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Talking Pictures acquires 100+ films

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Titles include classics such as The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.

UK digital channel Talking Pictures TV has acquired some of the most iconic titles in British film history in two major library deals with ITV Studios Global Entertainment and the Samuel Goldwyn and Woodfall libraries, distributed by Miramax.

Talking Pictures TV, which broadcasts classic British movies on the Freeview and Sky platforms, has secured rights to more than 70 films from the ITV Studios Global Entertainment library and 33 films from the Samuel Goldwyn and Woodfall libraries through Miramax.

The ITV Studios Global Entertainment deal includes Lawrence Olivier’s Henry V; Reach For The Sky; Whistle Down The Wind; In Which We Serve; The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp; Hell Drivers; The Bulldog Breed; Séance on a Wet Afternoon; Defence of the Realm and Tarka The Otter.

Among the seminal films included in the Samuel Goldwyn and Woodfall deal are: The Entertainer; Loneliness of the Long
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Try and Get Me!

This noir hits with the force of a blast furnace -- Cy Endfield's wrenching tale of social neglect and injustice will tie your stomach in knots. Sound like fun? An unemployed man turns to crime and reaps a whirlwind of disproportionate retribution. It's surely the most powerful of all filmic accusations thrown at the American status quo. Try and Get Me! Blu-ray Olive Films 1950 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 92 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / The Sound of Fury / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Frank Lovejoy, Kathleen Ryan, Richard Carlson, Lloyd Bridges, Katherine Locke, Adele Jergens, Art Smith, Renzo Cesana, Irene Vernon, Cliff Clark, Donald Smelick, Joe E. Ross. Cinematography Guy Roe Production Design Perry Ferguson Film Editor George Amy Original Music Hugo Friedhofer Written by Jo Pagano from his novel The Condemned Produced by Robert Stillman Directed by Cyril Endfield

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Socially conscious 'issue' movies are not all made equal.
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Doctor Who: the film careers of William Hartnell & Jon Pertwee

Feature Alex Westthorp 28 Mar 2014 - 07:00

In a new series, Alex talks us through the film roles of the actors who've played the Doctor. First up, William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee...

We know them best as the twelve very different incarnations of the Doctor. But all the actors who've been the star of Doctor Who, being such good all-rounders in the first place, have also had film careers. Admittedly, some CVs are more impressive than others, but this retrospective attempts to pick out some of the many worthwhile films which have starred, featured or seen a fleeting cameo by the actors who would become (or had been) the Doctor.

William Hartnell was, above all else, a film star. He is by far the most prolific film actor of the main twelve to play the Time Lord. With over 70 films to his name, summarising Hartnell's film career is difficult at best.
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The Forgotten: Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down

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Even back when Britain was an industrial nation, films about industry were relatively rare: audiences who worked on assembly lines presumably wanted to look at something more glamorous on their night at the pictures. In Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), Albert Finney snarled, "Don't let the bastards grind you down," a neat encapsulation of the working man's political philosophy, whereas I'm Alright Jack (1959) took a dismayed view of the hostile stand-off between Capital and Labor. That Boulting Brothers satire may have adopted a "plague on both your houses" stance, but in fact its sympathy was with management.

The Agitator (1945) is the product of a gentler age: it tries to be sympathetic to everybody, but again there's a hidden conservative bias. Still, as the product of a generation who had just won the war and were looking forward, some of them, to a bright socialist future of free education and health care,
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Movie Alert! "Hell Drivers" Starring Stanley Baker, Patrick McGoohan, Sean Connery And David McCallum On TCM Tonight!

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Tonight, Turner Classic Movies (North America) presents a rare showing of the 1957 British B&W gem Hell Drivers. The film centers on the conflicts that occur when an honest driver for a lorry company (Stanley Baker) confronts corruption in the organization and takes on the criminal ring leader (Patrick McGoohan). The film, directed by Cy Endfield, was regarded as a "B" movie in its day, but has developed a cult following that appreciates its intelligent script and fine cast. Shot mostly at Pinewood Studios, featured actors include Sean Connery, Herbert Lom, David McCallum and his real-life wife Jill Ireland, Sidney James, Gordon Jackson and Alfie Bass. A trivia note is that McGoohan, Connery and McCallum would all shoot to stardom in the next decade playing legendary cinematic spies.
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15th Annual Noir City Los Angeles: A Tip Sheet

15th Annual Noir City Los Angeles: A Tip Sheet
If you're of my particular nourish bent, you already plan to attend every program of the 15th annual Noir City festival of film noir, held at the appropriately vintage Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, home of the American Cinematheque, on Hollywood Boulevard, the appropriately noir boulevard of broken dreams.  But if you'd prefer a tip sheet -- the most interesting, difficult to see, or newly restored films -- we've got one.  Friday's opening show started things off with two fascinating, propulsive films by the underrated Cy Endfield, resident of England after he was blacklisted: "Try and Get Me," about a true incident of men falsely accused of murder in San Jose that was also the basis of Fritz Lang's "Fury," and the sexy "Hell Drivers," made in England and starring the similarly underrated Stanley Baker. You may know "Sunset Boulevard," which played Saturday, April 6 -- another boulevard of broken dreams,
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Herbert Lom: a career in clips

