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Esmond Knight: List of Movies, Films and TV Shows

  • Black Narcissus [Blu-ray] Black Narcissus | Blu Ray | (04/08/2014) from £10.54  |  Saving you £2.01 (13.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    An award-winning, tense, psychological drama, Black Narcissus was written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, two of the most influential and acclaimed film-makers of all time. Sumptuously shot in Technicolor by Oscar-winning cinematographer Jack Cardiff and showcasing a career-defining performance from Deborah Kerr, Black Narcissus is featured here in a High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. .

  • Henry V [Blu-ray] [1945] Henry V | Blu Ray | (19/10/2009) from £6.89  |  Saving you £13.10 (65.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Henry V is one of Shakespeare's most compelling historical plays. Early in the play Henry sets out to press his claim to the Crown of France. His small expedition encounters vastly superior French forces at Agincourt and there Henry delivers his famous exhortation to the soldiers. His army victorious the King visits the French Court where he meets and marries Catherine of Valois thereby establishing the beginning of a promising alliance with France.

  • The Halfway House [Blu-ray] [2019] The Halfway House | Blu Ray | (25/11/2019) from £17.64  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    From stalwart Ealing director Basil Dearden (The Blue Lamp, Pool of London) comes this enjoyable yet creepy wartime tale of a group of strangers driven to take shelter at a remote Welsh inn during a storm. What they don't know is that the inn was bombed by a German plane a year ago and their hosts were killed in the blast. Starring Mervyn Johns (A Christmas Carol) and real-life daughter Glynis Jones (Mary Poppins), The Halfway House was written by Anghus Mcphail (Whiskey Galore!, It Always Rains on Sunday), Diana Morgan (Went The Day Well?, Pink String and Sealing Wax) and T.E.B. Clarke (Passport to Pimlico, The Titfield Thunderbolt) from the stage play by Dennis Ogden. Extras: Interview with Matthew Sweet, Stills gallery

  • The Silver Fleet [DVD] The Silver Fleet | DVD | (27/04/2015) from £5.89  |  Saving you £7.10 (54.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    During the occupation of World War II, the owner of a Dutch shipping port is ordered to attend an interview with the head of the Gestapo. His yard has almost completed two submarines and the Nazis are anxious to have them finished and fully operational. They offer to reinstate him if he agrees, which he does. But what the Nazis do not know is that he is planning to double cross them and take the ships to England, if he can. Starring Ralph Richardson, Googie Withers and Esmond Knight.

  • A Canterbury Tale [1944] A Canterbury Tale | DVD | (19/06/2007) from £6.79  |  Saving you £0.20 (2.90%)  |  RRP £6.99

    This compelling drama by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (A Matter of Life and Death The Red Shoes) is now acknowledged as one of their finest films. Their re-working of Chaucer's epic fourteenth century tale largely set in wartime Kent centres on American army Sergeant John Smith British Soldier Dennis Price and Landgirl Shiela Sim who before making a modern-day pilgrimage to Canterbury solve the bizarre mystery of a man who pours glue over the hair of village girls at ni

  • Dandy Dick [DVD] Dandy Dick | DVD | (09/09/2013) from £6.39  |  Saving you £3.60 (36.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    This 1935 film farce was an early showcase for the comedic brilliance of Will Hay, marking the first of four collaborations with American director William Beaudine. Based on Arthur Wing Pinero's 1887 stage play, Dandy Dick also features a minor role for Moore Marriott, later 'Jeremiah Harbottle' in the hugely successful run of Hay comedies made throughout the thirties. Dandy Dick is presented here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio....

  • The River [1951] The River | DVD | (31/07/2006) from £7.79  |  Saving you £12.20 (61.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Director Jean Renoir's entrancing first colour film shot entirely on location in India is a visual tour de force. Based on the novel by Rumer Godden the film eloquently contrasts the growing pains of three young women with the immutability of the holy Bengal River around which their daily lives unfold. Enriched by Renoir's subtle understanding and appreciation for India and its peoples The River gracefully explores the fragile connections between transitory emotions and everlasting creation.

  • The Jessie Matthews Revue Volume 2 [DVD] The Jessie Matthews Revue Volume 2 | DVD | (22/06/2015) from £5.55  |  Saving you £7.44 (57.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Throughout the 1930s Jessie Matthews was Britain's best-loved musical film star her dynamism and gamine charm captivating audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. With a string of box-office hits spotlighting her unique talent it's easy to see how she became so popular – and why she remains so to this day. Showcasing some the era's finest cinema talent – including directors Victor Saville and (in a change from his normal fare) Alfred Hitchcock actors Robert Young and Esmond Knight as well as comedy star (and Matthews' husband) Sonnie Hale – the two films on this volume are presented as transfers from the  original film elements in their as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratios. It's love again! A young actress secretly seizes the chance to play the part of an imaginary socialite invented by a gossip columnist. The enigmatic beauty becomes famous but the columnist is mystified when his fictional star appears in person! Waltzes from Viennna A pretty girl works in the bakery in which aspiring composer Johann Strauss is also forced to work by his father. Can she help him achieve his dreams despite his father's objections?

