The Statement (film)
The Statement is a 2003 drama film directed by Norman Jewison and starring Michael Caine. It is based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Brian Moore, the screenplay was written by Ronald Harwood; the plot was inspired by the true story of Paul Touvier, a Vichy French police official, indicted after World War II for war crimes. In 1944, Touvier ordered the execution of seven Jews in retaliation for the Resistance's assassination of Vichy France minister Philippe Henriot. For decades after the war he escaped trial thanks to an intricate web of protection, which included senior members of the Roman Catholic priesthood, he was arrested in 1989 inside a Traditionalist Catholic priory in Nice and was convicted in 1994. He died in prison in 1996; the Statement is the most recent film directed by Jewison. Pierre Brossard, a French Nazi collaborator, orders seven Jews executed during World War II; some 40 years he is pursued by "David Manenbaum", a hitman, under orders to kill Brossard and leave a printed'Statement' on his body proclaiming the assassination was vengeance for the Jews executed in 1944.
Brossard kills "Manenbaum," hiding the dead body after finding the printed "Statement" and discovering that his pursuer was travelling on a Canadian passport. Brossard for years has taken refuge in sanctuaries in southern France within the Traditionalist Catholic community, appealing to long-time allies who have operated in great secrecy to shield him and provide him with funds, but now they bring increased scrutiny to themselves for continuing to do so. The murder of "Manenbaum" attracts the interest of local police and the persistent Investigating Judge Annemarie Livi, she becomes absorbed by the case, not discouraged by the lack of assistance she encounters from official sectors. Livi forms an alliance with the dedicated Colonel Roux, a senior French Gendarmerie investigator, the pair suspect that "Manenbaum" was part of a Jewish assassination plot, they discover that Brossard has been the subject of several previous investigations, dating back more than 40 years, which have all failed. Livi and Roux discover hidden resources, tightening the noose around Brossard, who finds his allies reluctant to help him.
Doubts arise over the theory of a Jewish hit squad, but it is clear that someone wants Brossard dead. Brossard in desperation pays a surprise visit to his estranged wife Nicole, a maid, living in lower-middle-class circumstances in Marseille and is apprehensive about seeing him again. Brossard's allies, including certain priests and a wartime colleague who has risen into a position of great power within the French government, are feeling the heat from the relentless questioning of Livi and Roux. Now desperate and unsure whom to trust, Brossard seeks new identity papers and money so he can escape France forever, but he is now living on borrowed time. Michael Caine as Pierre Brossard Tilda Swinton as Anne-Marie Levi Jeremy Northam as Colonel Roux Alan Bates as Armand Bertier Charlotte Rampling as Nicole Ciarán Hinds as Pochon Matt Craven as David Manenbaum Joseph Malerba as Max The Statement is based on the best-selling 1995 novel of the same name by Brian Moore. In the novel and film, the fictional Brossard is based on Paul Touvier, a member of the Milice, a paramilitary police force of the Vichy French regime during World War II who ordered the execution of seven Jews in 1944.
After the war, he was convicted of treason and sentenced to death in absentia, but with the aid of right-wing Roman Catholic clergymen, who provided him refuge in safe houses and monasteries, Touvier avoided capture. He received a controversial pardon from the President of France, Georges Pompidou, in 1971, but remained on the run. Unlike Brossard, Touvier was arrested in 1989 on a new charge of crimes against humanity; the film holds an approval rating of 24% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 106 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "The movie bores despite a splendid performance by Michael Caine." The film grossed a little over $765,000 domestically and $1.55 million worldwide in its limited release against a budget of $27 million. The Statement on IMDb The Statement at Rotten Tomatoes
A Cock and Bull Story
A Cock and Bull Story is a 2005 British comedy film directed by Michael Winterbottom. It is a film-within-a-film, featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing themselves as egotistical actors during the making of a screen adaptation of Laurence Sterne's 18th century metafictional novel Tristram Shandy. Gillian Anderson and Keeley Hawes play themselves in addition to their Tristram Shandy roles. Since the book is about a man attempting but failing to write his autobiography, the film takes the form of being about failing to make the film; the film depicts Steve Coogan playing himself as an arrogant actor with low self-esteem and a complicated love life. Coogan is playing the eponymous role in an adaptation of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman being filmed at a stately home, he spars with actor Rob Brydon, playing Uncle Toby and believes his role to be of equal importance to Coogan's, calling himself the "co-lead". The film incorporates several sequences from Tristram Shandy.
