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  • David Copperfield

    David Copperfield

    ★★★★

    Just pipped by Lean's Great Expectations as best screen Dickens adaptation, this is a thoroughly involving film with some memorable character turns by the likes of irrepressible W C Fields as Micawber, Edna May Oliver as redoubtable aunt Betsey, Basil Rathbone as young David's dastardly oppressor Murdstone, and a suitably slithery Roland Young as "be 'umble" Uriah Heep

  • Molière

    Molière

    ★★★★½

    A magnificent, vivid, opulent, imaginative, intelligent, serious and astounding depiction of the life of the great French playwright and the era he lived in. It made me interested in the theatrical work and life of its distinguished female director and, even allowing for its 4 hour length, it should be better known and appreciated.

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  • Sansho the Bailiff

    Sansho the Bailiff

    ★★★★★

    Drawing on a popular traditional tale and a 1915 novella by Mori Ogai, Mizoguchi’s Sansho the Bailiff/Sanshô dayû (1954) is a jidai-geki historical film concerning the cruel misfortune befalling the wife and children of a humane exiled provincial governor in ancient feudal Japan. I don’t want to give away too much, but some comments below should inevitably carry spoilers

    Few if any films can match the feeling for the beauty of nature, the mix of painterly eye, captivating silvery luminosity…

  • Electrocuting an Elephant

    Electrocuting an Elephant

    ½

    Shame on Edison