Nicol Williamson takes the lead role in this star-studded 1969 version of William Shakespeare’s tragedy. Prince Hamlet mourns both his father’s death and his mother’s remarriage to Claudius. When the ghost of Hamlet’s father appears to him and tells him that Claudius has poisoned him, Hamlet swears revenge.
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The Mad Morgans are more than an increasingly popular variety act; they are a family team. But one of them aspires to greater things, and is in a dilemmaas to whether he should go it alone or stick with the group. Despite setbacks and obstacles, Davy finally gets his offer from the top. The entertainment world is his oyster but can the ties of flesh and blood stop him from achieveing his dreams?
Novembertage / November Days (1991) Marcel Ophüls, Anne Blaurock, Bärbel Bohley, Barbara Brecht-Schall, Documentary, Biography
Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder.
Calling Bulldog Drummond (1951) Victor Saville, Walter Pidgeon, Margaret Leighton, Robert Beatty, Crime, Mystery
All the various Bulldog Drummond movie series had run their courses by 1951; nonetheless, MGM decided to revive the property (and simultaneously liquidate some “frozen funds”) with the British-filmed Calling Bulldog Drummond. Walter Pidgeon stars as novelist Sapper’s soldier-of-fortune, here retooled as a respectable retired military officer. Summoned to London by Scotland Yard, Drummond is assigned to break up a dangerous criminal gang. He is aided by female undercover officer Helen Smith (Margaret Leighton), who turns out to be not much help at all. Trapped in a bombed-out building and surrounded by hulking henchmen, Drummond seems to have run out of luck. Some of the film’s brightest moments are provided by David Tomlinson as a traditional “silly ass” type who is lot smarter than he seems. Bernard Lee, the future “M” in the James Bond films of the 1960s, appears as a secondary villain.
A Night to Remember (1958) Roy Ward Baker, Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres, Action, Drama, History
On April 14, 1912, just before midnight, the “unsinkable” Titanic struck an iceberg. In less than three hours, it had plunged to the bottom of the sea, taking with it more than 1,500 of its 2,200 passengers. In his unforgettable rendering of Walter Lord’s book of the same name, the acclaimed British director Roy Ward Baker depicts with sensitivity, awe, and a fine sense of tragedy the ship’s last hours. Featuring remarkably restrained performances, A Night to Remember is cinema’s subtlest and best dramatization of this monumental twentieth-century catastrophe.
A Passage to India (1984) David Lean, Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee, Peggy Ashcroft, Adventure, Drama, History
Circa 1920, during the Indian British rule, Dr. Aziz H. Ahmed was born and brought up in India. He is proficient in English, and wears Western style clothing. He meets an old lady, Mrs. Moore, at a mosque, who asks him to accompany her and her companion, Adela Quested, for sight-seeing around some caves. Thereafter the organized life of Aziz is turned upside down when Adela accuses him of molesting her in a cave. Aziz is arrested and brought before the courts, where he learns that the entire British administration is against him, and would like to see him found guilty and punished severely, to teach all native Indians what it means to molest a British citizen. Aziz is all set to witness the “fairness” of the British system, whose unofficial motto is “guilty until proved innocent.”
Anna Neagle is a WWII WREN–-the counterpart of the American WAVE–-who encounters Michael Wilding in a blacked-out Piccadilly during an air raid. They get married and have a two-day honeymoon before she is sent to Singapore. The ship in which she leaves the doomed-fortress of Singapore is torpedoed, with all hands posted as drowned. Not quite. She’s cast away on an unknown South Sea island for three years with a company of sailors. Wilding, unaware of this circumstance, marries again, this time to an American girl, and they have a child. And, then, Anna returns.