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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Privilege

BBB (out of 5) Peter Watkins got endless amounts of flack for this bitter-tasting satire of mass media; it probably made no sense when it was first released but now seems quite precise and to the point. It tells the story of a popular singer whose fame is so strong that there is no way…

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Boyfriends

BB.5 (out of 5) Flat British comedy-drama about a group of gay men who weekend in the country (sounds like a dozen movies I’ve seen) and bitch and complain about life in general (sounds like two dozen films I’ve seen). James Dreyfus has a rare non-comedic role as one of the party participants, one who is…

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The Italian Job (1969)

BBB (out of 5) Michael Caine stars as a thief who is let out of prison and immediately gets himself involved in another heist. He assembles a collection of crooks and they combine resources in order to accomplish the seemingly impossible: robbing a gold shipment in Turin during a traffic jam.  How they do it is…

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