Saturday, March 18, 2006

Films for free

Lord Bonkers once wrote that he could never visit Brighton without being reminded of Sir Richard Attenborough's Pinkie.

Now you can share the experience. Today the Daily Telegraph is giving away a free DVD of the 1947 film Brighton Rock. And tomorrow the Sunday Telegraph is giving away The Go-Between. Both films are well worth owning.

Looking at next week's TV schedules there is certainly one film to tape. At 1.45 p.m. on Wednesday, Channel 4 is showing Went the Day Well?

This Ealing drama was a wartime (1942) propaganda film, warning its viewers to be on the alert for German invaders. Yet it transcends these origins and is something quite remarkable. Indeed the cosy village setting makes the later violence all the more shocking. The final result looks like Dad's Army reshot by Sam Peckinpah.

Watch out in particular for the late Dame Thora Hird blazing away with a rifle.

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