Short season write-ups

Basil Dearden
Critical assessments of Dearden’s work have generally been less than positive. The breadth, volume and variability of his work has counted against him, but perhaps it is time for a reassessment of a filmmaker of whom Brian McFarlane, the Australian critic wrote: “Dearden’s films offer, among other rewards, a fascinating barometer of public taste at its most nearly consensual over three decades”

The Ship That Died Of Shame
Basil Dearden | UK | 1955 | 95 minutes
A valuable record of bewildered British masculinity in the post-war years as old shipmates rediscover their old gunboat and take to smuggling. And the ship does not like it.

Violent Playground
Basil Dearden | UK | 1958 | 108 minutes
One of great British tough-guy Stanley Baker’s best as a detective reluctantly transferred to Juvenile Liason. A terrific teens in trouble movie with great Liverpool locations

Basil Dearden | UK | 1959 | 92 minutes
Children discover a murdered girl on Hampstead Heath. Dearden’s analysis of English racial prejudice makes for a comprehensive and uncompromising film

The League of Gentlemen
Basil Dearden | UK | 1960 | 116 minutes
Absolutely terrific caper movie with Jack Hawkins at his gruff best as the leader of a group of disgruntled ex-servicemen planning a million pound heist. A film as meticulously plotted as the heist itself

All Night Long
Basil Dearden | UK | 1962 | 91 minutes
Othello in the night clubs of the London jazz scene with some terrific music from Charles Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Tubby Hayes, John Dankworth and, yes, Patrick McGoohan.

The Mind Benders
Basil Dearden | UK | 1963 | 109 minutes
A sorely underrated cold war thriller and an extremely important and early film about the effects of sensory deprivation upon the human mind and personality.

American Civil War
Hollywood wisdom has it that, GWTW excepted, the Civil War is generally box office poison. However, this has not stopped filmmakers from constantly revisiting the topic from Griffith’s Birth of a Nation (1915) to Spielberg’s recent Lincoln. This season we bring you a selection of Civil war films. Judge for yourself.

The Red Badge of Courage
John Huston | USA | 1951 | 69 minutes
A terrified boy’s baptism of fire. Despite being chopped and re-edited by MGM, Huston’s film still manages to approximate the visionary quality of Stephen Crane’s novel.

The Raid
Hugo Fregonese | USA | 1954 | 83 minutes
Excellent, factually based Civil War Western where escaped Confederate pow’s take over and terrorise a Northern town. The film that inspired John Arden’s play Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance.

Raintree County
Edward Dmytryk | USA | 1957 | 169 minutes
MGM’s overblown attempt to match the success of GWTW with Taylor as spoiled Civil War-era belle who discovers marriage isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Liz later claimed that this was the film that taught her to “climb walls and chew scenery”

The Horse Soldiers
John Ford | USA | 1959 | 119 minutes
Underrated , yet quintessential John Ford based on an actual Union patrol raiding deep behind enemy lines. Incorporating the Fordian view on the nature of war and the conflict between humanitarianism and military pragmatism.

The Beguiled
Don Siegel | USA | 1971 | 105 minutes
A heady concoction of Western and Grand Guignol chiller. One of Siegel’s and Eastwood’s strangest films. A haunting and beautiful work.

The Conspirators
Robert Redford | USA | 2010 | 122 minutes
Told with a strong eye toward history, Redford can’t help but make us think about the times we live in now. In “The Conspirator” the accused are given a military trial, not a civilian one.

John Sayles
To celebrate the release of EFG favourite John Sayles 17th feature we return for another look at the work of the United States’ preeminent and best respected independent filmmakers, who has refused to abandon his values in favor of becoming a studio filmmaker.

The Return of the Secaucus Seven
John Sayles | USA | 1979| 104 minutes
John Sayles began his commendable directing career with this terrific portrait of 1960s counterculture survivors, now teetering on the brink of turning 30. The very definition of “low-budget classic.”

John Sayles | USA | 1987 | 135 minutes
Set in the 1920s, Sayles’ marvellously gripping movie never compromises its political content in its deployment, or up-ending, of Western conventions. It possesses a mythic clarity and a welcome complexity

City of Hope
John Sayles | USA | 1991 | 129 minutes
A powerful film, and an angry one. It is impossible not to find echoes of its despair on the front pages every day. It asks a hard question: Is it possible for a good person to prevail in a corrupt system, just simply because right is on his side?

