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Children's Film Foundation Collection: London Tales (The Salvage Gang | Operation Third Form | Night Ferry)(DVD)
Children's Film Foundation Collection: London Tales (The Salvage Gang | Operation Third Form | Night Ferry)(DVD)
Dvd ~ Bernard Cribbins
Price: 11.78

4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful & historically interesting, 14 April 2014
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Yes, the background scenery IS fascinating, even though it wasn't meant to be at the time. How London has changed in what is really only a short time. Not necessarily changes for the better. I remember seeing these films at the Odeon, Hobart, Tasmania. I never ever thought the children's accents were at all remarkable, so why would English children have been annoyed by 'posh accents', as claimed in some reviews? I suspect that is lefty adult-speak.Anyway, they're kids' films, they're innocent fun & they provide useful research material for historians. More than can be said for a lot of contemporary graphics-loaded media.

Dancing on the Edge [DVD]
Dancing on the Edge [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Goodman
Price: 7.80

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the goldfish, 19 April 2013
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This review is from: Dancing on the Edge [DVD] (DVD) which I mean that you have to have an attention span, an interest & knowledge of recent history (yes, I do mean BEFORE you were born!) & an appreciation of quality popular music.
Poliakof could be accused of pushing the bandwagon that some English people were as prejudiced & racist as the Germans were, a bit too far, but it's a reality that is worth pointing out, to audiences who know nothing of their own country's past. On the other hand, it should also be pointed out that persecuted persons in Hitler's Reich were extremely eager to escape to Britain.
The psycho, sexually perverted aristocrat is played well, as is the horrible reality of covering up murder & placing the 'rap' on the black man.
As usual, with Poliakof, there are slow scenes in near-empty rooms, much un-spoken tension & innuendo, an assumption of blase wealth, and parents from Hell!
I enjoyed the music, but as an aficionado of 1930s British dance band music, I suspect that Lester's style is more 1945+ than pre-war. However, no doubt the message is that British music was 'behind' USA jazz. That's not actually correct, but film makers love to trot out their bias.
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Dean Spanley [DVD]
Dean Spanley [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeremy Northam
Price: 5.85

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasteful, brilliantly acted & funny, 23 Nov 2009
This review is from: Dean Spanley [DVD] (DVD)
This is gem of a film which should become a classic. Sadly, the major cinema chains in Australia have not screened it because they are still slavishly tied to the utter rubbish emanating from Hollywood.

Ostensibly about reincarnation, 'Dean Spanley' is really about the crippling nature of unresolved grief. However, the script is very very funny & the characters are, thank heavens, real adults.

All the actors are perfect for their roles, the photography is excellent and I cannot fault the direction.

The Long Arm [DVD]
The Long Arm [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Hawkins
Price: 10.76

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film; poor copying, 12 Mar 2008
This review is from: The Long Arm [DVD] (DVD)
I really enjoyed the story & the acting but the copy I bought from Amazon UK has extremely poor sound quality. Even given the age of the film the sound is woeful. It is very very hard to hear throughout & at times the static is so bad not a word can be heard. I would have sent it back except that postage from Australia to the UK is excessive.
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The Night Watch
The Night Watch
by Sarah Waters
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 29 Aug 2007
This review is from: The Night Watch (Paperback)
I was really hoping that this would, at last, be the great novel about Lesbian servicewomen in WW2. Alas, it is still to be written. I found the narrative structure contrived rather than confusing, and the plot, despite the obvious research, said nothing new about WW2. Her depiction of straight sex was a dead bore and unnecessary.
So..over to the other good writers out there: when are you going to write a damn good book about what it was like to be a lesbian WREN, FANY etc? Perhaps non-fiction would be better?
P.S. I have read, and own, all Waters's novels, and have loved them all including the vastly, and curiously, under-rated 'Affinity'.

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