Category: Remastered Reissue

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Having just seen Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes at the Berlin Film Festival, in which Ian McKellen plays a testy 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes upset that Dr Watson had fibbed about his deerstalker and pipe-smoking, it will be curious to see one

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Zabriskie Point

No one could deny that Antonioni, who died in 2007, was a remarkable film-maker. But there are plenty who say that Zabriskie Point, the first film he made in the United States, for MGM in 1970, was his worst. Even

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Le Jour Se Lève

Together with the remarkable Les Enfants du Paradis, Le Jour Se Lève (now re-released in a splendid new print) remains one of the great achievements of pre-war French cinema. And Jean Gabin’s performance in the central role has ensured the

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Salvatore Giuliano

Most people interested in the great days of post-war Italian cinema know the names Rossellini, Fellini and Visconti. But they may have forgotten about Francesco Rosi, once called “the heavy conscience of the Italian cinema”. His most celebrated film, Salvatore

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The Wizard of Oz

Poor Judy Garland. If ever there was a victim of the horrors of Hollywood it was she. Told she was dumpy from an early age — one producer called her “my little frog” — she took uppers and downers during

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No director has bridged the gap between the cultures of East and West as convincingly as the Bengali film-maker Satyajit Ray. And no film has done it quite so thoroughly as his 1964 masterpiece, Charulata, which is given an extended

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The Deer Hunter Michael Cimino is a director who gathers praise and opprobrium in equal measure. Few deny his abilities as a film-maker; what his critics can’t bear is his often melodramatic self-importance which clouds almost all his movies and sometimes renders

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The Lady From Shanghai

When Orson Welles died in 1985, I was hauled into the BBC’s Newsnight studio to explain why the great man had made so few films of note beyond Citizen Kane. Those ubiquitous sherry ads were also quoted as part and

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Rome, Open City

Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City (Roma città aperta), re-released March 7, was considered to be the first Neorealist film of the most notable era of the Italian cinema and a precursor of the French New Wave. Jean-Luc Godard wrote: “All roads lead

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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise (1927) will be shown at the Riverside Studios on Sunday 2nd of February 2014 — certainly one of the greatest Silents ever made. With live piano accompaniment.