Angels One Five

The very brutal effect is emulated in Jack Gold’s Aces High.

American critics had some difficulty cottoning on to this. A particular airfield in Britain, its exploits and damage, a Scottish replacement pilot.

The aplomb of the staff, the morale of the pilots, the short life of one owed “so much”.


The Holly and the Ivy

Precisely all the various positions behind which the holidays are a misery and a bore, and then precisely the reason and cause for celebration.

T.S. of the New York Times understood the picture at once, a village parson and his family, he the great film critic at America’s journal of record, “let us not malign this little picture.”


The Heart of the Matter

The excellent analysis by Robbe-Grillet in La Belle captive has still not helped critics naturally blunted by the long lines of thought in O’Ferrall’s film. Even Bergman comes to the rescue with Saraband, and still no direct insight has been obtained.

The occasion is Sierra Leone and the war, “Freetown 1942.” The police commissioner has a second-in-command, this man’s travails make up the matter, from Graham Greene.

It’s all about industrial diamonds and even personal correspondence prevented from reaching Germany, a promotion missed, a displeased wife, a dead daughter, a Syrian black marketer, a young British clerk, and an Austrian widow late of England who has been torpedoed off a British ship.

These are very complex indications (Losey’s Accident is antithetical, in a way), and must be followed rather scrupulously to see the point.


Lord Mountdrago
Three Cases of Murder

The only one of the trilogy that critics took seriously, the one about the Welshman in opposition who took on the Foreign Secretary and beat him to a draw, all in the mind.

Alan Badel, Orson Welles, following on Toye and Eady in the scheme of things.