Category: History

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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Titanic goes down in A Night to Remember

A Night to Remember

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     20 October     RMS Olympic launched, 1910 On this day in 1910, the White Star liner RMS Olympic was launched. The lead ship of the company’s Olympic class of liner, she was built at

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The cast of Romanzo Criminale looking cool

Romanzo Criminale

    Translated as “Crime Novel”, this Italian drama follows three childhood friends, Il Freddo (Kim Rossi Stuart), Libano (a brilliantly psychotic Pierfrancesco Favino) and Il Dandi (Claudio Santamaria) as they make their way from smalltime thuggery to bigtime gangsterism. Finally, a film about gangsters made by real Italians, I

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Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in Downfall


  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     1 October     Nazi leaders sentenced at the Nuremberg Trials, 1946 On the afternoon of this day in 1946, the individual sentences were read out at the conclusion of the International Military Tribunal at

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John Turturro, Hank Azaria and Ralph Fiennes in Quiz Show

Quiz Show

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     10 September     The “Coughing” Major, 2001   On this day in 2001, Charles Ingram, a former major in the British army, won £1,000,000 in the UK TV gameshow Who Wants to Be a

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Thom Anderson's Los Angeles Plays Itself

Los Angeles Plays Itself

    A movie for every day of the year – a good one     04 September     Founding of Los Angeles, 1781 On this day in 1781 a group of 44 people (plus four soldiers) known as the Pobladores founded the “city” of Los Angeles, or as it

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Katharine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine and Anthony Hopkins as Richard the Lionheart in The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter

      A movie for every day of the year – a good one     03 September     Richard I of England crowned at Westminster, 1189 On this day in 1189 one of the most famous English kings was crowned in Westminster Abbey in London. Known as the

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Jude Law takes aim in Enemy at the Gates

Enemy at the Gates

    Here’s a mixed bag of European war movie that is trying to be Saving Private Ryan in its impressive opening scenes, but looks as if it realises it doesn’t have the budget and so scales back the action to concentrate on two lone snipers. One German, one Russian.

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Cillian Murphy and Pádraic Delaney in The Wind That Shakes the Barley

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

    A polemic rather than a drama, about a blameless Irish lad who becomes a Republican after seeing with his own eyes what the British are up to. Cillian Murphy plays the lad, peaceable to the point of cowardice, the prospective medical student who is caught up in the

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Nick Nolte and Don Cheadle in Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda

    In 1994, 800,000-plus Tutsis were butchered by their Hutu neighbours while the West debated whether this was genocide or merely isolated “genocidal acts”– i.e. not serious enough to warrant intervention. A decade on and the conflict is beginning to arrive on cinema screens, and most of the attempts

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