The Whisperers

BBB.5 (out of 5) Edith Evans is excellent as a woman who is slowly losing touch with reality thanks to the decay of age and her perpetual loneliness.  Among her many delusions are her belief that she has a high class background that has been humbled by bad luck, waiting daily for the arrival of an…

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Thoroughly Modern Millie

BBB (out of 5) Julie Andrews is a jazz baby who is determined to be the very definition of “modern”: it’s the roaring twenties and women have a freedom and equality to men that she plans to use to her best advantage, flattening her chest, bobbing her hair, getting a job (as a secretary) and hoping…

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Far From The Madding Crowd (1967)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Thomas Hardy’s tale of love and property is adapted by John Schlesinger into a modest epic starring Julie Christie as its stubborn heroine.  After inheriting a large farm from a wealthy uncle, Christie hires on Alan Bates as shepherd, himself now impoverished by tragedy and no longer believing his suit for her…

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The Taming Of The Shrew

BBBB (out of 5) The dream team of Burton and Taylor had one of their biggest hits together in this spirited adaptation of the Bard’s comedy. Kate is the viciously tempered elder sister of two whose younger sibling Bianca cannot marry the goodhearted Lucentio (Michael York) unless her sister is married first, as per their father’s…

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Ulysses

BBB (out of 5) Joseph Strick set himself no mean task when he decided to take on an adaptation of James Joyce’s famously unfilmable (and for many people, unreadable) novel, often labelled the work that gave birth to twentieth century modernism in literature. It plots loosely through the lives of an Irish town on a…

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Barefoot In The Park

BBB (out of 5) Neil Simon’s hit play transfers to the screen with charming results, obviously maintaining its small scope of space but never feeling cramped. Jane Fonda is delightful as the new bride to young and handsome lawyer Robert Redford, the two of them madly in love on their wedding day. Following a sex-fest honeymoon,…

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The Jungle Book (1967)

BBB (out of 5) Rudyard Kipling’s popular adventure story comes to the big screen via Disney’s animation studio. It tells the story of a young boy named Mowgli who is abandoned as an orphan in the jungles of India and raised by a pack of wolves. As a young boy, he befriends a fun-loving bear…

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Closely Watched Trains (Ostre Sledovane Vlaky)

BBBB (out of 5) Jiri Menzel’s Oscar winning film is a poignant observation of the loss of innocence in a world going mad. A young man in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia goes and works a simple job as a train dispatcher in order to live the easy life that has been enjoyed by his early-retired father. He…

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Cool Hand Luke

BBBBB (out of 5) Paul Newman plays the title character, a man so named because of his peaceful countenance among the prisoners on a California chain gang. A former war hero, Luke was picked up by police for getting drunk and destroying a row of parking meters, put into prison and forced into the degrading…

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Bonnie And Clyde

BBBBB (out of 5) Arthur Penn’s electrifying account of the famous criminal couple is still a ripping good film, and after years of endless gunfire in films it is quite amazing how shocking the violence still manages to be. Warren Beatty (making his first film as producer) plays Clyde Barrow and a debuting Faye Dunaway the…

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Camelot

BBB (out of 5) Following the success of My Fair Lady, Jack L. Warner put his studio right to work on filming Lerner and Loewe’s next Broadway musical hit, based on The Once and Future King by T.E. White. The results were not nearly as successful as the former production, a lumbering musical with too…

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Doctor Dolittle (1967)

B.5 (out of 5) Adaptation of the popular children’s novel is a downright embarrassing mess.  Rex Harrison gives a spirited performance as the famous doctor whose parrot speaks fluent English and teaches him in turn to speak the languages of all animals of the world. Dolittle decides to make good use of this new talent…

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