Film Four & Film Four +1 03-04-08.

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13:00
A Letter to Three Wives
(1949) A witty and mordant comedy-drama which won Oscars for both direction and screenplay for Joseph L Mankiewicz.Three wives in up-market suburbia along the Hudson River are about to leave their comfortable homes for a day out. A commentary (by the wonderful Holm) in the form of a letter to each states that the sender has run off with the husband of one of them. Cue anguish, an examination of their marriages and the dreadful realization that it could be any of them. Mankiewicz received an Oscar and went on to fame and fortune. Over written as always in his case, but the superb cast relish the lines and it becomes a true ensemble piece of smart entertainment.

15:00
The Kidnappers
(1953) When their grandfather refuses to buy them a pet dog, two orphaned brothers decide to 'adopt' an abandoned baby that they find in the woods.An exceptional children's movie from the 1950s about two orphaned brothers who, starved of affection, adopt an abandoned baby as their pet
Two children find a baby girl abandoned in the woods and keep her as a pet. It's hard to imagine a more provocative premise for a film in this day and age. But The Kidnappers was made back in 1953 when a finger of fudge was full of Cadbury goodness, and juvenile delinquents were kids who played a bit too hard at conkers. Set in 1904, Philip Leacock's lauded family drama is precisely about youthful innocence in a bygone age.

16:50
Kipps
(1941) A draper's assistant inherits money in 1906 and attempts to become a member of society in a small seaside town.Adaptation of HG Wells' novel about a poor orphan who makes good after receiving a legacy from his dead parents. Michael Redgrave is Kipps, the draper who discovers that money isn't an immediate passport to the upper classes
At the turn of the 20th Century, HG Wells turned from writing futuristic sci-fi to more down to earth accounts of British society. In Kipps, he draws on his own experiences of Britain's class-ridden social structure to provide an entertaining autobiographical tale. Director Carol Reed, who also made such classics as The Third Man and The Fallen Idol, sticks faithfully to the core of Wells' novel and produces a diverting comedy of Victorian manners.

18:55
Deep End of the Ocean
(1999) A three-year-old boy is kidnapped and then returns home nine years later. A melodramatic tale of family tumult.A three-year-old boy is kidnapped and then returns home nine years later. A melodramatic tale of family tumult without the usual schmaltz
The Deep End Of The Ocean Based on the book by Jacquelyn Mitchard, the film tells the story of a successful photographer, Beth Cappadora (Pfeiffer), who is travelling to a high school reunion in Chicago. She's accompanied by her three children - baby Kerry, three-year-old Ben and moody seven-year-old Vincent (Buck). At the hotel check-in she briefly leaves the boys alone but in the blink of an eye Ben vanishes.

18:55
Deep End of the Ocean Review
(1999) A three-year-old boy is kidnapped and then returns home nine years later. A melodramatic tale of family tumult.A three-year-old boy is kidnapped and then returns home nine years later. A melodramatic tale of family tumult without the usual schmaltz
The Deep End Of The Ocean Based on the book by Jacquelyn Mitchard, the film tells the story of a successful photographer, Beth Cappadora (Pfeiffer), who is travelling to a high school reunion in Chicago. She's accompanied by her three children - baby Kerry, three-year-old Ben and moody seven-year-old Vincent (Buck). At the hotel check-in she briefly leaves the boys alone but in the blink of an eye Ben vanishes.

21:00
Transporter 2
(2005) Frank Martin is back as the Transporter, who'll take anything anywhere, no questions asked, for the right money.Jason Statham reprises his role as the inscrutable driver in this action movie written and produced by Luc Besson
The opening shot of Transporter 2 consists of a shiny Audi sitting in an underground car park, with neon reflecting off of its curves. It's a scene that recalls a time when Luc Besson was at the forefront of a loosely recognised movement (sometimes dubbed "le cinéma du look") of young French filmmakers, along with Jean-Jacques Beineix, making films such as Subway which combined Hollywood and advertising imagery with their superficial glamour, thrills and escapism.

22:40
The Sea Inside
(2004) Alejandro Amenabar's Oscar-winning drama is based on the life of Ramon Sampedro, played by Javier Bardem.The true story of a Spanish quadriplegic campaigning to get the law changed so that he may choose to end his life without recrimination for those who help him. Javier Bardem stars in this dramatisation from Alejandro Amenábar, director of The Others
The Sea Inside After his international success with The Others, Alejandro Amenábar could easily have gone to Hollywood to feed at the studio trough. Instead, he returned to Spain to create a beautiful, heart-wrenching work that will have you in floods of tears by the final quarter. Based on a true story, it might be easy to dismiss Mar Adentro as a 'disease-of-the-week' movie, were it not for Javier Bardem's incredible turn as Ramón Sampedro.

01:10
The Dancer Upstairs
(2002) John Malkovich's directorial debut is set in a South American country where Javier Bardem is assigned to track down a group of terrorists.John Malkovich's first foray behind the cameras is a South American manhunt with striking vistas and Latin cast, including Javier Bardem
John Malkovich has directed one other film, a short for a fashion show, full of saucy models winking to camera. This is a whole new proposition, an ambitious, erudite and funny psychological thriller that shows little trace of its director's Hollywood roots.