  • Peeping Tom [1959] Peeping Tom | DVD | (05/03/2001) from £6.79  |  Saving you £-8.90 (-63.60%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Michael Powell lays bare the cinema's dark voyeuristic underside in this disturbing 1960 psychodrama thriller. Handsome young Carl Boehm is Mark Lewis, a shy, socially clumsy young man shaped by the psychic scars of an emotionally abusive parent, in this case a psychologist father (the director in a perverse cameo) who subjected his son to nightmarish experiments in fear and recorded every interaction with a movie camera. Now Mark continues his father's work, sadistically killing young women with a phallic-like blade attached to his movie camera and filming their final, terrified moments for his definitive documentary on fear. Set in contemporary London, which Powell evokes in a lush, colourful seediness, this film presents Mark as much victim as villain and implicates the audience in his scopophilic activities as we become the spectators to his snuff film screenings. Comparisons to Hitchcock's Psycho, released the same year, are inevitable. Powell's film was reviled upon release, and it practically destroyed his career, ironic in light of the acclaim and success that greeted Psycho, but Powell's picture hit a little too close to home with its urban setting, full colour photography, documentary techniques and especially its uneasy connections between sex, violence and the cinema. We can thank Martin Scorsese for sponsoring its 1979 re-release, which presented the complete, uncut version to appreciative audiences for the first time. This powerfully perverse film was years ahead of its time and remains one of the most disturbing and psychologically complex horror films ever made. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com

  • Peeping Tom - Special Edition [1959] Peeping Tom - Special Edition | DVD | (26/03/2007) from £7.99  |  Saving you £5.86 (32.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Enter the insane mind of a psycho-killer obsessed with recording on film the most intense fear as it registers on the faces of desirable women. His camera tripod is fitted with a long blade designed to penetrate victims through the neck. And while they watch their own deaths reflected in a mirror attachment he captures their last gasps on celluloid for his evil home movie collection.

  • The Silver Fleet [1943] The Silver Fleet | DVD | (08/02/2010) from £4.99  |  Saving you £3.01 (30.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Jaap van Leyden is in charge of a shipyard in newly occupied Holland. At first he collaberates with the Germans because it is the easiest course to follow. Later a childs rhyme reminds him of his patriotic duty, but how best to resist the Nazis without endangering his wife and fellow workers ?

  • The Andromeda Anthology The Andromeda Anthology | DVD | (24/07/2006) from £33.73  |  Saving you £-8.74 (-35.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Comprising the 1961 & 1962 serials A For Andromeda and its sequel The Andromeda Breakthrough both written by Fred Hoyle and John Elliott. A For Andromeda sees the construction of an alien designed computer by scientist John Fleming (Peter Halliday). Once built however the computer secretly kills one of the lab assistants Christine (Julie Christie) then gives detailed instructions for a new biological organism to be created which quickly develops into a full

  • Girls Will Be Boys [DVD] Girls Will Be Boys | DVD | (07/07/2014) from £3.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (60.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    This delightfully mischievous comedy was among the first films made in Britain by Paris-born director Marcel Varnel later noted for his collaborations with Will Hay Arthur Askey and the Crazy Gang. It also marked the British screen debut of Dolly Haas providing a typically androgynous role for the gamine German ingénue. Girls Will Be Boys is presented here in a brand-new digital transfer. The mere idea of a woman in his castle made the Duke of Bridgewater feel ill but behind his misogyny lay a family scandal that had left him irascible lonely and heirless. Much was his rejoicing when a letter arrived from abroad beginning 'Dear Grandfather' and signed 'Pat Caverley' it seemed to signal that the Duke had an heir after all and the old man promptly ordered Grey his secretary to fetch the boy. Much to Grey's horror however 'Pat' turned out to be 'Patricia'! Undaunted the impish Patricia cuts off her curls and dons trousers can she make everyone believe that she's a man..? SPECIAL FEATURES: [] Image Gallery

  • The Element Of Crime [1984] The Element Of Crime | DVD | (29/07/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Way, way before he dreamt up his famous Dogme manifesto, Lars von Trier launched his feature-film career with The Element of Crime and proved that, 400 years after Hamlet, the Danes can still do melancholy like nobody else. Less a film noir than a film jaune sale, this ultra-enigmatic thriller is shot entirely in tones of grimy sepia in a world where nightfall seems to be an unceasing condition. A police detective, Fisher (Michael Elphick), is summoned from Cairo to "Europe" (the location never gets any more specific than that) to investigate a series of gory child-murders. He comes to suspect that the killer may be a mysterious character called Harry Grey and sets out to retrace Grey's movements. The film takes its title from a treatise written by Fisher's old mentor Osborne (Welsh actor Esmond Knight, a veteran of Powell and Pressburger's films), but it might as well refer to water. Von Trier conjures up a world not only permanently benighted, but dank, sodden and dripping both indoors and out, cluttered with mouldy, antiquated industrial machinery. There are echoes (or pre-echoes) here of half-a-dozen other movies--Blade Runner, City of Lost Children, Tarkovsky's Stalker, Welles' The Trial--and at times it feels as though von Trier has just set out to show he can do art house as well as anybody and possibly better. The plot makes no sense whatever and clearly isn't meant to, and Elphick's bemused expression, one suspects, derives from the actor as much as from the character he's playing. As always with von Trier you can't help wondering if whole thing isn't an elaborate put-on, especially since the director himself shows up, epicene and shaven-headed, playing a personage called "Schmuck of Ages". But what it lacks in coherence (either narrative or visual) Element of Crime makes up for in atmosphere, which it has, literally, by the bucketful. This release, incidentally, is the English-language version. --Philip Kemp

  • French Part 1: The Standard Deviants French Part 1: The Standard Deviants | DVD | (30/01/2000) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

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