A clever fortune-hunter with a penchant for murder does in his elderly, supposedly rich, wife and manages to get away with it. After an investigation results in a decision of 'accidental death', our crafty killer discovers that his late wife's 'fortune' is not what he thought it was. Driven to find another unsuspecting spouse; he discovers that his new bride, a widow, is no fool. When she tells him that she intends to keep her accounts separate from his, he is driven to contemplate murder once again.
Made at the height of his Box Office success Dirk Bogarde stars as an RAF pilot caught up in a forbidden romance in this classic British film drama set in the Far East during the Second World War. Flight Lieutenant Michael Quinn (Dirk Bogarde) finds himself grounded in Delhi after his aircraft crashes and posted to a special Japanese language course for interrogators of prisoners-of-war. The Brigadier (Anthony Bushell) introduces Michael and his fellow officers to their new instructor an exquisitely beautiful young Japanese girl Susuki San (Yoko Tani). As the days pass Michael and Susuki spend their off-duty time exploring Delhi and their love grows. But there is a shadow between them - something that Susuki refuses to talk about. Michael even nicknames her 'Sabby' - because 'sabishii' is Japanese for sad... Before Michael can uncover Susuki's tragic secret however he is captured by the Japanese and the two lovers are parted...perhaps forever...
In Liliana Cavani's scintillating drama, a concentration camp survivor (Charlotte Rampling) discovers her ex-torturer/lover (Dirk Bogarde) working as a night porter at a hotel in post-war Vienna. When the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic relationship, his former SS comrades begin to stalk them. Operatic and disturbing, The Night Porter deftly examines the cruelty and decadence of Nazi culture.
Mosquito Squadron (Dir. Boris Sagal 1968): Squadron leader Quint is tasked with leading the elite Mosquito Squadron on a perilous mission to destroy a secret missile factory located deep beneath a French chateau. The Nazi project must be stopped at all costs but the factory chateau contains hundreds of RAF prisoners and the husband of the woman he loves... 633 Squadron (Dir. Walter Grauman 1964): With the fate of Europe still hanging in the balance a disparate bunch of brave Mosquito pilots are ordered on a near suicide low-level mission to destroy a Nazi rocket fuel depot in Norway... To make the film which was based on a true story a squadron of legendary de Havilland Mosquito fighter-bombers was resurrected from near extinction. Dazzling flying sequences bone-shaking sound and superb special effects help to make this one of the most realistic air combat films ever to reach the screen. A Bridge Too Far (Dir. Richard Attenborough 1977): An epic film that ""re-creates in stunning detail one of the most disastrous battles of World War II"" (The Hollywood Reporter) A Bridge Too Far is a spectacular war picture. Painstakingly recreated on actual battlefield locations and boasting a remarkable cast that includes Sean Connery Anthony Hopkins Sir Laurence Olivier and Robert Redford 'A Bridge Too Far' accurately recaptures the monumental scope excitement and danger behind one of the biggest military gambles in history. In September 1944 flush with success after the Normandy Invasion the Allies confidently launched Operation Market Garden a wild scheme intended to put an early end to the fighting by invading Germany and smashing the Reich's war plants. But a combination of battlefield politics faulty intelligence bad luck and even worse weather led to the disaster beyond the Allies' darkest fear.
Great Expectations (1946) - David Lean directed this stylish film presentation of Charles Dickens' heart warming story of a young man befriending an escaped convict who becomes his unknown benefactor and of the consequences for the young man as he establishes himself in the world. A Tale Of Two Cities - Dickens' epic tale set during the French Revolution follows the fortunes of a disillusioned English lawyer Sidney Carton (Dirk Bogarde) whose solace is drink and wh
Nicknamed 'the Idol of the Odeon' Dirk Bogarde was one of Britain's greatest actors. In this collection of 'Hidden Gems' from his collection of leading roles Dirk Bogarde demonstrates his versatility in a variety from comedy to film noir. In Boys in Brown (1949) Bogarde stars as young offender Alfie Rawlins alongside other British films great Richard Attenborough and Jack Warner in this 1940's crime drama set in a post war borstal. Rawlins is a petty criminal but displays an innocent charm that becomes integral to the plans of the inmates to escape. Hunted (1952) is an award winning film and a film noir classic. Director Charles Crichton superbly captures working class life in post war Britain (in the early 1950's) with the gritty but sensitive British drama. Also made in 1952 Penny Princess is a charming 1950's British farce with Bogarde in one of his early comedy lead roles. The Spanish Gardener (1956) was nominated for the Golden Bear award at the Berlin international film festival and sees Bogarde in one of his most sensitive roles as he befriends a young boy and his overbearing father. The Singer not the Song (1961) In this film Bogarde stars opposite another screen great John Mills as the moody cowboy Anacletto. Dressed in black leather Anacletto cuts an intimidating presence in this small Mexican town where he and the priest played by John Mills wrestle for the hearts of the residents.
