Raging Against the World

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“The British Are Coming! The British Are Coming!”

Sorry Colin Welland, but our days of ruling at the cinema are long over.  Once upon a time Britain had a film industry to rival Hollywood.  We had matinee idols like Stewart Grainger, John Mills, Dirk Bogarde, Richard Attenborough.  We had gripping plots, fantastic actors with real presence, we had it all.

Then the 60s came and “Kitchen Sink Dramas” such as Saturday Night, Sunday Morning; This Sporting Life and other tedious “Eee! isn’t life oop North hard?” films which killed off all creativity.  The sex films of the 70s only pushed us further down into excrement from which we’ve never recovered.

The 80s failed to be a revival – Absolute Beginners, anyone? – and from the 90s onwards all people seem to want to make is Gangster films.  Dear God, gangster film after gangster film after gangster film.  I’m sorry but Lock Stock and all its descendants are pure crap.

So for all those people wanting to check out the gems of British Cinema, here’s a fairly good list:

  • The Day the Earth Caught Fire – trailer
  • Ice Cold in Alex – trailer
  • A Night to Remember – trailer
  • The Third Man – trailer
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • Two Way Stretch
  • Brighton Rock
  • A Tale of Two Cities (1958)
  • Green for Danger
  • The Yangtse Incident – clips
  • The Belles of St Trinians
  • The Dam Busters – trailer
  • Hotel Sahara
  • The Sound Barrier
  • The Wrong Arm of the Law
  • An Inspector Calls
  • The Battle of the Sexes
  • The Lavender Hill Mob – trailer
  • The League of Gentlemen – trailer
  • Cottage to Let
  • The Man in the White Suit – trailer
  • The Ipcress File – trailer
  • Five Graves to Cairo – trailer
  • The Wicked Lady – trailer
  • Carry on Sergeant
  • The Ladykillers (not the remake) – trailer
  • The Italian Job (not the remake) – trailer
  • The Wicker Man (not the remake) – trailer
  • Alfie (not the remake) – trailer
  • Laughter in Paradise
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai – trailer
  • The Cruel Sea – trailer

 

More will be added as I remember them, please come back.

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