Titles Comprise: Made In Britain: Tim Roth made an unforgettable screen debut as the tattooed contemptuous racist Trevor. Made In Britain depicts his relationship with Harry and the reasons behind his violence with documentary-style naturalism. Filmed on location in London Made In Britain is one of the most memorable feature-length TV dramas of the 1980s. Prick Up Your Ears: Joe Orton was one of the 1960s golden boys from working class Leicester lad to national celebrity from sexual innocent to grinning satyr from penniless student to icon of Swinging London. He became a star by breaking the rules - sexual and theatrical. But while his plays including Loot What the Butler Saw and Entertaining Mr Sloane were hugely successful his private life was sometimes sordid often farcical and ended in tragedy... Meantime: A drama which centres on the Pollack family who live in a council house in East London whose lives are affected by unemployment and boredom...
Two veteran English actors have their lives disrupted when one's grand-niece enters their lives.
A look at the lesbian experience over different decades and social climates in America told through three stories of love. An elderly woman 'widowed' when her companion of 50 years dies in 1961; a feminist co-ed discovering her attraction to an outsider in 1972; a loving couple eager to experience parenthood in 2000: three couples three different decades. 'If These Walls Could Talk 2' is an honest portrayal of women in three very different times all searching for love and acceptance.
Starring action star Vinnie Jones and an award winning host of cinema's most acclaimed acting legends The Riddle is a lightning paced action packed thriller in a class of its own. After a string of killings send shockwaves through London reporter Mike Sullivan is spurred into action to catch the diabolical killer in this devious supernatural mystery. But to stop the killings he first must solve a century old murder hidden inside the pages of a newly discovered manuscript by legendary author Charles Dickens. But this is no ordinary manuscript: It's steeped in greed betrayal and murder.
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 turbulent lives of two handsome and high-priced Miami plastic surgeons may be one of the more unusual premises for a television series, but the FX Channel's Nip/Tuck combines sudsy sex and biting wit with the emotional quandaries involved in body modification in a way that makes for an engrossing--and occasionally gross--hourlong drama. The show benefits greatly from its two leads--Dylan Walsh as the troubled "good" surgeon and Julian McMahon as his predatory (but equally troubled) "bad" partner--as well as Joely Richardson as Walsh's wife and Roma Maffia as the surgeons' nurse. If Nip/Tuck does have a stumbling point, it's in its occasionally glib dialogue (series creator Ryan Murphy was a writer for the verbally flashy high school series Popular), which can clash with an episode's more dramatic and poignant moments. The show also doesn't shy away from showing the more gruesome aspects of plastic surgery, but viewers can often see more stomach-churning images on the top-rated CSI. But the strength of the performances and the originality of the premise make these rough spots manageable for viewers looking for an interesting spin on the usual "doctor show." --Paul Gaita
Vanessa Redgrave (in an Oscar-nominated performance) and Christopher Reeve are the stars of THE BOSTONIANS Merchant Ivory Productions' acclaimed 1984 screen adaptation of the Henry James classic which charts the struggle between two charismatic forces - feminist and a chauvinist - to gain control over the destiny of a spirited young woman. The story takes place in Boston in the aftermath of the American Civil War - a time of political and social turmoil. Verena Tarrant (Madeleine Potter Slaves Of New York) a gifted young orator has attracted the attention of Olive Chancellor (Redgrave) who wished to nurture Verena as an inspirational force for the Woman's Movement But ranged against her is Basil Ransom (Reeve) a handsome male chauvinist who wants Verena as his wife. Against a backdrop of luminous New England landscapes battle is joined and for Olive the struggle will prove an odyssey that forces her to acknowledge her true nature.
Isadora Duncan was the most iconic free-style dancer of the twentieth century who courted both admiration and scandal in equal measure. Her unique style of dancing made her the guests of King's Queen's nobility and Russian revolutionaries ultimately making her the 'peoples' dancer'. But her Bohemian lifestyle and unorthodox morality led to a personal life that was marred by misunderstanding tragedy and ultimately her own untimely death. Available on DVD for the first time with an enormous selection of extras this Oscar and BAFTA nominated film stars Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave in a stunning portrayal of Isadora Duncan. Adapted for the screen by Melvyn Bragg Isadora burns her parents' marriage license as a little girl and pledges her life to 'Beauty and Art'. Whilst her genius for dance and free spirit causes a sensation across Europe her nave effervescent radiance leads to an almost accidental succession of lovers in Paris Singer (Jason Robards) Gordon Craig (James Fox) and Sergel Essenin (Ivan Tchenko). As she sips champagne and dictates her memoirs at the Negresco Hotel in Nice Isadora reflects upon a life and art that were anything but conventional...
The 60's were the last great decade for the American movie musical but it was also probably its best. With blockbusters like The Sound of Music West Side Story My fair Lady Mary Poppins Oliver! and Funny girl the artform reached its peak. Join us on a singing and dancing tour from the Austrian Alps to the vauderville halls of Brooklyn... from dancing in the streets of Spanish Harlem to the shores of River City... from the chimneys of Old London to the sound stages of Hollywoo
Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon return as the elite plastic surgery team of Sean McNamara and Christian Troy, whose skill at giving others perfect bodies contrasts with their own imperfect lives.
