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All's well that celebrates Wells

All’s well that celebrates Wells

  It is customary for Ipswich Film Society to hold an end of season event around this time of year, and on 28th April in Ipswich Library lecture hall Sylvia Hardy gave an informed presentation of the career in film of H. G. Wells.  This is something of a specialism for Ms Hardy, who is […]

I Am Cubist

I Am Cubist

I made a discovery a couple of weeks ago from which I am still reeling with surprise and elation. It was Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1964 film, I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba), made as the world recovered from the Bay of Pigs crisis and the United States learned to accept the presence of a Communist state just […]

Mann-hunter

Mann-hunter

  The arrival of a new film by Michael Mann is an event indeed for any self-respecting male cinephile, particularly of thrillers. Like Howard Hawks and Walter Hill before him, his narratives are ones in which the professional virtues are upheld, even if in Mann’s case his protagonists are sometimes on the other side of […]

Straight as a Bullitt

Straight as a Bullitt

I was taking another look at an old favourite the other week – Peter Yates’s classic police thriller, Bullitt (1968).  It is a movie I have seen some nine times – I used to catch it regularly on ITV late-night screenings at one time, and now of course I have the DVD, a particularly fine […]

Death of the Iceberg siren

Death of the Iceberg siren

First Virna Lisi, now Anita Ekberg dies, eclipsing (in every sense) the passing of her younger, less notorious colleague in sex symbol-dom.  More a natural phenomenon than an actress, Ekberg embodied everything that Fellini was looking for in La Dolce Vita: an established American star, epitome of glamour, and (for him) so much the perfect woman […]

2014 - the Hollywood year, or the imitation game

2014 – the Hollywood year, or the imitation game

  As the media’s pundits perch, Janus-like, on the threshold of the New Year, and consider the fruits of 2014 while anticipating the pleasures to come – which read ever more like some galactic football results – you would think it remiss of me not to do something akin. And as I look ruefully at […]

Carnal Knowledge: a great new war movie, and Mike Nichols

Carnal Knowledge: a great new war movie, and Mike Nichols

Our cinemas are full of exciting product this month. There was the Babadook around Halloween, an above-average creeper, then Interstellar, which packed a lifetime’s experience into its galactic proportions (and by some accounts it felt like it), and Mr Turner with the grunting Timothy Spall. Currently there is The Imitation Game, another exploration of the […]

A Kubrickian Odyssey

A Kubrickian Odyssey

Last month the Ipswich Film Society showed Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, in part to commemorate the hundred years that have elapsed since the commencement of the First World War. I say ‘in part’, since we are, after all, a film society and there can be few self-respecting societies across the land that do not […]

Ah, quelle joie supreme!

Salon de musique

Stung by Patrice Leconte’s latest underwhelming effort (A Promise) at the IFT last month, I dusted off one of my old favourites, The Hairdresser’s Husband, to be reminded of former glories. For a moment there, back in the 90s, we seemed to have a new Truffaut and a new Michel Deville, all rolled into one. […]

Sir Dickie takes the Big Sleep

Sir Dickie takes the Big Sleep

With the summer gone, it is time to take stock of some of the summer movies, for whose sake I have sadly neglected the arthouse fare: it is my one chance of the year to catch up with popular cinema, as Ipswich Film Theatre tends to revert to one-show-a-night at 7.30, too early for a […]