5 items from 2011
Glenn Close will be this year's recipient of the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the 59th San Sebastian International Film Festival, which runs September 16 to 24. The Sept. 18 award ceremony will help to publicize the European premiere of the Close's latest project, the period drama Albert Nobbs. Directed by Colombian filmmaker Rodrigo García (son of Gabriel García Márquez), Albert Nobbs stars Close as a 19th-century female Dubliner who passes herself off as a man in order to eke out a living. Based on a short story by George Moore, Albert Nobbs was adapted for the screen by Close, Gabriella Prekop, and novelist John Banville. Albert Nobbs' world premiere will be held at the Toronto Film Festival in early September. Also in the film's cast: Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Janet McTeer, Pauline Collins, Brenda Fricker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Brendan Gleeson. Glenn Close has been nominated for five Academy Awards, but she has never won. »
- Andre Soares
Bob White (Moore Marriott) has been driving the Flying Scotsman on the London to Edinburgh route for decades. The day before his final voyage he reports his stoker, Crow, for being drunk on the job. Crow is sacked and decides to board the train, vowing to take his revenge on White. Meanwhile, Crow’s replacement, a jack the lad by the name of Jim (Ray Milland) has been romancing Jean, not realising that she is White’s daughter. Jean gets wind of Crow’s plan and boards the train as well, hoping to avert disaster.
The Flying Scotsman is something of a historical artifact, being the first full-length British film to feature sound. It was made by British International Pictures, though distributed by Warner Bros, who had of course made and released 1927′s The Jazz Singer, which was the first talkie to make its way onto the big screen. In »
- Dave Roper
It’s 82 years since it was committed to film and The Flying Scotsman (1929) finally sees a DVD release! This very early British experiment into sound cinema (it was originally a silent picture, with sound added in March 1930) is an interesting glimpse at the power of both silent and ‘talkie’ productions, combining some fantastic elements from both into one classic picture. A movie that also sees the screen debut of Ray Milland, who would go on to have starring roles in The Lost Weekend (1945), Dial M for Murder (1954) and the television series Meet Mr. McNutley (1953-55).
Along with Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail (1929), The Flying Scotsman symbolises a benchmark in British filmmaking and is both a fascinating watch for fans of historical cinema from the UK and those who are interested in the industry’s transition to sound.
- Stuart Cummins
Last year, Optimum Releasing's remastered versions of The Railway Children (1970), Breathless (1960) and Peeping Tom (1960) were released as part of their continuing efforts to preserve a vast catalogue of classic titles. Castleton Knight's The Flying Scotsman (1929) is the latest feature to receive extensive digital restoration and is now available to own for the first time on DVD.
The Flying Scotsman tells the story of the imminently retiring Bob White (Moore Marriott), an engine driver of the elite Flying Scotsman express that has run daily between London and Edinburgh since 1862. On the day before his last run, White reports his stoker Crow (Alec Hurley) for drinking on duty, an action that results in Crow's instant dismissal. The film's momentum is built through anticipation of Crow's explicitly declared vengeance against White and replacement stoker Jim Edwards (Ray Milland).
Meanwhile, a chance encounter at a party leads to a blossoming relationship between »
- Daniel Green
Optimum Releasing are releasing The Flying Scotsman which has made it’s way to DVD 82 years after it was released back in 1929! It’s being released on DVD on 28th February and we’ve been given three copies to give away to you.
Synopsis: Arguably the first full length British feature film to use sound (most likely this was added later, in 1930), The Flying Scotsman features daredevil stunts performed on the real eponymous locomotive (that serviced the London to Edinburgh route), and the screen debut of Ray Milland (The Lost Weekend, Dial M For Murder, Markham).
The day before he is due to retire an old engine-driver (Moore Marriott) reports his stoker, Crow (Alec Hurley), for drunkenness. The man is discharged and threatens to make trouble. As the train is leaving on the driver’s last run, Crow boards it, followed by the driver’s daughter Joan (Pauline Johnson). During »
- David Sztypuljak
5 items from 2011
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