Film4 Listings for Tuesday 2nd June
The Dark Corner (Film)
A classic film noir from Henry Hathaway. Bradford Galt is a private detective just out of prison whose former partner is gunned down by cuckolded Hardy Cathcart, who then pins the blame on Galt. As the net closes in, Galt's only hope is his secretary Kathleen, who's free to gather evidence proving his innocence, but at great risk to herself.
Director: Henry Hathaway
Starring: Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, William Bendix, Mark Stevens, Kurt Kreuger, Cathy Downs
(Black and White, Subtitles, 1946, PG, 3 Star)
In Old California (Film)
John Wayne stars in William C McGann's western in the slightly unusual role of Tom Craig, a pharmacist from Boston who has travelled to California to set up in business. But trouble's never far away and when Lacey Miller, the gal of town boss Britt Dawson, takes an interest, Dawson gets his revenge by framing Craig for a poisoning. Craig's fortunes are saved when gold is found and, shortly afterwards, typhoid sweeps the shanty towns and camps. Selflessly, Craig sets out with medical supplies but Dawson plans to hijack them and sell them for a profit. Can Craig outwit him and save his reputation?
Director: William McGann
Starring: John Wayne, Binnie Barnes, Albert Dekker, Helen Parrish, Patsy Kelly, Edgar Kennedy
(Black and White, Subtitles, 1942, U, 2 Star)
The Million Pound Note (Film)
Charming satire based on a short story by Mark Twain in which penniless American Henry Adams is given a million pound note and instructed to live on it for a month without spending any of it. Attitudes towards him change overnight, but will he be any happier? Co-starring Wilfred Hyde White and Joyce Grenfell.
Director: Ronald Neame
Starring: Gregory Peck, Jane Griffiths, Ronald Squire, Joyce Grenfell, A.E. Matthews
(Subtitles, 1953, U, 3 Star)
Destination Moon (Film)
Irving Pichel's film is a landmark in many ways, accurately depicting weightlessness, space walks and the technique of moon landing way ahead of even later films, rewarded with an Oscar for special effects. Scripted by sf writer Robert Heinlein, the tension comes from various escapades on the way to the moon and then the problems of returning, when the remaining fuel isn't enough to leave and all weight must be shed.
Director: Irving Pichel
Starring: John Archer, Warner Anderson, Tom Powers, Dick Wesson, Erin O'Brien-Moore
(1950, U, 3 Star)
The Core (Film)
The world is struck by inexplicable phenomena - Rome's Colosseum explodes, London's pigeons go berserk - until it becomes apparent that the planet's core has stopped moving, causing electro-magnetic mayhem. The only hope lies in a crack team of scientists burrowing to the core and re-starting earth's engine. But is the disaster natural or is there a more sinister explanation? Jon Amiel's science-fiction blockbuster eschews outer space for inner-space in this taut special-effects extravaganza. Edited for language.
Director: Jon Amiel
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Christopher Shyer, Ray Galletti, Hilary Swank, Delroy Lindo, Eileen Pedde
(Subtitles, 2003, 12, 3 Star)
Sliding Doors (Film)
Peter Howitt's romcom stars Gwyneth Paltrow as Helen Quilley, a PR executive fired from her job who consequently arrives home early, to find her partner Gerry in bed with Lydia. But in an alternative storyline, where she misses the train that delivered her to that nightmare scenario, she would have arrived home after Lydia had gone. As the film flits between the two plotlines, demonstrating the impact an apparently trivial incident can have on lives, professional success and the charming James Hammerton come into her life in the first, while in the second, her relationship with Gerry drags on, along with dead-end jobs. Eventually, her life reaches a crucial point, but which storyline prevails?
Director: Peter Howitt
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, John Carroll Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Zara Turner, Douglas McFerran
(Widescreen, Subtitles, 1998, 15, 3 Star)
Hotel Rwanda (Film)
In 1994 Rwanda is ravaged by bloodshed and a hotel becomes a refugee camp for Tutsis escaping the Hutu militia. Oscar nominees Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo star in the true story of 'the African Schindler'.
Director: Terry George
Starring: Xolani Mali, Don Cheadle, Desmond Dube, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Tony Kgoroge, Rosie Motene
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2004, 12, 5 Star)
Grave of the Fireflies (Film)
From Japan's Studio Ghibli, Isao Takahata's moving film looks at the effect of American attacks on the Japanese civilian population. The film opens on the day of Japan's surrender, as a young boy, Seita, dies alone. Then in flashback, it shows the death of his mother from burns inflicted in a bombing raid, his attempts to look after his younger sister Setsuko and their struggle against hunger, increasing attacks by the Americans and the abandonment of compassion and caring by the rest of society. An openly anti-war film, it shows that the suffering of the innocents in war happens both to the victors and the losers, and despite its country of origin, it could apply to any country around the world.
Director: Isao Takahata
Starring: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Subtitled, In Japanese with English Subtitles, 1988, 12, 4 Star)