Not all of these are part of the film-within-the-film. The latter are limited to the story of Tristram's conception and christening. Uncle Toby's wooing of Widow Wadman takes place in a sequence dreamed by Steve Coogan and after the cast and crew have viewed the "completed" film ending, with Walter Shandy fainting at the sight of his wife giving birth, the question "How does the book end?" is followed by the concluding scene of the novel, in which Yorick says "It is a story about a Cock and a Bull – and the best of its kind that I heard!" Yorick is not in the film-within-the-film. The DVD extras include a scene of Fry talking with the curator; the film's soundtrack is notable for featuring numerous excerpts from Nino Rota's score for the Federico Fellini film 8½, itself a self-reflexive work about the making of a film. Other non-diegetic musical references are made to Amarcord, The Draughtsman's Contract, Smiles of a Summer Night and Alexander and Barry Lyndon. Michael Nyman, composer of The Draughtsman's Contract provides a new arrangement of the Handel Sarabande featured in the latter film, while the tracks of The Draughtsman's Contract serve as a temp track to film of the Sterne material.
The film was recorded at a number of locations in England: Blickling Hall, Norfolk Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk Gunthorpe Hall, Norfolk Heydon Hall, Norfolk Deene Park, Northamptonshire Kirby Hall, Northamptonshire Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire Shandy Hall, North Yorkshire - Which was Laurence Sterne's home where part of Tristram Shandy was written. Quenby Hall, Leicestershire The film has received positive reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 90% of critics have given the film a positive review, based on 127 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon add madcap, knowing performances to the mix, the result is a fun, postmodern romp." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 80 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". A Cock and Bull Story was released on both Region 1 and Region 2 DVD in July 2006; the fictionalised versions of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon seen in the film reappear as the central characters in Michael Winterbottom's 2010 BBC series The Trip.
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Twenty Four Seven (film)
Twenty Four Seven is a 1997 British sports drama film directed and written by Shane Meadows. It was co-written by frequent Meadows collaborator Paul Fraser. In a typical English working-class town, the juveniles have nothing more to do than hang around in gangs. One day, Alan Darcy, a motivated man with the same kind of youth experience, starts trying to get the young people off the street and into doing something they can believe in. Soon, he opens a training facility, accepted gratefully by them and the gangs start to grow together into friends. Darcy manages to organise a public fight for them to prove. A training camp with hiking tours into the mountains of Wales forge the group into a tightly-knit club society. With the day of the fight drawing closer, the young boxers get more excited. Bob Hoskins as Alan Darcy Danny Nussbaum as Tim Justin Brady as Gadget James Hooton as Wolfman Knighty Darren O. Campbell as Daz Karl Collins as Stuart Johann Myers as Benny Jimmy Hynd as Meggy Mat Hand as Wesley Fagash James Corden as Tonka Frank Harper as Ronnie Marsh Bruce Jones as Tim's Dad Jo Bell as Jo The film received favourable press on release in the UK, including five star reviews from publications including Empire.
It subsequently performed well at UK awards ceremonies. At the 1998 BAFTA Awards, it was nominated for the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film. At the 1998 British Independent Film Awards, Meadows won the Douglas Hickox Award and the film was nominated in the Best British Independent Film category. Meadows won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1998 Venice Film Festival. 24 7: Twenty Four Seven on IMDb Twenty Four Seven at Rotten Tomatoes
Broadcasting House is the headquarters of the BBC, in Portland Place and Langham Place, London. The first radio broadcast from the building was made on 15 March 1932, the building was opened two months on 15 May; the main building is with a facing of Portland stone over a steel frame. It is a Grade II* listed building and includes the BBC Radio Theatre, where music and speech programmes are recorded in front of a studio audience, the lobby, used as a location for filming the 1998 BBC television series In the Red; as part of a major consolidation of the BBC's property portfolio in London, Broadcasting House has been extensively renovated and extended. This involved the demolition of post-war extensions on the eastern side of the building, replaced by a new wing completed in 2005; the wing was named the "John Peel Wing" after the disc jockey. BBC London, BBC Arabic Television and BBC Persian Television are housed in the new wing, which contains the reception area for BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra.