Men With Guns
John Sayles | USA | 1997 | 127 minutes
The premise of the film is hardly original, but Sayles elaborates his theme with rare sensitivity and intelligence. A film of beauty, integrity, power and compassion.

Sunshine State
John Sayles | USA | 2002 | 141 minutes
Like City of Hope and the early scenes in Limbo, this is one of Sayles’ multi-character social tapestries investigating a community in transition, striving to come to terms with its past and to sort out a future.

John Sayles | USA | 2010 | 124 minutes
The 17th feature film from Academy Award-nominated writer-director John Sayles, is a powerful drama of friendship, betrayal, romance and heartbreaking violence,

From the time of The Jazz Singer (1927) musicals have been a Hollywood staple that continually adapted itself to “fit the bill.” Within this mini-season we showcase the diversity of the form of the musical, with contributions from the likes of Busby Berkeley, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Stanley Donen.

Broadway Melody
Harry Beaumont | USA | 1929 | 100 minutes
The first sound film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, this MGM production showcases the dramas of a “back stager” and keeps audiences entertained with romance & show numbers.

42nd Street
Lloyd Bacon | USA | 1933 | 89 minutes
This classic musical changed the genre forever. Set during the Depression, a producer puts on what may be his last Broadway show, & at the last moment has to replace the star.

Top Hat
Mark Sandrich | USA | 1935 | 101 minutes
A screwball comedy starring Fred & Ginger. An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he annoyed, but she mistakes him for his producer.

Meet Me in St. Louis
Vincente Minnelli | USA | 1944 | 113 minutes
An MGM production with Judy Garland. In 1904, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

7 Brides for 7 Brothers
Stanley Donen | USA | 1954 | 102 minutes
An instant classic. In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

Phantom of the Paradise
Brian De Palma | USA | 1974 | 92 minutes
Part Phantom of the Opera, part Faust, and a satirical commentary on the evolution of the rock and pop business.

Seasonal Screenings
Each year the EFG likes to show something seasonal, but a little bit different, for Christmas and at Halloween.

The White Reindeer
Erik Blomberg | Finland | 1952 | 74 minutes
Ever seen a Finnish horror film? Ever seen a film with a vampire reindeer? Here’s your chance!

Mr Vampire
Ricky Lau | Hong Kong | 1985 | 96 minutes
A Taoist priest and his bumbling assistants face a vampire, an amorous ghost and a legion of hopping corpses in this Hong Kong kungfu-horror-comedy.

All Mine to Give
Allen Reisner | USA | 1957 | 103 minutes
A Scots-American family build a successful business but then tragedy strikes in this seasonal heart-warmer.

Abel Ferrara
Generally working in partnership with writer Nicholas St. John and setting his films in his home city, director Abel Ferrara has made an indelible mark on contemporary cinema with his tales of urban paranoia and violent redemption.

The Driller Killer
Abel Ferrara | US | 1979 | 96 minutes
Though banned as a video nasty Ferrara’s official feature début transcends this label to present one of the most powerful visions of urban paranoia this side of Taxi Driver.

Ms .45
Abel Ferrara | US | 1981 | 91 minutes
Urban paranoia with a feminist slant as a mute young woman kills off a cross section of male predators and perverts.

King of New York
Abel Ferrara | US | 1990 | 103 minutes
Christopher Walken plays the reformed gangster intent on building a charity hospital in this blood-soaked revenge and redemption themed epic.

Bad Lieutenant
Abel Ferrara | US | 1992 | 96 minutes
Harvey Keitel is the drug and gambling addicted cop offered a chance of salvation when a nun is raped.

Body Snatchers
Abel Ferrara | US | 1993 | 87 minutes
Ferrara’s version locates the action on a military base, making it harder to identify who is a pod person and who is not.

The Funeral
Abel Ferrara | US | 1996 | 96 minutes
In 1930s New York a crime family finds itself caught between powerful interests, with predictably bloody consequences.

Low-budget genre films with black leads and milieux, 1970s blaxploitation films may have often been highly politically incorrect and technically rough and ready but they were rarely anything less than fun. They have also exerted an indelible influence on popular cinema, the Hollywood female action hero being unthinkable without Pam Grier’s Coffy and Foxy Brown.

