Chris Harman


My Favourite Films

(July 1995)

Reviews, Socialist Review, No.188, July/August 1995.
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In the marvellous anti-imperialist film Queimada Pontecorvo (who made Battle of Algiers) directs Brando at his best. The Calcutta director Satyajit Ray is required viewing: my favourite is Distant Thunder, set in the horrific man made famine which hit British ruled Bengal in 1942. Andrzej Wajda’s Canal is about a group of partisans in the Warsaw rising of 1944. Finally, two lesser films – Kirk Douglas’s post-Watergate western, Posse, and Dennis Hopper’s homage to the fighting spirit of the late 1960s, Flashback.

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