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  • The Apple War

    ★★★½

  • Say It with Flowers

    ★★★½

  • The Black Cat

    ★★★★

  • Diabolique

    ★★★★½

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  • The Apple War

    The Apple War

    ★★★½

    Another weird Swedish comedy from Tage Danielsson and Hans Alfredson. Villagers try to stop their rural idyll of Angeland being turned by developers into a German theme park, Deutschney-land. Odd throughout, but genuinely weird in the second part when it's revealed the Lindberg family have magical powers. Max von Sydow turns up as one of the Lindberg Brothers in perhaps the most unlikely role of his distinguished career.

  • Say It with Flowers

    Say It with Flowers

    ★★★½

    One of the best of John Baxter's patented, cheap as chips, community spirit, music hall, sing along films. A street market bands together to provide a rest cure for their beloved flower seller by... organising an old time music hall concert. They rope in the services of genuine music hall legends Charles Coborn (the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo) Marie Kendell (Just like the ivy) and best of all the rotund Florrie Forde singing a whole slew of her many hits.

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  • The Big Heat

    The Big Heat

    ★★★★

    Fritz Lang is undoubtedly one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema, but whereas he was a god in his early years in Germany, he was rather consumed by the machine when he made the move to Hollywood. His Hollywood films aren't as individual, as visual, as idiosyncratic, as big or as mad, but he was still more than capable of making a highly effective movie and this sure is that. The Big Heat is probably his last…

  • Two Women

    Two Women

    ★★★★

    Two Women could have been a very different film. Originally envisioned as an Italian/ American co-production to star Anna Magnani as the mother and 26 year old Sophia Loren as the daughter it was to have been directed by Hollywood legend George Cukor. However Magnani dropped out (possibly as she felt she was too young to play Loren's mother) as did Cukor and Paramount. Former Italian neorealist Vittorio de Sica (he of Bicycle Thieves) took over the direction, gave Loren…