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Genevieve

Uproarious British comedy film “Genevieve” (1953) starring John Gregson, Dinah Sheridan, Kenneth More and Kay Kendall.

The movie is about veteran cars and the love of the owners for them. Alan McKim (John Gregson) and his wife Wendy (Dinah Sheridan) are just about making ends meet. Alan is crazy about his 1904 Darracq. They have an annual London to Brighton rally to take part in the next day.

Their friend Ambrose (Kenneth More) also has a veteran car but he is brash and upstart and always challenging Alan to his old car. He has his latest girlfriend Rosalind (Kay Kendall) joining the rally. On the way to Brighton, Alan’s car breaks down several times and he barely makes it to the finish point.

The previous day Alan and Wendy had an argument and he therefore canceled their hotel booking at Brighton, and were forced to say in a run down dinghy hotel. There was something going on between Wendy and Ambrose in the past so Alan is upset about that.

On the way back, Alan bets Ambrose 100 pounds although they are not officially allowed to race on public roads. Both of them have several altercations, which delays both of them including instances of cheating by both drivers. They almost come to blows near the London bridge.

All four of them have acted reasonably well. It won the best British film at the Bafta.

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Subway

French movie “Subway” (1985) directed by Luc Besson and starring Isabelle Adjani, Christopher Lambert among others.

Fred (Christopher Lambert) stole something from the house of Helena (Isabelle Adjani) the wife of a rich industrialist, when she unwittingly invited him to a party after he opened the car door for her in a busy Paris street. What follows is the pursuit of those items, half of which were returned and half of which are still subject to ransom.

In the meanwhile Fred discovers a life in the subway with several people spending their entire lives amidst that filth and squalor. He has a life dream to form a music band, which he slowly starts forming with a rag tag band of musicians all plying their wares down under in the metro station.

Helena is also fed up of the rich bourgeois life being the wife of a rich industrialist and starts feeling some fondness for Fred.

Its a badly made movie, totally boring with nothing to interest the viewers apart from the beauty of Isabelle Adjani.

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Danton

A dense historical fiction movie “Danton” directed by Polish director, Andrzej Wajda in a French Polish joint production. It won the Bafta in 1983. The story takes place in 1794 during the Reign of Terror in France with Maximilien Robespierre pitted against Georges Danton. Robespierre is the fiercest advocate of the liberty of people but he has apparently turned to be a dictator. Danton is a popular figure of those times and the people are with him. Both sides have their own set of supporters. The story details that part when Danton and his friends are accused of plotting against the Republic and made to stand trial. The trial in those days were more farcical than today’s which says a lot. Basically Danton is accused of sedition in today’s times. But he says i conspired for peace and amnesty for the people. Some gems from the movie “The final safeguard against despotism is a free press”. The press guys are not allowed inside the court room and take notes. “A defendant’s right to be heard is not a privilege, it is simply justice”. This is uttered by one of his party members in a kind of Parliament of those days, called the Committee. “Politics has nothing to do with justice” which sadly we are witnessing in today’s times as well. “We send you Republic’s enemies, your duty is not to judge them but to eliminate them” this is uttered by Robespierre to the judge, shades of what we are seeing today as well. Wojciech Pszoniak as Robespierre has done a brilliant job and Gerard Depardieu as Danton with his usual theatrics. There is not many female interests in the movie. 

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