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Edward, My Son [DVD] [1949] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Edward, My Son [DVD] [1949] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Ian Hunter
Price: 9.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Spencer Tracy carries the film - and its a winner, 30 Nov 2013
Have to be honest here that I have not viewed this product but I wish to review the film - its a must for Tracy fans - one of his later ones, and it is admittedly a bit stagey but that derives from its having been a stage play (by Robert Morley no less). Its essentially a study in sociopathic drivenness - Tracy will get what he wants at any cost. We never see "Edward" - he is really a symbol of Edward Boults determination to make it to the top and to have no-one stand in his way. I'm an avowed Tracy fan but he is magnificent in this. Its really a great tragedy and another reviewer has said "a bit of a downer" which it is, but that doesn't take away from it at all. Support acting is great - Deborah Kerr, Ian Hunter, Mervyn Johns all excellent. The story shows hat such people played by Tracy always mar and destroy other lives as well as their own - but never see it (such an example is Edward himself, who well before the end is someone we realise has become a monster)

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Phases of Faith; Or, Passages from the History of My Creed
Phases of Faith; Or, Passages from the History of My Creed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early story of a "deconversion", 5 Sep 2013
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I have given "Phases of Faith" 5 stars because of the fact that its a very early story of someone who converts from his strong evangelical faith to a more general theism / agnosticism. Also for the fact that Francis Newman was the brother of the very famous John Henry (later Cardinal) Newman who conversted from High Anglicanism to Catholicism. Two brothers who started off in the C of E had both left it by the 1840's, for very different destinations. Francies was a real "truth seeker" and for him any intellectual or doctrinal inconsistency had to be resolved and he goes through most of the creeds of the C of E and finds that he cannot accept many of them.
Poignant parts here are many but they include his feeling dumped and shunned by the evangelical circles he formerly inhabited (including the famed JN Darby no less, of whom he had ben a fervent disciple) buty he finds his way through to a faith he sees as defensible and fitted to an open minded attitude to truth whatever its origin

Victim [DVD]
Victim [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dirk Bogarde
Price: 7.76

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking film, 1 Sep 2010
This review is from: Victim [DVD] (DVD)
I love this film for both personal & critical reasons - I saw it at a time of personal stress and so any film that gets you a bit weepy / is cathartic will have resonance and stay in the mind but also it tackles a theme that I cant think was tackled seriously before. It is able to highlight the position of gay men (all resolutely in the closet on account of repressive laws on the statute book) before 1967 - being blackmailed, and in the main preferring to pay up rather than risk prosecution. Brave move by Dirk Bogarde to take on the lead role and he is the main reason why the film is so good, and the justly famous "confrontation scene" with him & wife Sylvia Sims (also excellent) is nigh on heartbreaking. The film is never preachy but now and again there are points where the audience are told some facts - usually by the main policeman in the film. No-one is trashed in this - all the various views whether sympathetic or non-sympathetic are given a hearing. It can be a bit gloomy but it has a hopeful ending. Five stars for this one!!!

Life For Ruth [DVD]
Life For Ruth [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Craig
Price: 5.75

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive handling of sensitive theme, 20 Jan 2010
This review is from: Life For Ruth [DVD] (DVD)
Really quality handling of a sensitive theme - is it (again) a Basil Dearden directed early 60's feature? If it is (I think so) it follows on soon after "Victim" with Dirk Bogarde which looked face-on at the issue of blackmail against gays in the post war Britain of 50's & early 60's. Like Victim we have a situation that seems unjust and needing addressing and a committed decent professional (here its Patrick McGoohan) decides to take the issue on in "vigilante" fashion. But there are no villains here - the "fanatic" here (today we would use the term high commitment group member or something like that) played by Michael Craig is also a victim as his daughter Ruth (and all associated with the event) and the film shows this. No particular group is attacked, its just that the church group Michael Craig belongs to are "bible literalists" who see the Old Testament command to drain blood from any animal before it is eaten (and an all too brief mention of this in the book of Acts (Acts 15 I think) to mean that blood transfusions are out. The arguments used are still used today and well-put but the court scene at the end where Craig has to defend himself & his faith is the "crucible" and the key point of the film.
I felt that this was an excellent film and the performances - Craig especially - were superb. This is an unjustly forgotten film.

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