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Tue
20
Mar
2012
 
  • Drama
  • UK
  • Colour
  • 131 mins.
 Edward Albee's vitriolic stage portrayal of domestic blisslessness translated grainily and effectively to the screen. Taylor gives what is probably her finest performance as the blowsy harridan Martha, while Burton is not quite so hammy as usual as her angst-ridden college professor husband. The verbal fireworks that…
Tue
31
Jan
2006
 
  • Colour
Contrasting the innocent expectancy of youth with the bitter regret of old age, this is Ingmar Bergman's warmest and most accessible film. Sweden's greatest silent director, Victor Sjöström, gives a magisterial performance as the frosty, vain professor who seizes the chance for redemption offered to him in…
Tue
30
Oct
2007
 
  • Colour
Adapted by Kobo Abe from his own novel, this stark human condition parable was denounced by some critics for its photographic neutrality. But director Hiroshi Teshigahara and cinematographer Hiroshi Segawa achieve a rich diversity of visual textures that adds to the sensual atmosphere of this intense drama,…
Thu
06
Dec
2018
 
  • Drama
  • UK
  • Colour
  • 131 mins.
Set in the industrial British Midlands of the 1920's well-to-do best friends, Gerald Crich (Oliver Reed) and Rupert Berkin (Alan Bates), who fall in love with a pair of working class sisters, Gudrun, an artist (Glenda Jackson) and Ursula Brangwen, a schoolteacher(Jennie Linden). Rupert marries Ursula and…
Sun
29
Apr
2007
 
  • Colour
This very well received anti-apartheid drama is based on the true story of a white South African mother who was jailed for her support of the African National Congress. Barbara Hershey is excellent as the woman torn between the love of her family and her political beliefs,…
Tue
23
May
2006
 
  • Colour
The timeless significance of ancient custom to the Bambara peoples of Mali is explored in this haunting political fable from Souleymane Cissé. Having been threatened with death by his shaman father, Issiaka Kane goes into exile, where he learns the power and value of the magical gifts…
Tue
17
Apr
2018
 
  • Comedy, Drama
  • Japan
  • B&W
  • 105 mins.
Yojimbo is the acclaimed 1961 jidaigeki (Japanese period) film directed by the legendary director Akira Kurosawa. It tells the story of a masterless samurai (ronin), portrayed by the great Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, who arrives in a small one horse town where two competing crime lords and…
Tue
03
May
2005
 
  • Colour
Anger and sadness lie at the heart of this treatise on the perpetuation of the patriarchal prejudices underpinning Turkish society. The film was written by Yilmaz Güney, while in prison for so-called political offences, and directed from explicit instructions by his longtime assistant, Serif Gören. The negative…
Tue
01
Nov
2011
 
  • Period drama
  • UK/France
  • Colour
  • 93 mins.
Ewan McGregor's infamous wedding tackle gets another outing here in the graphic, second feature from The Last Great Wilderness director David Mackenzie. Based on the novel by Scottish Beat writer Alexander Trocchi, the film is set in 1950s Glasgow, where rootless drifter Joe (McGregor) becomes employed as a barge…
Tue
29
Apr
2014
 
  • Documentary
  • Germany/Argentina/Netherlands/Chile
  • Colour
  • 108 mins.
What would be the shortest route between Entre Ros in Argentina and the Chinese metropolis Shanghai? Simply a straight line through the centre of the earth, since the two places are antipodes: they are located diametrically opposite to each other on the earth's surface. During his visits…
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