Tag: Drama

Alfie | 1966 | Michael Caine, Shelley Winters

Michael Caine plays a philandering Cockney anti-hero, in the film that made him an international star. Alfie – both the film and the character – is representative of the swinging-London culture of the 1960s. While enormously funny, and...

Bartleby | 1970 | Paul Scofield, John McEnery

Henry Melville’s novella about a young clerk (Peter McEnery) who progressively withdraws from life reaches the screen with all its literary qualities and conceits intact. Those familiar with the book may find its modern day setting and realism...

Blanche Fury | 1948 | Valerie Hobson, Stewart Granger

Gothic tale Blanche Fury follows the title character (Valerie Hobson), a poor governess, as she marries into prosperity and establishes herself as the mistress of a large estate, only to begin a boiling romance with brooding stable-hand Philip Thorn...

The Cruel Sea | 1953 | Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden

Based on Nicholas Monsarrat’s best selling novel, which was in turn derived from his experiences on the North Sea convoys, The Cruel Sea is set in the middle of ‘the battle of the Atlantic’, as the U-boats attempted to destroy...

The Guinea Pig | 1948 | Richard Attenborough, Sheila Sim

Riveting drama starring a 28 year old Richard Attenborough as a working class schoolboy who is sent as an educational experiment as a pupil to a public school. cast Richard Attenborough as Jack Read Sheila Sim as Lynne Hartley Bernard Miles as Mr...

The Anniversary | Hammer 1968 | Bette Davis, Sheila Hancock

A widowed mother summons her three sons to celebrate her ruby wedding anniversary. The passive boys and their partners have to put up with a vitriolic diatribe from the monster that created them. Adapted from a play by Bill MacIlwraith, this is...

Under Milk Wood | 1972 | Richard Burton Elizabeth Taylor

Unwise physical materialisation of a play for voices. Made corporeal – and what’s more, tarted up in vulgar Technicolor – Bible black nights don’t possess the leathery lustre they had on the radio, and Polly Garter is...

A Night to Remember | 1958 | Kenneth More, Ronald Allen

A pretty accurate re-creation of the big ship Titanic’s sinking, with Kenneth More and Robert Ayres among those trying to remain stiff-upper-lipped as the vessel goes down and the rescue is apparently bungled, with no lifeboats returned and...

Life at the Top | 1965 | Laurence Harvey, Jean Simmons

Having married into north-country brass, Joe Lampton (Laurence Harvey) finds, a decade or so later, that life on top of the money tree is not that exciting. It’s hard to sympathize with Joe (or indeed anyone in this seedy tale), who may have...

Under the Volcano | 1984 | Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset

A novel that is so strange and hallucinatory that it’s often hard to tell exactly what’s supposed to be happening, is literalized by Huston into hard, brassy explicitness. The result is intense, but unintoxicating. Albert Finney is...

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