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The Ladykillers: watch the opening eight minutes - video

29 October 2015 4:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Ladykillers is Alexander Mackendrick’s classic Ealing comedy about an elderly lady who unwittingly rents her rooms out to a group of hardened criminals masquerading as a string quintet. In these opening minutes, the gang’s leader, ‘Professor’ Marcus (Alec Guinness) attempts to ingratiate himself with the tenacious Mrs Wilberforce (Katie Johnson). A digital restoration of The Ladykillers, which is 60 years old this year, is available now on DVD & Blu-ray

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The Ladykillers review – the greatest comedy caper

25 October 2015 12:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

(Alexander Mackendrick, 1955; StudioCanal, U, DVD/Blu-ray)

Ealing Studio’s two greatest directors, Robert Hamer and Alexander Mackendrick, both made near flawless black comedies on the state of the nation starring Alec Guinness and involving multiple murders, and there is little to choose between the former’s Kind Hearts and Coronets and the latter’s The Ladykillers, a special edition of which is being released this week to mark its 60th anniversary.

The heist (or caper) movie began with The Great Train Robbery in 1903, and enjoyed its classic decade in America and Europe between John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and Basil Dearden’s The League of Gentlemen (1960). The greatest comic example is The Ladykillers.

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- Philip French

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‘Sweet Smell of Success’ Blu-ray Review

30 March 2015 1:08 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner, Jeff Donnell, Sam Levene, Joe Frisco, Barbara Nichols, Emile Meyer, Edith Atwater | Written by Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman | Directed by Alexander Mackendrick

When it comes to Arrow and the releases they output I’ll always be a fan of the Arrow Video line because of my love of everything cult and horror.  A close second though has to be their Arrow Academy range, whereas the name suggest they give more of an education based on films from the past which deserve our attention just as much as any modern movie does.  Sweet Smell of Success is the latest release and gives an insight into one of the more unique Hollywood movies not only of its times in the fifties, but still remains just as good today.

When J.J. Hensecker (Burt Lancaster) a powerful New York newspaper columnist decides to come »

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