Five Graves to Cairo, Billy Wilder's second film as a director.
The war film that Hitchcock never made (in fairness Hitchcock made the brilliant Foreign Correspondent). Pretty much four characters talking in a room, plus a “chorus/narrator” and some extras, clearly based on a play, but actually a brilliant war film with cracking intelligent dialogue and plotting, and it really keeps you on your toes. Amazing that it was made during the Second World War!
Eric von Stroheim hamming it up as Rommel, is superb, and it's astonishing that Anne Baxter was only 20 when they made this film.
Hitchcock comparison because there is a main protagonist somewhat haphazardly thrown into the midst of a complex plot and having to try to stay one step ahead of the antagonists, and there is quite a MacGuffin.
There is a good film on BBC iplayer called Dirt Road to Lafayette, you might have to search for it under films, it's from BBC Scotland.
It's about a young Scottish boy who plays the accordion and he is visiting relatives in the deep South of the USA with his Dad, they are both grieving.
Nice gentle film, about how music heals and brings people together.
Nice Cajun and Zydeco music
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Un Coeur en Hiver (Claude Sautet, 1992)
French tale of deliberate repression of love which makes The Remains of the Day look like a Sandra Bullock rom-com.
I watched Flawless on Netflix the other night, it's like Robert de Niro meets Ru Paul's drag race.
It's from 1999 so might be a bit non pc in today's terms but it is funny.
Robert de Niro plays a retired homophobic, hero cop living in the same apartment building as Philip Seymour Hoffman who plays a drag queen singer called Rusty.
The hate each other at first but gradually become friends, singing lessons bring them together.
Puzzle on Netflix is quite watchable, it's about a woman who has a rather unfulfilled life, cooking and cleaning for her husband and two adult sons.
She gets a 1000 piece jigsaw as a birthday present and finds she is exceptionally quick at doing them.
This begins to open up opportunities for her to start to assert herself and change her life.
Bit slow moving at times but it's thought provoking.
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