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Suddenly Last Summer (1959)

Duration 1h 54m Ratings UK: X, USA: Approved, Spain: 18 (all original ratings)  Source of story A short play of the same name by Tennessee Williams Director Joseph L. Mankiewics Writers/Script Gore Vidal Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn,  Montgomery Clift, Eddie Fisher, Gore Vidal Ratings IMDb: 7.5/10 by 15,649 people .  Rotten Tomatoes: ?. Review2view: 7/10. Elevator … Continue reading

The Queen (2006)

Duration 1h 43m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, South Korea: 12  Source of story Real events relating to the death of Princess Diana in 1997 Director Stephen Frears Writers/Script Peter Morgan Starring Helen Mirren, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam, Sylvia Syms, Michael Sheen, Helen McCrory, Mark Bazeley, Ratings IMDb: 7.3/10 by 109,488 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: … Continue reading

Kings of the Sun (1963)

Duration 1h 50m Ratings UK: U, USA: Approved, Ukraine: 12 Source of story An original screenplay Director J. Lee Thompson Writers/Script Elliot Sarnold, James R. Webb Starring Yul Brynner, George Chakiris, Shirley Anne Field, Richard Basehart, Brad Dexter, Barry Morse, James Coburn  Ratings IMDb: 6.2/10 by 1888 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: Not rated. Review2view: 3/10. Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

Duration 1h 54m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Switzerland: 12  Source of story Loosely based on the real events of the Elizabethan age. Director Shekhar Kapur Writers/Script William Nicholson, Michael Hirst Starring Jordi Molla, Cate Balnchett, Laurence Fox, John Shrapnel, Geoffrey Rush, Samantha Morton, Abbie Cornish, Rhys Ifans, Eddie Redmayne, Clive Owen, Tom Hollander, David … Continue reading

The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)

Duration 3h 8m Ratings UK: PG, USA: Approved, Spain: A  Source of story Very very loosely based on real events as chronciles in the “Decline and Fall” by Edward Gibbon. Director Anthony Mann Writers/Script Ben Barzman, Basilio Franchina, Phillip Yordan Starring Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guiness, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Qualyle, john Ireland, … Continue reading

The Duchess (2008)

Duration 1h 50m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Spain: 7  Source of story A book “Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire” by Amanda Foreman Director Saul Dibb Writers/Script Jeffrey Hatcher, Anders Thomas Jensen, Saul Dibb Starring Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell, Simon McBurney, John Shrapnel, Michael Medwin, Ratings IMDb: 6.9 by 80,000 … Continue reading

Colette (2018)

Duration 1h 51m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 7  Source of story An original screenplay based on the very public life and novels of Colette Director Wash Westmoreland Writers/Script Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer, Rebecca Lenkiewicz Starring Keira Knightley, Fiona Shaw, Dominic West, Robert Pugh, Arabella Weir, Eleanor Tomlinson, Denise Gough, Ratings IMDb: 6.7 by … Continue reading

The Last Emperor (1987)

Duration 2h 43m Ratings UK: 15, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 15  Source of story Saiod to be based on the autobiography of Puyi, the last emperor, published in 1964. Director Bernardo Bertolucci Writers/Script Bernardo Bertolucci, Mark Peploe, Starring John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O’Tool,  Jade Go, Ying Ruocheng, and a load of Chinese actors Ratings IMDb: 7.7 by … Continue reading

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Duration 1h 42m Ratings UK: A, USA:  Source of story A 1901 book of the same name by L. Frank Baum Director Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mevyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor Writers/Script Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allen Woolf,  plus 15 other contributors. Starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack … Continue reading

Apocalypto (2006)

Duration 2h 19m Ratings UK: 18, USA:  Source of story An original screenplay Director Mel Gibson Writers/Script Mel Gibson, Farhad Safinia Starring Rudy Youngblood, Morris Birdyellowhead, Dalia Hernandez, Raoul Max Trujillo,  Ratings IMDb: 7.8 by 291,375 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 66% by 199 critics. Elevator Pitch: In what is now Mexico a small group of men, dressed … Continue reading

The Passion of Christ (2004)

Duration 2h 07m Ratings UK: 18, USA: R. Spain 18. Source of story Said to be based on the gospels plus some other religious sources. Director Mel Gibson Writers/Script Benedict Fitzgerald, Mel Gibson Starring Jim Caviezel, Maia Morgenstern, Monica Bellucci,  Hristo Shopov, Claudia Gerini,   Ratings IMDb:  7.2 by 113,646 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 49% by 278 critics. Elevator … Continue reading

The Right Stuff (1983)

Duration 3h 13m Ratings UK: 15, USA: PG, Sweden: 11, Source of story Real events chronicled by a book of the same name by Tom Wolfe Director Phillip Kaufman Writers/Script Phillip Kaufman Starring Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey, Lance Henriksen,  Jeff Goldblum, Harry Shearer, Donald Moffat Ratings IMDb:  7.8 by … Continue reading

