Shine 1996

A man (Geoffrey Rush) wanders through a heavy rainstorm finding his way into a restaurant. The restaurant’s employees try to determine if he needs help. Despite his manic mode of speech being difficult to understand, Sylvia learns that his name is David Helfgott and that he is staying at a local hotel. She returns him to the hotel, and despite his attempts to engage her with his musical knowledge and ownership of various musical scores, she leaves.

As a child, David (played by Alex Rafalowicz) is growing up in suburban Adelaide, South Australia and competing in a local music competition. Helfgott has been taught to play by his father, Peter (played by Armin Mueller-Stahl), a man obsessed with winning who has no tolerance for failure or disobedience. David is noticed by Mr. Rosen, a local pianist who, after an initial conflict with Peter, takes over David’s musical instruction.

As a teen, David (played by Noah Taylor) wins the state musical championship and is invited to study in America. Although plans are made to raise money to send David and his family is initially supportive, Peter eventually forbids David to leave and abuses him, thinking David leaving would destroy the family. Crushed, David continues to study and befriends local novelist and co-founder of the Communist Party of Australia, Katharine Susannah Prichard (Googie Withers). David’s talent grows until he is offered a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London. David’s father again forbids him to go, but with the encouragement of Katharine, David leaves. In London, David enters a Concerto competition, choosing to play Rachmaninoff’s enormously demanding 3rd Concerto, a piece he had attempted to learn as a young child to make his father proud. As David practices, he increasingly becomes manic in his behavior. David wins the competition, but suffers a mental breakdown and is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, where he receives electric shock therapy.

David recovers to the point where he is able to return to Australia, but is still rejected by his father. David relapses and is readmitted to a mental institution as a young man. Years later, a volunteer at the institution recognizes David and knows of his musical talent. She takes him home but discovers that he is difficult to control, unintentionally destructive, and needs more care than she can offer. She leaves him at the hotel from earlier in the film. David has difficulty adjusting to life in broader society again, and often leaves the hotel to stimulate his interests. David wanders to the nearby restaurant.

The next day David returns to the restaurant, and the patrons are astounded by his ability to play the piano. One of the owners befriends David and looks after him. In return David plays at the restaurant. Through the owner David is introduced to Gillian (Lynn Redgrave). David and Gillian fall in love and marry. With Gillian’s help and support, David is able to come to terms with his father’s death and to stage a well-received comeback concert, presaging his return to professional music.

 

Journey’s End – UK February 02, 2018

FINAL CHARACTER POSTERS

 Speaking of our dearest British chap Sam Claflin, you can also check out new character posters and also a new trailer for his war drama JOURNEY’S ENDwhich is out in Europe next week exactly 100 years after the events of the Spring Offensive which it depicts! He plays heroic captain Stanhope in the big screen adaptation of the famous theatre play by R.C. Sherriff alongside cast that also includes Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield and  Tom Sturridge.

Sam Claflin leads his soldiers into battle

 

 IN FACE OF FEAR THEY FOUNDSTRENGTHIN EACH OTHER  

March,

1918. A dugout in the trenches near Saint-Quentin, northern France. Six soldiers from a British Army infantry company have four short days left before they climb over the top and charge, hopelessly, helplessly, into the waiting, heavily armed, enemy lines. It’s obvious suicide. The men know it. They feel it in their bones. And they spend their last four days on Earth shifting between quiet contemplation, drunken rage, recrimination and eventual resignation — always undercut and underpinned by profound, and profoundly moving, brotherly love.

Saul Dibb directed the WW1 movie

 

The movie was shot to mark First World War Centenary!

Dresden 2006

 

c.1945

Although the language is in English and German, this TV film never made it to the USA. Fortunately, I was able to view it and thought this a lost film of great romance.  One of John Light’s best performances, in my book.  You can feel the real intensity of the bombs dropping on Dresden, as you a person caught on the ground, seeking shelter.

Dresden (2006) focuses on an extraordinary historic event in connection with a tragic love story of a woman between two men. In January 1945, the young nurse Anna Mauth, working at a hospital in Dresden, becomes engaged to senior physician Benjamin Wenninger. At the same time, an English Lancaster bomber is shot down. The pilot Robert Newman, the only survivor, manages to reach the city severely injured and hides in the hospital’s cellar. Anna discovers him incidentally thinking he is a German deserter, but finally decides to help Robert

 

Entire movie with English Subtitles on Youtube

Purchase in UK

 

John Light, a downed British bomber pilot hides among the people of Dresden in a German uniform.

 

https://youtu.be/IDyj2zMpxTo

The Post 2017 c. 1970s

True Story

c. 1970s

The Post is a 2017 American political thriller film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer. Set in the early 1970s, the film stars Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Carrie Coon, and Matthew Rhys. The Post depicts the journalists from The Washington Post and The New York Times who published the Pentagon Papers regarding the involvement of the United States government during the Vietnam War.

The Post received highly positive reviews, with specific praise for the performances of Streep, Hanks and Odenkirk, and critics noting the film’s comparisons of the administrations of Richard Nixon and Donald Trump.[8][9] It was chosen by the National Board of Review as the best film of 2017, and was named as one of the top 10 films of the year by Time and the American Film Institute.] At the 75th Golden Globe Awards, the film received six nominations: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Actress – Drama for Streep, Best Actor – Drama for Hanks, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score