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And Hope To Die (La Course Du Lievre A Travers Les Champs)

Throughout his career René Clément gave us espionage, love, childhood innocence, suppression, intrigue and betrayal. Every emotion imaginable he portrayed on screen using exemplary actors and some unsurpassed scripts. (more...)

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Forbidden Games (Jeux Interdits)

Let’s cut to the chase. ‘Forbidden Games’ is one of the most beautiful, compelling and emotional movies I have ever had the pleasure to watch. (more...)

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Gervaise

René Clément is one of France’s most celebrated and versatile directors and 2013 sees the centenary of his birth.  As part of the celebrations, four movies are being released on DVD, one of which is the critically acclaimed ‘Gervaise’. (more...)

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The Deadly Trap (Maison Sous Les Arbres)

The ‘French Alfred Hitchcock’ – Rene Clément would have been 100 this year and to commemorate the centenary, 4 films are being released as UK DVD premieres. (more...)

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Casque d’Or

Classic, timeless and masterpiece, all terms dished out ad infinitum when a movie celebrates a re-release on its anniversary. Often the liberal way such descriptions are used belittles films that deserve such an accolade. ‘Casque d’Or’ belongs to the latter category. The literal translation is ‘golden helmet’ and refers to the hair of the beautiful Marie (Signoret). Disillusioned with the treatment she receives from local crook Roland (Sabatier) within their tempestuous relationship she meets Georges Manda (Reggiani) and instantly falls for the carpenter. Unsurprisingly Roland is a little...

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César et Rosalie

Celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary, ‘Cesar et Rosalie’ has been released on DVD and Blu-Ray and this is French romantic filmmaking as beautifully stereotypical as you would hope. Absorbing, enchanting and often a little perplexing. (more...)

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DVD: Margin Call

Apologies for stating the obvious but, just in case you hadn’t noticed, there has been something of a financial crisis recently. (more...)

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Rounders DVD Review

Rounders is by and large considered one of the best, if not the best, poker film ever made. Starring Matt Damon and Ed Norton, the film looks at the world of underground poker and the impact that the game has on the lives of its players. Unlike many poker movies before and since, the movie takes a hard, honest look at the game and its players and the real dangers surrounding the game. Damon plays Mike McDermott, a former poker player who has turned into a law student. Mike lost his entire bankroll in a single hand of Texas Hold'em to an underground casino owner named KGB.  With his confidence...

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DVD: The Hunger Games

In the last 10 years, teen fiction has become one of the most profitable areas for writers to make a killing (sorry). Now unless you have been living in a cardboard box you can't have missed the hype surrounding this much anticipated film. (more...)

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F for Fake

R is for rip off Britain, which is still very much in evidence in the DVD and Blu-ray markets it seems. This excellent film from Orson Welles is fully restored for a Criterion USA DVD and Blu-ray release but is put into cinemas over here before someone again charges you to buy it for yourself! (more...)

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