Secret of the Incas (1954)

Duration 1h 40m Ratings UK: U, USA: Approved. Sweden: 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Jerry Hopper Writers/Script Ranald MacDougall, Sydney Boehm Starring Charlton Heston, Robert Young, Nicole Maurey, Thomas Mitchell, Yma Sumac,  Ratings IMDb: 6.1 by 1226 people. Rotten Tomatoes: No reviews. Elevator Pitch: Out in Peru Harry Steele is an adventurer … Continue reading

Marie Antoinette (2006)

Duration 2h 3m Ratings UK: 12A, USA PG-13,  Source of story Real events apparently as recorded by historian Lady Antonia Fraser. Director Sofia Coppola Writers/Script Sofia Coppola Starring Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Judy davis, Rip Torn, Rose Byrne, Asia Argento, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston, Marianne Faithful, Jamie Dornan, Steve Coogan,  Elevator Pitch: As a means … Continue reading

El Cid (1961)

Duration 3h 2m Rating (UK) U Source of story Loosely based on the life of Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar Director Anthony Mann Writers/Script Fredric M. Frank, Phillip Yordan, Ben Barzman, Bernard Gordon Starring Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, Geneviève Page, John Fraser, Gary Raymond, Michael Hordern, Herbert Lom, Elevator Pitch: The 11th Century Spanish … Continue reading

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A book of the same name by Philippa Greory Director Justin Chadwick Writers/Script Peter Morgan Starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Jim Sturgess, Mark Rylance, Kristen Scott Thomas, David Morrissey, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anna Torrent, Eddie Redmayne, Andrew Garfield, Eric Bana Elevator Pitch: In order to promote the … Continue reading

Paths of Glory (1957)

Duration 1h 28m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A novel “Paths of Glory” by Humphrey Cobb Director Stanley Kubrick Writers/Script Stanley Kubrick, Calder Willmington, Jim Thompson Starring Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Wayne Morris Elevator Pitch: Two generals meet in the luxurious surrounding of a french palace during WWI one trying … Continue reading

Silence (2017)

 Duration 2h 41m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel by Shusaku Endo Director Martin Scorsese Writers/Script Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks, Starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciarán Hinds, Issei Ogata, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, Yosuke Kubozuka Elevator Pitch: In 1633 two Portuguese priests, Fathers Rodriguez and Garupe, whose mentor, Father Ferreira, had … Continue reading

The Lost City of Z (2016)

Duration 2h 21m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Real events which prompted a book by US journalist David Grann Director James Gray Writers/Script James Gray Starring Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus Macfadyen, Ian McDairmid, Elevator Pitch: in 1905 Major Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnum) is hired by the British government to … Continue reading

The Pianist (2002)

Duration 2h 30m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A book written by Wladyslaw Szpilman about his experiences. Director Roman Polanski Writers/Script Ronald Harwood Starring Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox, Ed Stoppard, Maureen Lipman, Frank Finlay, Cyril Shaps, Thomas Kretschmann Elevator Pitch: Pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew is playing for a radio broadcast in 1939 … Continue reading

The New World (2005)

Duration 2h 25m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Real events in the life of Captain John Smith who apparently wrote a number of books. Director Terence Malick Writers/Script Terence Malick Starring Colin Farrell, Q’orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale, David Thewlis, Ben Chaplin Elevator Pitch: In 1607 three ships arrive on the coast of … Continue reading

Dr Zhivago (1965)

Duration 3h 13m Rating (UK) A Source of story A book of the same name by Boris Pasternak publiched in the West in 1955. Director David Lean Writers/Script Robert Bolt Starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guiness, Tyom Courtney, Ralph Richardson, Rita Tushingham, Klaus Kinski, Geoffrey Keen, Ingrid Pitt Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

Chaplin (1992)

Duration 2h 23m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story The life of and the autobiography of Charlie Chaplin plus a book by David Robinson Director Richard Atenborough Writers/Script William Boyd, Bryan Forbes,  William Goldman Starring Robert Downey Jr, Geraldine Chaplin, John Thaw, Moira Kelly, Anthony Hopkins, Dan Aykroyd, Marisa Tomaei, Kevin Klyne, Maria Pitillo, Milla … Continue reading

Gone With the Wind (1939)

Duration 3h 58m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A bok of he same name by Margaret Mitchell Director Victor Fleming and uncredited George Cukor, Sam Wood Writers/Script Sidney Howard plus a number of studio hacks Starring Vivien Leigh, Hattie McDaniel, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Haviland, Clark Gable, Ward Bond, Elevator Pitch: The film follows … Continue reading

Cleopatra (1963)

Duration 3h 12m Rating (UK) A Source of story The actual relationships between Julius Caesar, Mark Antony and Cleopatra and a book by C.M. Franzero. Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz Writers/Script Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Ranald MacDougall Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, George Cole, Hume Cronyn, Kenneth Haigh, Martin Landau, Roddy McDowall, Francesca Annis, Michael … Continue reading

