The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

‘I want to go on living even after I’m dead‘ George Stevens directs this emotional and harrowing drama depicting the story of the young Jewish Girl Anne Frank (played well by Millie Perkins) who with her family is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi occupied Amsterdam. The film was based on Anne Frank’s… Continue reading The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

Dirty Dancing (1987)

‘Nobody puts baby in the corner‘ Amilie Ardolino directs this romantic drama film set in the summer of 1963. Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman (played by Jennifer Grey) is on holiday with her family at Kellermans, a mountain resort. She has hopes to attend Mount Holyoke College to study economics of the underdeveloped countries and enter the… Continue reading Dirty Dancing (1987)

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

Beauty inspires obsession Peter  Webber directs this film set in mid 17th century Holland. Scarlett Johansson is young Griet who gets sent to work in the house of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (played by the dashing Colin Firth) This film is simply marvellous and when I first watched it I was surprised that I… Continue reading Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

Henry 8th and his six wives (1972)

She is nothing fair and I like her not! Waris Hussein directs this historical drama. Keith Mitchell is the dying Henry 8th looking back over his life and his six marriages. This is one of my favourite films not only because some of my favourite actors and actresses are in but also to me, it… Continue reading Henry 8th and his six wives (1972)

Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986)

Meet Jim Ferguson. He lived a daring double-life with one foot in the 20th century and the other in World War I. This adventure film is based on the Biggles character from the series of books by Captain WE Johns. The plot evolves around New York Advertising expert Tim (played by Alex Hyde White) who… Continue reading Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986)

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Martin Scorsese  directs this film about the rise and fall of  real life New York stock broker Jordon Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) Starting out with penny stocks and righteousness to IPOS and a life of corruption in the late 1980s. The Wolf of Wall Street is all about money, power, women and drugs. From… Continue reading The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The Great Gatsby (2013)

I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool. Baz Luhrmann’s  drama film based on F Scott Fitzgerald ‘s novel of the same name is one of my personal favourites. It begins in 1929 when  Nick Carraway (played by Toby Maguire) is… Continue reading The Great Gatsby (2013)

Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky (2009)

The film begins in Paris in 1913. Coco Chanel, the famous designer, attends the first performance of Stravinsky’s ‘The right of Spring’. Although it is scandalous and disapproved of, Chanel likes his music. Several years later, Stravinsky and his family have escaped Russia during the Revolution and he meets Chanel again who’s lover, Boy died… Continue reading Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky (2009)