Cotton Comes to Harlem
Ossie Davis | USA | 1970 | 97 minutes
An African-American action-comedy variant on the buddy-cop movie as two Harlem detectives investigate the theft of $87,000 from a religious conman.

Hit Man
George Armitage | USA | 1972 | 90 minutes
Not a lot of people know that Get Carter was remade as a blaxploitation film. But now you do!

Ganja & Hess
Bill Gunn | USA | 1973 | 110 minutes
An award-winning exploration of African mythology that arguably transcends its generic blaxploitation horror label. Night of the Living Dead’s Duane Jones stars.

Welcome Home Brother Charles
Jamaa Fanaka | USA | 1975 | 91 minutes
Released from prison, Brother Charles seeks revenge on The Man, using a unique tool…

Dr Black, Mr Hyde
William Crain | USA | 1976 | 87 minutes
Dr Black’s cure for a rare liver disease turns him into a murderous albino monster in this inventive take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s story from the director of Blacula.

Disco Godfather
J Robert Wagoner | USA | 1979 | 93 minutes
A major influence on the recent Black Dynamite, this vehicle for comedian Rudy Ray Moore has to be seen in that so-bad-it’s-good way.

Italian Cinema of the 1960s
The attention given modernists such as Antonioni, Bertolucci and Pasolini has meant that the more populist likes of Germi, Lattuada and Monicelli and their Italian-style comedies have often went under-appreciated. Here we seek, in our own piccolo piccolo way to redress this imbalance.

Divorce Italian Style
Pietro Germi | Italy | 1961 | 104 minutes
In this black comedy a Sicilian nobleman who wishes to remarry schemes to entrap his wife in an affair so he can kill her for honour and ensure a light sentence.

Il posto
Ermanno Olmi | Italy | 1961 | 93 minutes
Part coming of age story and part sociological examination of Italy’s economic miracle, The Job manages to be both funny and emotionally resonant.

Alberto Lattuada | Italy | 1962 | 102 minutes
Returning to his Sicilian homeland with his Northern family for a vacation, Alberto Sordi’s everyman is asked to repay an old debt to the local Mafia boss by committing a murder.

The Organiser
Mario Monicelli | Italy | 1963 | 130 minutes
Marcello Mastroianni plays a union organiser in turn-of-the-century Turin in this socially incisive comedy from one of the masters of the commedia all’italiana.

Seduced and Abandoned
Pietro Germi | Italy | 1964 | 117 minutes
Centring upon the threat to a family’s honour posed by one daughter losing her virginity to another’s fiancé, Germi’s follow-up to Divorce Italian Style pushes the boundaries still further.

Fists in the Pocket
Marco Bellocchio | Italy | 1965 | 108 minutes
Bellocchio’s début, made when he was just 25, explores a dysfunctional bourgeois family with merciless incision.

New York Underground
Experimental, avant-garde and underground cinema is undoubtedly rewarding viewing, but can be difficult to get into. That’s why we’ve structured this introduction to some of the New York scene’s key figures around pairings of informative documentaries and short film programmes.

In the Mirror of Maya Deren
Martina Kudlácek | Austria/Czech Republic/Switzerland/Germany | 2002 | 103 minutes
Using footage from filmmaker Maya Deren’s films, archival interviews and observances from contemporaries, Kudlácek’s film provides a glimpse into the mind and life of a ground-breaking and influential artist.

Maya Deren Experimental Films
Maya Deren | USA | Various | 76 minutes
The collected shorts of Maya Deren: Meshes of the Afternoon, At Land, A Study in Choreography for Camera, Ritual in Transfigured Time, Meditation on Violence and The Very Eye of Night.

Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis
Mary Jordan | USA | 2007 | 94 minutes
A mesmerizing collage of images and audio from the life and work of Jack Smith, including the notorious Supreme Court case over the banning of Flaming Creatures.

Flaming Creatures
Jack Smith | USA | 1963 | 45 minutes
Declared obscene, Smith’s sexually ambiguous, polymorphously perverse short pre-dates the new queer cinema by three decades.

Andy Milligan | USA | 1965 | 32 minutes
Andy Milligan’s marginal position within the avant-garde long prevented this early shorts from receiving the recognition it deserved as a pioneering work of gay cinema.

