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  • Napoleon
  • The Innocents
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Devils

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  • Dulcima

    ★★★★

  • Caribbean Honeymoon No.2

    ★★★

  • Caribbean Honeymoon No.1

    ★★★

  • Jamaica – Third Test

    ★★

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  • Napoleon

    Napoleon

    ★★★★★

    One of my 1000 recommended films.

    I haven't seen this for quite a few years but today (all day) I watched this unique film on the big screen, in the 5 and a half hour Photoplay restoration with score conducted live by Carl Davis with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

    The story of how Kevin Brownlow has spent nearly half a century working on restoring this film to as close to Abel Gance's original vision as possible is well known - and…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★★

    One of my 1000 recommended films.

    Recently I saw the beautiful new print of this film directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and can report that after fifty years it still looks amazing, with vibrant colours, a remarkably rich score, and performances that linger long in the memory.

    The doomed romance of the modern Romeo and Juliet, Polish American Tony (Richard Beymer, all teeth and eyelashes and so pretty…

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  • Dulcima

    Dulcima

    ★★★★

    Interesting drama which once again proves what a gem Carol White was, here alongside John Mills in a kind of modern take of Far From The Madding Crowd. She wants to go up in the world, he feels, well, rejuvinated, by her youth.

    Frank Nesbitt's film may be a simple love triangle on first glance, once handsome neighbour Stuart Wilson enters proceedings, but it has been unjustly neglected and deserves new reappraisal as a subtle tragedy, beautifully played.

  • Summoned by Bells

    Summoned by Bells

    ★★★½

    A delightful glimpse into a privileged past from a broadcaster and writer who himself was one of the great Edwardians. Betjeman came from a family of business and trade, and great wealth, but this is a personal reminisce of the childhood he remembers, delivered in voiceover as the man himself wanders old haunts and half-forgotten places.

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  • Midnight Cowboy

    Midnight Cowboy

    ★★★★

    This was one of the films on my list of shame, I had been long aware of it but had never got around to seeing it, until now.

    I knew the theme was Nilsson's 'Everybody's Talkin'' and that Jon Voight's character was a would-be hustler, and Dustin Hoffman's character was a low-down dirty rat. But that's about it.

    The film is nothing like I expected. It has some fantastic moments - the way Voight and Hoffman eyeball each other as…

  • A Single Man

    A Single Man

    ★★★★

    This bittersweet film gets another star on a rewatch. It's Colin Firth's best performance in years as stuffy professor George Falconer ('it takes a long time to become George'), who suddenly finds himself bereaved by the sudden death of his partner Jim in a car accident, and finds it difficult to cope until he decides he needs to make a momentous decision.

    This being the 1960s he cannot talk openly about it, or even grieve, nor can he seek a…