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#1 FrankieAnne

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 02:22 PM

I can't believe I didn't think of one of my favorites - Scrooge - the 1970 musical version with Albert Finney.  I have a DVD and watch it each year in December.  I had a VHS version before that so its probably the movie I've ended up seeing the most!



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Posted 05 July 2017 - 09:52 AM

GREAT BRITAIN (con't)

 

Quakser Fortune Has a Cousin In the Bronx (70) Waris Hussein

Ryan's Daughter (70) David Lean

A Clockwork Orange (71) Stanley Kubrick

MacBeth (71) Roman Polanski

Sleuth (72) Joseph L. Mankiewicz

The Day of the Jackal (73) Fred Zinnemann

O Lucky Man (73) Lindsay Anderson

The Three Musketeers (73) Richard Lester

The Four Musketeers (74) Richard Lester

Barry Lyndon (75) Stanley Kubrick

The Spy Who Loved Me (77) Lewis Gilbert

Alien (79) Ridley Scott

Tess (79) Roman Polanski

The Long Good Friday (80) John MacKenzie

The Shining (80) Stanley Kubrick

The Dresser (83) Peter Yates

Local Hero (83) Bill Forsyth

The Hit (84) Stephen Frears

A Passage to India (84) David Lean

Sid and Nancy (86) Alex Cox

The Fourth Protocol (87) John Mackenzie

Full Metal Jacket (87) Stanley Kubrick

A Fish Called Wanda (88) Charles Chrichton

Henry V (89) Kenneth Brannagh

The Crying Game (92) Neil Jordan

Shakespeare In Love (98) John Madden

Eyes Wide Shut (99) Stanley Kubrick

Children of Men (2006) Alfonso Cuaron

London to Brighton (06) Paul Andrew Williams



#3 cinemaspeak59

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 06:50 AM

Let me throw out there Village of the Damned (1960).  It's a sci-fi/horror classic, very creepy and it get under your skin.  George Sanders is great as humanity's savior, battling some of the scariest kids ever put on screen.


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 09:02 PM

GREAT BRITAIN (con't)

 

The Browning Version (51) Anthony Asquith

A Christmas Carol (51) Brian Desmond Hurst

The Magic Box (51) John Boulting

Outcast of the Islands (51) Carol Reed

The Kidnappers (53) Philip Leacock

The Lady Killers (55) Alexander Mackendrick

Richard III (56) Laurence Olivier

Bridge on the River Kwai (57) David Lean

Horror of Dracula (58) Terence Fisher

The Horse's Mouth (58) Ronald Neame

A Night to Remember (58) Roy Baker

Room at the Top (58) Jack Clayton

I'm All Right Jack (59) John Boulting

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (60) Karel Reisz

Sink the Bismarck! (60) Lewis Gilbert

Sons and Lovers (60) Jack Cardiff

Tunes of Glory (60) Ronald Neame

The Mark (61) Guy Green

Billy Budd (62) Peter Ustinov

Dr. No (62) Terence Young

Lawrence of Arabia (62) David Lean

Lolita (62) Stanley Kubrick

From Russia With Love (63) Terence Young

Jason and the Argonauts (63) Don Chaffey

Lord of the Flies (63) Peter Brook

This Sporting Life (63) Lindsay Anderson

Tom Jones (63) Tony Richardson

Dr. Strangelove (64) Stanley Kubrick

Goldfinger (64) Guy Hamilton

A Hard Days Night (64) Richard Lester

Zulu (64) Cy Endfield

Darling (65) John Schlesinger

Doctor Zhivago (65) David Lean

Help! (65) Richard Lester

The Hill (65) Sydney Lumet

The Ipcress File (65) Sydney Furie

King Rat (65) Bryan Forbes

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (65) Martin Ritt

Thunderball (65) Terence Young

Alfie (66) Lewis Gilbert

Blow-up (66) Michelangelo Antonioni

The Blue Max (66) John Guillerman

Born Free (66) James Hill

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (66) Richard  Lester

A Man For All Seasons (66) Fred Zinnemann

Morgan (66) Karel Reisz

The Wrong Box (66) Bryan Forbes

Bedazzled (67) Stanley Donen (Cook & Moore)

To Sir, With Love (67) James Clavell

The Charge of the Light Brigade (68) Tony Richardson

The Lion In Winter (68) Anthony Harvey

Oliver (68) Carol Reed

2001: A Space Odyssey (68) Stanley Kubrick

If... (69) Lindsay Anderson

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (69) Peter R. Hunt



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Posted 04 July 2017 - 11:16 AM

Thanks for the info  (and the stills!) from TURN THE KEY SOFTLY.

 

This movie looks awesome!

 

You're welcome. Hope you have a chance to see it!


