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British Film Archive Retrospective

This is probably the cinema's best version of Carmen, shot on location in raw, rocky Spanish settings and exuding a hot-house atmosphere of sexual passion and repression which stems more from Merimee's original than from Bizet's opera. Feyder gives it a real tragic flow, culminating in an ... Read more
Hitchcock took O'Casey's great ... tragedy in his capable stride. His script kept closely tothe play and his casting of Sara Allgood as Juno was an inspiration. An almost unknown film actor, Edward Chapman, was excellent as the Paycock, and there were good performances by John Laurie, Maire ... Read more
Fritz Lang's M (1931 ), is one of his most celebrated films, and its tale of a sadistic murderer who kills little girls, offered a portrait of the profound troubles that gripped Germany in the years immediately before Hitler came to power. Joseph Losey's remake is not an exact copy of the original ... Read more
Made as a silent film, but issued with a music and effects soundtrack and a prologue spoken by John Longden. this crime melo about a club owner's fiancee accused of killing his Chinese mistress shows that. at its best, the British "silent" picture could be as stylish and as visually stunning as ... Read more
Beautifully designed (by Vincent Korda), The Girl From Maxim's is a boisterous musical romp based on a Feydeau farce. lt relates how the staid Doctor Petypon (here played by Leslie Henson) becomes involved with a young woman (Frances Day) and then has to use all his ingenuity to keep his wife (Lady ... Read more
For a long time regarded as evidence of Holywood's communist conspiracy, Lillian Hellman`s film was drastically recut for its 195? American television release (as Armored Attack). and not reissued in its original form until 1976, The story is that of a Russian border village invaded by the Nazis ... Read more
Le Fantorne du Moulin Rouge was notable for the various uses Clair made of the cameras resources, sometimes “giving objects a three-dimensional effect by moving round them" (J. Bourgeois). The story shows how the disembodied spirit of a man disappointed in love consoles himself by playing pranks ... Read more
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