Following the banning and burning of his novel 'The Rainbow' D.H. Lawrence (McKellen)and his wife Frieda travel to the United States and then to Mexico. When Lawrence contracts tuberculosis they return to England for a short time then to Italy where Lawrence is inspired to write 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'...
His loss is your entertainment gain in the delightful riches-to-rags sequel directed by comedy veteran Bud Yorkin (All In the family). Effervescent Dudley Moore takes up where he left off as the multimillionaire titles prankster. Liza Minnelli is his scintillatingly sassy spouse Linda and with a dash of divine intervention stately John Gielfud also reappears in his Oscar-Winning role as Arthur's acerbic valet.
Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited is a moving tragic story which chronicles the tempestuous journey of Charles Ryder through the tangled and stormy world of the aristocratic Marchmain family. It is an epic tale of his love - for his closest friend Sebastian Flyte for Sebastian's sister Julia Flyte and for an entire way of life. This classic visually stunning TV drama directed by Charles Sturridge and Michale Lindsay-Hogg was adapted for the screen by John Mortimer (Rumpole Of The Bailey /b%3E) and is here presented in its entirity. Brideshead Revisited collected together the absolute cream of British acting talent at the time including Lord Laurence Olivier in his Emmy Award-winning role as the exiled Lord Marchmain Claire Bloom as Lady Marchmain and Sir John Gielgud as Charles' estranged father. Brideshead Revisited won two Golden Globe Awards seven BAFTAs and an Emmy for Lord Olivier.
Murder On The Orient Express: The first of several lavish Christie adaptations from producers John Brabourne and Richard Goodwin introducing Albert Finney as the first screen Hercule Poirot. This 1974 production of Agatha Christie's 1934 classic is a judicious mixture of mystery murder and nostalgia. Which member of the all-star cast onboard the luxurious train perforated the no-good American tycoon with a dagger twelve times? Was it Ingrid Bergman's shy Swedish missionary; or Vanessa Redgrave's English rose; Sean Connery as an Indian Army Colonel: Michael York or Jacqueline Bisset; perhaps Lauren Bacall; Anthony Perkins or John Gielgud as the victim's impassive butler. Finney spreads unease among them with subdued wit and finesse. Arguably the most successful screen adaptation of a Christie novel in addition to Bergman's Oscar for Best Supporting Actress 'Murder On The Orient Express' achieved nominations for Best Actor Screenplay Photography Costume Design and Music Score. (Dir. Sidney Lumet 1974) Death On The Nile: Peter Ustinov makes his debut as Agatha Christie's brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in this lavish and star-studded follow-up to Murder On The Orient Express:. As Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board and every elegant passenger becomes a prime suspect. Can Poirot identify the killer and motive before the ship of clues reaches the end of its murderous journey? Bette Davis David Niven Angela Lansbury Maggie Smith Mia Farrow George Kennedy Olivia Hussey Simon MacCorkindale Jane Birkin Jack Warden and Lois Chiles co-star in this sumptuous Oscar-winning classic adapted by Anthony Shaffer (Sleuth) and filmed on location throughout exotic Egypt. (Dir. John Guillermin 1978) The Mirror Crack'd: Mirror mirror on the wall who is the murderer among them all? The year is 1953. The small English village of St. Mary Mead home to Miss Jane Marple is delighted when a big American movie company arrives to make a movie telling of the relationship between Jane Grey and Elisabeth I starring the famous actresses Marina Rudd and Lola Brewster. Marina arrives with her husband Jason and when she discovers that Lola is going to be in the movie with her she hits the roof as Lola and Marina loathe each other on sight. Marina has been getting death threats and at a party at the manor house Heather Babcock after boring Marina with a long story drinks a cocktail made for Marina and dies from poisoning. Everybody believes that Marina is the target but the police officer investigating the case Inspector Craddock isn't sure so he asks Miss Marple his aunt to investigate... (Dir. Guy Hamilton 1980) Evil Under The Sun: Evil is everywhere. Even in paradise... Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate a case for an insurance company regarding firstly a dead woman's body found on a moor and then a important diamond sent to the company to be insured turns out to be a fake. Poirot discovers that the diamond was bought for Arlena Marshall by Sir Horace Blatt and Arlena is on her honeymoon with her husband and step-daughter on a tropical island hotel. He joins them on the island and finds that everybody else starts to hate Arlena for different reasons - refusing to do a stage show stopping a book and for having an open affair with Patrick Redfern another guest in full view of his shy wife. So it's only a matter of time before Arlena turns up dead strangled and Poirot must find out who it is.... (Dir. Guy Hamilton 1982)
Along with a glittering star-studded cast follow Phileas Fogg on his journey around the world. Phileas wagers that he can circumnavigate the world in a mere 80 days - and vows to leave that very night taking only some necessary cash in a carpet bag and his newly hired manservant Jean Passepartout. Adding to the excitement an English detective relentlessly pursues them throughout the journey that takes our hero to the World's most exotic locations by land sea and air.
