Category: Biography

Anna Friel in Bathory: Countess of Blood

Bathory: Countess of Blood

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     20 August   Hungary founded by St Stephen, 1000 On this day in 1000, Hungary was established as a country in the Carpathian basin by Stephen I. The area had been settled by semi-nomadic tribes

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Enrique Irazoqui on set in The Gospel according to St Matthew

The Gospel According to St. Matthew

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     9 August   SS Firmus and Rusticus Today in the Christian calendar is the feast day of Saints Firmus and Rusticus. They were two gentlemen of Verona who were martyred by the Emperor Maximian for

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Jack Cardiff with a still of Audrey Hepburn

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     27 July   Vincent Van Gogh shoots himself, 1890 What is it that everyone knows about the painter Vincent Van Gogh? That he cut off his ear. And perhaps a lot of people also know

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Everlyn Sampi in Rabbit-Proof Fence

Rabbit-Proof Fence

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     14 July   Nazi eugenics law passed, 1933 On this day in 1933, in Germany, the Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring (Gesetz zur Verhütung erbkranken Nachwuchses) was put onto the statute books.

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Down at the docks, in Terence Davies's Of Time and the City

Of Time and the City

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     6 July   John Lennon meets Paul McCartney, 1957 On this day in 1957, a 15-year-old Paul McCartney went to a gig held after a church fete at St Peter’s Parish Church, Woolton, Liverpool. The

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Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War

Charlie Wilson’s War

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     3 July   President Carter agrees to topple the Afghanistan government, 1979 On this day in 1979, a US president whose reputation seems to rest on his profound desire to avoid conflict (see the Iran

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Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale in The Fighter

The Fighter

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     28 June   Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield’s ear, 1997 On this day in 1997, during a boxing match for the WBA Heavyweight Championship title, one of the fighters, “Iron” Mike Tyson, bit off a

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Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech

The King’s Speech

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     19 June   Wallis Simpson born, 1896 On this day in 1896, Bessie Wallis Warfield was born in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania. Her father died of tuberculosis when she was only a few months old

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Albert Dieudonné as Napoleon

Napoleon

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     18 June   The battle of Waterloo, 1815 On this day in 1815, the battle of Waterloo was fought, in what is now Belgium. On one side was a French army under the command of

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Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in American Gangster

American Gangster

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     11 June   John F Kennedy proposes the Civil Rights Act, 1963 On this day in 1963, the US president, John F Kennedy addressed the nation. In his speech he called for legislation with would

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