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Box-set featuring classic Dirk Bogarde movies. In 'Accident' (1967) Two Oxford students, William (Michael York) and Anna (Jacqueline Sassard), crash their car outside their professor Stephen's (Bogarde) house. The lecturer finds William dead and Anna in shock, and the horrifying spectacle in front of him triggers memories of their previous meetings. It transpires that Anna had been having an affair with one of the professor's colleagues, and, in a flashback to a Sunday dinner party, it is revealed what part Stephen had to play in the fall-out from the relationship. In 'The Servant' (1963) James Fox plays a wealthy American who has escaped from his homeland in the wake of Communist paranoia. He returns to England from a holiday in Europe, buys a handsome Georgian townhouse and employs Bogarde as a house-keeper. However, Bogarde becomes steadily more pervasive and manages to engineer a role-reversal, which results in him achieving control of his master. 'The Blue Lamp' (1949) Sergeant Dixon (Jack Warner) is shot and killed while teaching a new recruit (Jimmy Hanley) the ropes. Police and some of the West London criminal fraternity hunt down his killer (Bogarde) in this classic British police story. 'The Sleeping Tiger' (1954) sees a psychiatrist bring a criminal into his home as an experiment, after catching him red-handed but sadly the psychiatrist's wife falls in love with the crook. 'Victim' (1961) stars Bogarde as a Q.C. with a past he's tried to bury. Now married, he has tried to forget a homosexual affair, but finds he cannot escape it when he receives a phone call from his former lover. His lover, Jack Barret (Peter McEnery), has been arrested by police for theft.
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There's also a revealing interview with Bogarde as a bonus. The Sleeping Tiger was never a good film, with risible plotting, and time has not improved it - it's one of the studio pot-boilers he derides in the interview, from the time when he says he was offered nothing but young tearaway roles. But overall, a worthwhile box and recommended.
Dirk was already twenty-nine when he made THE BLUE LAMP (Basil Dearden), a crime drama in postwar London, but his youthful good-looks consistently allowed him to play parts far younger than his actual years. Dirk appeared third on the cast list and played a criminal `delinquent' (to use the terminology of the voiceover) with a Cockney accent who sinks deeper into a life of crime, coming out with phrases like "You don't know nothin', understand?" His was not a complex role - a bad man who turns badder - but there is still scope for his skills to shine as becomes ever more desperate. Ah, life was so different then (apparently), with bobbies on beats night and day, when troubles could be sorted by a nice cup of tea, and children could play unsupervised in the streets and on bombsites. According to Coldstream, the film caused great shock when it was first released, featuring as it does the killing of a policeman. Guess who pulls the trigger? There are no extras on this disc.
The next disc is HUNTED (Charles Crichton) of 1952 also has no extras. Here Dirk got top billing, playing another baddie in another bombed area of London.Read more ›
The price for this collection was low, but I think at a cost. There are no texts in these films at all, which make it difficult and extremely irritating to understand the dialogues for those of us who do not have English as mother tongue. I would not expect them to be translated to several languages, but simply add English text for the hearing impaired? I personally would gladly have paid more for this collection, if texts had been included. The sound is not all that great either, but it could be our computer's fault (I doubt it).
Having said this, I would like to add that the choice of films has been quite good.