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Improbable Libraries
Improbable Libraries
by Alex Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hunger For Books, 16 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: Improbable Libraries (Hardcover)
A delight. Humorous, and a tribute to the ingenuity of the human spirit - all the more so at a time when libraries are being closed down, or shrunk, across the country.


The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (1927-1973)
The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (1927-1973)

5.0 out of 5 stars It's making me unglued, 16 Nov. 2015
Wonderful music, with remastering true to the musicians: the Blanton-Webster sides are transformed from the Eighties CDs. It is a lifetime's study, which should be augmented by the excellent book. Alas, this falls apart soon into a first reading. For a few dollars more, this could have been a
well-bound hardback.


Hell Is A City [DVD]
Hell Is A City [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stanley Baker
Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And Jigsaw..., 14 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Hell Is A City [DVD] (DVD)
Nobody has remarked that this engrossing movie has leapt in price on this reissue...

Meanwhile, there are many eager for the issue on disc of Val Guest's great Jigsaw, made in the same period: the best movie set in Brighton. Draws gasps whenever it is
shown in the town.
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Conversations With Other Women [DVD] [2007]
Conversations With Other Women [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Aaron Eckhart
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £0.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's The Way You Tell It, 15 Jan. 2011
This had passed me by until I chanced upon it, and it turns out to be a delightful surprise.

All film is a question of editing. So accustomed are we to any particular film looking the way that it does that one can forget that any scene, or more, could be shot from another angle and the reaction shots could be paced differently.

The continual split-screen of this film might sound irritating but is immediately hypnotic as it not only cuts between the two characters but their past lives and the two with whom they are otherwise occupied.

It is essentially a simple tale of a fling in a hotel room after a wedding but the structure shows, without any lumbering, how anything can have ramifications.

That might sound ponderously put, when in fact this film keeps up a light, sustaining tone.

Some underestimate Helena Bonham Carter as an actress. In the right part, she is witty, distinctive.


Hitchcock on Hitchcock: Selected Writings and Interviews (Directors on Directors)
Hitchcock on Hitchcock: Selected Writings and Interviews (Directors on Directors)
by Sidney Gottlieb
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One to Re-read, 10 Jan. 2011
I too find myself reading sections of this book now and then - sometimes the same sections again. Hitchcock's comments, invariably droll, are often highly practical, and if sometimes familiar - such as the difference between surprise and suspense - no less useful for that.

Gottlieb suggests that PR men may have had a hand in the writing but, even so, it all sounds like Hitchcock, and he must have approved it. Particularly interesting is the account of working with Nova Pilbeam, and how she changed as she grew from film to film. He even outlines a film that he did not get to make with her.

Indeed, Hitchock could be a source of plot ideas yet to be fulfilled. It is clear that he always had these on the mind.

I am surprised that this book is out of print.

Well done to Gottlieb for seeking out all this writing. Perhaps he might yet do a second volume


A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties
A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties
by Suze Rotolo
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Greenwich Generous Time, 3 Jan. 2011
This is far from sensationalist, and no less enjoyable for that. If not as evocative of the place as Dylan's Chronicles, it shows that she shared his concern with getting work done. And there are all manner of stories about incidents far from Dylan, such as the cat in jumping from ledge high up to another...


Rome Express [VHS] [1932]
Rome Express [VHS] [1932]
VHS

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Signal Success, 2 Jan. 2011
It is astonishing that this highly enjoyable film is unavailable. But that is the fate of so many English films from the Thirties, including another one directed by Walter Forde, Cheer Boys Cheer. That was a precursor of the Ealing comedies, while Rome Express is as good as Night Train to Munich, which is also unavailable.
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The Three of Us: A Family Story
The Three of Us: A Family Story
by Julia Blackburn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Landlady Kicks Off the Fluffy Slippers - and Everything Else, 31 Dec. 2010
As somebody who enjoys Julia Blackburn's writing, I picked up this volume with more than interest, but found that the blurb gives much of the contents away, and in a sentence at that: any lodger who moved into the household did not have the make the first move: her mother would pounce upon him, and then she found a rival in Julia...

All this is told in counterpoint with faxes to a long-dropped lover - and in a further twist, future husband - about her mother's dying month in 1997.

Paradoxically enough, it is full of interest and yet monotonous.

She describes her father's poetry but many readers might also relish seeking out the thrillers by her uncle John Blackburn. These are pithy and witty, a contrast with so much bloated crime writing now.


Hitchcock: A Definitive Study of Alfred Hitchcock
Hitchcock: A Definitive Study of Alfred Hitchcock
by Francois Truffaut
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continually fascinating, 29 Dec. 2010
Even for those who share, or partly share. Graham Greene's view that Hitchcock's films are a series of moments, of ingenious turns implausibly linked, this book is full of interest: the work of two creators rather than "media" pundit and subject. Time and again, fascinationg notions appear almost as an aside, such as the late silent period being the apogee of film as film, and at one point Hitchcock remarks of Waltzes from Vienna, which almost nobody now watches, "whatever happens in the course of your career, your talent is always there".

Along the way, they discuss the making of a comic film about film-making. Perhaps this was the genesis of Truffaut's delightful La Nuit Americaine - which had a Hitchcock-like cameo by... Graham Greene. Extraordinary that this film is currently unavailable but you can splash out on Waltzes from Vienna.


Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia
Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia
Price: £21.60

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Limitless Delight, 28 Dec. 2010
The large-box issue will no doubt remain a collectors' item, and perhaps the profits from that enabled Sony to add these recordings to the many that they are issuing at a giveaway price.

It was a miraculous voice, in all its phases, and across these discs she is able to make ordinary songs as distinctive as those by Dorothy Fields and others. Her "oooo" in "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" is as exhilarating as the Beatles'.

I have never heard Diana Ross singing Billie Holiday as her Gershwin on telly was lamentable. However, it is something to think that Billie Holiday could so easily have lived to turn such songs as "You Can't Hurry Love" into something plaintively her own.

It is difficult to imagine a house in England without this set.


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