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The February Quiz

The February 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 countries across the region and, as this is their speciality, Second Run

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It Follows: an outstanding teen horror

It Follows: an outstanding teen horror

Mike McCahill on 26th February / comments

This much-admired US horror finds a small group of Detroit teenagers stalked by mysterious figures in the wake of their first sexual experiences. You’ll be keen to see where it leads, writes Mike McCahill.

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Hinterland: a moving British road trip

Hinterland: a moving British road trip

Mike McCahill on 25th February / comments

This low-budget debut from writer-director-star Harry Macqueen reunites a pair of childhood friends on a drive to the Cornish coast. Its attentiveness to character and mood makes for a most encouraging debut, writes Mike McCahill.

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Diary of a Madman

Diary of a Madman

David Parkinson on 25th February

Witness Vincent Price in his most chilling portrayal of evil! He stars as Simon Cordier, a well-respected magistrate, who visits a condemned prisoner on the eve of his execution.

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The Oblong Box

The Oblong Box

David Parkinson on 25th February

American Horror legend Vincent Price and British Horror legend Christopher Lee unite for the first time in this grisly Edgar Allan Poe adaptation, from director Gordon Hessler.

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The Tales of Hoffmann: Powell and Pressburger get operatic

The Tales of Hoffmann: Powell and Pressburger get operatic

Mike McCahill on 24th February / comments

Powell and Pressburger’s 1951 screen adaptation of Offenbach’s opera about a lovelorn poet returns to UK screens this weekend in a restored print. Its gaudily elaborate design has scrubbed up rather well, writes Mike McCahill.

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School of Babel

School of Babel

Mike McCahill on 24th February

This French documentary sets up shop in a Parisian junior high school, and observes the interactions of a class of students with a common trait: they’re all the offspring of immigrants. The results are quietly moving

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Effie Gray

Effie Gray

Mark Reynolds on 24th February

Emma Thompson’s heartfelt investigation of a frosty Victorian marriage is an understated triumph of finely honed indignation.

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The King and Four Queens

The King and Four Queens

David Parkinson on 24th February

On screen chemistry fizzes as Clark Gable is joined by Eleanor Parker, Jean Wiles, Sara Shane and Barbara Nichols, playing four feisty dames who couldn’t be more different, in the hottest Western ever made!

DVD

Artists on Screen

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

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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Spring in a Small Town

Spring in a Small Town

Mark Reynolds on 23rd February

This poignant study of suppressed desire is an undisputed classic of Chinese cinema.

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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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Launder and Gilliat

David Parkinson on 13th February / comments

35 years have passed since their last film, but the inclusion of For the Love of Mike (1932) and Facing the Music (1933) in British Musicals of the 1930s: Volume 3 compels Crash Course to recall the underval...

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Wim Wenders

David Parkinson on 12th February / comments

Wenders may have had his misfires, but he remains an enduring talent who defies easy categorisation, says Viewer's Guide expert, David Parkinson.

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