Marie Antoinette

Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette

    It’s tempting to look at writer/director Sofia Coppola’s biopic about Marie Antoinette as a coded self-portrait – young woman born into immense privilege, continuing in the family business, expected to have an understanding of the hoi polloi though with no experience thereof, allowed to indulge her whims, and so on.   Perhaps it’s …

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Trouble down below in Kon-Tiki

  A festival regular in 2012, but scared from the wide-release ocean by the presence of a great white Life of Pi, the estimable Kon-Tiki finally gets a release two years later. Potential viewers include anyone interested in Thor Heyerdahl’s intriguing thesis – that the Polynesians had sailed to the islands from South America. But also …

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For All Mankind

The man in the moon in For All Mankind

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     21 July   Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the Moon, 1969 Today in 1969, while schoolchildren the world over hugged their knees while watching, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the Moon. …

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An Ordinary Execution

André Dussollier and Marina Hands in An Ordinary Execution

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     15 July   John Ball hanged, drawn and quartered, 1381 On this day in 1381, a charismatic priest called John Ball was killed publicly in front of the monarch of England, Richard II. Ball had been a “hedge” priest, roaming …

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Of Time and the City

Down at the docks, in Terence Davies's Of Time and the City

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     6 July   John Lennon meets Paul McCartney, 1957 On this day in 1957, a 15-year-old Paul McCartney went to a gig held after a church fete at St Peter’s Parish Church, Woolton, Liverpool. The fete had been a traditional …

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The King’s Speech

Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     19 June   Wallis Simpson born, 1896 On this day in 1896, Bessie Wallis Warfield was born in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania. Her father died of tuberculosis when she was only a few months old and she was supported by …

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Albert Dieudonné as Napoleon

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     18 June   The battle of Waterloo, 1815 On this day in 1815, the battle of Waterloo was fought, in what is now Belgium. On one side was a French army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte, on the other …

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The New World

Colin Farrell and Q'orianka Kilcher in The New World

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     20 May   Christopher Columbus dies, 1506 Start typing “Christopher” into Wikipedia and , after getting to “Christo…” it will auto-suggest Christopher Columbus. This man who died over 500 years ago, on this day in 1506, still has an immense …

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