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Christopher Fowler
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The British Film Institute is doing a great job of cleaning up, restoring and reissuing some overlooked British films at the moment, and it's hard to watch them without mixed emotions - this is the world in which I grew up, now unimaginable and alien. In these films London is a character, overbearing and inescapable, but like an endearing old relative. In 'The Party's Over', beatnik Oliver Reed…
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Christopher Fowler
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Some excellent choices came out of the 'Most English Films' list, and prompted me to further thoughts. 'Seance on a Wet Afternoon' and 'The Whisperers' would make a great (if dismal) double bill, and make me suspect we could include any English film with a John Barry score. 'Little Malcolm' is a trudge, although I saw it on stage with Ewan McGregor, who was memorably charismatic whereas John Hurt…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
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After finishing 'Film Freak' I realised that the book was more or less a requiem for popular British film, and that the only future for a national cinema seemed to lay in arthouse independents or films selling 'Englishness' to overseas audiences. Since then, all that has come to pass, with even the delightful 'Paddington' films falling into the category of Selling Englishness abroad. But on film…
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Christopher Fowler
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Film & London
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The rubbish line-up of the Oscars this year set me thinking, not that I set any store by these awards; any supposed system of excellence that could ignore 'The Wizard of Oz', 'Singing In The Rain' and 'Vertigo' isn't worth bothering with - If you were to look down the list of most popular British films you'll find a surprising number filmed in other countries, in India, Africa and what they used…
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