Jim Shedden | Canada | 1998 | 80 minutes
Shedden’s documentary captures Stan Brakhage’s intensely personal vision of filmmaking with observations from film critics, makers and historians alongside interviews with the man himself.

By Brakhage
Stan Brakhage | USA | Various | 120 minutes
A selection of Brakhage’s shorts, including the sexually explicit Wedlock House: An Intercourse and the infamous autopsy film The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes.

Von Stroheim and Von Sternberg Silents
Both born in Vienna into Jewish families and both adopting a faux aristocratic Von once in the US, Erich Von Stroheim and Josef Von Sternberg were responsible for some of the most sophisticated and stylish films of the silent era, as we here demonstrate through a selection of five of their best.

Blind Husbands
Erich Von Stroheim | USA | 1919 | 91 minutes
Stroheim’s directorial debut also saw him co-star, playing the army officer who ensnares a married woman in a web of infidelity.

Erich von Stroheim | USA | 1924 | 239 minutes
Shot on location in harsh conditions, Stroheim’s naturalistic epic was brutally cut by MGM to just a quarter of its eight-hour length. This four-hour version, shown over two screenings, provides the best (v)indication of the director’s original vision.

Joseph von Sternberg| USA | 1927 | 81 minutes
With its ripped from the headlines narrative and stock characters, Sternberg’s breakthrough film launched the American gangster genre as we know it.

The Last Command
Joseph von Sternberg| USA | 1928 | 88 minutes
A brilliantly realized silent melodrama and Hollywood-on-Hollywood entry. Emil Jannings plays the exiled Russian aristocrat losing his grip on reality as he plays a Russian aristocrat in a film about the Revolution.

The Docks of New York
Joseph von Sternberg | USA | 1928 | 75 minutes
An evocative portrait of life, love and death amongst the denizens of New York’s docklands and an illustration of the artistic heights attained by the silent cinema.

John Carpenter
For the better part of a decade John Carpenter was the great hope of the old-style, no-nonsense, genre B-movie, specialising in science-fiction, fantasy and horror themed material and working not only as writer and director but also as editor and composer.

Dark Star
John Carpenter | USA | 1974 | 83 minutes
Carpenter has described this low-budget riposte to 2001 as “Waiting for Godot in space” – a description that shows he is not ‘just’ the Howard Hawks imitator it has become all too easy to label him as.

Assault on Precinct 13
John Carpenter | USA | 1976 | 91 minutes
This hard-hitting re-imagining of Hawks’s Rio Bravo by way of Romero’s Night of the Living Dead sees an uneasy alliance develop between cops and a con against an ever-growing army of revenge-driven gangbangers.

John Carpenter | USA | 1978 | 91 minutes
Carpenter’s seminal 1970s stalk and slash film is strong on suspense and shocks and light on splatter and is much the better for it. Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasance star.

The Fog
John Carpenter | USA | 1980 | 89 minutes
The residents of a small California town are menaced by the spirits of those wronged by their ancestors a century earlier in this atmospheric supernatural horror. Carpenter’s wife Adrienne Barbeau plays the Jamie Lee Curtis “final girl” type role.

Escape from New York
John Carpenter | USA | 1981 | 99 minutes
Manhattan is a giant prison sealed off from the rest of the USA. Problem is that Air Force One has just crash landed there. Poisoned by government agents, Kurt Russell’s Snake Plissken has 24 hours to save the president and thus his own life.

The Thing
John Carpenter | USA | 1982 | 109 minutes
The all-male crew of an Antarctic research station realise a shape-shifting body-stealing alien has infiltrated their base. If Russell’s MacReady cannot identify and destroy the creature there and then humanity is doomed.

Vincent Price
Gourmand, art critic and actor, Vincent Price was, with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, one of the (un)holy trinity of horror icons in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. With this season we pay tribute to Price by showing six of his key genre performances,

House of Wax
Andre De Toth | USA | 1953 | 90 minutes
Price stars as the sculptor with the unusually life-like dummies in this 3-D classic from the famously monocular Andre De Toth. A young Charles Bronson plays Price’s assistant.

The Fly
Kurt Neumann | USA | 1958 | 94 minutes
Price is the scientist whose experiments into matter transportation go seriously awry due to a literal bug in the system. The self-explanatory Return of the Fly soon followed.

