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  • Matchmaking Mamma

    ★★★½

  • Pétronille and Her Monkey

    ★★★

  • All Wet

    ★★★

  • The Merchant of Venice - Live at Shakespeare's Globe

    ★★★★½

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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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  • Matchmaking Mamma

    Matchmaking Mamma

    ★★★½

    A social-climbing mother (Daphne Polland) wants her daughter (Carole Lombard) to marry well, but the target boy (Matty Kemp) only has eyes for her neglected step-daughter (Sally Eilers).

    This screwball spin on Cinderella has lots to recommend it, but Lombard's role is brief. Director Harry Edwards makes the most out of the comic and slapstick potential of this endearing 25 minute short, particularly in the misunderstanding when father (Johnny Burke) comes home and is greeted with glee by Sally.

    Trivia note: After Kemp retired from acting he was instrumental in saving many of Mary Pickford's movies as manager of the Mary Pickford Foundation.

  • Pétronille and Her Monkey

    Pétronille and Her Monkey

    ★★★

    One of the Petronille series of comic shorts starring French actor Sarah Duhamel (1873-1926), an large, expressive lady with a round face and friendly smile. Here, she gets a pet monkey with disasterous results!

    Jocko is a naughty boy, and however much she tries to hide him, he will cause havoc. And there is a hugely inventive and improbable chase to enjoy.

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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…