In 1919 French director Abel Gance released his anti-war epic ‘J’accuse’. Having fought in the early days of the conflict, before being declared medically unfit, he knew first-hand what it was like to have death picking at his seams. His film was shot during the dying days of the conflict in 1918, indeed many soldiers […]Read more "J’accuse (1938)"
I’ve been aware of this film for just about as long as I’ve been doing this blog. Maybe a bit longer. I know it comes with a bit of a reputation for being a halfway decent film and it’s got a bit of pedigree too what with Audrey Tautou starring in the lead role and […]Read more "A Very Long Engagement (2004)"
Try as I might I just can’t get into silent films. I find them overly theatrical and obvious. I get the different style of story-telling and the differences in pace when compared to modern film but I think my biggest problem is attention span. I find silent films demand so much more of my attention […]Read more "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)"
My film today comes with some Great War Film pedigree attached. This is the middle film in a triptych from director Howard Hawks. Starting with ‘The Dawn Patrol’ in 1930 which will get a review at some point, followed by my film today ‘Road to Glory’ and finishing with the slightly rubbish ‘Sergeant York’ Hawks […]Read more "The Road to Glory (1936)"
‘History is written by the victors’. Say it to yourself a few times. Maybe even say it out loud if you’re not at work or someplace that it might make you look a bit odd. It’s a Winston Churchill quote by all accounts but no-one really knows for sure. If it wasn’t him then it […]Read more "Company K (2004)"