A touch of class

Some Hollywood comedies of the 1930s. Among my favourite films are the romantic comedies of 1930s Hollywood. A group of 12 of them I think of as among the greatest films ever made. These 12 are unique in all of cinema history, a superb union of wit, sophistication, subtlety, comedy – and romance. They include … More A touch of class

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Way to survival

In 1946 a remarkable British film was released. A Matter of Life and Death combined fantasy, romance and philosophy in a way only equalled ten years later by Ingmar Bergman. ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ On 24 March 1944 21 year old RAF Flight Sergeant Nicholas Alkemade was on a bombing mission over Germany. A Messerschmidt … More Way to survival

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The sixties

Where were you in the 1960s? If you were a baby, or still deciding to be born, it is a fascinating period to explore. The Sixties is a 2014 10-part TV series released by CNN. Tom Hanks is one of its producers and also one of the people who offer brief commentaries on aspects of … More The sixties

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The emperor’s clothes

Do you know Hans Christian Andersen’s fable about the Emperor’s new clothes? It suggests we sometimes avoid the truth out of self interest or cowardice. Right now the Emperor seems naked, and his courtiers are divided into those who insist it doesn’t matter, those who shoot anyone who points it out, and a few who … More The emperor’s clothes

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