Month: October 2013

Jürgen Prochnow in Das Boot

Das Boot

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     1 November     Death of Jacques Piccard, 2008 On this day in 2008, Jacques Piccard, one of the pioneers of really deep deep-sea exploration, died, aged 86. The son of Auguste Piccard, a balloonist

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Cary Grant pursued by a plane in North by Northwest

North by Northwest

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     31 October     Mount Rushmore completed, 1941 On this day in 1941, the sculpture of four US presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln – was finished on a granite

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The opening shot from Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     30 October     The Bridge over the Bosphorus completed, 1973 It is one of the polite fictions of what used to be called the civilised world that Europe is a continent. Looked at objectively,

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Chief Inspector Yan Glassey and the hanging Pink Panther in his office

Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     29 October     Star of India stolen, 1964 On this day in 1964, the famous Star of India gemstone was stolen from the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Though not the

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Brigitte Helm in L'argent

L’argent

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     28 October     Black Monday, 1929 On this day in 1929, the Dow Jones index fell by 13% in a day. After nine years of an exuberantly rising market, during which time the index

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Manie Malone in Viva Riva!

Viva Riva!

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     27 October     Creation of Zaire, 1971 On this day in 1971, Zaire was created, and continued in existence until 1997. Previously the country had been called the Congo Free State, the Belgian Congo,

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Aksel Hennie and Synnøve Macody Lund in Headhunters

Headhunters

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     26 October     Norway becomes independent, 1905 On this day in 1905, Norway became independent from Sweden. An independent country during the Viking and post-Viking era, Norway’s power declined after 1265, with the Black

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July Delpy and Ethan Hawke in Before Midnight

28 October 2013-10-28

Out in the UK This Week    Before Midnight (Sony, cert 15, DVD) After Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004), this is round three for cinema’s most romantic couple, as played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. They’re now married with two kids and living in France, but we

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Marion Cotillard and Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     25 October     Birth of Picasso, 1881 On this day in 1881, the Spanish artist Pablo Ruiz y Picasso was born. Prodigiously talented, Picasso was painting at a high level as a child, and

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The full monty moment approaches in The Full Monty

The Full Monty

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     24 October     World’s first football club formed, 1857 On this day in 1857, Sheffield Football Club was founded, in Yorkshire, UK, as an offshoot of a local cricket club. It is now considered

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