Classic British drama with Dirk Bogarde in his first starring role. In late-19th Century England a dashing squire (Bogarde) impregnates one of his servants (Kathleen Ryan). In the face of local disapproval the maid determines to bring up the child on her own.
Stephen is a married Oxford professor experiencing the pangs of a mid-life crisis as he begins to bristle at the stifling emotional repression of the society in which he lives. But things begin to change for him when he meets Anna - one of his students..
Arriving in Egypt, Darley, a young Irish schoolmaster finds himself in the beautiful city of Alexandria, with massive houses, masked balls, extreme opulence, incredible poverty and adolescent prostitution. The society into which Darley naively enters is dominated by Justine (Anouk Aim e), an enchantingly beautiful Jew. Among Justine's numerous friends and lovers are Pursewarden (Dirk Bogarde), a British official obsessed with his blind sister, Liza; Narouz, Justine's fanatic brother-in-law; .
Following the suicide of a fellow scientist under suspicion of passing information to the Communists Dirk Bogarde plays an Oxford Scientist who submits himself to a particularly dangerous experiment in total isolation to try and prove that his colleague had been brainwashed. The experiment consists of being submerged in a tank full of water for up to ten hours completely out of touch with the outside world. He is without sight without taste without touch without smell and without hearing and the result is disturbing to say the least...
The Baby And The Battleship (Dir: Jay Lewis) (1956): After a quayside mix-up with the Italian family of his fiance able Seaman Knocker White finds himself literally left holding the baby. Unable to return it before his ship sails he enlists the help of best mate Puncher Roberts to smuggle the child aboard. But babies are surprisingly demanding and gradually the whole crew is drawn into helping keep it fed and washed - and undiscovered. Even so the officers above deck start to puzzle over the increasingly strange happenings on board. It's Great To Be Young (Dir: Cyril Frankel) (1956): Mr. Dingle is the popular music teacher in an English school but when the headmaster threatens to close down the school band the pupils and Mr. Dingle must unite and use their musical skills to save the school band. The Gentle Gunman (Dir: Basil Dearden) (1952): Terrance Sullivan is a member of the IRA and has moved to London along with his brother and a group of IRA members to wreak havock on London. However Terrance becomes weary of the constant violence and refuses duirect orders to blow up a railway station. The IRA soon place a price on the Gentle Gunman's head and brand him a traitor. The Family Way (Dir. Roy Boulting) (1966): When newly-wed Arthur Fitton (Hywel Bennett) fails to consummate his marriage his nervous bride Jenny (Hayley Mills) thinks it's her fault. But the root of the problem lies with his bullying father Ezra (John Mills) whose presence in the same Lancashire household has an inhibiting effect on his shy sensitive son. Features soundtrack composed by Paul McCartney.
A film biography with a difference, Sir John Mills' Moving Memories charts the life of one of Britain's most distinguished actors. Compiled from interviews with the man himself and with his family and friends, it traces his career from humble beginnings to all-time great of British cinema. The many film clips reveal an electric screen presence and a willingness to undertake a range of difficult, challenging roles. The package creates major interest with its excerpts from hundreds of hours of home movies shot by Mills during the 1950s and 1960s. These not only capture his young family but many of the period's biggest stars at their most candid: there cannot be many films showing Sir Laurence Olivier belly-flopping into a swimming pool. This is a fascinating document of a bygone age and a fine tribute to a genuine legend. On the DVD: Sir John Mills' Moving Memories is a short main feature and there has been little attempt to make use of the additional disc space. Extras are limited to text-only biographies and filmographies, plus a selection of movie stills. The quality of the picture and sound betrays the film's television origins, although the home movie footage is blessed with a rich, vibrant colour. --Phil Udell
Dedicated British scientist Dr. Henry Laidlaw Longman (Sir Dirk Bogarde) tests the possibility of brainwashing. If the experiment succeeds, he will stop loving his wife Oonagh (Mary Ure).
Adapted from Robin Maugham's short story, 1963 drama The Servant marked the first of three collaborations between director Joseph Losey and celebrated playwright Harold Pinter. Experienced manservant Barrett (Dirk Bogarde) starts working for foppish aristocrat Tony (James Fox) in his smart new townhouse. Much to the annoyance of Tony's girlfriend (Wendy Craig), Barrett slowly initiates himself into the house and begins to manipulate his master. Nominated for five BAFTA's and winning three, ...