The Power of One is an intriguing story of a young English boy named P.K. and his passion for changing the world. Growing up he suffered as the only English boy in an Afrikaans school. Soon orphaned, he was placed in the care of a German national named Professor von Vollensteen (a.k.a. "Doc"), a friend of his grandfather. Doc develops P.K.'s piano talent and P.K. becomes "assistant gardener" in Doc's cactus garden. It is not long after WWII begins that Doc is placed in prison for failure to register with the English government as a foreigner. P.K. makes frequent visits and meets Geel Piet, an inmate, who teaches him to box. Geel Piet spreads the myth of the Rainmaker, the one who brings peace to all of the tribes. P.K. is cast in the light of this myth. After the war P.K. attends an English private school where he continues to box. He meets a young girl, Maria, with whom he falls in love. Her father, Professor Daniel Marais, is a leader of the Nationalist Party of South Africa. The two fight to teach the natives English as P.K.'s popularity grows via the myth. Maria is killed. P.K. looses focus until he sees the success of his language school among the tribes. He and Guideon Duma continue the work in hopes of building a better future for Africa.
What kind of guy was the wizard Merlin, anyway? He lives a long time, raises a boy to be a king, props up a Utopian empire with his magic and wisdom, and then watches as it all crumbles under such banal forces as vengeance and betrayal. This four-hour mini-series re-tells the story of Camelot and King Arthur from the perspective of the magic man who sacrifices a great deal to guide mortals toward a better destiny. Sam Neill plays Merlin as an accessible, flesh-and-blood fellow of real passion, powerless to undo the spell of a rival (Rutger Hauer) who has virtually imprisoned Merlin's great love, Nimue (Isabella Rossellini), but gifted enough to counter the treachery of Morgan Le Fey (Helena Bonham Carter) and the wicked Queen Mab (Miranda Richardson). The battle sequences and special effects are striking and original, and it is great fun to see such art-house movie actors as Richardson, Carter, Neill, etc., in fantasy entertainment the whole family can enjoy. (An unrecognizable Martin Short must be singled out, however, for a wonderful, largely dramatic performance as Mab's sidekick, Frik.) Directed by Steve Barron (The Adventures of Pinocchio), Merlin is a nice bit of glossy revisionism of a beloved legend. --Tom Keogh
This simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious play, from Booker Prize-winning author, David Storey, follows the interaction of five patients over the course of a single afternoon in the garden of what we can fairly assume is an English mental hospital. A classic pairing of two of the world's greatest English-speaking actors.