The Masque of the Red Death
Roger Corman | UK/USA | 1964 | 89 minutes
Price is Satanist Prince Prospero in this lush Roeg-lensed Corman adaptation of the Poe short story. Jane Asher and Hazel Court co-star as the virgin and the whore.

The Last Man on Earth
Ubaldo Ragona/Sidney Salkow | Italy/USA | 1964 | 86 minutes
The first and best adaptation of Richard Matheson’s seminal modern vampire novel sees Price play the title character.

Matthew Hopkins: Witchfinder General
Michael Reeves | UK | 1968 | 86 minutes
In spite of getting off to a famously bad start with the director (“I’ve made fifty films. What have you done?” “Three good ones”) Price here delivers one of his best and most atypical performances as the misogynistic, opportunistic self-styled witch-finder.

The Abominable Dr Phibes
Robert Fuest | UK/USA | 1971 | 94 minutes
Seeking revenge on those he holds responsible for the death of his wife, Price’s Abominable Dr takes inspiration from the Biblical curses inflicted upon the Egyptians. The film spawned a sequel and the quasi-remake Theatre of Blood, where the murder methods are derived from Shakespeare.

Nagisa Oshima
Styling himself as the antithesis of earlier generations, Nagasi Ôshima provoked the Japanese film establishment throughout the 1960s and 1970s. While best known in the west for the sexuall explicit In the Realm of the Senses (1976) there is far more to his work, as this season seeks to demonstrate.

Night and Fog in Japan
Nagisa Ôshima | Japan | 1960 | 107 minutes
This critique of Japan’s post-war right and left was swiftly withdrawn from circulation by Shochiku studios, leading to Ôshima establishing his own independent production company.

Death by Hanging
Nagisa Ôshima | Japan | 1968 | 117 minutes
A challenging darkly comedic exploration of capital punishment and ethnic prejudice in Japan, inspired by Godard, Brecht and the failed execution of a Korean.

Diary of a Shijunku Thief
Nagisa Ôshima | Japan | 1968 | 96 minutes
An exploration of the relationship between sex and politics via the case-study of a would-be radical and kleptomaniac.

Nagisa Ôshima | Japan | 1969 | 105 minutes
Inspired by the real life case of a family who used their young son to cause road accidents in order to profit from insurance claims, Boy remains resonant in today’s compensation culture.

The Man Who Left his Will on Film
Nagisa Ôshima | Japan | 1970 | 94 minutes
A radical filmmaker tries to unravel the mystery of why another man should grab his camera, run off and throw himself off a building.

The Ceremony
Nagisa Ôshima | Japan | 1971 | 123 minutes
A satirical look at Japanese attitudes, most notably a wedding that goes ahead despite the bride’s absence.

Artists on Film
The art of cinema has long been fascinated by the art of the painter. Here, six very different approaches delve into the lives, works, legacy and inspiration of six artists from the 17th to the 20th century, from the court of kings to the streets of Soho and Tbilisi.

Rembrandt’s j’accuse
Peter Greenaway | Netherlands/Germany/Finland | 2008 | 86 minutes
By examining the 34 characters in Rembrandt’s great painting “The Night Watch”, Greenaway spins a cinematic essay regarding the artist’s life and times, visual literacy and a conspiracy to murder.

Goya or the hard way to enlightenment / oder Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis
Konrad Wolf | East Germany | 1971 | 136 minutes
At the height of his fame in the court of the king of Spain, Goya falls in love with an aristocrat, into the company of revolutionaries, and foul of the Inquisition, as he wrestles with conscience and creativity.

Giorgi Shengelaya | USSR/Georgia | 1969 | 85 minutes
At the turn of the 20th century, the self-taught Georgian naïve painter searches for acceptance and sales, each short episode illuminated by one of his striking works.

Edward Munch
Peter Watkins | Sweden/Norway | 1974 | 210 minutes
Covering 30 years of Munch’s life, from tragedy in childhood to the salons of Europe, this mix of reconstruction, voice-over and exposition direct to camera was described by Ingmar Bergman as “a work of genius”.

The mystery of Picasso/ le mystere Picasso
Henri Georges Clouzot | France | 1956 | 78 minutes
Henri Georges Clouzot filmed his friend of 20 years as he created 15 works on camera in this engrossing study of creative genius. “the most beautiful suspense film ever made”

Francis Bacon’s arena
Adam Low | UK | 2005 | 95 minutes
With unparalleled access to the artist’s estate and friends, and suffused with his extraordinary personality and voice, this celebrated documentary records the life of a man frequently argumentative, often drunk, but always compelling.

