Fires Were Started (1943)

“I see a thousand strange sights in the streets of London I see the clock on Bow Church burning in daytime I see a one-legged man crossing the fire on crutches I see three negroes and a woman with white face-powder reading music at half-past three in the morning I see an ambulance girl with…

Dodsworth (1936)

“Remember, I, I did make a home for you once, and I’ll do it again, only you’ve got to let me have my fling now! Because you’re simply rushing at old age, Sam, and I’m not ready for that yet.” ‘Dodsworth’, directed by William Wyler in 1936, is an American drama starring Walter Huston and…

Gigi (1958)

“Oh yes, Auntie, I understand. We don’t marry, is that it?” ‘Gigi’, directed by Vincente Minnelli in 1958, is an American musical comedy adapted from the novel ‘Collete’, starring Maurice Chevalier, Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan. Jourdan plays Gaston, a Parisian playboy who is bored and spends his days socialising with women, but in particular…

The Long Goodbye (1973)

“”Possession” is what you get in here now. Possession of noses, possession of gonads, possession of life. It’s a weird world. Listen, some day, some day, all the pigs are gonna be in here, and the people are gonna be out there.” ‘The Long Goodbye’, directed by Robert Altman in 1973, is an American neo-noir…

The Accidental Tourist (1988)

“A business traveler should bring only what fits in a carry-on bag. Checking your luggage is asking for trouble. – – Add several travel size packets of detergent so you won’t fall into the hands of unfamiliar laundries. There are very few necessities in this world which do not come from travel-size packets. – –…

Fat Girl (2001)

“She was in the woods. She says he didn’t rape her.” ‘Fat Girl’, directed by  Catherine Breillat in 2001, is a French drama the focuses on a pair of sisters: Anaïs, played by Anaïs Reboux and Elena, played by Roxane Mesquida. The pair are on holiday with their parents in a seaside resort when Elena,…

The Consequences of Love (2004)

“In the world there’s a certain kind of cult, with men and women of all social classes, of all ages and of all religions. It is the insomniacs cult. I’m part of it. For ten years. Those who don’t belong to the cult sometimes tend to say: “If you can’t sleep, you can read, watch…

Le Harve (2011)

“L’argent circule au crepuscule.” ‘Le Harve’, directed by Aki Kaurismäki in 2011, is a Finnish comedy drama set in the French coastal port. André Wilms plays Marcel Marx, a former writer who has turned to shining shoes for money. He lives with his wife who looks after him and keeps his money safe. When she…

La Notte (1961)

“When I awake this morning, you were still asleep. As I awoke I heard you gentle breathing. I saw you closed eyes beneath wisps of stray hair and I was deeply moved. I wanted to cry out, to wake you, but you slept so deeply, so soundly. In the half-light you skin gloved with life…

Silence (2016)

“I do because you are just like me. You see Jesus in Gethsemane and believe your trial is the same as His. Those five in the pit are suffering too, just like Jesus, but they don’t have your pride. They would never compare themselves to Jesus. Do you have the right to make them suffer?…

Down By Law (1986)

“I scream. You scream. We all scream. For ice cream.” ‘Down By Law’, directed by Jim Jarmusch in 1986, is an American independent comedy drama. Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni play three men who are incarcerated in a New Orleans prison. Waits is a DJ who gets caught up in a crime, Lurie…

The Flowers of St Francis (1950)

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” ‘The Flowers of St Francis’, directed by Roberto Rossellini in 1950, is an Italian historical drama charting incidents in the career of Francis of Assisi. The structure of the film is nine ‘chapters’, each telling a parable from the ministry of…

The Battle of San Pietro (1945)

‘The Battle of San Pietro’, directed by John Huston in 1945, is an American war documentary following the Allied campaign to liberate Italy. The film follows infantrymen as they fight up the steep hills of the Naples countryside to capture the town of San Pietro. The film was controversial on release because of its explicit…