The Go Between: Summer 1900: Queen Victoria's last and the summer Leo turns 13. He's the guest of Marcus a wealthy classmate at a grand home in rural Norfolk. Leo is befriended by Marian Marcus's twenty-something sister a beauty about to be engaged to Hugh a viscount and good fellow. Marian buys Leo a forest-green suit takes him on walks and asks him to carry messages to and from their neighbor Ted Burgess a bit of a rake. Leo is soon dissembling realizes he's betraying Hugh but continues as the go-between nonetheless asking adults naive questions about the attractions of men and women. Can an affair between neighbours stay secret for long? And how does innocence end? The Servant: 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. Accident: When an accident kills one of his student and Oxford professor (Dirk Bogarde) recounts the circumstances of their meeting. But as these turbulent memories unfold they reveal a series of shocking relationships betrayed by adultery obsession and self-destruction in which nothing is what it seems and everything has its cost. The Criminal: Stanley Baker (Hell Is A City Zulu) stars as underworld kingpin Johnny Bannion sprung from prison by his best friend Mike Carter to mastermind a daring racetrack heist. But when Johnny is sent back to jail shortly after hiding the stolen loot he must survive and ordeal of brutality and betrayal at the hands of his fellow convicts and former accomplices in this gritty drama that was originally advertised as The Toughest Film Ever Made In Britain! Eva: Welsh writer Tyvian Jones (Stanley Baker) seems to have it all Sixties style -- an international best seller an apartment in Rome a gorgeous fianc''e in Virna Lisi - but he's bitter anyway. He meets his existential match in ennui in the mod seductress Eve played by Jeanne Moreau who was never more cynical or iconic. Decked out in pointy pumps and heavy eyeliner listening to Billie Holiday on scratchy LPs as she counts the lire and smokes endless packs of cigarettes in strangers' bedrooms she is the epitome of frayed glamour. An emotional tyrant Eve's casual maneuvering forces Baker to confront his past - and his weaknesses - as a man and an artist. Mr. Klein: As Jews flee Paris Mr. Klein exploits them preying on their desperation by buying their valuables at a fraction of their worth... until he finds his name is shared by a Jewish member of the anti-Nazi resistance. Klein reports this to the authorities only find that he is uncontrollably sinking into the quicksand of mistaken identity. The Sleeping Tiger: An intriguing psychological drama starring Dirk Bogarde as a petty crook who is sheltered by a psychiatrist planning to use him as a guinea pig until Bogarde seduces his wife. The Big Night: After his adored father is savagely beaten by sports writer Al Judge 17 year-old George goes on a mission of revenge. In a twisted coming of age tale George explores the seedy side of his town and in his inability to understand the savage attack gets more than he bargained for.
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. Swithins hospital it follows the antics and mishaps of a group of medical students and their quest to become doctors.
A ordinary young American woman learns that she has become the owner of a tiny European country. Comedy and romance ensue.
Based on Charles Dickens' epic novel, this critically acclaimed film version stars Dirk Bogarde and Dorothy Tutin in the unforgettable tale of the French Revolution.
Victim is quite simply a watershed moment in cinema history. The first mainstream film to portray sympathetically and realistically homosexual society, it did so at a time when homosexuality was still a crime in Britain. Janet Green and John McCormick's screenplay makes Dirk Bogarde's Melville Farr a deeply conflicted man; married and in love with his wife, he also has relationships with men; while as a lawyer he is bound to uphold the law, even as he is compelled to break it. When Jack Barrett (a young Peter McEnery) commits suicide to avoid the consequences of blackmail, Farr sees this as murder, and decides to end the extortion even if it costs him his career. Rather more skilfully plotted than it initially appears, Victim generates considerable tension, and boasts fine performances from an ensemble cast including Sylvia Syms as Farr's wife, Norman Bird, Donald Churchill and John Barrie. Basil Dearden, who memorably featured Bogarde in an early role in The Blue Lamp (1950), directs with professional assurance. Not just a historical document--though the location footage of central London circa 1961 is fascinating in its own right--Victim was instrumental in changing attitudes, which led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality. A turning point for Bogarde too, the film marked a move from matinee idol to the more serious fare of The Servant (1963) and Darling (1965). On the DVD: Victim is presented in an anamorphically enhanced 16:9 transfer, which beautifully captures the noir-ish black-and-white cinematography of Otto Heller. There is occasional print damage, but it is minimal and doesn't distract from the film. The mono sound is very good. The disc also includes the original trailer, an annotated gallery of production photographs and a 28-minute television interview with Dirk Bogarde. This excellent feature was filmed in the actor's house just prior to the release of Victim and finds him discussing his career with particular reference to Hunted (1952), the Doctor comedies, Song Without End (1960) and his latest, "bitterly controversial" picture, which he says couldn't have been made even two years earlier. --Gary S Dalkin
Bruce Weber is a professed animal lover and this film centres on his own dogs a family of gorgeous golden retrievers including True. A Letter To True is a stunning look at the affection loyalty and unconditional love displayed by these animals - which the filmmaker sees as a metaphor for peace and hope in the world. In a highly personalised commentary Weber interweaves his personal obsessions: music of the 50's and 60's home movies of Dirk Bogarde in Provence; conversations with Elizabeth Taylor (another great dog lover) recollections of friendships past and speculation about how our lives have been changed by the events of 9/11. Tying these various stranda together with a poet's logic A Letter To True is a little like staying up late with Bruce Weber listening to great music and peeking into the mind of a world class connoisseur.
This massive 1977 adaptation by director Richard Attenborough (Gandhi) of Cornelius Ryan's novel features an all-star cast in an epic rendering of a daring but ultimately disastrous raid behind enemy lines in Holland during the Second World War. A lengthy and exhaustive look at the mechanics of warfare and the price and futility of war, the film is almost too large for its aims but manages to be both picaresque and affecting, particularly in the performance of James Caan. The impressive cast includes Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Dirk Bogarde, Sean Connery, and Liv Ullmann among others. While not a classic war film, it nevertheless manages to be a consistently interesting and exciting adventure. --Robert Lane, Amazon.com
When orphan Robbie (John Whitely) accidentally starts a small fire at his adoptive parents house, fearing he will get in trouble he runs away into the city of London where he stumbles upon a derelict bombed-out building. While taking shelter at the building he bumps into a man, Chris Lloyd (Dick Bogarde), who is hiding the body of a dead man, who he has just murdered for having an affair with his wife. Now the boy is the only witness to this crime so Chris takes the boy as his hostage and flees from the law. The two continue to flee from the law and from Robbie’s parents and build a close bond in the meantime.
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