La Grande Illusion (1937)

Name a Great Great War Film. ’All Quiet on the Western Front’? ‘Lawrence of Arabia? ‘The African Queen’? Whilst all of these are indeed Great, there’s one film that consistently rates higher than them in film polls around the world. In 1958 at the Brussels World Fair a massive, global film poll was organised. Critics […]

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Hotel Imperial (1927)

Time for a quick blast back to the silent era for my next film. ‘Hotel Imperial’ (1927) is the first Hollywood filmic transfer of a stage play (also called ‘Hotel Imperial’) which was written in Austro-Hungary while the war was still raging in 1917. I say ‘First’ and ‘Hollywood’ because there’s a lost Hungarian version […]

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Fraulein Doktor (1969)

There are at least three films dealing with Mata Hari on my list. I’ve made my way through one of them, ‘Mata Hari’ (1930) which was a bit of a struggle. That can probably be blamed more on the era it was produced in than on the subject matter. Mata Hari was a name I […]

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