Directed and produced by and starring Laurence Olivier this iconic 1955 feature is for many the definitive film adaptation of Shakespeare's famous history play – a damning characterisation of the last Plantagenet king that has resonated through the centuries. Earning Olivier an Oscar nomination and BAFTAs for Best British Actor and Best British Film among numerous other awards this star-studded adaptation features towering performances from his co-stars including John Gielgud Ralph Richardson Cedric Hardwicke Claire Bloom Esmond Knight and Stanley Baker. Richard III is presented in a brand-new Film Foundation High Definition restoration from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Soon after Edward IV is crowned his brother Richard a hunchback whose disfigured body houses a twisted soul begins scheming for the throne of England. He woos and wins the Lady Anne then poisons Edward's mind against their brother Clarence later securing his death. But even after his coronation Richard continues with his villainous campaign to secure his position as king... Special Features: Original Intermission Cards Original Theatrical and TV Trailers Extensive Image Galleries The Trial of Richard III
Just the name "Orient Express" conjures up images of a bygone era. Add an all-star cast (including Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset and Lauren Bacall, to name a few) and Agatha Christie's delicious plot and how can you go wrong? Particularly if you add in Albert Finney as Christie's delightfully pernickety sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Someone has knocked off nasty Richard Widmark on this train trip and, to Poirot's puzzlement, everyone seems to have a motive--just the set-up for a terrific whodunit. Though it seems like an ensemble film, director Sidney Lumet gives each of his stars their own solo and each makes the most of it. Bergman went so far as to win an Oscar for her role. But the real scene-stealer is the ever-reliable Finney as the eccentric detective who never misses a trick. --Marshall Fine
The year is 1929 and dictator Benito Mussolini (Rod Steiger) is still faced with the 20 year long war waged by Bedouin patriots to combat Italian colonisation in Africa. Mussolini appoints General Rodolfo Graziani (Oliver Reed) governor of Libya confidant that he can crush the rebellion and restore the glories of Imperial Rome. Inspirational in the Bedouin resistance toward the oppressors is the leadership of one man - Omar Mukhtar (Anthony Quinn). A teacher by profession guerilla
QB VII was a five-hour mini-series, which was hailed as both a critical triumph and a milestone "television event" when it originally aired in 1974. Based on a Leon Uris novel, which itself was based on a libel trial that arose after Uris published Exodus, this fictionalised drama is essentially the story of two men, Dr. Adam Kelno, a Polish doctor who was imprisoned by the Nazis in a concentration camp, and Abe Cady, a successful Hollywood writer who publishes a serious book on the Holocaust that exposes Kelno's past. Playing Dr Kelno, Anthony Hopkins steals the show, and the nuances he brings to the character keep the audience guessing whether he is in fact a dedicated healer or a diabolical villain intent on papering over a fiendish past. Ben Gazzara is credible as the tough-talking Cady, but when Hopkins leaves the action for a time the film sags and begins to resemble an ordinary TV film. Eventually the two men's lives come into conflict when Kelno sues for libel. The trial, in a London courtroom (the "Queen's Bench VII" of the title), seeks to sort out the truth about the past of Dr Kelno. His precise activities during the war, and how the world deals with his past, receives intelligent and dramatic treatment. A cracking Jerry Goldsmith score keeps the drama centre stage. --Robert J McNamara, Amazon.com
The British Are Coming! Britain's finest athletes have begun their quest for glory in the 1924 Olympic Games. Success brings honour to their nation. For two runners the honour at stake is personal... and their challenge one from within. Winner of four 1981 Academy Awards including Best Picture 'Chariots Of Fire' is the inspiring true story of Harold Abrahams Eric Liddell and the team that brought Britain one of its greatest sports victories. Ben Cross Ian Charleson Nigel Havers Nicholas Farrell and Alice Krige enjoyed their first major movie roles in this debut theatrical feature for director Hugh Hudson. Producer David Puttnam blended those talents to shape a film of unique and lasting impact. From its awesome footage of competition to its Oscar-winning Vangelis score 'Chariots Of Fire' has blazed its way into the hearts of movie lovers everywhere.