We look back at the work of Herbert Lom, the much-loved Czech-born actor who has died aged 95. His career took in everything from low-budget noir to the Pink Panther movies

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A refugee from the Nazis at the age of 22, Lom arrived in London in 1939 and immediately set about continuing the acting career he'd started in his home city of Prague. His first role was a small but eyecatching one: Napoleon, in the Fox-produced biopic The Young Mr Pitt, with Robert Donat as the wily but principled British prime minister – starts at 6:30. (He would play Boney again in 1956, in the Audrey Hepburn War and Peace.)

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Lom's unmistakeable charisma quickly won him admirers: though lead roles would be few and far between later on, he quickly scored one as the mysterious hypnotist in Brit thriller The Dark Tower, where he exerts his fateful,
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London Film Memorabilia Convention 12 May

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The London Film Memorabilia Convention

Saturday May The 12 th ( 10 am – 4 pm )

Central Hall Westminster

UK’s longest running film convention!

Dealers from all over the UK , Europe and Canada!

Specialising in selling vintage film memorabilia and rare collectIbles. Items covering the history of cinema can be found.

From the silents to the present.

A Unique Event For Anyone With An Interest In Cinema!

Stills Posters Both Vintage & The Latest Releases

Programmes Books Rare And Hard To Find Soundtracks

& DVD’S Books Magazines Lobby Cards Autographs Postcards Vintage & Retro Film And Television Related Toys Props Actors Signings And Talks

Special Guests –

The legendary cult actor David Warner – Who will be signing and selling some personal memorabilia from such films as Star Trk V , Star Trk VI , Titanic , Planet Of The Apes and some Peckinpah related items!

Sylvia Syms – Who acted in such films as Ice Cold In Alex , Victim

Flame In The Streets
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James Bond Retrospective: Dr. No (1962)

As James Bond prepares for his 23rd official outing in Skyfall and to mark next year’s 50th Anniversary of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time I have been tasked to take a retrospective look at the films that turned author Ian Fleming’s creation into one of the most recognised and iconic fictional characters in film history.

Back in 1961 nobody could have foreseen the success and longevity that James Bond would go on to enjoy in the years that followed. At the time, film producer Albert R. Broccoli, who was reeling from being declared bankrupt after the box-office failure of his most recent picture The Trails of Oscar Wilde, was on the lookout for an idea for his next project. When asked by his wife Dana what he really wanted to do, he replied “I have always wanted to film the Ian Fleming James Bond
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Stars Line Up For UK Memorabilia Show November 20-21

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  The winter Memorabilia Show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK November 20-21, again boasts an impressive mixture of memorabilia dealers, exhibitors, interactive games, interviews and celebrity signings. Among the many celebrities in attendance - and co-ordinated by Cinema Retro's Gareth Owen - are Peggy Cummins (Hell Drivers, Night Of The Demon), Sylvia Syms (Ice Cold In Alex, The Queen), Mark Eden (Curse Of The Crimson Altar, The Prisoner), Derren Nesbitt (Where Eagles Dare, The Prisoner), Jess Conrad (60s singing icon and actor) and many more! See www.memorabilia.co.uk for details
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"Hell Drivers" At Film Forum New York August 21

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The terrific cult film Hell Drivers (1957) will be screened at New York's Film Forum this Friday, August 21 as part of the theater's Brit Noir series. The movie stars Stanley Baker, Patrick McGoohan, Peggy Cummings, Herbert Lom and future super spies Sean Connery and David McCallum. Cy Endfield directed. The movie is being shown on a double bill with John Guillerman's Never Let Go (1960) a crime drama with Richard Todd, Adam Faith and Peter Sellers in a dramatic role. For details click hereTo watch the Hell Drivers trailer click here
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Film Forum In New York City Launches Major "Brit Noir" Festival August 7-september 3

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If you want to know where Cinema Retro's New York area staffers will be hanging out between August 7 and September 3, just go to the legendary Film Forum Theatre where a Brit Noir film festival will be taking place. The Film Forum will be presenting 44 films, many of which are rarely, if ever, seen on the big screen in America. Among the gems: Hell is a City, Seven Days to Noon, They Drive by Night, Victim, Corridor of Mirrors (director Terence Young's first film), and our personal favorite, the superb Hell Drivers which featured the likes of young up-and-comers Stanley Baker, Patrick McGoohan, Sean Connery and David McCallum. As if that wasn't enough, the festival is also featuring a tribute to James Mason. Click here for details. 
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