Monthly Archives: November 2007

FILM REVIEW: Werner Herzog’s ‘Rescue Dawn’

By Ray Bennett Filmmaker Werner Herzog was in a playful mood Monday evening in a Q&A following a BAFTA screening of his new movie “Rescue Dawn” at the Curzon Soho in London. An often harrowing but ultimately uplifting real life … Continue reading

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Norman Mailer’s writing skill on display in ‘The Fight’

By Ray Bennett The books of Norman Mailer, who died today at 84, proved of such little interest to filmmakers that he directed adaptations of some of them himself including “Maidstone” (1970) and “Tough Guys Don’t Dance” (1987). Lawrence Schiller … Continue reading

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Oscar won’t visit ‘Band’ but audiences certainly will

The delightful film “The Band’s Visit” (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret), starring Ronit Elkebetz and Sasson Gabai (pictured), which was a hit at the Festival de Cannes, opens at the Curzon Mayfair on Friday and in the United States on Dec. 7. The … Continue reading

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Of Canterbury, choristers and cowboys

By Ray Bennett Roy Rogers cost me both a singing career and belief in the church. I am reminded of this because the BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition final airs on Radio 2 this evening at 8 o’clock … Continue reading

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TV REVIEW: ‘A Room With a View’ by Andrew Davies

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The best thing about the new television adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel “A Room with a View” is the music by Gabriel Yared. It’s not clear why the Beirut-born, Paris-based composer chose to do a … Continue reading

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Malcolm McDowell’s Lindsay Anderson film at bfi

By Ray Bennett Mike Kaplan’s film of Malcolm McDowell’s splendid one-man show “Never Apologize: A Personal Visit with Lindsay Anderson” opens at bfi Southbank today and will run through Nov. 18. McDowell will be at bfi on Saturday Nov. 10 and … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Candida Cave’s ‘Lotte’s Journey’

By Ray Bennett LONDON — Charlotte Salomon was a young German Jewish woman who perished at Auschwitz in 1943 but who left hundreds of paintings that describe a short life lived in the shadow of the Nazi terror. Candida Cave’s … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Michael Ball in ‘Hairspray’

By Ray Bennett “Hairspray” is still running in New York, and there has been a movie version starring John Travolta, but the 2003 Tony winner for best musical has finally made it to London’s West End in all its frenetic, … Continue reading

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