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To-The-Wonder b

by Allan Fish

(USA 2012 112m) DVD1/2 (eventually)

Love makes us one

p  Sarah Green, Nicolas Gondo  d/w  Terrence Malick  ph  Emmanuel Lubezki  ed  Keith Fraase, A.J.Edwards, Shane Hazen, Mark Yoshikawa, Christopher Roldan  m  Hanan Townshend  art  Jack Fisk  cos  Jacqueline West

Ben Affleck (Neil), Olga Kurylenko (Marina), Rachel McAdams (Jane), Javier Bardem (Father Quintana), Tatiana Chiline (Tatiana), Ramina Mondello (Anna),

There was a time when the idea of a new Terrence Malick film was something to be treated like the announcement that Brigadoon was due to show up again; something quite literally of myth.  The gaps between films have been getting progressively smaller, but here To the Wonder arrives barely twelve months after The Tree of Life and, even more wondrous, there are two more on the horizon.  Has Terry been holding back all these scripts for decades?  What has prompted him to suddenly make films not with the alacrity of a Bresson or a Kubrick but of a Fassbinder? (more…)

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kings 1

by Allan Fish

(UK 1960 947m) DVD1

This demi-paradise

p  Peter Dews  d  Michael Hayes, Peter Dews  plays  William Shakespeare  m  Christopher Whelen, Arthur Bliss  art  Stanley Morris

Tom Fleming (Henry IV), Robert Hardy (Henry V), Sean Connery (Hotspur), David William (Richard II), Mary Morris (Queen Margaret of Anjou), Frank Pettingell (Falstaff), Angela Baddeley (Mistress Quickly), George A.Cooper (Northumberland/Ancient Pistol), Paul Daneman (Richard III), William Squire (Justice Shallow/Chorus), Eileen Atkins (Joan of Arc), Hermione Baddeley (Doll Tearsheet), Frank Windsor (Warwick), Julian Glover (Edward IV), Judi Dench (Princess Katharine), Terry Scully (Henry VI), Esmond Knight (Jack Cade), Jane Wenham, Jeffry Wickham, Tony Garnett, Violet Carson, Alan Rowe, Terence Lodge, Gordon Gostelow, Geoffrey Bayldon,

My first misty memories of some of Shakespeare’s plays came, not from reading the works in print, though that of course soon followed, but from viewing VHS tapes of the BBC Shakespeare Collection from the town library.  I can recall many highlights from the series, and all the history plays were covered.  There were excellent performances from Derek Jacobi, Jon Finch and David Gwilym and Ron Cook as four of the eponymous kings and from Anthony Quayle as Falstaff, the Wars of the Roses plays taking place memorably in a set akin to a children’s adventure playground and ending with Julia Foster’s cackling Margaret of Anjou atop a pile of bodies, holding her nemesis’ body in her arms.  It may not be Olivier, Welles or Branagh, but it’s essential as a study of acting.  Yet the Beeb were, with these plays, re-treading familiar ground…so back we go to 1960. (more…)

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