The main building was refurbished, an extension built to the rear. The radio stations BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra and the BBC World Service transferred to refurbished studios within the building; the extension links the old building with the John Peel Wing, includes a new combined newsroom for BBC News, with studios for the BBC News channel, BBC World News and other news programming. The move of news operations from BBC Television Centre was completed in March 2013; the official name of the building is Broadcasting House but the BBC now uses the term new Broadcasting House in its publicity referring to the new extension rather than the whole building, with the original building known as old Broadcasting House. Construction of Broadcasting House began in 1928. Programmes transferred to the building. On 15 March 1932 the first musical programme was given by the bandleader Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra. Hall wrote and performed, with his dance band, Radio Times, the name of the BBC's schedule publication.
The first news bulletin was read by Stuart Hibberd on 18 March. The last transmission from Savoy Hill was on 14 May, Broadcasting House opened on 15 May 1932. George Val Myer designed the building in collaboration with the BBC's civil engineer, M. T. Tudsbery; the interiors were the work of an Australian-Irish architect. He directed a team that included Serge Chermayeff and Wells Coates and designed the vaudeville studio, the associated green and dressing rooms, the dance and chamber music studios in a flowing Art Deco style; the building is built in two parts. Dispensing with the oft-found central light-well of contemporary buildings this size, the central core containing the recording studios was a windowless structure built of brick; the surrounding outer portion, designed for offices and ancillary spaces, is steel framed and faced using Portland stone. While the outer portion had plenty of windows, the inner core required special sound-dampened ventilation systems. There were two areas. While the rights on the southern side ceased to be a problem after the owners of those rights gave concessions, the rights on the eastern side were dealt with by sloping the roof away from the street from the fourth floor up, which affected not only the floorplan of the structure but meant that the interior recording tower could not be continued up to the top floor.
Underground structures, including a hundred-year-old sewer presented problems during construction. The building is above the Bakerloo line of the London Underground: the Victoria line was tunnelled beneath in the 1960s, presented problems for construction of the Egton Wing. Noise from passing trains is audible within the radio theatre, but imperceptible in recordings; the ground floor was fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the street, as the BBC believed that to finance such a project they would need to let the ground floor as a retail unit. The rapid expansion of the BBC meant; the original building is a Grade II* listed building. Beginning in 2003, Broadcasting House underwent a major renovation during the BBC's W1 Programme, with the aim of refurbishing the building and combining a number of the BBC's operations in a new extension; this houses the television and radio operations of BBC News, relocated from Television Centre and the BBC World Service relocated from Bush House on 12 July 2012.
Many of the BBC's national radio stations are broadcast from the building, with the exception of BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra which have moved to Salford Quays, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music which moved to new studios in nearby Wogan House in 2006 to make way for the renovation. The building work was completed in two phases, it began with the demolition of two post-war extensions to the original building. "The redevelopment was part of a wider cost-saving strategy to consolidate the BBC's property portfolio and centralise its London operation. This will produce savings of more than £700m over the remaining 21-year life of the BBC lease on Broadcasting House." The first phase consisted of the renovation of the original building, starting to show its age and needed structural repair, a new wing to the east. In the old building the sloped "cat slide" slate roof was taken off and many of the
Code 46 is a 2003 British film directed by Michael Winterbottom, with screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce. It was produced by Revolution Films, it is a dystopic science fiction love story exploring the implications of current trends in biotechnology. The soundtrack was composed by David Holmes under the name "Free Association"; the film was shot on location in Shanghai and Rajasthan, with interiors done on stage in London. The mix of foreign locations was chosen because the juxtaposition of elements in these cities offered a believable futuristic setting. In the near future the world is divided between those who live "inside", in high-density cities, the poor underclass who live "outside." Access to the cities is restricted and regulated through the use of health documents, known as "papeles" in the global pidgin language of the day. Most city residents venture outside only after dark since direct sunlight is now considered hazardous to their health. However, a few residents still venture outdoors during the day.
