Film of the Day

RocknRolla

Gerard Butler and Idris Elba in RocknRolla

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     06 September     Idris Elba born, 1972 On this day in 1972, Eve Elba gave birth to Idrissa Akuna Elba, who shortened his name to Idris after starting school in London’s Canning Town. A big kid at school, Idris had …

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If Not Us, Who

August Diehl and Lena Lauzemis in If Not Us, Who

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     05 September     Kidnapping of Hanns-Martin Schleyer, 1977 On this day in 1977, the German businessman Hanns-Martin Schleyer – a former SS officer who had risen to post-war prominence in the country’s employers organisation – was kidnapped in Cologne by the …

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Los Angeles Plays Itself

Thom Anderson's Los Angeles Plays Itself

    A movie for every day of the year – a good one     04 September     Founding of Los Angeles, 1781 On this day in 1781 a group of 44 people (plus four soldiers) known as the Pobladores founded the “city” of Los Angeles, or as it was known then El Peublo …

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The Lion in Winter

Katharine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine and Anthony Hopkins as Richard the Lionheart in The Lion in Winter

      A movie for every day of the year – a good one     03 September     Richard I of England crowned at Westminster, 1189 On this day in 1189 one of the most famous English kings was crowned in Westminster Abbey in London. Known as the Lionheart, because of his great …

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Network

Peter Finch delivers his "mad as hell speech in Network

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     02 September     50th Anniversary of CBS Evening News   On this day in 1963 CBS’s flagship news show – broadcast since 1948 – assumed the title CBS Evening News. At which point it became US network TV’s first half-hour weeknight news …

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A Trip to the Moon

The famous moon landing in Georges Méliès's A Trip to the Moon

    A movie for every day of the year – a good one   01 September Generally speaking I’m going to choose historical events rather than movie events as a peg off which to hang the Film of the Day. But today is the first one so why not make an exception? Debut Screening …

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