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One of the best international thrillers ever has almost become an obscurity, for reasons unknown – this Blu-ray comes from Australia. Edward Fox’s wily assassin for hire goes up against the combined police and security establishments of three nations as he sets up the killing of a head of state – France’s president Charles de Gaulle. The terrific cast features Michel Lonsdale, Delphine Seyrig and Cyril Cusack; director Fred Zinnemann’s excellent direction reaches a high pitch of tension – even though the outcome is known from the start.
Region B+A Blu-ray
Shock Entertainment / Universal
1973 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 143 min. / Street Date ? / Available from Amazon UK / Pounds 19.99
Starring: Edward Fox, Michel Lonsdale, Delphine Seyrig, Cyril Cusack, Eric Porter, Tony Britton, Alan Badel, Michel Auclair, Tony Britton, Maurice Denham, Vernon Dobtcheff, Olga Georges-Picot, Timothy West, Derek Jacobi, Jean Martin, Ronald Pickup, Jean Sorel, Philippe Léotard, Jean Champion, »
- Glenn Erickson
Rob Leane Apr 20, 2017
Colin Morgan - currently seen in Humans, formerly the star of Merlin, seen in Doctor Who that one time - has just added another gig to his CV. He'll star in an audio adaptation of H.G. Wells' War Of The Worlds, from Sherwood Sound Studios.
Big Finish regular Lisa Bowerman will direct, and Nick Scovell has adapted the text. The cast also includes Dan Starkey (Doctor Who), Ronald Pickup (The Crown), Nigel Lindsay (Victoria) and Olivia Poulet (The Thick of It).
"First serialised in Pearson’s Magazine in 1897, this classic science-fiction has never been adapted as it was intended with the dark horrific tone intact… »
There is nothing like a dame, and at the grand age of 83, Dame Joan Collins is still nothing like one — not by the Queen’s definition of the term, at least. Yet with the British honours system having finally smiled on her, the erstwhile star of disco-era smutfests “The Bitch” and “The Stud” has belatedly decided to emulate Dame Judi, Dame Maggie and the “Best Exotic” club with a respectably genteel geriatric comedy of her own. Enter “The Time of Their Lives,” a likably lame rattletrap of a road movie that gets what limited spark it has from the “Dynasty” diva’s still-lascivious on-screen charisma.
As a pair of lonely pensioners thrown together by chance on an episodic Gallic escapade, the strutting star is agreeably paired up with long-neglected namesake Pauline Collins; Roger Goldby’s narratively lumpy film shamelessly cribs from the latter’s Oscar-nominated breakout “Shirley Valentine” in espousing »
- Guy Lodge
Author: Stefan Pape
To label The Time of Their Lives as a flawed endeavour would be something of an understatement, and yet there’s a hesitancy to be overly critical, for this Roger Goldby endeavour represents a unique cinematic experience; as one that features elderly women in the leading roles, and allows actresses nuanced, layered characters to delve into – which should be celebrated, regardless of the fact we’re dealing with a melodrama that makes Dynasty feel like it had been directed by Ken Loach.
Talking of the aforementioned soap opera, Joan Collins takes on the leading role of Helen, a former movie star, now without any of the money she once owned, but with equal amount of style and grace. Struggling to come to terms with her has-been status, she is thrilled to encounter a fan, the timid Priscilla (Pauline Collins), who appears to have had all of her »
- Stefan Pape
4 items from 2017
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