The government appears to be dystopian. Society is regulated by various "codes"; the code of the movie title prohibits "genetically incestuous reproduction", which may occur as a result of the various medical technologies which have become commonplace, such as cloning. William Geld, an insurance fraud investigator, is sent to Shanghai to interview employees at a company known as "The Sphinx", which manufactures "covers", ostensibly "insurance cover documents" but which in fact regulate the movements of people among cities and "inside" and "outside". William's assignment is to identify employees who are suspected of forging "covers". After interviewing numerous Sphinx employees, he identifies a young worker named Maria Gonzalez as the forger, he is able to do this using a genetically engineered "empathy virus," which allows him to gain information from people if they voluntarily reveal something about themselves. Maria tells William that she has the same dream each birthday: she is traveling the subway to meet someone she cannot identify.
Each birthday she is one station closer to her destination. William is captivated by her, instead of turning her over to security, he identifies another employee as the forger. William meets up with Maria and they begin an affair. Putting complete trust in a man who could have had her arrested, Maria reveals how she was able to smuggle papeles out of her workplace. In a nightclub they meet a naturalist who longs to travel to Delhi to study bats, he has always been refused. Maria supplies Damian with a papel. William is upset by this and indicates that he should turn Maria over to the authorities, but Maria knows he won't. William explains that there are legitimate reasons why Damian is unable to obtain the proper clearances legally. Maria believes. Back at her apartment, Maria shows William her "memory scrapbook", which contains memories of her parents and friends. Other movies show her passing papeles to various people, she thinks they are beautiful and their eyes are full of desire and dreams, that they have a different look from "everyday" people.
As Maria sleeps, William takes it. William's travel cover will expire the next day. On the way to the airport, he gives the forged cover to a street vendor at the city's perimeter checkpoint, an act of humanity which could change the vendor's life, he learns that Damian died in Delhi after exposure to a virus to which he had no immunity. William is reprimanded for not discovering the true Sphinx forger, he explains that he had trouble with his empathy virus and requests that someone else be sent, as there may have been an accomplice to the innocent man he fingered as the guilty party. However, he is ordered to return to Shanghai. Upon his return William discovers, her apartment is abandoned and the only clue is a medical clinic appointment. He visits the clinic and, using his empathic abilities, learns that Maria was pregnant and that the pregnancy was terminated due to a violation of Code 46. William knows that this means Maria is somehow genetically related to him. William discovers, he finds her memory of him is gone.
He succeeds in getting the clinic to release Maria into his care by telling them she is a witness in his fraud investigation. After she is released, William proves to Maria that she knows him by his intimate knowledge of her and by showing her the memory recording of when she gave Damian the papel, which includes a shot of William. William tells her about how he didn't report her for fraud. Maria is disturbed by this information and becomes distressed. William gives her a sleeping pill and, while she is sleeping, he cuts some hair from her head and takes it to a facility providing instant DNA analysis. There he discovers that Maria is fifty percent genetically related to him, a biological clone of his mother, one of a set of twenty-four in-vitro fertilised clones; this knowledge does not affect William's feelings, but instead of going back to Maria he decides to go home to his family. However, when he tries to leave he is not allowed to do. William realises that his only hope of returning home is to get a papel from Maria.
StreetDance 3D is a 2010 British 3D dance comedy-drama film, released on 21 May 2010. The film was released in RealD 3D, XpanD 3D, Dolby 3D with Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini directing it. Britain's Got Talent stars George Sampson and Flawless made their debut appearances to the big screen; the soundtrack to the film was written and performed by alternative acts N-Dubz, Tinie Tempah, Lightbulb Thieves, Chipmunk. The film is a production of Vertigo Films in association with BBC Films. N-Dubz composed the official soundtrack; the song "We Dance On", featuring Bodyrox, was sent to music stations on 22 April. On 28 May 2012, Phase 4 Films has acquired the US rights for the film, along with its sequel, StreetDance 2. Streetdance 2 was released on 30 March 2012. In inner city London,a street dance crew is on the verge of breaking up after its leader, leaves the group unexpectedly; the group loses the use of their rehearsal space, forcing them to try to raise money or practice in other locations. They secure a space in a ballet school, on the condition that they include five ballet dancers in their routine.
