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Eastern European Cinema: The Quiz

Eastern European Cinema: The Quiz

27th February

This month's quiz centres on cinema in Eastern Europe between the coming of talkies and the new waves of the post-Communist era. The questions cover films and film-makers from countrie...

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Life of Riley: Alain Resnais' final bow

Life of Riley: Alain Resnais' final bow

Mike McCahill on 5th March / comments

This adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn’s dark stage comedy won Berlin’s Silver Bear weeks before the death of its director Alain Resnais in March last year. It’s minor, but the director’s eye for experimen...

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Amour Fou

Amour Fou

Mike McCahill on 5th March

Jessica Hausner’s follow-up to 2009’s much-admired Lourdes recreates the unusual circumstances whereby 19th century poet Heinrich von Kleist came to woo a married woman. The results are deathly strang...

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This Is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave You

Mark Reynolds on 5th March

Inspired characters, a perfect location and an A-list ensemble cast and crew on a mission to entertain ensure a seamless transition to the screen for Jonathan Tropper’s hilarious and touching novel.

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Dystopias

Dystopias

James Oliver on 3rd March / comments

Sometimes, the movies make the future look great, all flying cars and robot servants to do all the hard work. Sometimes, though, they paint a rather bleaker picture of tomorrow, predicting totalitaria...

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British Animation

British Animation

David Parkinson on 3rd March / comments

With Aardman's Shaun the Sheep delighting audiences across the country, Crash Course traces the story of an underrated artform.

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Difret: justice, African style

Difret: justice, African style

Mike McCahill on 3rd March / comments

This may be the first Ethiopian drama to reach UK cinemas: an account of a true-life legal case that brought about the end of an ancient tradition that saw young girls kidnapped to become child brides...

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Catch Me Daddy: grim going over the Yorkshire Moors

Catch Me Daddy: grim going over the Yorkshire Moors

Mike McCahill on 2nd March / comments

This gritty drama finds a teenage Muslim being chased over the Yorkshire Moors by representatives of her family, and the musclemen they’ve hired to bring her back. It marks a wayward first feature for...

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Donovan's Brain

Donovan's Brain

David Parkinson on 2nd March

Oscar nominated Lew Ayres stars as the genius brain specialist Dr Patrick Cory. Directed by Felix E. Feist, this is the second adaptation of the 1942 cult classic Curt Siodmak novel, also starring Gen...

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Not as a Stranger

Not as a Stranger

David Parkinson on 2nd March

This 1955 adaptation was the debut for maverick director Stanley Kramer, who Stephen Spielberg described as an incredibly talented visionary. Starring Olivia de Havilland, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatr...

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Fort Massacre

Fort Massacre

David Parkinson on 2nd March

From the Oscar winning producer of The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and West Side Story comes this offbeat psychological Western, with an anti-racist statement at its core. Starring Joel McCrea...

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Escort West

Escort West

David Parkinson on 2nd March

Victor Mature (My Darling Clementine) stars in this roaring Western from John Wayne’s Batjac Productions.

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Dystopias

James Oliver on 3rd March / comments

Sometimes, the movies make the future look great, all flying cars and robot servants to do all the hard work. Sometimes, though, they paint a rather bleaker picture of tomorrow, predicting totalitarianism an...

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British Animation

David Parkinson on 3rd March / comments

With Aardman's Shaun the Sheep delighting audiences across the country, Crash Course traces the story of an underrated artform.

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Artists on Screen

David Parkinson on 23rd February / comments

With Tim Burton's Big Eyes still in cinemas and Mike Leigh's Mr Turner and Richard Laxton's Effie Gray coming to DVD, Crash Course seeks to put some perspective on art biopics.

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Texas

James Oliver on 23rd February / comments

The great state of Texas occupies a special place in the American imagination, a symbol both of freedom (remember the Alamo!) and the frontier

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Modern South America

James Oliver on 17th February / comments

There's more to South America than the clichés of Salsa and Soccer: there's sensational cinema too, or so says James Oliver as he heads south of the border in search of ten of the best Latin American films o...

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Screwball Comedy

David Parkinson on 17th February / comments

As George Cukor's The Philadelphia Story (1940) returns to cinemas, Crash Course seeks to unlock the secret of screwball comedy.

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