BOS man’s film of the week is “The Young and Innocent” can’t remember seeing this early Hitchcock before, a genuine rarity.
Hi Everyone
Welcome to this week’s newsletter. For this week’s picks I’ve tried to find a few more obscure titles as so many of the films we choose are repeated so often, so a few morning matinees in this week’s choices. We hope that those of you that joined us for last Friday’s online screening of ‘Asunder’ enjoyed it? We had a chat online afterwards and there is an interesting You Tube interview with the director which is worth a look. It was an interesting use of social history and film footage as well as narration from actor Alun Armstrong and journalist Kate Aidie.
Talking of film history I’m currently reading the excellent ‘Women v Hollywood’ by Helen O Hara. It’s available to reserve via St Helens Libraries. Hopefully we can do more online screenings in the future and we will be looking at our upcoming cinema programme with an eye on reopening after the Whit holiday period. It’s also great to see the accessible ramp finally in place after so long as well; news on the official ribbon cutting is forthcoming.
Looking at a few cinematic highlights this coming week, Drama on 3 on Sunday 18th (Radio 3 7.30 pm) stars Toby Jones in ‘Killer’, the first ever radio dramatization of Eugene Ionesco’s 1958 play ‘Tueur Sans Gages’ while Wednesday’s ‘Front Row’ on Radio 4 (7.15 pm) includes a chat with Noel Clarke about his latest project ‘Viewpoint’ inspired by Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’. (see below for more Hitchcock) Meanwhile Thursday afternoons ‘Film Programme’ features an interview with ‘Nomadland’ director Chloe Zhao, who is the first woman of colour to be nominated as best director in this year’s Oscars taking place on Sunday 25th April. She has already bagged a BAFTA for best director so it’s looking good to repeat the feat next Sunday. With Oscars in mind Monday night (19th April) sees a Secrets of Cinema special devoted to Oscar Winners with Mark Kermode on BBC 4 at 9.00 pm, repeated at 1.25 am.
Of course I’m still glued to ‘Line of Duty’ and the snooker world championships started yesterday so plenty to keep us occupied both film wise and otherwise.
Have a great week
This week’s picks….
Against the Wind
Talking Pictures TV Sunday 18th April 7.00 pm
Freeview Channel 81 Sky Ch 328 Virgin Ch 445
This Ealing Studios film takes the activity of saboteurs in occupied Belgium during the war, with a British slant of humour (HQ in the history gallery basement of a library, upbeat music accompanies scenes of gun practice).
Jack Warner is the surface good egg, Simone Signoret – in her first English role – is beautiful and stunning, Gordon Jackson is a prototype Q showing off his gadgets, Robert Beatty is a priest who joins the cause, Sybille Binder is a former teacher given to an act of courage, James Robertson Justice is team recruiter, and Gisèle Préville is the flirty Julie.
It’s a solid cast, well-directed by Charles Crichton. There’s talk of quislings, stiff upper lips, fear of the occupiers, suspicion, and a twist which modern observers who are familiar with some of the actors and their best-known roles might guess.
The Naked Truth
Tuesday 20th April 11.00 a.m.
Film 4
Freeview Ch 14 Sky Ch 313 Virgin Ch 428
This black comedy supplied Peter Sellers with some of his funniest, and finest, pre-Hollywood material. It’s based – as the best British humour often is – on class and sex, with Sellers as a crowd-pleasing TV personality who’s being blackmailed by smarmy Dennis Price, in Kind Hearts and Coronets mode as the editor of a muck-raking magazine. Terry-Thomas (who had worked with Sellers on Tom Thumb) is the peer who encourages the victims (among them Peggy Mount and Shirley Eaton) to gang up against their persecutor. Mario Zampi directs the gags in Michael Pertwee’s satisfying script with superb timing.
Appointment with Danger
Wednesday 21st April 11.00 a.m.
Film 4
Freeview Ch 14 Sky Ch 313 Virgin Ch 428
This nifty little B-thriller finds Alan Ladd working for the Post Office’s detective branch, tracking down the murderers of a colleague and foiling a robbery by posing as a corrupt cop. Phyllis Calvert plays a nun on the run who witnessed the murder in a film that packs a lot into its short running time. Moodily shot by master cameraman John F Seitz, the film noir proceedings are smartly handled by Lewis Allen, the man who directed that minor Frank Sinatra classic, Suddenly in 1954.
The Last Train from Gun Hill
Friday 23rd April 11.00 a.m.
Film 4
Freeview Ch 14 Sky Ch 313 Virgin Ch 428
A very fine adult western, made by the same team (including director John Sturges and producer Hal Wallis) that worked on Gunfight at the OK Corral, with Kirk Douglas again in a starring role. Here, Douglas is at his most intense as a man seeking revenge following the rape and murder of his wife. Anthony Quinn makes a tough adversary, and the rich Technicolor and VistaVision photography by Charles Lang Jr is exemplary. Not a film for the squeamish but, for discerning admirers of the classic western form, this is a superior example: intelligent, finely wrought and exceptionally well cast.
