NEW IN CINEMAS THIS WEEK
Rocketman – biopic, tracing Elton John’s ascendance from Reg Dwight to pop star via his song-writing partnership with Bernie Taupin.
Between Maybes– Drama about an unexpected romance between a holidaying Filipina actress and a Filipino ex-pat.
Asterix: the Secret of the Magic Potion (2018) – the search for a talented young Druid is on!
NGK– Tamil language political thriller.
Godzilla II: King of the Monsters– fun for the young, and a reminder for older audiences that “…cinema began its life as an attraction in travelling vaudeville shows, and at no point in its history has it wholly lost interest in its disreputable parent …” (Hannah McGill)
The German Film Festival runs until 9thJune
GERMANFILMFESTIVAL.COM. Closing night features a genuine rarity, a theatrical screening of the 1931 GW Pabst version of the Brecht/Weill (right) The 3 Penny Opera. Be warned - ticket prices for that one start at a very modern $26.50. Bookings here.
Saturday @ 7pm on Fine Music 102.5 or stream it on finemusicfm.com
Crawl (2011); The Man with the Golden Arm(1955); The Choice of Arms (1981); King’s Row (1942); Coney Island (1943); Up In Arms (1944); Daddy Long Legs (1955)
Preview: At the Sydney Film Festival, is Lili, (still left) a documentary about the impact of child abandonment on three generations of women over more than half a century. Excellent, rigorous and thoroughly absorbing film-making. Highly recommended.
ON THE TELLY
Wednesday 8. 30pm & Thursday Noon on Fox Classics: the epic, rather drawn-out boys-own-adventure movie, Where Eagles Dare (1969),* is based on a novel by Alistair McLean. During WW2, Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood (!) parachute into the Bavarian Alps to rescue a high-ranking officer from a seemingly impregnable castle. A bit too much talk, but the bursts of action are augmented by Ron Goodwin’s rousing score.
Thursday Noon 9Gem: the brilliant, satirical Ealing farce, The Man in the White Suit (1951), is about a single-minded scientist (Alec Guiness), who creates a fabric that never gets dirty or wears out. For once, both management and unions want to suppress it. Some of the finest British character actors - including Joan Greenwood and Cecil Parker - are at the top of their game, as are co-writer/director Alexander Mackendrick and cinematographer, Douglas Slocombe.
Saturday 7pm 9Gem: The Guns of Navarone (1961) - another big WW2 boys-own- adventure (see above*), based on a novel by Alistair MacLean. Starring Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and Irene Papas. Directed by J. Lee Thompson and photographed by Oswald Morris, it’s about the attempt by allied commandoes to destroy some enormous Nazi guns hidden on the Aegean island of Navarone. Great escapist entertainment, when it’s not bogged down in moral argy-bargy. Score by Dimitri Tiomkin.
Saturday 8.30pm & Sunday Noon on Fox Classics: Paths of Glory (1957) - Stark, graphic and bitter story of horror in the WW1 trenches, and corruption amongst the top brass. French infantrymen refuse an order to undertake a suicidal attack, and are court-martialed for cowardice. Directed by Stanley Kubrick (right with Kirk Douglas on location); photographed by Georg Krause; also starring Adolphe Menjou.
Saturday 10.25pm SBS Viceland: Postcards from the Edge (1990) A drug-addicted Hollywood actress (Meryl Streep - in one of her most likeable, most self-deprecating roles) moves in with her overbearing, has-been, movie star mother (Shirley MacLaine). Based on the relationship between Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. By turns ghastly and hilarious.