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A Taste Of Honey [DVD] [1961]
A Taste Of Honey [DVD] [1961]
Dvd ~ Rita Tushingham

34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Desert Island film, 14 Dec 2002
I first saw this film shortly after it came out in 1961 and have been in love with it ever since. I have always thought of it as a "quiet landmark" in the history of cinema and naturally assumed it would have been among the first to be issued on DVD. But noisier less interesting films got in the way and this one has had to wait its turn to see the light of new technology. It's a worthwhile wait and it's a timeless classic. Rita Tushinghams performance is unforgettable, as is the rest of the cast. Sadly, I think "Taste Of Honey" has been left out of the conversation when the subject of "new wave films of the 60's" comes up. Having initially seen this film along with the works of Truffaut, Goddard and Tarkovsky I would rank "Taste Of Honey" among that wave of films that irrevocably changed our view of cinema. It's ironic that the DVD of this film is available the same time as "Ivan's Childhood", Tarkovsky's masterpiece. In its way, "Taste Of Honey" holds its own, albeit "Ivan" is a wildly different kind of film. "A Taste Of Honey" above all is a wonderful work of art that shows no sign of age and no loss of character. It is an essential film.

Bend It Like Beckham [DVD] [2002]
Bend It Like Beckham [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Parminder Nagra
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: 3.18

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We don't make movies like this in the States . . ., 14 Dec 2002
and it's a shame we don't. "Bend It Like Beckham" is pure delight. A wonderful, insightfully well-crafted piece about breaking bounderies and achieving goals. There are keen observations here about human values and perceptions. Granted, some can be viewed as formulaic, but the characters here feel very "flesh-and-blood" versus cardboard cutouts we often get in mainstream American films. I think of this film and I compare it to a similar film issued in the States around the same time, "Blue Crush" and find "Beckham" to be a vastly superior look at the trials and tribulations of "growing up female". I don't know why this film hasn't come out in the States or why it isn't even available on video, but I took a chance on ordering it based on previous reviews and was completely delighted by it. "Bend It Like Beckham" has a very nicely functioning heart and soul and its easy to see why it was such a hit in the UK. Versus the phrase "heart warming" this is a warm hearted picture that embraces you and takes you straight into its home and leaves you feeling effortlessly good. Nice one!

Pandora's Box [DVD]
Pandora's Box [DVD]
Dvd ~ Louise Brooks
Price: 7.35

51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last a restoration that does justice to a classic, 28 July 2002
This review is from: Pandora's Box [DVD] (DVD)
Having practically grown up with various incarnations of"Pandora's Box" (from grainy 16 mm prints to VHS copies), it was gratifying to finally see this classic in a newly restored print. Combined with a newly composed score (which in itself is a model of tasteful composition), the full impact of G.W. Pabst's telling of the Wedekind tale is astonishing. No wonder Louise Brooks became an icon for generations of filmgoers. The naturalness with which she conveys the complex character of Lulu runs the gamut of subtleties (which were never really visable in previous versions owing to the murk of bad prints) and one could scarcely wonder why she didn't achieve the same status in America. Clearly, the director and actor were exploring new territory here - one which American filmakers were simply not doing.
This version of Pandora's Box is the one to have and to view over and over again. It is filled with a richness that defies age.
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