Boasting some of post-war Britain's most accomplished screen stars this gentle romantic comedy charts the tribulations of a materially challenged but deeply loving young couple. Starring Dirk Bogarde Cecil Parker and Dennis Price For Better For Worse is co-scripted and directed by Oscar-nominated Jack Lee-Thompson and received two BAFTA nominations in 1954. The film is presented here in a brand-new digital transfer in its original aspect ratio from original film elements. When impoverished young graduate Tony Howard proposes to Anne Purves in the cinema he is readily accepted. Her father listens patiently to Tony when he asks for his daughter's hand but upon receiving far from satisfactory answers to the usual father-in-law questions he agrees to the marriage only on the condition that Tony finds both a job and a flat... Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer Image Gallery Promotional Material PDF
Set in Cyprus in 1957, against the background of Cyprus' determined struggle for independence from British rule, Dirk Bogarde stars as a British Intelligence Officer whose sense of duty imperils the life of the woman he loves. Betty Box produces and Ralph Thomas directs in their ninth collaboration with Bogarde.
Dirk Bogarde, Lee Remick and Eileen Atkins head an outstanding cast in this stunning drama from the creative team behind Shadowlands. Originally screened as part of BBC2's acclaimed Screen Two strand and featuring an early TV role for Helena Bonham Carter, The Vision is a disturbing reflection of an era of televangelists, burgeoning satellite channels and ruthless media manipulation. Bogarde plays James Marriner, a faded, unhappily married former TV presenter who is persuaded to front the People Channel a right-wing, evangelical satellite network poised to launch in Europe; determined to recruit Gentle Jim as a reassuringly familiar anchorman, the network's steely, seductive boss Grace Gardner (Remick) proves hard to refuse. As the network's first live transmission looms, Marriner, whose personal life is now under surveillance, has become deeply uneasy about its aims. But Gardner makes it clear that any attempt to alert viewers to her organisation's true agenda will bring about a devastating retribution.
A great value triple fillm collection of superb British thrillers that includes Gunpowder, The Woman in Question & Girl In The Headlines. Starring Gordon Jackson, Debra Burton, Stephen Crane, Anthony Crewe,Ian Hendry and Ronald Fraser.
The second of the popular Doctor series sees doctor Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) keen to escape the boredom of medical practice ashore and the threat of matrimony. Sparrow signs up as a medical officer onboard the cargo ship SS Lotus pleased to be free of any female distractions. However Sparrow soon falls foul of the ship's skipper fearsome captain Hogg (James Robertson Justice) and worse still lands in jail after a drunken celebration on arrival in South America. Two new passeng
A Bridge Too Far: In September 1944 flush with success after the Normandy Invasion the Allies confidently launched Operation Market Garden a wild scheme intended to put an early end to the fighting by invading Germany and smashing the Reich's war plants. But a combination of battlefield politics faulty intelligence bad luck and even worse weather led to the disaster beyond the Allies' darkest fear. The Great Escape: One of the most ingenious and suspenseful adventure films of all time The Great Escape is a masterful collaboration between director John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven) screenwriters James Clavell ('Shogun') and W.R. Burnett and composer Elmer Bernstein. Based on a true story. The Battle Of Britain: This is a spectacular retelling of a true story that shows courage at its inspiring best. Few defining moments can change the outcome of war . But when the outnumbered Royal Air Force defied unsurmountable odds in engaging the German Luftwaffe they may well have altered the course of history!
A complete collection of the best of British war movies! Films comprise: 1. The Colditz Story (Dir. Guy Hamilton 1955) 2. The Cruel Sea (Dir. Charles Frend 1953) 3. The Dam Busters (Dir. Michael Anderson 1954) 4. I Was Monty's Double (Dir. John Guillermin 1958) 5. Ice Cold In Alex (Dir. J. Lee Thompson 1958) 6. Went The Day Well? (Dir. Alberto Cavalcanti 1942) 7. The Wooden Horse (Dir. Jack Lee 1950) 8. They Who Dare (Dir. Lewis Milestone 1954) 9. Cross Of Iron (Dir. Sam Peckinpah 1977) 10. The Way Ahead (Dir. Carol Reed 1944) 11. In Which We Serve (Dir. Noel Coward/David Lean 1942) 12. The Battle Of The River Plate (Dir. Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger 1956)
Accident: (WS 1.66:1) Following their destructive foray into English class hatreds in 'The Servant' director Joseph Losey and screen writer Harold Pinter turn their attention to the Dons of Oxford. Pinter examines the motivations of several men in a brusque study of love and jealousy centred around one woman. The 'Accidental' death of one of them springs a trap of guilt remorse and thwarted sexual ambition on all concerned. Each scene brings more prickly revelations in a complex and thought provoking masterpiece. The Family Way: (FS 4:3) Based on Bill Naughton's warm hearted play 'The Family Way' is a thought-provoking exploration of the emotional impact of the 1960s sexual revolution. Hayley Mills stars in her first 'X' rated film with Hywel Bennett as two sensitive youngsters who fail to consummate their marriage following the vulgar ribaldry of their typically working class Lancashire wedding.
