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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 33 – Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures

This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this episode, David and Trevor discuss Eclipse Series 36: Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures.

About the films:

During the 1940s, realism reigned in British cinema—but not at Gainsborough Pictures. The studio, which had been around since the twenties, found new success with a series of pleasurably preposterous costume melodramas. Audiences ate up these overheated films, which featured a stable of charismatic stars, including James Mason, Margaret Lockwood, Stewart Granger, and Phyllis Calvert. Though the movies were immensely profitable in wartime and immediately after, Gainsborough did not outlive the decade. This set brings together a trio of the studio’s most popular films from this era—florid, visceral tales of secret identities, multiple personalities, and romantic betrayals.
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50 Greatest British Directors Who Ever Lived

In celebration of dragon slaying, British patron saint, and all around great guy, Saint George, we figured that the best way to mark the occasion of his death than by celebrating immortality through film and listing not 2, not 6 but 50 of the greatest British directors who ever lived. For extra punch, the day is also known as Shakespeare Day, marking the date that the world lost the Bard’s artistic genius, and there’s a certain pride you can’t blame the Brits for when it comes to this day.

So what better way to mark the occasion than to herald those British film-makers who have made a difference to cinema’s history, past or present? This year will mark the second British Film Registry poll, which will ask film fans and critics to vote for the British films and talents who deserve to be preserved in the Bfr vault, and

Movie Logos I Love

If you’ve seen Skyfall, you’ve witnessed the wrong-headed update of the venerable MGM logo, zooming out from the iris of Leo the Lion’s eye! Apparently no one reminded the powers that be that “just because you can doesn’t mean you should.” That’s why I was happy to receive the Criterion Collection’s set of Gainsborough Pictures DVDs, in one of its no-frills Eclipse editions, not only because I like those 1940s films (The Man in Grey, Madonna of the Seven Moons, The Wicked Lady) but because I love their logo! It isn’t one of the more famous movie trademarks, but it’s certainly one of the most distinctive, with a gracious...

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Michael Ingrams obituary

Documentary film-maker known for Our Street

Michael Ingrams, who has died aged 83, was an actor, director and reporter who in the early years of ITV – specifically for Associated-Rediffusion (A-r) – combined all these functions to create what was virtually a new kind of television. It was first apparent in Look in On London (1956), a series in which he devoted the whole of each show to one aspect of life and work in the capital.

Street cleaners, sewermen and bargees all took their turn. The comings and goings at an almshouse in Camberwell were charted, while an episode set in Hyde Park focused on Speakers' Corner. Later that same year, Look Out of London: Northern Journey ventured along the Grand Union Canal for Ingrams to chat to dockers in Stepney, youth in Birmingham and actors in Salford.

The British Film Institute rated these editions so highly that they took them all for the National Film Archive.
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