Archive for July, 2011

James Stewart (Paul Biegler), Lee Remick (Laura Manion), Ben Gazzara (Frederick Manion). Screenplay by Wendell Meyes. Directed by Otto Preminger. Rating: 12. Running time: 160 minutes. A marvellous and radical courtroom drama without any hint of mystery, Anatomy of a Murder swaps the formulaic ‘did he do it?’ source of suspense and instead begins with an […]


Vivien Leigh (Blance DuBois), Marlon Brando (Stanley Kowalski), Kim Hunter (Stella), Karl Malden (Harold Mitchell). Screenplay by Tennessee Williams. Directed by Elia Kazan. Rating: 12. Running time: 122 minutes. Putting my relatively robust knowledge of American cinema history to use, I’ve been scouring my mind for examples of female characters in the movies that have […]


Carmen Maura (Gloria). Screenplay by Pedro Almodóvar. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Rating: 18. Running time: 101 minutes. When I reviewed Women on the Verge the other day I described Pedro’s early period as ‘inconsistent,’ and it was confusingly poor but compelling efforts like this that I had in mind. What Have I Done to Deserve This? is a Madrid-based […]


[Voices] Phil Harris (Baloo), Bruce Reitherman (Mowgli), Sebastian Cabot (Bagheera). Screenplay by Larry Clemons et al. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman. Rating: U. Running time: 78 minutes. So, like Guinness, some childhood favourites just don’t travel well. This is a real tragedy. My parents have often teased me about my daily viewings of The Jungle Book as […]