Category: Biography

James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     6 January     FD Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech, 1941 On this day in 1941, the president of the USA, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, delivered what has become known as the Four Freedoms Speech. Addressing the

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Maria Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc

The Passion of Joan of Arc

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     16 December     Henry VI of England crowned king of France, 1431 On this day in 1431, Henry VI of England was crowned king of France. Born in 1421, Henry of Windsor had become

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Gretchen Mol as Bettie Page in The Notorious Bettie Page

The Notorious Bettie Page

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     11 December     Bettie Page dies, 2008 On this day in 2008, a woman who had devoted the bulk of her life to Christian causes died, aged 85. But for a while in her

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Aaron Taylor and Anne-Marie Duff in Nowhere Boy

Nowhere Boy

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     8 December     John Lennon murdered, 1980 On this day in 1980, John Lennon was murdered by Mark Chapman outside the south entrance of the Dakota building, where Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono,

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Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     29 November     The Zong Massacre, 1781 On this day in 1781 the Zong massacre took place. A Liverpool slave ship called the Zong got lost on the high seas en route for Jamaica

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A flashback sequence from Mishima

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     25 November     Yukio Mishima commits seppuku, 1970 On this day in 1970, the Japanese writer/actor/director Yukio Mishima disembowelled himself ritualistically, after having tried and failed to persuade troops at the Ichigaya barracks to

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Eric Bana as Chopper Read in Chopper

Chopper

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     17 November     Chopper Read born, 1954 On this day in 1954, Mark Brandon Read was born, in Melbourne, Australia. The son of an army father and a Seventh-day Adventist mother, he spent the

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Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton in Becket

Becket

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     10 November     Richard Burton born, 1925 On this day in 1925, Richard Walter Jenkins was born, in Pontrhydyfen, Wales. Richard was child number 12 and his mother later died giving birth to child

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Bruno S as Kaspar Hauser in The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     4 November     Genie the feral child found, 1970 On this day in 1970, the child known as Genie was discovered in Los Angeles, California, USA. Aged around 13, she had spent her life

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Billy Crudup as Steve Prefontaine in Without Limits

Without Limits

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     3 November     Adolf Dassler born, 1900 On this day in 1900, Adolf Dassler, known to his friends as Adi, was born, in Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, Germany. A cobbler by training he started making his

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