The Robe

BBBB (out of 5) A new era of Hollywood was ushered in with this first Cinemascope release (though How To Marry A Millionaire was actually shot earlier and distributed later), which also served as Richard Burton‘s first leading Hollywood role after his breakthrough the year before in My Cousin Rachel.  It tells the story of a Roman tribune…

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A Queen Is Crowned

BBB (out of 5) The events surrounding the coronation of Elizabeth II make up the entirety of this documentary, shot entirely in beautiful Technicolour. Thanks to the ceremony’s many stages being well known in advance, Laurence Olivier was able to pre-record his narration and help get the film out within days of the actual coronation. Parades and…

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Lili

BBBB (out of 5) Leslie Caron is a delight in this positively charming family film. She plays the kindhearted Parisian girl of the title who finds herself stranded alone in a strange city and befriends a group of travelling circus performers. She falls in love with the troupe’s magician (Mel Ferrer), but he is already involved…

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The Moon Is Blue

BBB.5 (out of 5) A pretty girl spots a handsome man shopping in the Empire State Building and they give each other the glad eye. A couple of meet-cutes later, he (William Holden) has taken her (Maggie McNamara) back to his bachelor pad where she peppers him with endless chatter that could easily be a…

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From Here To Eternity

BBBBB (out of 5) Romance develops between a military wife (Deborah Kerr) and a serviceman (Burt Lancaster) before Pearl Harbour is bombed by the Japanese.  Montgomery Clift is brilliant as a fellow soldier who has a destructive relationship with prostitute Donna Reed in this excellent, mature war drama that is still just as potent today as it…

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Mogambo

BBB (out of 5) It is thanks to watching movies that one gathers important tips for surviving in the wilder climates of the world: for instance, in Mogambo we learn that wearing high-heeled, open-toed slippers is the perfect accoutrement while residing in the middle of the harsh, African jungle. Worried about the sun? Stylish, off-the-shoulder…

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Roman Holiday

BBBBB (out of 5) The world was introduced to Audrey Hepburn with this exceptional romantic comedy, and it’s been a love affair between star and audience that even her death in 1992 didn’t diminish. Gregory Peck plays a reporter working for an American newspaper in Rome who stumbles upon the story of a lifetime when a…

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