Flora Poste who has had an expensive athletic and lengthy education is then orphaned and left with only 100 a year descends on her relatives in Cold Comfort Farm in 'Howling' Sussex. There she finds plenty of relatives namely the Starkadders ruled by the ferocious Aunt Judith. Each of the four cousins has a peculiar character trait there is no bathroom or telephone and the Starkadder women believe that pregnancy is the 'hand of nature and we women can't escape it'. Flora feels
A beautiful but amoral model sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties
Karen McCann's orderly life is shattered when a stranger breaks into her home and murders her 17-year-old daughter. But shock and grief turn into rage and disbelief when the killer is released on a legal technicality. When he commits another murder and is set free once again Karen is determined to make him pay for his crimes.
For The Boys (Dir. Mark Rydell 1991): Bette Midler gives the brassiest sassiest performance of her career as Dixie Leonard... a USO singer whose electrifying stage presence and flair for outrageous comedy captivates troops and civilians alike. Teamed up with America's beloved song and dance man Eddie Sparks (James Caan) the whole world becomes Dixie's stage through three very different wars and 50 years of music and memories laughter and tears. All of it ""For The Boys."" Yanks (Dir. John Schlesinger 1979): 'Yanks' is the moving story of American servicemen stationed in England during the Second World War and the impact that their presence had on the lives of people in a small Lancashire village. This beautifully filmed drama follows three American soldiers and the relationships that they form with three local women: Jean Helen and Mollie. The relationships that blossom would affect their lives forever. This romantic and memorable movie highlights the cultural differences that existed and also the effect that the American invasion had on the hearts and minds of communities. The Rose (Dir. Mark Rydell 1979): Bette Midler plays a Janis Joplin-like singer overwhelmed by stardom and its excesses. Mark Rydell directs this showcase of Midler's concert vocal and acting talents. Alan Bates plays Rose's ruthless manager.
After his father (Pat Hingle) finds him a job at the CIA, Christopher Boyce (Timothy Hutton) discovers the less reputable side of the American government through handling classified documents. As he grows increasingly disillusioned, Boyce decides to sell the information to the Russians in an act of defiance. A drug-addicted friend of Boyce's, Daulton Lee (Sean Penn), becomes involved in the plot and acts as a middleman between Boyce and the Soviets, but the erratic Lee fails to cover his tracks. Cast and Crew: Starring Sean Penn, Timothy Hutton and Pat Hingle. Directed by John Schlesinger. Awards and Reviews: Winner of the 1986 NSA award for Best Actor (Sean Penn 3rd place) A clever, poignant spy film that avoids formulaic action in favour of human drama Film4 A fresh and invigorating political thriller eFilmCritic.com
Strauss' dazzling opera Der Rosenkavalier set in 1740's Vienna combines farce romance and a world of weary acknowledgement of getting older. It features some of the most gorgeous music ever written for the female voice.
Tom Courtenay gives a flawlessly nuanced performance as Billy Fisher the underachieving undertaker's assistant whose constant daydreams and truth-deficient stories earn him the nickname ""Billy Liar."" Julie Christie is the handbag-swinging charmer whose free spirit just might inspire Billy to finally move out of his parents' house. Deftly veering from gritty realism to flamboyant fantasy Billy Liar is a dazzling and uproarious classic.
In this British drama Alan Bates stars as a young man who must decide whether to follow his heart or his responsibilities when his girlfriend falls pregnant and they are forced to move into her family's house.
