Khartoum (1966 Britain)

This has to be one of the most splendid films ever to come out of Pinewood Studios. Khartoum depicts the last chapter in the remarkable life of Gen. Charles “Chinese” Gordon; another one of those larger-than-life-personages seemingly produced uniquely by Victorian England; such as Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) or T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia). To that last personage is the best comparison as they were both considered the best commanders of “irregular” forces of their respective times. And like Lawrence of Arabia this film barely scrapes the surface of the man’s life but they couldn’t make it three times longer could they? [Read more…]

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SLEUTH (1972 Britain)

sleuth01This is a two-man tour de force stage play presented on film, shot mostly at a famous English 15th century Tudor manor house called Athelhampton Hall. You could say this fab property is the third actor here. Owned when this film was made by Sir Robert Cooke, then a member of the UK Parliament. [Read more…]

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