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Bette Davis

This month sees the reissue of one of the all time great films of Hollywood’s golden era: What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?


If you want an example of how they shot big spectacle movies in the days before they largely became the domain of techno-nerds in post-production, Trapeze is a fair example.


Chariots Of Fire

In the early 1980s, British cinema was in the midst of one of its periodic creative and commercial highs, with films such as The Long Good Friday, Gregory’s Girl, The Killing Fields and Gandhi noted as critical successes and bo...

Charles Laughton

There was a period in the 1930s, when Charles Laughton (1899-1962) was just about the most bankable star in the movie business.


Shake Hands With The Devil

You don’t have to be a worshipper at the shrine of James Cagney to find merit in Shake Hands with the Devil, but it is only likely to be those who consider him one of the greatest hard men in movie history who derive true pleas...

Heavenly Pursuits

Tom Conti and Helen Mirren are a match made in heaven, but sadly even their considerable talents and undoubted on-screen chemistry are insufficient to elevate Heavenly Pursuits, a whimsical comedy with feet of clay.


The Look

The title of Angelina Maccerone’s new biographical documentary of Charlotte Rampling plays on the actress’s famously dark, vixen-eyed allure, seductive yet glacial by turns, a woman with secrets, dangerous to know.

Woody Allen

In a recent poll of British comedians’ favourite comics, Woody Allen came third, behind Peter Cook and John Cleese, but ahead of Eric Morecambe and Groucho Marx.