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  • The Adulteress

    The Adulteress

    ★★★★

    Brief Synopsis: A court official (Rentarô Mikuni) returns home to rumours that his wife (Ineko Arima) has been unfaithful with a drum teacher (Masayuki Mori), knowing that if the rumours are proven to be true he will have no choice but to save face and family honour by exacting the punishments demanded by society, even if it means destroying his own life in the process..

    Verdict: Just like in Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, Kenji Mizoguchi's The Crucified Lovers and Masaki Kobayashi's…

  • Akitsu Springs

    Akitsu Springs

    ★★★½

    I expect stark black and white minimalism from the husband and wife director/star collaboration of Yoshishige Yoshida and Mariko Okada - after all, that's what I got with A Story Written With Water, Woman Of The Lake, Eros + Massacre and the sublime Affair In The Snow! - so to discover their first film together to be a (more or less) traditional widescreen melodrama, and in colour as well, was something of a surprise.

    And, trust me, this is an…

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  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place

    ★★★★★

    5 Reasons why this film is a masterpiece:

    1. It's the best film Nicholas Ray ever made; a noir-tinged drama rendered in dark visuals of exhilarating beauty.

    2. It showcases probably the greatest performance of Bogie's career as the short-fused screenwriter Dix Steele, a character he imbues with a neurotic edge that is frightening in its intensity.

    3. This dialogue: 'I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me'.

    4. Gloria Grahame is in it.

    5. It just 'is', OK?!

  • Trouble in Paradise

    Trouble in Paradise

    ★★★★½

    Here we have a typically sophisticated and fashionable comedy graced by the renowned Lubitsch 'Touch'; a film which wears its amorality as a badge of pride and notable for the quickfire wit and acting skills of Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall as they portray jewel thieves plying their trade across Continental Europe.

    This is a production of such elegance and lightness that we can only weep for an art form seemingly lost forever..