Articles Posted in the " World Cinema " Category

  • I Clowns (U) Home Entertainment Review

    Dir. Federico Fellini, Italy, 1970, 97 mins, in Italian and French with subtitles Cast: Federico Fellini, Billi, Reder, Scotti, Valentini, Fanfulla, Merli, Rizzo Review by Colin Dibben Clowns and circuses have always loomed large in the cinema of Federico Fellini, but in 1970 he made this deliriously good film all about them. I Clowns was […]


  • Le Jour Se Lève – 75th Anniversary Uncut Version (PG)

    Dir. Marcel Carne, France, 1939, 88 mins, in French with English subtitles Cast: Jean Gabin, Jacqueline Laurent, Jules Berry, Arletty Review by Colin Dibben The satirical and absurdist aspects of a classic of French cinema are fore-grounded in this new restoration – which includes scenes cut by the Vichy Government. Francois (Gabin) barricades himself in […]


  • The Hour of the Lynx (15)

    Dir. Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Denmark, 2013, 89 mins in Danish with English subtitles Cast: Sofie Grabol, Signe Egholm Olsen, Frederik Johansen, Soren Malling Review by Dennis Sisterson A Danish priest, Helen, is asked to visit a secure institution for the mentally disturbed in the hope that she will be able to help a teenage inmate. It […]


  • Crimes of Passion (15)

    Dir. Various, Sweden, 2013, 538 mins, in Swedish with English subtitles Cast: Tuva Novotny, Ola Rapace, Linus Wahlgren Review by Colin Dibben Not so much Nordic Noir as Nordic Cosy Crime, this series – recently shown on BBC4 – is as old school as Miss Marple. The leads look like they have swanned in from Mad Men […]


  • A Jester’s Tale (Bláznova kronika) (U) Home Entertainment Review

    Dir. Karel Zeman, Czechoslovakia, 1964, 81 mins, in Czech with English subtitles Cast: Petr Kostka, Emília Vásáryová, Miroslav Holub, Valentina Thielová Review by Colin Dibben If you were a child in the 1970s, you may remember the oddball eastern European films and TV series that sometimes made it onto children’s TV over here. Now, imagine […]


  • Moebius (18) Film Review

    Dir. Kim Ki-duk, South Korea, 2013, 89 mins Cast: Cho Jae-hyun, Seo Young-ju, Lee Eun-woo Review by Colin Dibben   Anyone for a 90-minute ‘lack of penis’ joke? Korea’s answer to Lars von Trier serves up a very weird domestic melodrama, in full-on Freudian nightmare mode. It’s actually a lot of fun if you don’t […]


  • Lilting (15) Film Review

    Dir. Hong Khaou, UK, 2013, 86 mins, in English and Mandarin with English subtitles Cast: Ben Whishaw, Cheng Pei Pei, Andrew Leung, Naomi Christie, Peter Bowles Review by Adam Hollingworth Hong Khaou’s film Lilting is a subtle and gentle film which weaves into a delicate tapestry poignant meditations upon grief, age, guilt, communication and our […]


  • Bastards (12A) Film Review

    Dir. Deborah Perkin, UK, 2014, 82 mins, with subtitles Cast: Rabha El Haimer Review by Marianne Gray This documentary is one of those fine treasures about a subject that we seldom see and don’t really know about, in this case how the system copes with illegitimate children in modern Morocco. In Morocco, as in all […]


  • Gagarin (Pervyy v kosmose) (12) Home Entertainment Review

    Dir. Pavel Parkhomenko, Russia, 2013, 108 mins, in Russian with English subtitles Cast: Yaroslav Zhalnin, Mikhail Filippov, Olga Ivanova, Vadim Michman Review by Laura Graham Any film fan will have noticed the recent increase in Russian films about heroic moments in history. Although clearly part of Putin’s propaganda drive, this one stands out as a […]


  • Spring In A Small Town (U) Film Review

    Dir. Fei Mu, China, 1948, 98 mins, In Mandarin with English subtitles Cast: Wei Wei, Shi Yu, Li Wei, Zhang Hongmei Review by Adam Hollingworth Spring in a Small Town represents both the first step in the BFI’s long gestating attempts to bring the classics of Chinese cinema, so long secularized and confined within China’s […]


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