Life of Pi
Yann Martel's Life of Pi was one of the most commercially successful novels ever to win the Booker prize; now it has been turned into a keenly anticipated movie by Ang Lee. Pi Patel is the son of a zookeeper who decides to transport the family, and their entire menagerie, to Canada by sea. But a shipwreck leaves him and assorted animals on a single lifeboat, fighting for survival. Early film festival sightings have been hugely enthusiastic. 20 December.
An intriguing and cerebral work from Bernard Rose, the maker of Mr Nice. This is the third of his Tolstoy adaptations, following Ivans xtc and The Kreutzer Sonata, all starring Danny (son of John) Huston. The source is the 1895 story Master and Man, and it
The star passed away on Wednesday, but no details about his cause of death had been released as WENN went to press.
Fowler was best known for tackling traditional Cockney characters, appearing in several top U.K. shows such as medical drama Casualty and cop series The Bill.
He began his career in the 1940s and features in big screen hits including 1962 movie Lawrence of Arabia.
While working on the classic Ealing comedy Hue and Cry in 1947, the actor Harry Fowler, who has died aged 85, was given sage advice by one of his co-stars, Jack Warner: "Never turn anything down … stars come and go but as a character actor, you'll work until you're 90."
Fowler took the suggestion and proved its near veracity. Between his 1942 debut as Ern in Those Kids from Town until television appearances more than 60 years later, he notched up scores of feature films and innumerable TV shows, including three years as Corporal "Flogger" Hoskins in The Army Game.
He never attained star status but created a gallery of sparky characters, including minor villains, servicemen, reporters and tradesmen enriched by an ever-present cheeky smile and an authentic cockney accent. He was Smudge or Smiley, Nipper or Knocker, Bert or 'Orace, as
Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Based on Graham Greene’s short story The Lieutenant Died Last
Screenplay by John Dighton
UK , 1942
How many films and TV shows have left you quaking at the thought of your quiet home town being overrun by flesh-eating zombies or sex-crazed vampires? When Ealing Studios released Went the Day Well? in 1942, anxieties were focused on equally fiendish invaders from across the English Channel. You never know, that polite British officer sipping tea in your drawing room, might turn out to be part of the advance party from the Third Reich.
Based on a short story by Graham Greene, Alberto Cavalcanti’s film is set in the idyllic English village of Bramley End (in reality, Turville in Buckinghamshire). A framing device introduces us first to the church warder (played by Mervyn Johns), who sets the scene for the extraordinary events of Whitsun weekend 1942. The
Alberto Cavalcanti's 1942 film, presented as part of a new BFI retrospective, is a wartime conspiracy thriller, a black-comic nightmare and a surrealist masterpiece in which stoutly English-seeming army types reveal themselves to be Nazis, like the reflected figures turning their backs on us in René Magritte's mirror.
The movie's influence shows up in Dad's Army, in Village of the Damned, and maybe even, with a twist, in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. In the sleepy English village of Bramley End, dozens of soldiers turn up, needing a billet. They are a fifth-columnist troop of Nazi agents, a revelation made more glitteringly disturbing by the fact that Cavalcanti never reveals how this infiltration has been achieved. The film shows the Germans being capable of violence and beastliness towards civilians – even daringly
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