THE 39 STEPS (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935)

The film that made Alfred Hitchcock famous, The 39 Steps is an espionage thriller in which the protagonist, who is being pursued by the police for a murder he did not commit, is an ordinary bloke rather than a professional spy. He is in pursuit of a villainous agent who is attempting to sneak out […]

CHARIOTS OF FIRE (Hugh Hudson, 1981)

Hugh Hudson’s somewhat condescendingly-classist anti-condescendingly classist, sentimental recollection of British glory in the 1924 Summer Olympics won the best picture Oscar on March 29, 1982, a few days before Margaret Thatcher militarily launched the Falkland Islands “dispute” against Argentina, which swelled her popularity at home, greasing her path to re-election as prime minister. How much […]