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Three Coins In The Fountain
(1954) Jean Negulesco directs this romantic drama with a delightful light touch, with the central location Rome as much a star as the three leads.The settings in Rome, captured here in CinemaScope are as much a star of this film as the trio of women (McGuire, Peters and McNamara) who take a trip to the Italian capital and are convinced that tossing coins into the Trevi Fountain will provide the solution to their unfulfilled romantic dreams. Given that this is the stuff of movies, you can pretty much guess the outcome, but the journey to true love is undeniably sweet.

The Mudlark
(1950) Young 'mudlark' Wheeler, who makes his living scavenging in the Thames' mud, finds a cameo depicting the Queen, who he seeks to find.Squelching through the mud of the Thames at low-tide, 10-year-old Wheeler (Ray) finds a dead seaman. Searching the body, he discovers a cheap medallion of Queen Victoria, who he understands to be 'mother of England'. Seeing in her kindly features (shurely shome mistake?) some flash of the mother he has never known, the scruffy urchin sets out for Windsor Castle in search of her. Dunne is suitably amused in this sentimental bit of twaddle (with a lot of padding to help her), but Guinness and Ray manage to upstage her as Disraeli and the sweet li'l kid respectively.

This Happy Breed
(1944) Celia Johnson and Robert Newton star in the cinematic version of Noel Coward's story of a working class family in immediate post-war London.Coward's domestic saga is an engagingly unreal trot through early 20th-century British history, making whistle-stops at the 1920s jazz clubs, the General Strike, the Depression and the Second World War
It's a world in which the tight-jawed, cut-glass Johnson is offered as an archetype of British motherhood and Newton - usually cast as a roaring boy - the reassuring face of patriarchy. Mills represents the armed forces and Holloway the working classes.
A toff propagandist's England, of course. But once you've got over its peculiar patrician tones and bitty structure, there's much to enjoy - not least the changing frocks and haircuts and wallpapers.

(1996) Haley Joel Osment plays Albert Franklin, a recently orphaned seven-year-old boy who invents an invisible friend, Bogus.A young boy develops an imaginary friend following the death of his mother. Children's fantasy starring Whoopi Goldberg, Gérard Depardieu and Haley Joel Osment
lthough director Norman Jewison is rarely feted along the same lines as Scorsese and Coppola, few directors still working today boast a body of work to rival his.

Four Weddings And A Funeral
(1994) Hugh Grant is at his bumbling best in this feel-good farce about whether or not to tie the knot.Hugh Grant is at his bumbling best in this feel-good farce about whether or not to tie the knot. British filmmakers showed Hollywood how to do romantic comedy and Oscar nominations followed
Four Weddings And A Funeral At a time when the British film industry badly needed a hit, Four Weddings And A Funeral was just that: this sublimely charming romantic fable was a box-office phenomenon that launched several careers and proved that home-grown comedy could perform just as well as its Hollywood equivalent. Its most outstanding achievement was not its blockbuster box office, but its careful treading of the tightrope between comedy and pathos - so much so that it's almost impossible not to get caught up in it.

The Firm
(1988) Gary Oldman stars as the unhinged, suited-and-booted leader of a 'firm' of London football hooligans.Gary Oldman stars as the unhinged suited-and-booted leader of a 'firm' of London football hooligans. Punch-ups, baseball bats, stanley knives and not a ball in sight. Not to be confused with the Tom Cruise legal drama of the same name
Respectable family man and estate agent by the week, ultra-violent leader of a gang of football hooligans on match days, Bex Bissek (Gary Oldman) is a true Essex Thatcherite who's into football violence for the "buzz". Together with a band of similarly minded thugs they are West Ham United's ICF (Inter City Firm) - a crew with the motto, "We come in peace, we leave you in pieces!" Come match day they follow their team around the country, but it's the aggro with rival gangs rather than the 90 minutes on the pitch that they're interested in.

The Tree Of Wooden Clogs
(1978) Ermanno Olmi's Cannes-winning drama is set in rural Italy at the end of the 19th century, centred on four families of peasants.Italian filmmaker Ermanno Olmi won the Palme D'Or for this quietly profound portrayal of daily life among a group of Lombardy peasants at the turn of the last century
The Tree Of Wooden Clogs Best known to non-Italian audiences for 1988's The Legend Of The Holy Drinker, Ermanno Olmi carved a niche as a filmmaker dedicated to chronicling the lives of Italy's working class. Here, as with many of his films, a non-professional cast interprets his ideas, and the result is a beautifully shot, determinedly unsentimental depiction of rural life.