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


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Posted 03 July 2017 - 02:12 PM

GREAT BRITAIN

 

The Private Life of Henry VIII (33) Alexander Korda

The 39 Steps (35) Alfred Hitchcock

The Lady Vanishes (38) Alfred Hitchcock

Pygmalion (38) Anthony Asquith & Leslie Howard

The Four Feathers (39) Zoltan Korda

The Stars Look Down (39) Carol Reed

Henry V (44) Laurence Olivier

Brief Encounter (45) David Lean

Great Expectations (46) David Lean

I See a Dark Stranger (46) Frank Launder

A Matter of Lfie and Death (46) Michael Powell & Emeric  Pressburger

Black Narcissus (47) Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

Odd Man Out (47) Carol Reed

The Fallen Idol (48) Carol Reed

Hamlet (48) Laurence Olivier

MacBeth (48) Orson Welles

Oliver Twist (48) David Lean

The Red Shoes (48)  Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

Scott of the Antarctic (48) Charles Frend

Kind Hearts and Coronets (49) Robert Hamer

The Third Man (49) Carol Reed

 


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Posted 03 July 2017 - 01:32 PM

Thanks for the info  (and the stills!) from TURN THE KEY SOFTLY.

 

This movie looks awesome!


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Posted 28 June 2017 - 10:34 PM

A Matter of Life and Death

Brief Encounter

Black Narcissus

Peeping Tom

The Third Man

The Red Shoes

Odd Man Out

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp



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Posted 10 June 2017 - 06:17 PM

Good choice, Frankie, and congrats on setting up your avatar!

Thank you, Lawrence.  In case you weren't aware, it was on "The Essentials" last week.  <wink, wink>

 

Yep, the URL method worked for the avatar thing.  Finally!



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Posted 10 June 2017 - 03:09 PM

For me, its "Brief Encounter."

 

Good choice, Frankie, and congrats on setting up your avatar!


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 03:08 PM

For me, its "Brief Encounter."



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Posted 10 June 2017 - 12:07 PM

Yes, there are too many to mention. However, one I'd like to highlight is TURN THE KEY SOFTLY (1953). 

 

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It starts with three women being released from prison. They had all become friends inside, though they are from very different walks of life. They agree to stay in touch on the outside, and they do try-- but of course, their lives take them in separate directions. Joan Collins is truly fantastic as a reformed hooker.

 

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The film rates highly with critics. As stated on the wiki page:

 

"TURN THE KEY SOFTLY received very positive reviews from contemporary critics, who noted with approval its realism and honesty; also its avoidance of the twin pitfalls in a storyline of this nature of either overly sentimentalising its characters or attempting to spice up proceedings with over-the-top melodrama or unnecessary plot twists and digressions. All three leading actresses were praised for their portrayals..."


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 10:14 AM

There are far too many to post, but a few of my very favourites are:

 

This Happy Breed

The Fallen Idol

The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog

The Third Man

The Passing Of The 3rd Floor Back

The Lady Killers

Dark Journey

Perfect Strangers

The Four Feathers

The Red Shoes

Contraband

The Innocents

A Matter Of Life And Death>>>>>> my very favourite.

Shaun Of The Dead ( I know it's not a classic, but I had to mention it! ;) )



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Posted 09 June 2017 - 01:40 AM

Thanks, folks! 

 

I should have mentioned The League of Gentlemen in my list.



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Posted 07 June 2017 - 11:52 AM

The Private Life of Henry VIII (33) Alexander Korda

The 39 Steps (35) Alfred Hitchcock

The Lady Vanishes (38) Alfred Hitchcock

Pygmalion (38) Anthony Asquith & Leslie Howard

The Four Feathers (39) Zoltan Korda

The Stars Look Down (39) Carol Reed

Henry V (44) Laurence Olivier

Brief Encounter (45) David Lean

Great Expectations (46) David Lean

I See a Dark Stranger (46) Frank Launder

A Matter of Lfie and Death (46) Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

