Entertaining Mr Sloane (1970)

DOUGLAS HICKOX Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1970.  Canterbury Film Productions.  Screenplay by Clive Exton, based on the play by Joe Orton.  Cinematography by Wolfgang Suschitzky.  Produced by Douglas Kentish.  Music by Georgie Fame.   Production Design by Michael Seymour.  Costume Design by Emma Porteous.  Film Editing by John Trumper. Joe Orton’s best-known play is brought to the big screen three…

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Falstaff (Chimes At Midnight)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Orson Welles takes one of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters and combines his appearances in five different plays into one smooth experience, finishing it off with narrative elements read by Ralph Richardson from the writings of Raphael Holinshed. Welles initially wrote it as a play that performed with little success, inspiring the great auteur…

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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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Nicholas And Alexandra

B.5 (out of 5) If the real Romanovs were this boring it’s no wonder they were all shot. Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman play the famed Czar and Czarina of Russia, the last two monarchs to rule the Imperial nation before the Revolution broke out and changed the history of the world forever. The listless production starts…

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The Canterbury Tales (I Racconti Di Canterbury)

BBBB (out of 5) Pier Paolo Pasolini adapts Chaucer to the big screen with ribald results: like the author’s near-pornographic work, this film is an immoral, perverse collection of bawdy tales that has been shocking and offending for generations.  It also has a soul, with Pasolini using Chaucer’s anecdotal structure to present a world in…

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The Pumpkin Eater

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This excellent, provocative drama still has enough intensity to make it daring by today’s standards.  Anne Bancroft gives one of the finest performance of her career as an unhappy British woman who has five children and is on her second husband when she meets writer Peter Finch. She leaves her current marriage…

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Women In Love

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Ken Russell’s best film ever is still this excellent adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s racy novel, about two sisters who search for true love and think they’ve found it in two very troubled men. Screenwriter Larry Kramer adapts the story to be just as provocative as the novel was upon its first release (Lawrence’s…

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