At first, they struggle to get along. One of the teachers at the ballet school, takes Carly to a ballet where she starts getting ideas for their routine; when she arrives home, Carly finds Jay waiting for her and the two spend the night having sex. During a dance battle in a club the next night, the team learn that Jay has betrayed the team by joining The Surge, a rival crew. Jay brags about his sex with Carly and Tomas, a ballet dancer, punches Jay out of anger. Jay swears revenge. Carly, upset over the betrayal, leaves the club and is nearly hit by a car before Tomas pulls her out of the way. Tomas takes Carly back to his apartment where they dance on the roof kissing. Carly leaves him alone on the roof, while they both look at the sunrise and smile; the next day at the school, Carly announces the new name of their dance crew: Breaking Point. Another teacher at the school, outraged that her students are being corrupted, deliberately plans a Royal Ballet audition for the same day as the street dance finals.
The ballet dancers promise Carly they will make it. In an attempt to give Breaking Point more time to wait for the ballet dancers, Carly's friend Eddie goes out onto the dance floor and starts dancing, surprising the crew and wowing the audience; the ballet team turn up at the final anyway, their teacher Helena drives the Royal Ballet judges to the streetdancing final so they can see the dancers perform. The routine is a success and Tomas kiss during the performance, the crowd is enthralled. Jay is furious that The Surge have been beaten and he's lost Carly; the film ends with Breaking Point and The Surge dancing to N-Dubz' "We Dance On". Nichola Burley as Carly Richard Winsor as Tomas Ukweli Roach as Jay Frank Harper as Fred George Sampson as Eddie Charlotte Rampling as Helena Eleanor Bron as Madame Fluerie Patrick Baladi as Mr Harding Teneisha Bonner as Shawna Lex Milczarek as Boogie Kofi Agyemang-Prempeh as Mac Hugo Cortes as Gabe Sianad Gregory as Chloe Jennifer Leung as Bex Rachel McDowall as Isabella Rhimes Lecointe as Justine Sacha Chang as Aimee Bradley Charles as Frankie Lil Steph as Steph Brooke Milliner as Brooke Jeremy Sheffield as Michael Flawless as The Surge Ashley Banjo as Aaron Diversity as Aaron's Crew Jordan Long as Security Guard Jocelyn Jee Esien as Delilah Tameka Empson as Sharonda Akai Osei-Mansfield as Dancing Kid in Shopping Mall Leigh Alderson as a Featured Dancer Babbal Kumar as dark dancer Kyle Davey as a Featured Dancer Brendan Conway as an Audience Dancer On 14 January 2009 it was announced that Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini would direct a 2010 British 3D dance drama movie similar than the Step Up movie series titled StreetDance 3D which would be released in cinemas in the UK, James Richardson would be the producer for the film with the budget of £3.5 million and Jane English would be the writer for the film, it was announced that Diversity, George Sampson, Charlotte Rampling, Eleanor Bron, Nichola Burley, Patrick Baladi, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Richard Winsor and Jeremy Sheffield would star in the movie.
Vertigo Films acquired distribution rights to the film. N-Dubz would compose the music for the movie. BBC Films and UK Film Council co-produced the film. StreetDance 3D filmed from August–December 2009; the film was shot with Paradise FX's Tri Delta camera systems. Max Penner was the stereographer; this film was the launch of Paradise FX Europe. It was filmed on location, the shopping centre scene was filmed in Southside Shopping Centre and the streetdance competition was filmed in the Battersea Power Station. There is a scene featuring Akai Osei from Got to Dance, filmed in September 2009. Charlie Bruce from So You Think You Can Dance appears in the film, but her scenes were cut; the film has a 77 % "fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes. However the film was #1 for only one week in the U. K. after making £2,273,938 in box office. The film's box-office earnings after their theatrical run was $17,695,464, it was the highest grossing UK production released in 2010, beating Robin Hood and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
The DVD and Blu-ray came out on 27 September in the UK which had 2 discs came with 3D glasses. Tinie Tempah feat. Labrinth - Pass Out N-Dubz feat. Bodyrox - We Dance On Lightbulb Thieves - Work It Out Ironik - Tiny Dancer N-Dubz - Strong Again Pixie Lott - Live for the Moment Aggro Santos feat. Ki