Film4 Listings for Monday 1st June
The Gentle Sex (Film)
Second World War documentary-style morale booster, directed by Leslie Howard, that emphasised the role of women on the home front by following the fortunes of seven very different females, who all join the A.T.S. on the same day. The story follows them through basic training to their eventual postings, when they are reunited at an anti-aircraft station.
Director: Leslie Howard, Maurice Elvey
Starring: Joan Gates, Jean Gillie, Joan Greenwood, Joyce Howard, Rosamund John, Lilli Palmer
(Black and White, Subtitles, 1941, U, 3 Star)
Flame of the Barbary Coast (Film)
Joseph Kane's western stars John Wayne as Duke Fergus, a rancher who rides into San Francisco's dissolute Barbary Coast to collect the money he's owed for a horse from casino owner Tito Morell. Cheated out of the money in a crooked game of cards, he returns home, learns how to become an expert player and returns, earning enough to build his own casino and lure singer Ann Tarry from Morell. But as the two men's rivalry grows, all their ambitions are laid waste by the great 1906 earthquake...
Director: Joseph Kane
Starring: John Wayne, Ann Dvorak, Joseph Schildkraut, William Frawley, Virginia Grey, Russell Hicks
(Black and White, Subtitles, 1945, 12, 2 Star)
The Bells of St Mary's (Film)
After the success of Going My Way, Bing Crosby returned as Father Chuck O'Malley in Leo McCarey's nine-Oscar-nominated drama. This time he's sent to St Mary's Academy, an inner-city school run by the glacial Sister Mary Benedict. The school is under threat from the freeholder, who wants to tear it down for a car park, but O'Malley convinces him of the error of his ways. Along the way, O'Malley and the Sister learn to respect each other as they help the pupils and their parents with their problems, and the film ends with a very individual take on the traditional Nativity play.
Director: Leo McCarey
Starring: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, William Gargan, Ruth Donnelly, Joan Carroll
(Black and White, Subtitles, 1945, U, 4 Star)
Carry on Up The Khyber (Film)
Classic Carry On fun with the core team of regulars from stalwart director Gerald Thomas. Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond is in charge of the motley kilted crew of the Third Foot and Mouth regiment at a British outpost in the Khyber Pass. The Khasi of Kalabar has other ideas and wants the British devils dead, but his troops fear what they may or may not have under their "skirts". But when one is seen wearing underpants the fate of the British in India is at stake...
Director: Gerald Thomas
Starring: Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Roy Castle, Joan Sims, Bernard Bresslaw
(Subtitles, 1969, PG, 3 Star)
Barefoot in the Park (Film)
Gene Saks' comedy of opposites stars Robert Redford and Jane Fonda as newly-married couple Paul and Corie Platter. He's a straight-laced lawyer, but she's a free spirit. Setting up home in a Greenwich brownstone, peopled by eccentrics, they soon find their conflicting personalities causes clashes but when matters reach an emotional climax that threatens their relationship, advice from Corie's mother pours oil on the troubled waters of their marriage.
Director: Gene Saks
Starring: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Charles Boyer, Mildred Natwick, Herb Edelman, Mabel Albertson
(1967, PG, 3 Star)
Little Miss Sunshine (Film)
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris's double-Oscar-winning comedy stars Abigail Breslin as Olive Hoover, who wins a place at a beauty pageant in California. Because money is tight, her family have to undertake the 700-mile journey by camper van. As the Hoover clan - father Richard, a de-motivated motivational speaker, mother Sheryl, who holds the family together, Grandpa, who's been thrown out of his retirement home for taking heroin, suicidal Proust scholar Uncle Frank, and Olive's brother Dwayne, a Nietzsche-worshipping teen who's chosen mutism as a way of coping with his pain - hit the road, the mix of feel-good fun and mordant black humour combine with a stellar cast for one of the best recent indie movies.
Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Starring: Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin, Toni Collette, Steve Carell
(Editor's Choice, Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2006, 15, 4 Star)
A History Of Violence (Film)
Viggo Mortensen stars in David Cronenberg's thriller as Tom Stall, the owner of a small diner in a small town in Indiana. One day, two guys come in, produce guns and threaten the customers. Stall takes them out, becoming a local hero, but the publicity is seen by someone from his past, a past he's kept secret from his wife Edie. Carl Fogarty turns up with some muscle and suggests he returns with them to Philadelphia, where Richie Cusack, a name from Stall's past, awaits...
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Ashton Holmes, Peter MacNeill
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2005, 18, 4 Star)
Eu, Tu, Eles (Film)
Based on a true story, Me You Them is a bittersweet Brazilian romantic comedy that explores the life and loves of Darlene, an independent-minded woman from north-east Brazil. Returning to her home town, Darlene finds that her mother has died and while in mourning she accepts a proposal of marriage. Not content with just one husband, however, in time she finds two other men who move into the house and can fulfil her in ways her first husband Osias is unable to. While life in the poor and arid village may be hard, comedy and romance are never far away as Darlene is forced to juggle the pride, desire, jealousy and tolerance of her three husbands. Directed by Andrucha Waddington.
Director: Andrucha Waddington
Starring: Regina Casť, Lima Duarte, StÍnio Garcia, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, Nilda Spencer, Diogo Lopes
(Subtitles, Subtitled, In Portuguese with English Subtitles, Widescreen, 2000, PG, 4 Star)