The Young and the Innocent
Talking Pictures TV Friday 23rd April 1.20 pm pm
Freeview Channel 81 Sky Ch 328 Virgin Ch 445
A 1937 British crime thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Nova Pilbeam and Derrick De Marney.[1] Based on the 1936 novel A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey, the film is about a young man on the run from a murder charge who enlists the help of a woman who must put herself at risk for his cause.
This rarely shown Alfred Hitchcock film maybe a minor entry in the directors cannon, but it boasts one of the most stunning sequences – an audacious crane shot through a bustling hotel which ends with a close-up of the murderer’s twitching eye – it still proves him to be the master of technique, as well as suspense.
Alfred Hitchcock’s cameo is a signature occurrence in most of his films. He can be seen outside the courthouse, holding a camera, at 14 minutes into the film.
The attention devoted to The 39 Steps (1935) and The Lady Vanishes (1938) has ensured that Young and Innocent has remained the poor relation of Hitchcock’s three 1930s comedy thrillers – but it’s not hard to see why this hugely enjoyable film was reportedly Hitchcock’s personal favourite among his 23 British movies.


Hello everyone,
How are we then? I’ll tell you how I am. Saints are through to the next round of the Challenge Cup, Liverpool have won a home match for the first time since Christmas and when my brother offered to put a bet on for me over who was going to win the Grand National my pick could only be “Minella Times…no wait, Mister Mullarkey, Mister Mullarkey. Definitely Mister Mullarkey.” Needless to say, Mister Mullarkey didn’t make it, Minella Times did, my brother still won his office sweepstake and I’m sobbing as I write this.
The BAFTAS is being spread out over this weekend across two nights. At the time of writing, the first show is being broadcast on BBC 2 and is celebrating the craft awards (hair and makeup artists, production designers etc…). The second show is on tonight at 7pm on BBC 1 and is presented by Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary, zeroing in on the big categories such as Best Picture, Actor, Actress and so on. I was going to devote this newsletter to the BAFTAS and tell you who I fancied to win in each category but in light of my Grand National betting, it’s probably best if you just watch it for yourselves. Fingers crossed when we reopen our doors, we might show one or two of the films acknowledged in the ceremony.
In the meantime, here are some of the best films that are worth keeping an eye out for this week on free to air TV – and not a racehorse in sight…
Film of the Week
Friday 16th April
Freeview 14 Sky 313 Virgin 428
Michele Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert) is the head of a video games company and misogyny permeates every aspect of her life via friends, family and work. This culminates in her rape at home by a masked assailant. Michele is convinced that she knows her attacker but, rather than report the crime to the police, she opts to carry out her own investigation with her own methods of justice at hand…
Elle earned rave reviews upon its release as well as sparking furious debate amongst academic circles. Some saw a blistering feminist critique of an instinctively misogynistic society, others saw an exploitative melodrama that reinforced sexist gender politics. Paul Verhoeven’s French drama is by turns dark, unsettling, thought provoking and surprisingly funny with an Oscar and BAFTA nominated performance from Huppert as the ice cold Michele.
Also For Your Consideration
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Monday 12th April
During the Napoleonic wars, British naval captain Jack Aubrey’s frigate HMS Surprise takes on the larger and better resourced French warship Acheron. One of the best seafaring films ever made, a career highlight for Russell Crowe and director Peter Weir.
Tuesday 13th April
In mid-80’s South Wales, socially awkward teenager Oliver falls for Jordana amidst the breakdown of his parent’s marriage and subsequent troubles of his dysfunctional family. Razor sharp comedy directed by Richard Ayoade with a show stealing turn from Paddy Considine as the world’s most useless New Age guru.
Build My Gallows High
Tuesday 13th April
Sony Movies Classic
Freeview 51 Sky 319 Virgin 424
Robert Mitchum plays an ex-private eye brought back for the proverbial ‘one last job’ by Kirk Douglas’s gangster who wants to know where his girlfriend (and forty grand) has disappeared to. Classic film noir with two iconic American actors.
First Man
Saturday 17th April
Channel 4
Freeview 4 Sky 104 Virgin 104
Following the progression of Neil Armstrong through the 1960’s from aspiring astronaut to one of the most famous names of all time via immense personal and professional strife, First Man’s dramatic heft comes from revealing the deeply private man beneath the all-American hero exterior. Absorbing drama which will make you feel as if you’re on the Lunar Module Eagle yourself.
Enjoy the films!
From everyone at Lucem House.