‘The Danish Girl’ distilled

‘The Danish Girl’ distilled

The Danish Girl, set in Copenhagen and Paris in the 1920s and based on a true story, relates the travails of a married painter who decides he is a woman, and undergoes a sex change operation. Beautifully shot, wrenching. The universal in the particular. Director: Tom Hooper. Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander Verdict: Strong stuff. Excellent. [...]

‘Youth’ distilled

Set in a Swiss spa, ‘Youth’ focuses, if that is the word, on the philosophizing and reminiscences of two elderly creatives, one a composer, played by Michael Caine, the other a film director, played by Harvey Keitel. Director: Paolo Sorrentino Verdict: Artifice not art. Pretentious; lacks sparkle. Tap water.

‘Mr Turner’ distilled

‘Mr Turner’ distilled

The past is another country, and Mike Leigh shows us this is about more than differences in costume and manners. The world that JMW Turner, in this terrific portrayal, inhabits and paints is different from ours - none of our cold scientific rationalism, or post- post-modernism here. But then - this is not history, or [...]

A call from Mr Bell

In the immortal words of Alexander Graham Bell - ‘Mr Watson - come here - I want to see you.' Continuing his experiments in Brantford, says Wikipedia, "Bell brought home a working model of his telephone. On August 3, 1876, from the telegraph office in Mount Pleasant five miles (eight km) away from Brantford, Bell [...]