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8 items from 2014

Which is the greatest British film in history? No one seems to be in agreement

11 October 2014 5:32 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »

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The Forgotten: Joseph L. Mankiewicz's "The Honey Pot" (1967)

1 October 2014 8:56 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The late career of Joseph L. Mankiewicz—who is getting a sidebar retrospective, The Essential Iconoclast, at the New York Film Festival—is fascinating. While many of his contemporaries floundered as the rules of filmmaking changed, formally and in every other aspect, he found ways, for a while at least, to carry on telling the kind of stories he liked, with the kind of people he liked, in the way he liked. Sleuth (1972) could probably have been made earlier—the amorality and venality of the characters might well have passed the censor, since vice can be said to be punished. The filmmaking is a little less sure-footed than we expect from Mankiewicz, though: he should have been the perfect director for a two-hander full of arch talk in elegant surroundings, but his attempts to keep the visuals lively sometimes seem forced.

There Was a Crooked Man (1970), is more problematic, illustrating »

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The Return of Zulu to the Big Screen

20 August 2014 1:11 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

No home theater can contain Zulu, director Cy Endfield's panoramic adventure tale pitting a small band of British soldiers against a swarm of Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift in 1879. Endfield's South African canvas is vast... and to see a mile-wide line of 4,000 threatening Zulus emerge over the horizon in Super Technirama 70 inspires the kind of goosebumps that no blu-ray could hope to inspire. Unseen in the theater for decades outside of the stray revival screening, a restored Zulu is now making a limited run in select Los Angeles theaters in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Kenneth Turan makes the case for this terrific movie in this week's Los Angeles Times. And here is our own John Landis on the glories of Zulu.

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"Zulu" Digital Screening At Lincoln Center, Tuesday August 19

17 August 2014 12:06 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »


To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the British film classic "Zulu", the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City will present a rare U.S. big screen showing in digital format. The film, directed by Cy Endfield and starring Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins and Michael Caine, was the cover story of Cinema Retro issue #28. Join us at this "can't miss" event! For tickets click here   »

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"Zulu" At 50: Cinema Retro Attends The Royal Gala Screening In London

10 June 2014 8:38 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro's Matt Field and Dave Worrall on the red carpet.

By Matthew Field

Prince Harry headlined an exclusive red carpet event at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, to mark the 50th anniversary of Zulu – the 1964 epic about the historic 1879 battle at Rorke’s Drift.

Arriving at the cinema, the Prince told Suzannah Endfield Olivier, the daughter of the film's director Cy Endfield, that Zulu was one of his favourite films. 'I watch this film every single year before Christmas time,' he said. 'Maybe once. Maybe twice.'

Matt and Dave with Cinema Retro contributor Paul Adsacks.

Inside and ahead of the film, guests were treated to a screening of rare behind the scenes footage shot on location in South Africa in 1964. Cinema Retro’s Dr. Sheldon Hall, gave the 2,000 strong audience a running commentary to the black and white footage. Film critic Mark Kermode and Historian Dan Snow »

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Win Zulu on Blu-ray

28 April 2014 1:56 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Zulu on 5th May, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

22nd January 1964 – On the 85th anniversary of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift during the Anglo-Zulu war in South Africa, the theatrical release of a new historical war drama made an indelible mark on British cinematic history.

Cy Endfield’s (The Mysterious Island, Zulu Dawn) dramatic military re-enactment; Zulu, depicted the ultimate David and Goliath tale of a relatively small garrison of 139 British and colonial soldiers stalwartly defending their mission station against an army of 4,500 Zulu warriors. Eleven of the surviving men were subsequently awarded a Victoria Cross for outstanding bravery on the battle field.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this classic screen giant, along with the 135th anniversary of the troop’s victory, the next generation can now enjoy a brand new collectible anniversary edition of this BAFTA® nominated movie juggernaut, »

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Movie Heaven, Courtesy Of TCM

15 April 2014 5:09 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

I’m still recovering from the fifth annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. I don’t experience it as most people do, since I work throughout the weekend, but I have as good a time as the attendees, who come from far and wide and spend the entire time beaming. Because there are so many events going on at all hours, hosted by Robert Osborne, Ben Mankiewicz, and an array of filmmakers, historians, and special guests, I can only provide a (brief) diary of my own experience. On Friday I treated myself to one extracurricular screening: a digital restoration of Cy Endfield’s Zulu, shot in the widescreen Technirama process. It looked great on the giant Egyptian Theatre screen: in...

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Blu-ray Review: "Zulu" (1964) Starring Stanley Baker, Michael Caine And Jack Hawkins; Twilight Time Limited Edition Release

12 April 2014 9:38 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

Since its initial release fifty years ago, director Cy Endfield's British war epic Zulu has grown in stature. The film was understandably a hit in England but was deemed a boxoffice disappointment in the United States perhaps due to the fact that, like Khartoum (1966), the story relates to a historic battle that is well known by Brits by is virtually unknown to American audiences. What no one can dispute is that the film represents masterful movie making. Again, like Khartoum, it is a thinking man's war epic. The film relates the story of the Battle of Rorke's Drift, a tiny British outpost in southern Africa directly in the heart of the Zulu kingdom. A haunting pre-titles sequence shows the bloody aftermath of the Battle of Isandlwana, in which a British expeditionary force was massacred by Zulus in a sophisticated attack that stunned the government in London. »

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