Maurice Maurice Hall and Clive Durham find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. In a time when homosexuality was punishable by imprisonment, the two must keep their feelings for one another a complete secret. After a friend is arrested and disgraced for 'the unspeakable vice of the Greeks', Clive abandons his forbidden love and marries a young woman. Maurice however, struggles with questions of his identity and self-confidence, seeking the help of a hypnotist to rid himself of his ...
Made in 1970, this remarkable study of the human body is neither scientific nor medical; it is, rather, a deeply intimate feature-length film exploring the physical experience of being human. Narrated by Vanessa Redgrave and Frank Finlay with a commentary by poet and playwright Adrian Mitchell, The Body traces the human life-cycle from conception to death. Photographic techniques never seen by cinema audiences at the time of release - including the use of internal cameras - allow an u...
Newly free from prison, mysterious flneur Robinson has been haunting the Oxfordshire countryside. Rusting film cans found abandoned in an old caravan turn out to contain the results of his research a visual investigation into the historic ruins of the English landscape and the reality of late capitalism. These beautiful pictures have been compiled by his research associate (voiced by Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave). Contrasting past English radicalism and reaction with the 2008 banking collapse, Patrick Keiller's latest essay-film in his Robinson trilogy (London and Robinson in Space) is an ironic and witty comment on the sustainability of market forces and a profound tribute to the power of nature.Extra Features: Dual Format Edition: includes both Blu-ray and the DVD versions of the main feature Original Theatrical Trailer Deleted scenes and Alternative takes Extensive illustrated booklet featuring essays and film notes
Based on John Lahr's biography of the same name and co-written by Alan Bennett, Prick Up Your Ears charts the 16-year relationship between the monstrously talented but deeply selfish playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman), author of West End farces such as Loot and What the Butler Saw, and his neurotic but nevertheless wronged lover and collaborator Kenneth Halliwell (Alfred Molina). Halliwell introduced Orton to art, literature and gay sex only to see his protégeacute; outstrip his mentor with innate and rampant talent for sexual conquest. By turns hilarious and excoriatingly painful, it's as much a tribute to an anti-hero of our times-Orton's ruthless frankness and anarchic mindset helped form the basis of what's called the "queer" sensibility today--as it is a portrait of the Swinging 60s just after the reform of anti-homosexuality laws irrevocably changed society. The modern-day framing device has Lahr (Wallace Shawn) researching his book through interviews with Peggy Ramsay (Vanessa Redgrave), Orton's agent and the diary he wrote, a nimble device which ends up drawing a provocative parallel between Orton and Halliwell's relationship and that of Lahr and his wife (Lindsay Duncan). Director Stephen Frears, fresh off the back of the also-gay-themed My Beautiful Laundrette, nimbly balances our sympathies for both the protagonists while the leads give what may in retrospect look like the standout performances of their careers: Oldman was never more feral and charming, while Molina, foppishingly fretting over his wig and decrying that his lover "even sleeps better than I do" is simply heartbreaking. --Leslie Felperin
Reworking of the classic fairytale featuring an all star cast.
Katherine Mansfield was a rebel. A modernist writer known for her short stories, she counted Virginia Woolf and DH Lawrence amongst her friends. Brought up in New Zealand, Mansfield left for London when she was 15 angry at her homeland for its repression of the MÄori people. Settled in England, the writer recorded romantic relationships with both men and women in her journals and married John Middleton-Murray (Jeremy Brett) when she was 23, though their marriage was not without troubles… Mansfield’s life was tragically cut short when she died of tuberculosis aged just 34. This is her story. Each hour-long episode in this magnetic series features a dramatization of a moment in Mansfield’s fascinating life, and an adaptation of one of her short stories.
The Shakespeare authorship mystery. It's the greatest literary mystery of all time: Who wrote the works of William Shakespeare? Although the official story of a gifted merchant from Stratford has held sway for centuries questions over the authorship of the plays and poems has persisted. Mark Twain Sigmund Freud Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles are among the many famous figures who doubt that a grain-dealer from Stratford-Upon-Avon was England's 'Star of Poets'. Sir Derek Jacobi leads an impressive cast featuring Oscar- winning actress Vanessa Redgrave and Tony Award-winning actor Mark Rylance on a quest to uncover the truth behind the world's most elusive author while discovering a forgotten nobleman whose story could rewrite history.
Based on the novella by Carson McCullers 'The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe' is both a grotesque black comedy and a prime slice of 'Southern Gothic' set in a poverty-stricken rural community dominated by the curious androgynous character of 'Miss Amelia'. A forceful personality with a mysterious past she runs the town's only cafe and controls the locals through the careful distribution of her own secretly brewed 'hooch'. But Miss Amelia's eccentric existence comes under threat from the unheralded arrival of a hunchbacked dwarf who claims kinship with her and by the reappearance of the husband she rejected on their wedding night and who has come back to wreak vengeance on the woman he once tried to love.
A modern day adaptation of Dostoyevsky's masterpiece...
Dr. Watson tricks Sherlock Holmes into travelling to Vienna in order to place him in the care of Sigmund Freud after his abuse of cocaine starts to spiral out of control. While Holmes believes he is solving a kidnapping Freud delves into his subconscious.
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