Peter Curran

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (18 of 18)


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Birth of the Blues / Blue Skies [DVD] [1941/1946] <b>DVD</b> ~ Bing Crosby
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This has been one of my favourite films since I first saw it as a child, around 1942. It led me to later take up the clarinet and gave me a lifelong love of jazz..

The film is really the story of The Original Dixieland Jazzband, although this is never acknowledged, with Bing Crosby playing the Nick La Rocca part. In spite of its mild racism, characteristic of the Hollywood of the times, and its emphasis on white jazz, it contains wonderful musical sequences, both jazz and popular, and the presence upfront of a real jazzman, Jack Teagarden, a giant of the trombone, lends an authenticity to every scene he appears in. Bing, of course, together with Louis Armstrong invented jazz… Read more
Baraka: Remastered [Blu-ray] [1992] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Ron Fricke
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I came to this without preconceptions - it was recommended to me by my son Michael, and I watched it without much advance knowledge of its style and content. This is the power of cinema and photography at its highest, reliant on the image to tell a story beyond words, beyond commentary. Our strange, wonderful, terrifying and often cruel world comes under its unblinking eye, reaching unmoderated by language into our souls. I almost regret subsequently watching the story of its making - it rips aside the curtain and shows the works. But the dedicated teams who made it possible must be credited. And the power of modern technology and high definition added immensely to the experience. Baraka… Read more
The Irish R.M. - The Complete Series 1-3 [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Peter Bowles
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Irish RM, 16 Sep 2009
The Irish RM series was a wonderful television visualisation of some of the funniest prose ever written in the English language. With due respect to the sensitive adaptation, everything is there in the original stories, written around the turn of the 19th/20th centuries by two Anglo-Irish women, Edite Oenone Soemerville and Violet Ross. This is literature of the highest order, and is rivalled for wit only by P.G.Wodehouse. I cannot imagine a world in which I could not read these stories again and again. The television series was a tour-de-force, and nothing quite like it has ever been done since.

I came to the Irish RM first through the Channel Four series, and it was clear that… Read more

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