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Ifs, buts and maybes: Alternative histories of British cinema in the 1960s

By Richard Farmer

With the news that David Bowie might have auditioned for a role in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy having recently made headlines, this seems like an appropriate time to think about what might be called ‘counterfactual film history’.   1,097 more words

British Cinema

Drawing: Julie Christie in Old Times

Thirty-three years after her first film, British actress Julie Christie made her West End debut at the age of 54, as Kate in a revival of Harold Pinter’s OLD TIMES in the summer of 1995. 157 more words

Drawing

Far from the Madding Crowd: the battle for Thomas Hardy's story 

 I watched the latest Far From the Madding Crowd last night. It’s a reflection of how awful regular television is when my late-night story fix comes from watching a movie I didn’t want to see. 300 more words

Reading

Take a Look at Don't Look Now!

The 1973 classic Don’t Look Now initially does not appear to fall under the banner of horror.  Shortly after John and Laura Baxter (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) lose their daughter in a drowning accident – a scene which is remarkably unsettling – they end up in Venice, where John, as an architect, helps restore ancient sculptures and cathedrals.  645 more words

Horror

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO. 1965. REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS.

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO. 1965. BASED ON THE BOOK BY BORIS PASTERNAK. A CARLO PONTI PRODUCTION. DIRECTED BY DAVID LEAN. MUSIC BY MAURICE JARRE. STARRING OMAR SHARIF, JULIE CHRISTIE, ALEC GUINNESS, RALPH RICHARDSON, GERALDINE CHAPLIN, ROD STEIGER AND KLAUS KINSKI. 1,448 more words

Doctor Zhivago

02/12/15

It’s hard for me to accept but it’s been fifty years since I saw this film. It was in 1965 in a Chinese cinema in Singapore, where the idea of a snowbound landscape seemed an impossible fantasy. 573 more words

Film

MASTERPIECE: DOCTOR ZHIVAGO

Doctor Zhivago is a strange film. It’s undeniably, inevitably, expensively and melodramatically an important British “picture”. But is it really a masterpiece?

I was lucky enough to trudge through the horizontal London rain to see the new restoration of David Lean’s 200-minute epic last week (still, that’s nothing compared to the bum-numbing… 570 more words

Film