Mai Zetterling
Mai Zetterling (1925-1994) was arguably the first director of feminist feature films, paving the way for others as diverse as Chantal Akerman and Sally Potter. This tribute to a major filmmaker who has drifted into undeserved obscurity celebrates fifty years since her feature directorial debut, presenting some of the greatest works of her two cinematic careers.

Alf Sjöberg | Sweden | 1944 | 101 minutes
An emotionally-fragile shopgirl becomes involved with the student of a sadistic schoolmaster in this insightful allegory for fascism, a breakthrough for both Zetterling and the film’s debut screenwriter, Ingmar Bergman.

Music in Darkness
Ingmar Bergman | Sweden | 1947 | 87 minutes
A decidedly journeyman effort, Bergman’s fourth film centres on Zetterling’s carefully-pitched performance (alongside a host of eventual Bergman regulars) as a young woman torn between her macho boyfriend and a blind pianist.

Basil Dearden | UK | 1947 | 98 minutes
Thematically a sort of sequel to The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Zetterling plays a German immigrant to a British town reluctant to accept her post-war integration.

Loving Couples
Mai Zetterling | Sweden | 1964 | 118 minutes
Three heavily-pregnant women look back on their lives and mistakes (ie, relationships) with strikingly sardonic humour and bitter regret in this brilliant mix of melodrama and satire, set in 1914.

The War Game
Mai Zetterling | UK | 1962 | 15 minutes
A virtuoso silent film which transforms an increasingly disturbing children’s game into a compelling pacifist allegory. Winner of the Golden Lion for Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival.

Night Games
Mai Zetterling | Sweden | 1966 | 105 minutes
Zetterling’s second feature (adapted from her first novel), in which a neurotic young man recounts the humiliations and perversities inflicted upon him in his youth by his mother and aunt.

The Girls
Mai Zetterling | Sweden | 1968 | 100 minutes
Three women involved in staging a production of the Lysistrata in modern-day Sweden draw direct parallels to Zetterling’s own life and career(s) in her most personal and complex satirical work.

Americans in Paris
Director Ernst Lubitsch once said “I’ve been to Paris France and I’ve been to Paris Paramount. Paris Paramount is better.”
Inspired by a recent exhibition in Paris, this season explores how the city became synonymous with romance, glamour and sensuality throughout the world, at least partly thanks to Hollywood.

Seventh Heaven
Frank Borzage | USA | 1927 | 110 minutes
A young, surprisingly naive, prostitute is saved from her overbearing sister and then from the police by an ambitioius street cleaner. The two fall in love but all too soon the war intervenes…

Love me Tonight
Rouben Mamoulian | USA | 1932 | 104 minutes
It is possible to be more French than Maurice Chevalier? Here he plays a humble tailor, who finds himself posing as a nobleman to collect a debt, while doing so he falls in love with the haughty Princess Jeanette.

Design for Living
Ernst Lubitsch | USA | 1933 | 91 minutes
Two Americans, a playwright and a painter, move to Paris, they both fall for the same woman and she proposes a rather perculiar arrangement | she will live with them platonically as a friend and critic, but when one of the friends goes out of town how long will the agreement last?

Ernst Lubitsch | USA | 1939 | 110 minutes
Three Russian diplomats who have been thoroughly seduced by Paris receive a visit from a stern female inspector from the mother country. In order to stay in Paris and away from the Gulags, they persuade their friend a displaced nobleman to show her the pleaures of the West.

The Private Affairs of Bel Ami
Albert Lewin | USA | 1947 | 112 minutes
George Sanders climbs the social ladder by way of several advantageous liaisons and marriages in Belle Epoch Paris. Recently remade with teen idol Robert Pattinson, but when you are up against Sanders there really is no competition for King of the Cads!

Funny Face
Stanley Donen | USA | 1957 | 103 minutes
Audrey Hepburn made so many films set in Paris, we could have almost given her a season alone! Here she is an intellectual, dowdy bookseller who wants to go to Paris to meet her philosopher hero… Fred Astaire will take her if she agrees to be his model. If you can get over the disturbing age difference of the two leads there is much to enjoy is this exuberant musical. .