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Tunes of Glory | 1960 | Alec Guinness, John Mills

Stirring drama set in a Highland regiment where two officers – the easy-going, hard-drinking Jock Sinclair (Alec Guinness) and his replacement, the by-the-book CO Basil Barrow (John Mills), a stickler for protocol and details – are at...

A High Wind in Jamaica | 1965 | Anthony Quinn James Coburn

Richard Hughes’s masterly novel, transferred vividly to the screen by Alexander Mackendrick, is a darker work than sometimes suggested. A hurricane devastates the island, so children are dispatched to England and safety. On the journey their...

Brazil | 1985 | Jonathan Pryce Robert De Niro

Undoubtedly Terry Gilliam’s masterpiece. Visual brilliance combines with snappy satirical humour to create one of the best films of the 80s Gilliam’s directorial career nearly came off the rails with Brazil, which sparked a furious...

Ulysses | 1967 | Barbara Jefford, Milo O’Shea

Set in Dublin over the course of 24 hours, Ulysses is a daring adaptation of James Joyce’s classic literary tome in which the lives of three main characters played by Barbara Jefford, Milo O’Shea and Maurice Roeves overlap. It courted...

Uncle Silas | 1947 | Jean Simmons, Derrick De Marney

Atmospheric period melodrama starring Jean Simmons as a 17-year-old who goes to live with her uncle (Derrick de Marney) and finds she is marked for murder. cast Jean Simmons as Caroline Ruthyn Katina Paxinou as Madame de la Rougierre Derrick De...

Under Capricorn | 1949 | Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten

Alfred Hitchcock oddity, like a second-rate Gainsborough melodrama transplanted to Australia, in which a drunken Ingrid Bergman, driven to the bottle by her husband’s cruelty, is drawn to her cousin (Joseph Cotten), just off the boat from...

Good Morning, Boys! | 1937 | Will Hay, Martita Hunt

A flustered incompetent in a mortar board. A gang of crooks foiled by pure luck. It must be Will Hay, private joy of headmasters of failing schools everywhere, the patron saint of people who aren’t qualified to do their own jobs. Here the...

Charley Moon | 1956 | Max Bygraves, Dennis Price

Musical starring Max Bygraves as a star who throws up his success to return to the countryside, where he joins a travelling circus. cast Max Bygraves as Charley Moon Dennis Price as Harold Armytage Michael Medwin as Alf Higgins Florence Desmond as...

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