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  • Originally posted by Steve Crook View Post

    Was it the recently restored version with the soundtrack by Peter Sculthorpe or the original studio release with the soundtrack by Stanley Myers? The Sculthorpe version was the director's choice, the studio imposed the Myers soundtrack on it without Powell's agreement.

    Either way, it's still an interesting film. And not just for Helen Mirren baring all

    Steve
    the Sculthorpe soundtrack and fairly unobtrusive it was to proceedings .

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    • Originally posted by Steve Crook View Post

      Helen Mirren baring all

      Steve
      For a change!

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      • Originally posted by Gerald Lovell View Post
        Hanover Street (1979). Really quite dreadful soapy soppiness set in London 1943 where quivery English nurse Margaret meets daredevil American pilot David and an affair starts up minutes later. Unbelievability soon cranks up to incredulity when David finds himself on a mission with Margaret's husband Paul in Nazi-held France. Lesley-Anne Down is Margaret, Harrison Ford is David and Christopher Plummer is Paul and it's certainly not the finest hour for any of them. Alec McCowen is the secret service man who instigates the mission and with his pipe tobacco he does his dinner act from Frenzy again.
        Peter Hyams is the writer-director and the thing flies right into Mills and Boon occupied territory full throttle. It's not helped by John Barry's light and repetitive score and the usual 70s lack to attention to historical details and inaccuracies, particularly in the hair and wardrobe departments, abound.
        Yes it was a dreadful film - much much better was the documentary B-25 Mitchells Do Fly In IMC - about the gathering and delivery of five B-25s to England for the film Hannover Street which was organised and supervised/led by the 'colourful/adventurous' John 'Jeff' Hawke - who eventually went missing in the Adriatic amongst rumours of gun running etc.

        The documentary was probably filmed circa 1978 and was shown on british TV in the early 80's - it may be on youtube

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        • RocketMan (2018)

          Never been a huge Elton John fan, so the soundtrack doesn't have the same resonance for me as Bohemian Rapsody but I can understand why Rocketman is considered a better film. V strong central and support performances, competent direction and staging, makes it good entertainment, if lacking ave the same emotional punch as A Star is Born. That said, we are still talking about degrees of very good; it seems to be a bit of a mini-epoch at the moment for screen musicals.

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          • Something in the City (1950). Typically energetic Richard Hearn comedy where he tries to fool his family that he's still got his insurance job in the City, but, more or less "disguised" as Mr. Pastry, he's in fact a shabby pavement artist. Somehow, he gets accused of his own murder and the expected, occasionally irritating, slapstick occurs. Garry Marsh is as reliable as ever as an irascible newspaper editor, Bill Shine is a full-bladdered photographer after downing numerous cups of Dora Bryan's tea and this time, Stanley Baker indeed pops up uncredited as a policeman.

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            • Anna (2019)

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              Slick espionage thriller featuring Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren and Luke Evans as opposing sides in a CIA/KGB feud. The sub-John Le Carre plot is unnecessarily complicated, and various plot points make no sense whatsoever, but Luc Besson keeps the pace rattling along and its distracting enough.

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