The Happy Prince (2019 in Spain)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story The possible last three yeas of the life of Oscar Wilde Director Rupert Everett Writers/Script Rupert Everett Starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Chancellor, Ronald Pickup Elevator Pitch: Oscar Wilde is released from jail and takes up residence in Paris, … Continue reading

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Duration 3h 36m Rating (UK) PG Source of story Real WWI events and the words of T.E.Lawrence Director David Lean Writers/Script Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson Starring Peter O’Tool, Alec Guiness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, José Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Wolfit, Elevator Pitch: A young British intelligence officer, based in … Continue reading

Hammer of the Gods (2013)

Duration 1h 39m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay possibly reflecting events in Britain in 871 AD, the year King Alfred ascended to the throne of Wessex. Director Farren Blackburn Writers/Script Matthew Read Starring Charlie Bewley, Clive Standen, James Cosmo, Elliot Cowan, Glynis Barber, Alexandra Dowling Elevator Pitch: In a time of … Continue reading

Stan & Ollie (2019 in Spain)

Duration 1h 38m Rating (UK) PG Source of story Real events and “inspired by” a book Laurel & Hardy – The British Tours by A.J. Marriot Director Jon S. Baird Writers/Script Jeff Pope Starring Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Nina Arianda, Rufus Jones, Danny Huston, Sanjeev Kohli Elevator Pitch: Stan Laurel and Oliver … Continue reading

Mary Queen of Scots (2019)

Elevator Pitch. Mary returns from France after the death of her husband the young French king, and takes up the throne of Scotland. She is a Catholic and therefore disliked by the Scottish protestants. Back in England Henry Cecil, Queen Elizabeth’s advisor, forments revolt forcing Mary to take up arms against her half brother. She … Continue reading

The Name of the Rose (1986)

Elevator Pitch William de Baskerville and his young acolyte Adso are visiting a Benedictine abbey in 1327 to take part in a conference when a mysterious death of one of the monks occurs. William is asked to investigate and while doing so further deaths occur resulting in a visit from a reprentative of the inquisition.  … Continue reading

Northmen: A Viking Saga (2014)

Elevator Pitch A Viking longboat is overcome by bad weather landing the survivors on the coast of what today is Scotland. They immediately have to fight a group of soldiers who are guarding a carriage and dispatch all but one who escapes. In the coach is a woman who they think they can ransom to … Continue reading

Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

Elevator Pitch In 1972 American Boby Fischer meets Russian chess master Boris Spassky in Iceland to decide who is to be world chess champion. Fischer has proved himself to be a brilliant player, becoming American champion at the age of 14, but he suffers from paranoia, believing that his every move is being monitored by … Continue reading

The Favourite (2019 in Spain)

Elevator Pitch In the early 18th century Queen Anne is on the throne of Britain, and is influenced in her governing of the country by Lady Sarah Churchill wife of the Duke of Marlborough, who is away in Europe fighting the French. Sarah’s impoverished cousin Abigail arrives at court and, by means of collecting herbs … Continue reading

African Queen (1951)

Elevator Pitch A Christian mission manned by a preacher and his sister in German East Africa is serviced by an antique river boat the African Queen, operated by a disreputable Canadian captain. After the breakout of WWI the Germans burn down the mission and the preacher dies, leaving the sister with no option but to … Continue reading

First Man (2018)

Elevator Pitch The life of Neil Armstrong between 1961 and 1969 when he made it to the moon is presented sequentially, including a flight in the X15 and with others his flights of the Gemini space missions in preparation for the big event. He suffers a family tragedy and the loss of some of his … Continue reading

Spartacus (1960)

  Elevator Pitch In 73 BC Spartacus, a slave in gladiator school, rebels against his masters and, with his fellow trainees, defeats their guards and forms an army which picks up recruits from the countryside eventually making up a formidable force which threatens the security of Rome. The senate makes the error of sending out … Continue reading

Australia (2008)

Elevator Pitch. A young aristocrat Lady Sarah Ashley, travels to the Northern Territory of Australia, to take over the cattle ranch developed by her husband who has been murdered, and on arrival finds that her cattle are being stolen and attempts made to take over her property, so she must gain the assistance of a … Continue reading

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)

Duration 2h 12m Rating A 12 where so far released Source of story Loosely based on the Cervantes story, although essentially a film about film making. Writers/Script Terry Gilliam, Tony Grisoni Additional Info Just for those who have recently arrived from another planet this is a celebrated Terry Gilliam project, famously failing in the past … Continue reading

K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

Duration 2h 18m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A book of the same name by maritime author and former US Naval officer Peter Huchthausen (died 2008) Writers/Script Christopher Kyle (story Louis Nowra) Additional Info A real former Russian submarine was used for the film, and at one point another submarine was actually required to … Continue reading

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