Film Four & Film Four +1 17-03-08.
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(1961) Basil Dearden's classic film stars Dirk Bogarde as a gay barrister who is being blackmailed.A successful barrister falls victim to blackmailers who are threatening to expose his homosexuality in this vintage drama starring Dirk Bogarde
Victim When it was first released in 1961, Victim was banned in the United States. Watching the film in the 21st century, it's hard to imagine what our American cousins could find offensive about a movie directed by The League Of Gentlemen's Basil Dearden and starring Ealing veteran Dennis Price and that nice Dirk Bogarde from the Doctor movies. But the problem for the US censor focused not on the cast or crew. Even the subject matter wasn't strictly taboo. No, the bone of contention was a word which, to that point in time, had never been uttered on a movie screen. What was this abomination to the English language, this affront to the world's decent, clean-living people? The word was "homosexual".
(1949) Orson Welles stars as an opportunistic charlatan plotting to use his mysterious hypnotic abilities to overthrow Marie Antoinette.Orson Welles stars in this lavish historical drama as an opportunistic charlatan plotting to use his mysterious hypnotic abilities to overthrow Marie Antoinette (Nancy Guild) and become the ruler of France.
(1958) Entertaining, light-weight western. Jack Lemmon plays a wannabe cowboy who quickly discovers that life on the big trail is anything but fun.An Irish-born writer travels to the American West to become a cowboy. Light western drama starring Jack Lemmon and Glenn Ford
He was an interesting man, Frank Harris. Born in Galway to Welsh parents, James Thomas Harris would become the dictionary definition of a renaissance man, enjoying success as a war reporter, newspaper editor, publisher, novelist, playwright, essayist and biographer. Good friends with the great Irishmen of letters - Wilde, Shaw, Bram Stoker - he'd become famous for his globe-trotting and his sexually frank memoirs entitled 'My Life And Loves'. His notable exploits included his unlikely befriending of arch-diabolist Aleister Crowley and his spell spent working as a cow poke on the American plains.
The First Wives Club
(1996) When a husband decides that he would prefer someone younger to keep him entertained, his wife commits suicide.When a husband decides that he would prefer someone younger to keep him entertained, his wife commits suicide. Her three surviving friends realize that they are in the same boat and decide to seek revenge. Hawn, Midler and Keaton do a reasonable job of delivering the script's feeble gags, but they never seem at ease with each other. Ultimately First Wives Club fails as a piece of feminist film-making just as miserably as it does as Hollywood entertainment.
(2005) Four astronauts sent out to investigate a cosmic radiation storm find their bodies changed to superhuman effect.The first family of superheroes finally make it to the big screen in this action-adventure starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans and Julian McMahon
If ever a Marvel comic deserved the utmost attention when being adapted for the big screen, it's 'Fantastic Four'. The 'Fantastic Four' is at the heart of Marvel's universe, both historically and in fictional terms. Writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, the founding fathers of Marvel as we know it today, created the title in 1961. Its success revived the flagging company, and Lee, Kirby, and other collaborators such as Steve Ditko, went on to create such classic characters as the Hulk, Spider-Man, the Avengers and the X-Men.
Once Upon a Time in America
(1984) Brutal, elegaic and utterly compelling, Sergio Leone's sombre epic is one of the finest commentaries on the birth pangs of modern America.A truly magnificent piece of cinema. Brutal, elegaic and utterly compelling, Sergio Leone's sombre epic is one of the finest commentaries on the birth pangs of modern America
The third and final film in director Leone's notional trilogy of movies about the birth of modern America, which began with the iconic Once Upon A Time In The West and continued with A Fistful of Dynamite (which Leone later explained was originally to have been titled 'Once Upon A Time In Mexico').
(1954) The tale of the cigarette-maker Carmen and the Spanish cavalry soldier Don Jose is translated into a modern-day story of a parachute factory worker and a GI.Otto Preminger directs an all African-American cast in a 1950s update of Bizet's opera 'Carmen'. Stars Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte
The original Broadway musical of Carmen Jones was a hit in the mid 1940s: the novelty of an all African-American cast coupled with lyrics from Oscar Hammerstein (also responsible for Carousel and Oklahoma!) proved a big enough draw to convince Fox to fund this lavish widescreen version directed by Preminger. The title performance by Dorothy Dandridge made her the first black woman to gain an Oscar nomination. Sadly, the rest of the film stinks.