István Lénart as a neurologist

First up, no, not that Twilight. There’s no room for ancient vampires chasing virginal teenagers in this Twilight from 1990, directed by György Fehér, shot in a distinctive black and white and using the Hungarian language. Hence the original title, Szürkület. The story is by Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt and has already been used once before, in 2001’s The Pledge, the existential murder thriller directed by Sean Penn where Jack Nicholson’s detective on the point of retirement makes a promise to a grieving family that he’ll find the killer of their murdered child, a promise that drives him to the brink of madness. It’s the same here, but Fehér’s treatment couldn’t be more … Read more

6 April 2009-04-06

Chyeon Jeon-myeong in Hansel and Gretel

Out in the UK This Week Mike Leigh at the BBC (2 entertain, cert 12) Before heading off on his film career, auteur Leigh did some great stuff for TV. Here’s the pick of his 1973-84 output, including Nuts in May and Abigail’s Party, along with Leigh’s own audio commentary, intelligent interviews and a clutch of shorts. Mike Leigh at the BBC – at Amazon Twilight (Contender, cert 12) The movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Young Adult novels starts here with smart, sylphlike Kristen Stewart falling for Byronically moody vampire Robert Pattinson in a swoony and chaste romance heaving with unrequited girlish longing. Twilight – at Amazon Hansel and Gretel (Terracotta, cert 15) … Read more