took her to the States, where Sternberg shaped her persona in six further films.

Superbly designed and lit, The Blue Angel is a modern tragedy and an erotic masterpiece with fine songs by Friedrich Holländer (among them Dietrich's signature number, Falling in Love Again). Endless scenes etch themselves on the mind.

Philip French

The Observer, 10 March 2013

Wed
17
Jun
2015
 

Marcello Clerici, a member of Mussolini's secret police, travels to Paris on his honeymoon with orders to assassinate his former college professor, an outspoken political refugee. But Marcello's loyalty is tested when he is attracted to the professor's young wife, challenging his need to belong to the ruling party, a desire that will ultimately lead to his downfall. Bertolucci's stylish direction, Trintignant's strong central performance and Vittorio Storaro's sumptuous camerawork create an edgy and beautifully crafted film, reflecting a dark chapter in Italian history.

Sun
25
May
2014
 

One of the Coen Brothers' finest and best loved films, Fargo tells the story of struggling car salesman Jerry Lundegaard's bungled attempts at embezzlement and kidnapping, three grisly murders and the tenacious work of a very pregnant Police Chief Marge Gunderson to solve the crimes. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress for Frances McDormand and winning Best Director at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival for Joel Coen, this is a film full of comedy, suspense, violence and satire. The performances are brilliant and the script is as sharp as they come - don't miss it!

Wed
17
Jun
2015
 

Restless young college graduate Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) arrives for his homecoming party and meets the beguiling Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft). They soon begin an affair, but Benjamin finds himself torn between his older lover and his burgeoning romance with her daughter Elaine. Superb performances from Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman, Oscar-winning direction from Mike Nichols, a sharp comedic script and a Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack make The Graduate one of the best-loved films of the 1960's.

Wed
17
Jun
2015
 

Be transported around the Globe and immerse yourself in scenes of natural beauty, sacred places and man-made landscapes in this stunning documentary. Filmed in 25 countries, (including USA, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Kenya, Denmark, Brazil, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Italy, Ghana, Egypt, China, Japan) on five continents over five years and on 70mm film, Samsara is an unforgettably beautiful, mesmerising and meditative journey. From the creators of Baraka (1992) and Chronos (1985).

Rotten Tomatoes "Critics Consensus: It's a tad heavy-handed in its message, but Samsara's overwhelmingly beautiful visuals more than compensate for any narrative flaws."

Fri
23
May
2014
 

Ingmar Bergman's iconic and much imitated film about a knight and his squire who return from the crusades to find the Black Death sweeping the country. Confronted by the Grim Reaper the knight challenges Death to a fateful game of chess for his life. An allegory of humankind's search for meaning in life and in death, this is a film of human comedy and tragedy, raising profound and interesting questions.

Spoofed by Woody Allen, French and Saunders, Bill and Ted (on their Bogus Journey) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Last Action Hero, The Seventh Seal is an undoubted masterpiece of world cinema. It tells of a crusader knight (Max von Sydow) who refuses to accompany Death (Bengt Ekerot) until he has found a flicker of hope in a world stricken by plague, corruption and fear. While this is a highly personal film, in which director Ingmar Bergman (the son of the chaplain of the Swedish royal family) resolves his own doubts about the existence of God, its conclusions will leave even the most cynical viewer filled with optimism.

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