Billy Liar was the multimedia phenomenon of its era. Starting out as a novel by Yorkshire writer Keith Waterhouse, it rapidly became a long-running stage play, adapted by Waterhouse with playwright Willis Hall, which lead to the movie, scripted by Waterhouse and Hall for John Schlesinger to direct, then a stage musical and finally a spin-off TV series. Do you get the feeling it caught the mood of the times? The basic set-up owes a lot to James Thurber's classic short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Our hero, Billy Fisher, lives at home in a Bradford semi with his nagging parents and works as a lowly clerk in an undertaker's parlour. But, in his imagination he lives a rich and varied fantasy life as gallant military leader, suave socialite, best-selling novelist and so forth. Trouble is, he can't always keep fantasy and reality apart, any more than he can the keep two girls he's engaged to separate. Not to mention his other problems . Schlesinger's direction brings out the desperation behind the comedy, and Tom Courtenay, at once defiant and hangdog, slips perfectly into the role created on stage by Albert Finney. But the whole cast's a joy, not least the great Leonard Rossiter as undertaker Mr Shadrach, Billy's saturnine boss. And then there's Julie Christie--the luminous spirit of the Swinging 60s--in her first starring role as the girl who offers Billy a chance of real escape. At the end, when she takes the train to London, away from the smoke and the grimness "oop" north, the whole British New Wave went with her. On the DVD: just the theatrical trailer which is a fairly crass affair. There's been no remastering, it seems, but both sound and vision are clean enough and the print preserves the original's full 2.35:1 widescreen ratio. --Philip Kemp
In New York City the brother of infamous Nazi war criminal Christian Szell (Laurence Olivier) is killed in a car accident. Shortly thereafter members of a covert US government group called 'The Division' who are investigating the incident begin to be murdered one by one. When Doc Levy (Roy Scheider) a 'Division' agent is the latest to be attacked his brother Babe (Dustin Hoffman) witnesses his death and unwittingly becomes the pawn in a deadly game in which former SS denti
Flora Poste who has had an expensive athletic and lengthy education is then orphaned and left with only 100 a year descends on her relatives in Cold Comfort Farm in 'Howling' Sussex. There she finds plenty of relatives namely the Starkadders ruled by the ferocious Aunt Judith. Each of the four cousins has a peculiar character trait there is no bathroom or telephone and the Starkadder women believe that pregnancy is the 'hand of nature and we women can't escape it'. Flora feels it her duty to bring order into the Starkadders chaotic bucolic lives...
Oscar winners Glenda Jackson Peter Finch and John Schlesinger pool their talents for this remarkable exquisitely photographed [and] almost perfectly directed film about two Londoners coping with the noncommittal affections of the lover they have in common. Alex Greville (Jackson) and Daniel Hirsh (Finch) are deeply in love... with a young artist named Bob (Murray Head). And though Bob professes to love each of them he moves freely between them unencumbered by any sense of guilt. Realizing that their situation is a temporary comfort in an uncomfortable world Alex and Daniel each grapple with their predicaments she to face her fear of being alone and he to come to terms with his homosexuality.
Directed by Oscar winner John Schlesinger and starring William Devane Beau Bridges Beverly D'Angelo Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy Honky Tonk Freeway is an exuberant satire on America's undying love affair with all things on wheels. This wildly good-natured and outrageously entertaining roadside farce is presented here in a brand-new digital transfer in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. It's vacation time and carloads of Americans are making their way to Florida in relentless pursuit of a good time; among the travellers are an aspiring children's author a couple of bank-robbers an elderly lady with a drink problem and two nuns. They little realise they're about to be caught up in a small-time mayor's madcap scheme to turn his neglected town into a tourist trap! Special Features: Original Theatrical Teaser and Trailer Image Gallery Original Promotional Material PDF
