On his current tour the folk singer Martin Simpson is singing ‘Palaces of Gold’ to remember the Grenfell Fire victims, both dead and alive. The song was written by Leon Rosselson after the Aberfan disaster.
My Favorite Wife reunited Cary Grant and Irene Dunne for a quirky comedy. It doesn’t quite work, but it has some fine comic moments.
Mitchell Loeb’s 1947 travel poster was designed in support of a Jewish homeland. With hindsight, ironies abound.
Suspicion is a 1950s detective novel by the Swiss writer Friedrich Durrenmatt that combines noir and metaphysics. Good call by Pushkin Press to republish an English translation.
Philadelphia Story is a classic Hollywood comedy set in the world of the very rich. It works because it makes them vulnerable too.
“You never see the music; you only feel it. In American films there is music all the time to tell you how to feel.”
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon is one of 14 Holmes films pumped out during and after World War II, updated to the time. This is Holmes as propaganda.
Director Leo McCarey remade Love Affair almost two decades later as An Affair to Remember, with almost the same script. This version has a lighter touch.
When the Tour De France crossed into Spain in 1974, Eddie Merckx started shouting the three words of Basque he’d been taught by Basque riders. If the police had heard him, he’d have been arrested.
If you’re making a film about taking 350,000 men off a beach, you need more extras–or CGI.