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  • Trapeze

    Trapeze

    ★★★½

    I want something only you can give me. You're the only man in the world-/

    You've got great hands: be a catcher, catch me!

    The first 15 minutes of this rival A Matter of Life and Death (1946) for quickfire romance: grizzled, unshaven, vital Burt Lancaster, a lion with a wounded paw, Tony Curtis looking up at him through 17 layers of eyelashes, flying through the air, reaching out, knowing he'll be caught...

    Whatever they did to try to remove the novel's gay storyline just did not work at all.

    My respect and thanks to whoever greenlit the chest-hair, tiny tits-out tops, and tights throughout.

  • The Leopard

    The Leopard

    ★★★★

    They are coming to teach us good manners, but they won't succeed, because we are gods.

    An insanely lush, sumptuous painting comes to life for three hours.

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  • Conversation Piece

    Conversation Piece

    ★★★★½

    I just enjoy films where Helmut Berger is a horrid little nightmare with great, ludicrous hair.

    This was so good, from Berger calling his sugarmommy a cunt to bond with his next sugardaddy (while also banging her daughter and her daughter's fiancé), right through to Burt Lancaster's secret closet of sausages.

  • Penda's Fen

    Penda's Fen

    ★★★★½

    What is to happen to my soul?

    The fact you could air something this esoteric, experimental and beautiful on primetime in the 70s...

    Stephen is a Classics-loving, conservative, moral panicky, closeted, teen snob, with a supreme fear of the unnatural, who gets confronted by the violent, mystical, strange, pagan dirtiness and beauty and of the landscape and his own history:

    Discover thyself

    Its a film full of rupture: an aisle split in two, eruptions of angels, dirty rugby thighs, the…