Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood

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The Doors pose on some steps

The Doors: When You’re Strange

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     16 August   Elvis Presley dies, 1977 On this day in 1977, the King of Rock’n’Roll, Elvis Presley, died, an old man culturally and physically at 42. He had been physically in a steep decline since 1973, having overdosed twice … Read more

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 tied to a child’s toilet … Read more

Fred Astaire, Nanette Fabray, Jack Buchanan in the Triplets sequence

The Band Wagon

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     3 May   Betty Comden born, 1917 On this day in 1917, lyricist, librettist and screenwriter Betty Comden was born, as Basya Cohen, in Brooklyn, New York. After finishing high school she studied drama at New York University, where she … Read more

Chen Suqin and Zhang Changhua at the Guangzhou Railway Station, Last Train Home

Last Train Home

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     8 November     Chinese engineers divert the Yangtze river, 1997 On this day in 1997, Chinese engineers diverted the Yangtze River, China’s longest, in order to clear the way for construction of the world’s biggest dam. The Three Gorges … Read more

Bill Murray in Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     2 February     Groundhog Day Today is Groundhog day. In areas of Pennsylvania where a High German dialect known as Pennsylvania German or Pennsylvania Dutch (from Deutsch) is still preserved the event is marked with a fersommlinge (Versammlung in … Read more

Cary Elwes and Robin Wright in The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     22 February     Ladislaus the Posthumous born, 1440 On this day in 1440, Ladislaus the Posthumous was born. His father, Albert II, had died four months before and so it was that Ladislaus became Duke of Austria and head … Read more

Danny Huston in Ivansxtc

Ivansxtc

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     09 September     Leo Tolstoy born, 1828   On this day in 1828, Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was born. A gambler, womaniser, brawler and university dropout in his youth, he took a turn to the spiritual as he got older, … Read more

Bård Owe in O'Horten

O’Horten

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     27 June   Stratford Martyrs burned, 1556 On this day in 1556, one group of Christians burned another group of Christians at the stake, for being Protestants, in London, England. Eleven of them were men, two women (one of them … Read more

Inside Job

Inside Job

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     07 September     US government takes over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, 2008   On this day in 2008, the US government placed two national organisations, the Federal National Mortgage Association (aka Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan … Read more

Ben Foster, The Messenger

The Messenger

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     13 March   Henry Shrapnel dies, 1842 On this day in 1842, Major General Henry Shrapnel, British army officer, died aged 80, at his home, Peartree House, Southampton, UK. It was he who is supposed to have invented the “spherical … Read more

Eva Green and Ewan McGregor in Perfect Sense

Perfect Sense

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     1 May   England and Scotland become the United Kingdom, 1707 On this day in 1707, the countries of England and Scotland officially became united in “one kingdom by the name of Great Britain” (according to the Acts of Union). … Read more

Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd in Frida

Frida

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     31 January     Leon Trotsky exiled, 1929 On this day in 1929, Lev Davidovich Bronshtein, aka Leon Trotsky, was exiled from the country he had helped create. A member of the victorious Bolsheviks in the revolution of 1917 (having … Read more

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