Pity poor Vic (Alan Bates): when he begins a relationship with Ingrid (June Ritchie), a typist at the Lancashire factory where he works as a draughtsman; his life comes apart at the seams. Ingrid's gossiping, malicious friends are bad enough, but her mother Mrs Rothwell (the terrifying Thora Hird) is something else. Vic has to marry Ingrid-she's pregnant--and the only place for them to stay is chez Rothwell. There's a tenderness about A Kind of Loving which you don't find in the more abrasive "kitchen sink" films of the 60s. Vic is not a rebel like Arthur Seton in Saturday Night, Sunday Morning or a macho lunk like Richard Harris' rugby-league player in This Sporting Life. He's a likable, easygoing youngster who soon discovers that real-life love affairs are infinitely messier than he and his mates could ever have imagined. The acute, witty screenplay, adapted by Willis Hall and Keith Waterhouse from Stan Barstow's novel, shows how limited Vic and Ingrid's choices really are. They have no privacy or independence. Bounced into a marriage that neither necessarily wants, their romance quickly sours. Mrs Rothwell is truly the mother-in-law from Hell--a busybody and a tyrant. Look out for the Queen Victoria-like expression on her face when a drunken Vic throws up in her front room. Debut-feature director John Schlesinger captures the humour and the pathos in the young lovers' plight without ever making fun of them. --Geoffrey Macnab
Bengali speaking Sushila Sen her husband and son Manek re-locate to London England and begin their lives as immigrants. Tragically Mr. Sen passes away leaving Sushila to struggle with everyday living and looking after a school-going Manek. She manages to get a job and they are able to survive on her wages. Manek attends school shows an interest in piano-playing excels at it to the extent that his school-teacher refers him to a piano teacher Yuline Sousatzka an immigrant fro
This three-disc collection brings together a carefully curated selection of rarely-seen BBC TV productions by the leading documentary filmmakers of their day to create an essential survey of early British TV documentaries. Collecting together nearly 10 hours' worth of material, this long-overdue collection brings together works by such influential directors as Philip Donnellan, Ken Russell and Dennis Potter, and provides a fascinating insight into the cultural and social historical landscape of two of the most formative decades in post-war Britain.
John Schlesinger's solid adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel sees three rival suitors vying for the affections of the beautiful Bathsheba Everdene (Julie Christie decked out in a variety of bonnets and frilly dresses), who has just inherited a farm. The men in her life are stout, whiskered yeoman Gabriel Oak (Alan Bates), an impoverished local farmer; neurotic, repressed squire William Boldwood (Peter Finch); and handsome rascal Sgt Troy (Terrence Stamp), who dresses as if he's Flashman and breaks women's hearts for a hobby.Thanks to cameraman Nic Roeg and production designer Richard MacDonald (who also worked for Joseph Losey), 19th-century Dorset looks as pretty and as picturesque as a John Constable reproduction on top of a biscuit tin. Not that Schlesinger or screenwriter Frederic Raphael underplay the duress of rural life. We see the hardship of the farm workers' lives as the seasons turn. The film opens with a spectacular sequence in which Gabriel Oak's dog drives his flock of sheep over a cliff, thereby forcing him into penury. Whether hunger or heartbreak, every character here suffers. Bathsheba (like the model Christie plays in Darling) is a free-spirit in a society in which women's rights are severely restricted. --Geoffrey Macnab
After his father (Pat Hingle) finds him a job at the CIA, Christopher Boyce (Timothy Hutton) discovers the less reputable side of the American government through handling classified documents. As he grows increasingly disillusioned, Boyce decides to sell the information to the Russians in an act of defiance. A drug-addicted friend of Boyce's, Daulton Lee (Sean Penn), becomes involved in the plot and acts as a middleman between Boyce and the Soviets but the erratic Lee fails to cover his tracks.
Made by the late Hollywood director John Schlesinger for British Transport in 1961 Terminus is widely regarded as one of the best railway films ever produced. A celebration of London's Waterloo station in all its glory on a busy day the film boasts a truly exceptional jazz soundtrack from Ron Grainger music and songs from Julian Cooper. It uniquely captures the essence of a British station at the beginning of the 1960s with the camera taking you behind the scenes as well as on
MARTIN SHEEN (TVs The West Wing Apocalypse Now) puts in a great performance in this creepy chiller which also stars ROBERT LOGGIA (Independence Day Prizzis Honour Scarface) and a young JIMMY SMITS (Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones). Director JOHN SCHLESINGER (Marathon Man) provides plenty of shocks for true horror fans. After the bizarre death of his wife police psychiatrist Cal Jamison (SHEEN) moves to New York with his son. There he has to help in the investigatio
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