For anyone interested in voyeurism, role playing, class envy and sexual humiliation, The Servant is an essential buy. Directed by Joseph Losey, scripted by Harold Pinter, it probes away remorselessly at areas other British film-makers would not go near. Dirk Bogarde, the golden boy of 50s British cinema, is transformed into a scheming, unctuous butler, Barrett. Hired by dapper young toff Tony (James Fox), he proceeds gradually to take over his master's life. In one scene, he seduces Tony's fiancée (Wendy Craig). Tony is soon slavering over the voluptuous but vaguely sinister Vera (Sarah Miles), whom he has been told is his butler's sister (in fact, she's Barrett's mistress). Gradually, the lines between master and servant are blurred. Tony becomes beholden to his butler's every whim.Nobody does queasy quite as well as Losey. The American-born director relishes the chance to disrupt the smooth workings of what seems a typical upper-class household. Compared to the bland comedies made at Pinewood in the late 50s, The Servant couldn't help but seem groundbreaking. Thanks to his performance, Bogarde, who'd starred in so many of those comedies, was at last taken seriously as more than a matinee idol. The critics adored the film, which was first released at around the time of the Profumo crisis. "Even if I make 10 better pictures in my lifetime", Losey observed, "I don't suppose one could expect to have such unanimous appreciation and approval again". --Geoffrey Macnab
'Doctor At Large' was the third entry in the long running 'Doctor' series of films. Directed by Ralph Thomas (brother of Gerald the director of the 'Carry On 'movies) it follows the further madcap exploits of Dr. Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) in particular his attempts at general practice.
In this landmark drama of class struggle and moral decay a pampered playboy (James Fox) acquires an elegant townhouse complete with a dedicated man servant (Dirk Bogarde). But when the young man's fiance (Wendy Craig) becomes suspicious of the servant's intentions he and his 'sister' (Sarah Miles) thrust the household into a sinister game where seduction is corruption and power becomes the most shocking desire of all. 'The Servant' marked the first of three brilliant film collaborations between director Joseph Losey and playwright Harold Pinter and was nominated for 8 British Academy Awards including Best Actor Best Actress Best Film Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay.
Chocolate, cuckoldry and doppelganger delusion abound in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's stunning English language adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov interwar novel. The chocolate business has been good to Russian exile Hermann. He enjoys the good life with his beautiful wife Lydia. But Hermann is addicted to out-of-body experiences and when he meets a tramp on a business trip, he develops an insane plan of escape. Featuring international stars Dirk Bogarde (Death in Venice) and Andra Ferrol (La Grande Bouffe) and adapted by British dramatist Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love), Fassbinder’s Despair is a vivid off-kilter masterwork set against the background of the Nazis in ascendance. This fully HD restored version of Fassbinder’s ‘most optimistic film’ is accompanied by exclusive bonus material. Extras: Documentary “The Cinema and It’ Double” (70 minutes) Image gallery
The Doctor is based on Richard Gordon's best selling novels. This hilarious collection of seven classic British comedies stars a wealth of talent and screen legends. Set in St. Swithin's Hospital it follows the antics adventures and mishaps of a group of medical students and their quest to become doctors. Box Set Includes: Doctor in the House (1954) Simon Sparrow is a newly arrived medical student at St Swithin's hospital in London. Falling in with three longe
Chocolate, cuckoldry and doppelganger delusion abound in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's stunning English language adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov interwar novel. The chocolate business has been good to Russian exile Hermann. He enjoys the good life with his beautiful wife Lydia. But Hermann is addicted to out-of-body experiences and when he meets a tramp on a business trip, he develops an insane plan of escape. Featuring international stars Dirk Bogarde (Death in Venice) and Andra Ferrol (La Grande Bouffe) and adapted by British dramatist Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love), Fassbinder’s Despair is a vivid off-kilter masterwork set against the background of the Nazis in ascendance. This DVD version of Fassbinder’s ‘most optimistic film’ is accompanied by exclusive bonus material. Extras: Documentary “The Cinema and It’ Double” (70 minutes) Image gallery
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