A ruthless global cabal of financial investors plan to manipulate the price of gold by flooding one of South Africa's top gold mines. Manager Rod Slater (Roger Moore) is brash and impulsive - a perfect fall guy. Suzannah York and Ray Milland co-star in this exciting tale of greed and death. Special Features: Roger Moore Documentary Trailer
In South Africa a young Indian lawyer is booted off a train for refusing to ride second-class. Upon his return to his native India and fed up with the unjust political system he joins the Indian Congress Party which encourages social change through passive resistance. When his ""subversive"" activities land him in jail masses of low-skilled workers strike to support his non-violent yet revolutionary position. Back in India Gandhi renounces the Western way of life and struggles to organize Indian labor against British colonialism. A strike costs many British soldiers their lives so the crown responds by slaughtering 1 500 Indians. Enraged the ascetic spiritual leader continues to preach pacifism until he has lead India out from under the tyranny of British imperialism.
Greenaway collaborated with English painter/polymath Tom Phillips to create this visually impressive attempt to bring Dante's Inferno to the television screen. Bob Peck plays Dante, as narrator; his guide, the Roman poet Virgil, by Sir John Gielgud, and Dante's muse, Beatrice, is portrayed by Joanne Whalley. The Divine Comedy was originally written at the beginning of the fourteenth century, when its author was 35, or 'halfway through the journey of this life'. The political and national turmoil of Italy at the time forced Dante Alighieri, ambassador, diplomat and governor, to re-assess his life and embark on a spiritual journey. The three stages of this journey are the three books of the Comedy (the prefix Divine was added later): Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso. There is little doubt that the Inferno is the most widely known of these three; Dante's vision of a multi-layered hell, with its graphic depiction of the various grotesque punishments meted out to its inhabitants, is horrific yet compelling on both the page and the screen. Although the allegorical value of Dante's original vision may be less immediately relevant to this late twentieth century society there is a universality to the sins and the sinners that we encounter on his journey.The eight Cantos of the film are not conventionally dramatised, rather they are illuminated with layered and juxtaposed imagery and a soundtrack which comments, counterpoints and clarifies. There are visual footnotes delivered by relevant expert authorities, and these often perform the function of narration as well as illustration. The result is a dazzling video journey through Dante's underworld.
She would settle for nothing less... Susan Traherne (Streep) has been irreparably changed by her wartime experiences as a Resistance fighter. She sets out in the post-war world to make her way to what she wants no matter who is hurt or how.
George Bernard Shaw was an Irish dramatist literary critic socialist spokesman and a leading figure in 20th century theatre. The George Bernard Shaw Collection includes the following 10 star-studded productions: 1. Arms and the Man 2. The Man of Destiny 3. The Devil's Disciple 4. Mrs Warren's Profession 5. You Never Can Tell 6. Pygmalion 7. Androcles and the Lion 8. Heartbreak House 9. The Millionairess 10. The Apple Cart
The great sorcerer Merlin (Sam Neill) has returned to Camelot a kingdom now at war since the theft of the Holy Grail which was its greatest gift and protection. With the help of Jack a cheeky young beggar-thief empowered with his own unruly magic the fight begins against the evil Rauskaug and the Lady of the Lake (Miranda Richardson)! They must find the Grail restore it to its rightful place and b ring Camelot back to its glory days. Merlin awakes after 50 years to find the Kingdom in disarray. Evil walks throughout the land and it seems all hope is lost. A young beggar thief Jack comes into Merlin's rooms where it's discovered he possesses magical abilities that may just be the key to finding the Holy Grail. This epic picture was also released under the title Merlin's Apprentice.
Throughout the 1930s Jessie Matthews was Britain's best-loved musical film star, her dynamism and gamine charm beguiling 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 actor-director (and Matthews' husband) Sonnie Hale, director Victor Saville and art director Alfred Junge the two films on this volume are presented as transfers from the original film elements, in their as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratios.THE GOOD COMPANIONS (1933)Jessie shares the bill with John Gielgud and Edmund Gwenn in JB Priestley's famous tale of a failing concert party and the three 'angels' who come together by chance to rescue it.Black and White / 108 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / EnglishSAILING ALONG (1938)Kay is a star-struck young woman working on a Thames barge. When she's spotted by a producer her dream of fame comes true but will she still have time for her boyfriend?Black and White / 91 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English
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