Battling Butler

Battling Butler US (1926) Dir. Buster Keaton The things a guy will do to impress a girl. The great thing about cinema is the field is wide open to explore this to the enth degree and beyond, and better still, the innocence of simpler times make it even more fun. Privileged Alfred Butler (Buster Keaton) … Continue reading Battling Butler

Fedora

Fedora Germany/US (1978) Dir. Billy Wilder There is a heavy price to pay for fame. Many struggle with the loss of privacy as a public figure, which they then lament when they later become invisible; others overindulge once the royalty cheques arrive and end up back to square one financially. The worst toll fame can … Continue reading Fedora

The Young Girls Of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)

The Young Girls Of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) France (1967) Dir. Jacques Demy When people fall in love they feel the need to shout it from the rooftops for everyone to hear, and maybe even break out into a spontaneous dance routine to express the joy they are current experiencing. Only in the movies … Continue reading The Young Girls Of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)

Piccadilly

Piccadilly UK (1929) Dir. E.A Dupont Fame and fortune - is it really worth risking everything over? And why does the rise to the top always bring out the worst in people? It’s a story for the ages, one artists will never tire of telling, and people never tire of hearing. London nightclub Piccadilly, owned … Continue reading Piccadilly

The Conversation

The Conversation US (1974) Dir. Francis Ford Coppola Back in the 1980s, the four hosts of hidden camera TV show called Game For A Laugh would sign off saying, “Watching us, watching you, watching us, watching you”. It was a cute slogan to get us to tune in to watch others be pranked but it … Continue reading The Conversation

Scandal (Shubun)

Scandal (Shubun) Japan (1950) Dir. Akira Kurosawa Celebrities have never had a great relationship with the press, for better or worse. The public rely on the media to inform them in an impartial manner and hold the corrupt and venal to account for their actions with some impunity from state censure. Unfortunately, the media appears … Continue reading Scandal (Shubun)

La Grande Illusion

La Grande Illusion France (1937) Dir. Jean Renoir Anti-war films usually impart their message by exploring the horrors of war, the fickle nature of man’s blind nationalism, and the effects it has on the loved ones left behind. Trust the French to take a different stance in their case against the futility of war. During … Continue reading La Grande Illusion