Tag Archives: UK

A Prize of Gold (1955) Mark Robson, Richard Widmark, Mai Zetterling, Nigel Patrick, Crime, Adventure, Drama

A Prize of Gold (1955)
Gold bars are discovered while dredging a canal in post WWII Berlin, which the Air Force is transporting in trips to London. One of the soldiers (Widmark) who has access to the gold has fallen in love with a German woman running an amateur orphanage . She wants to relocate with the kids to Brazil (where all good Nazi go). She’s been selling herself to raise the funds, but Widmark jealously intercedes and ruins her setup. He quickly decides to steal the gold to finance the trip.

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Necropolis (1970) Franco Brocani, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Tina Aumont, Pierre Clémenti, Fantasy, Horror

Necropolis (1970)
Brocani conjures together all your favourite European cultural and historical myth figures in order to attack the centuries of ‘sublimation’ that have produced our cities and their inhabitants. The gang’s all here: Frankenstein’s monster gropes towards the awareness that his mind is a universe; Attila, naked on a white horse, liberates his people from their ignominy; the ultra-caustic Viva bemoans the frustrations of married life and drifts into the elegiac persona of the Bloody Countess Bathory; Louis Waldon is a hip American tourist searching for the (missing) Mona Lisa. The range is extraordinary, from stand-up Jewish comedy to a kind of flea-market expressionism. Brocani’s approach is contemplative rather than agitational, which confounds the impatient; Gavin Bryars’ lovely Terry Riley-esque score matches the ambience exactly.

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The Impassive Footman (1932) Basil Dean, Owen Nares, Betty Stockfeld, Allan Jeayes, Crime, Drama

The Impassive Footman (1932)
Grace Marwood and her husband, a hopeless hypochondriac, take a cruise where she falls in love with the ship’s medical officer, young Dr Daventry. The two continue to meet chastely for several years, with Marwood’s behaviour becoming ever more selfish and insufferable in the interim, until her husband finally becomes suspicious and accuses her violently of the adultery she has not in fact committed, provoking her to leave him for the man she loves. Meanwhile, the invalid’s every whim is catered to by the mysterious well-educated footman Simpson, who is apparently prepared to put up with anything from his employer. But Marwood falls genuinely ill, and Daventry is the only doctor in England who may be able to save him… and the footman has a secret of his own…

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The Ringer (1952) Guy Hamilton, Herbert Lom, Donald Wolfit, Mai Zetterling, Mystery

The Ringer (1952)
‘The Ringer’ is an elusive criminal, reported dead in Australia but now thought to be alive in London. Scotland Yard know the Ringer had left his sister in the care of unscrupulous lawyer Maurice Meister and that she was later found drowned, so they warn Meister that the Ringer is in London. A police guard is set up around his house and, surrounded by burglar alarms, he waits for further news; no intruder could possibly enter. As tension mounts, it seems increasingly clear that the Ringer is one of the people in the close circle around Meister… but which one?

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Freedom Radio (1941) Anthony Asquith, Clive Brook, Diana Wynyard, Raymond Huntley, Drama, War

Freedom Radio (1941)
Hitler’s doctor is gradually realising that the Nazi regime isn’t as good as it pretends to be when his friends start to “disappear” into the camps. His wife is courted by the party and accepts a political post in Berlin. Meanwhile Dr Karl decides to try to do something to counteract the Nazi propaganda and with the help of an engineer and a few friends he sets up the Freedom Radio to counteract the Nazi propaganda.

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Dreamchild (1985) Gavin Millar, Coral Browne, Ian Holm, Peter Gallagher, Biography, Comedy, Drama

Dreamchild (1985)
Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the Lewis Carroll’s classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell (the book’s inspiration) as an old woman who is haunted by the characters she was once so amused by. As she thinks back on it, she starts to see her relationship with the shy author/professor in a new way and realizes the vast change between the young Alice and the old.

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Death at Broadcasting House (1934) Reginald Denham, Ian Hunter, Austin Trevor, Lilian Oldland, Mystery

Death at Broadcasting House (1934)
When an actor is murdered during the recording of a radio play, Detective Inspector Gregory quickly discovers that the victim had many enemies amongst his fellow players. When his deductions lead him into a blind alley he decides to reconstruct the crime, hoping that this tried and tested device will lead him to the killer. All the technical and human resources of Broadcasting House are brought to his aid…

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