Black Narcissus (47)  Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

Odd Man Out (47) Carol Reed

The Fallen Idol (48) Carol Reed

Hamlet (48) Laurence Olivier

MacBeth (48) Orson Welles

Oliver Twist (48) David Lean

The Red Shoes (48)  Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

Scott of the Antarctic (48) Charles Frend

Kind Hearts and Coronets (49) Robert Hamer

The Third Man (49) Carol Reed

The Browning Version (51) Anthony Asquith

A Christmas Carol (51) Brian Desmond Hurst

The Magic Box (51) John Boulting

Outcast of the Islands (51) Carol Reed

The Kidnappers (53) Philip Leacock

The Lady Killers (55) Alexander Mackendrick

Richard III (56) Laurence Olivier

Bridge on the River Kwai (57) David Lean

Horror of Dracula (58) Terence Fisher

The Horse's Mouth (58) Ronald Neame

A Night to Remember (58) Roy Baker

Room at the Top (58) Jack Clayton

I'm All Right Jack (59) John Boulting

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (60) Karel Reisz

Sink the Bismarck! (60) Lewis Gilbert

Sons and Lovers (60) Jack Cardiff

Tunes of Glory (60) Ronald Neame

The Mark (61) Guy Green

Billy Budd (62) Peter Ustinov

Dr. No (62) Terence Young

Lawrence of Arabia (62) David Lean

Lolita (62) Stanley Kubrick

From Russia With Love (63) Terence Young

Jason and the Argonauts (63) Don Chaffey

Lord of the Flies (63) Peter Brook

This Sporting Life (63) Lindsay Anderson

Tom Jones (63) Tony Richardson

Dr. Strangelove (64) Stanley Kubrick

Goldfinger (64) Guy Hamilton

A Hard Days Night (64) Richard Lester

Zulu (64) Cy Endfield

Darling (65) John Schlesinger

Doctor Zhivago (65) David Lean

Help! (65) Richard Lester

The Hill (65) Sydney Lumet

The Ipcress File (65) Sydney Furie

King Rat (65) Bryan Forbes

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (65) Martin Ritt

Thunderball (65) Terence Young

Alfie (66) Lewis Gilbert

Blow-up (66) Michelangelo Antonioni

The Blue Max (66) John Guillerman

Born Free (66) James Hill

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (66) Richard  Lester

A Man For All Seasons (66) Fred Zinnemann

Morgan (66) Karel Reisz

The Wrong Box (66) Bryan Forbes

Bedazzled (67) Stanley Donen (Cook & Moore)

To Sir, With Love (67) James Clavell

The Charge of the Light Brigade (68) Tony Richardson

The Lion In Winter (68) Anthony Harvey

Oliver (68) Carol Reed

2001: A Space Odyssey (68) Stanley Kubrick

If... (69) Lindsay Anderson

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (69) Peter R. Hunt

Quakser Fortune Has a Cousin In the Bronx (70) Waris  Hussein

Ryan's Daughter (70) David Lean

A Clockwork Orange (71) Stanley Kubrick

MacBeth (71) Roman Polanski

Sleuth (72) Joseph L. Mankiewicz

The Day of the Jackal (73) Fred Zinnemann

O Lucky Man (73) Lindsay Anderson

The Three Musketeers (73) Richard Lester

The Four Musketeers (74) Richard Lester

Barry Lyndon (75) Stanley Kubrick

The Spy Who Loved Me (77) Lewis Gilbert

Alien (79) Ridley Scott

Tess (79) Roman Polanski

The Long Good Friday (80) John MacKenzie

The Shining (80) Stanley Kubrick

The Dresser (83) Peter Yates

Local Hero (83) Bill Forsyth

The Hit (84) Stephen Frears

A Passage to India (84) David Lean

Sid and Nancy (86) Alex Cox

The Fourth Protocol (87) John Mackenzie

Full Metal Jacket (87) Stanley Kubrick

A Fish Called Wanda (88) Charles Chrichton

Henry V (89) Kenneth Brannagh

The Crying Game (92) Neil Jordan

Shakespeare In Love (98) John Madden

Eyes Wide Shut (99) Stanley Kubrick

Children of Men (2006) Alfonso Cuaron

London to Brighton (06) Paul Andrew Williams


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Posted 07 June 2017 - 04:49 AM

These are my favorite British films before 1970. They have to be by a British director.

 

1. The Third Man

2. Doctor Zhivago

3. Brighton Rock

4. Anne of the Thousand Days

5. Great Expectations

6. The Red Shoes

7. The Lady Vanishes

8. Kes

9. The 39 Steps

10. The Lavender Hill Mob

11. Oliver Twist

12. The Importance of Being Earnest

13. Goldfinger

14. The Ladykillers

15. The Guns of Navarone


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Posted 06 June 2017 - 10:24 AM

1) 39 Steps

2) The Third Man

3) The Lady Vanishes

4) Brief Encounter

5) Pygmalion

6) The Man Who Knew Too Much

7) The Scarlet Pimpernel

8) I Know Where I'm Going

9) Secret Agent

10) St. Martin's Lane

 

Fine list of films.    I would replace Secret Agent with Odd Man Out.



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Posted 05 June 2017 - 10:54 PM

But after all Swith, you're the Doyen on this website when it comes to anything British.

But I forgot to include Blithe Spirit with Margaret Rutherford, wasn't she something!
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Posted 05 June 2017 - 10:46 PM

Way too many even to contemplate making a list, from Hitchcock to Terence Davies with so many in between. So just a brief clip from an early gem: Our Gracie singing "Danny Boy" in Shipyard Sally. The early Gracie Fields films want showing on TCM!

 

[Song starts at the 25 second point.]

 



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Posted 05 June 2017 - 10:36 PM

5) Pygmalion

6) The Man Who Knew Too Much

8) I Know Where I'm Going

 

I like those 3 a lot, too. Whisky Galore is a fun one. And I was impressed with the WW2 film Went the Day Well?






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