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Fedora (1978) | Billy Wilder’s last great film shines a spotlight on the ugly face of Hollywood

‘Youth had been a habit of hers for so long that she could not part with it’
When Fedora (Marthe Keller), the world’s most famous, ageless film star dies, having thrown herself in front of a train, her one-time lover, Hollywood has-been producer Dutch (William Holden), feels a sense of guilt about hounding her in starring in a new version of… 487 more words


Conversation Piece (1974) | Luchino Visconti's meditation on family, beauty and decadence is a quiet achiever

Directed with operatic flare by Luchino Visconti (following his recovery from a stroke), 1974’s Conversation Piece is dominated by a finely controlled turn by Burt Lancaster as a retired American professor who has filled his apartment in Rome with 18th-century paintings of family groups known as ‘conversation pieces’. 175 more words


That Cold Day in the Park (1969) | This forgotten gem from American master Robert Altman is electrifying

Before he found fame with M*A*S*H, Robert Altman crafted the unsettling 1969 psychological thriller, That Cold Day in the Park, which gets a UK Blu-ray/DVD release from Eureka Entertainment. 226 more words


Novecento (1900) | Bernardo Bertolucci’s ambitious socialist epic is essential viewing – but over several sittings

With his trademark operatic sense of scale and painterly eye, director Bernardo Bertolucci presents his deeply personal view of the changing face of Italian politics, provincial life, industry and class across five decades – from 1901 to 1945. 383 more words


Punishment Park (1971) | Why does Peter Watkins' subversive pseudo-documentary continue to upset America?

Set in a future where America’s war in Vietnam has led to the setting up of detention camps to hold dissidents, director Peter Watkins’ 1971 pseudo-documentary involves a British film crew, led by Watkins himself, following one group of radicals who accept three days in a ‘punishment park’ over a prison sentence. 464 more words


Rocco and His Brothers (1960) | Lucino Visconti's working class melodrama is a gritty, gripping masterpiece

From Eureka Entertainment comes the worldwide Blu-ray release of Luchino Visconti’s melodramatic 1960 masterpiece Rocco and His Brothers.

In 1950s Italy, recently widowed Rosaria Parondi (Katina Paxinou) and her four sons, Simone (Renato Salvatori), Rocco (Alain Delon), Ciro (Max Cartier) and Luca (Rocco Vidolazzi), leave their impoverished home in Bari in the south for metropolitan Milan where they hope to lodge with their eldest brother Vincenzo (Spiros Focás). 491 more words

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Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor set for first UK video release

Eureka Entertainment have announced a dual format edition of Sydney Pollack’s spy thriller Three Days of the Condor, starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson and Max von Sydow. 103 more words