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  • Maigret Sets a Trap

    Maigret Sets a Trap

    ★★★½

    Maigret for me is the early sixties TV portrayal by Rupert Davies and the Simenon books themselves, Here, in my first cinematic venture onto Netflix, is a very decent stab at the Parisian detective by Rowan Atkinson. He is well served with an amazingly convincing location with Hungarian streets, alleys and steps substituting for Montmartre and a suitable supporting cast. I felt the role of his wife here is a travesty. In the books she is very much a servile,…

  • Born Yesterday

    Born Yesterday

    ★★★★★

    Absolutely love this film and have done since first seeing it in the early eighties. There is just nothing that I don't like. The opening up of the original play with 'tourist' shots and tour guide moments on location in Washington could have been a let down but they are so well shot and the great dialogue still sustained so that all is well. The stage like setting of the interior might have been a let-down but censorship worries meant…

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  • The Duke of Burgundy

    The Duke of Burgundy

    ★★★★★

    This is a profound and engrossing film. Peter Strickland is clearly less a fan of cinema than a fanatic for film and there is a difference. He believes that film does not depict reality but is a reproduction of reality and therein lies his fascination. He is excited by this process and through his films similarly excites us. In this film, ostensibly about a couple of ladies living out a BDSM relationship in a rambling old mansion, his filmic inspiration…

  • Strip Nude for Your Killer

    Strip Nude for Your Killer

    ★★★★

    I didn’t think much of this when I first saw it and don’t think much of it now. It’s terrible really because the girls are great and it looks good most of the time with plenty of sexy kills. The title, salacious though it is, is pretty accurate, but the predictable tale plods along and in the end produces a killer we have not only not seen but did not know existed! Distortion on the soundtrack doesn’t help this one.…