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Top Reviewer Ranking: 492 - Total Helpful Votes: 972 of 1136
No End [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Grazyna Szapolowska
No End [DVD] DVD ~ Grazyna Szapolowska
This 1984 film was the first on which director Krzysztof Kieslowski collaborated with screenwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz and composer Zbigniew Preisner and although (for me) No End does not quite reach the heights the trio were to achieve in their later works (in particular Dekalog and The Three Colours Trilogy) there is still much to admire here. And, although No End (being set in 1982) can be viewed as dealing more directly with Poland’s political situation as martial law was about to come to an end, once again Kieslowski subtly interweaves the film’s politics into a tale of human love and loss, along the way making points around the balance between (political) acquiescence and resistance… Read more
The Razor's Edge (Vintage Classics) by W Somerset Maugham
The Razor's Edge (Vintage Classics) by W Somerset Maugham
This late (1944) Maugham novel is a fine tour of (primarily) American, British and French society (privileged classes) and sensibilities between the wars and, despite its episodic nature, contains some particularly engaging characterisations which hold together its otherwise meandering narrative. Written in Maugham’s easy-to-read, but evocative and (frequently) wryly comic style, The Razor’s Edge’s central tale of 'non-conformist’ American and WW1 veteran, Larry Darrell, reminds me most of F Scott Fitzgerald’s writing, in particular Tender Is The Night, in contrast to Maugham’s (perhaps) more Dickensian masterpiece, Of Human Bondage.

Here, the author also uses the intriguing… Read more
The Arbor [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Manjinder Virk
The Arbor [DVD] DVD ~ Manjinder Virk
Yorkshire-born film-maker Clio Barnard’s 2010 debut film, The Arbor, based on the life of Bradford-born 'teenage playwright’ Andrea Dunbar is one of the most original films I have seen in recent years. Mixing actual documentary footage, long stretches of 'dramatised’ pseudo-documentary (in which actors lip-synch the words of real-life characters from Dunbar’s troubled life) and 're-staged’ sections of Dunbar’s ‘breakthrough’ play (which shares its title with Barnard’s film), The Arbor is a painfully uncompromising, though frequently highly innovative, take on modern Britain’s 'urban underclass’, together with all the issues of social disintegration they currently face.

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