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Continental Film Night

Keeping clear of the crossfire from WWI anniversary exercises, Peter Wix moves his armchair observation post to after the 1930s intermission, there to reconnoiter a selection of films that focus on non-combat aspects of the second-half of the Great War, i.e. WWII. TOKYO STORY YASUJURO OZU 1953 Tokyo Story patiently and unaffectedly shows how easily…

Continental Film Night

Without any pretence at front-line criticism, Peter Wix presents a quarterly digest of armchair observations to help in your search for the best of old and new movies. KES- Ken Loach 1969 The star movie revisit for this column goes way back to the beginning of the career of Ken Loach, who we can currently…

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Girls on Film

A&M’s resident film critic, Peter Wix, abandons his usual review selection to ruminate on the most potent of female screen icons. She may be a friendship driven over a cliff , or Anita Ekberg parting the waters of the Fontana di Trevi, a wiggle, a smile, or a vengeful bandit queen. Just where is that…

Continental Film Night

by Peter Wix Good Mourning– Herta Nyström (2011) A nordic Jules et Jim, and the third feature produced according to the Tjärnö 09 manifesto, strictly observing the principle of “temporal and geographical alienation” as the golden rule of Tj09 moviemaking. Knowing this, however, is not essential to enjoying this homage to bucolic joys, triangular love,…

Continental Film Night

Without any pretence at front-line criticism, Peter Wix presents a quarterly digest of armchair observations to help in your search for the best of old and new movies. The Boy with Green Hair    Joseph Losey (1948) Before his memorable cameo as a sinister dive bar owner miming ‘In Dreams’ in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet,…

Storytelling

A&M’s resident movie critic, Peter Wix, shines a light on the sometimes opaque world of the film script and attempts to sort the inspired literary gem from the hollywood producer- ravaged schlock. “Who is going to break through with brilliant writing if even celebrated screenwriters feel like taking a producer or two out to a…

Continental Film Night

Bertolt Brecht said “the worst illiterate is the political illiterate”. Something like this might also apply to those who shy away from political films – “Oh no, I don’t want to see that, it’s about politics!” But political films come in all shapes and sizes and provide many of us with perhaps our only views…

Long Live the New Flesh

The YBAs always seemed to be in a hurry, as if bound to a gaining clock, and so it’s fitting that the two most significant artists associated with the movement both have major long term exhibitions in London one year shy of the 25th anniversary of Freeze. Hirst has his oft-delayed Tate retrospective, timed to…

Serge of Pleasure

He drank, he smoked, he loved and he took orgasmic moaning to the top of the UK singles charts. Yet Serge Gainsbourg’s aptitude for the sensual was more profound, and more subversive, than his enduringly lubricous reputation suggests. Peter Wix penetrates the myth behind the mean who gave the world ‘Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus’.…