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It Always Rains on Sunday (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

An unusual, early postwar British film, Ealing Studios' It Always Rains on Sunday (1947) has been variously described as "the definitive British noir" while also compared to French poetic realism. The film certainly has noir elements, but those make up just one portion of the film, though its tense climax is photographed (by Douglas Slocombe) in that style. And if "film noir" is a nebulous term, poetic cinema is more so. Overall, it does have a style, story, and tone not unlike Marcel Carn 's Port of Shadows (1939) so there's that.

It Always Rains on Sunday presents a number of concurrent story threads that sometimes but not always intersect. Set in present-day Bethnal Green, in London's East End, it follows various characters over a single, 24-hour day, beginning early morning on a Sunday and, yes, it does rain that day.

The film was a big commercial success and generally ap...Read the entire review »

 

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Farewell, Friend aka Honor Among Thieve / Adieu L'Ami (Blu-ray)
by Ian Jane

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Written and directed by Jean Herman and released to theaters in 1968, Farewell Friend (also known as Honor Among Thieves, which is the title Lionsgate used when they released it on DVD way back in 2007) tells the story of Dino Barran (Alain Delon) and Franz Propp (Charles Bronson), two men that served together in the French Foreign Legion. After their time together overseas, Dino works as a doctor and Franz, well, he makes a living in a less honorable way, but neither of these men is a saint.

See, Dino is up to something, using his cover as a doctor in a clever way. He meets up with the lovely and mysterious Isabelle Moreau (Olga Georges-Picot) who claims to looking for a soldier named Mozart. She contacts Dino and he learns that she's got a whole lot of money in bearer bonds that she wants to get back into the company safe. Mozart was to help her out with...Read the entire review »

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