1940s Film

Movie musings on 1940s film, considered by many as the Golden Era. No matter how many new Transformers films get the green light, we’ll always have Paris.

In Review: The Essential Jacques Tati Collection on Blu-ray

by Ben Nicholson 22 July 2014

It is lamentable that the intricately choreographed joy of Jacques Tati’s cinematic directorial career only extended for a total of six features and a handful of shorts. It is equally unfortunate that many modern audience members are as likely to have heard of his onscreen persona, M. Hulot, than the towering genius behind him. In […]

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In Review: Unfaithfully Yours (1948) on DVD

by Christina Newland 13 May 2014

Suicide, adultery and murder with a straight razor? Preston Sturges was one of the brave few directors to take these subjects as suitable for schizoid slapstick comedy. Simply Media’s re-release of his delightfully weird 1948 film, Unfaithfully Yours, features all of the above.

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In Review: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) on DVD

by Christina Newland 12 May 2014

Elia Kazan’s directorial debut A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) tells the story of an Irish-Russian family living in the tenements of turn-of-the-century New York. Based on the bestselling novel by Betty Smith, the Oscar-winning family drama surrounds a young girl, Francie (Peggy Ann Garner), and her little brother, who flit around the city streets […]

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In Review: Gaslight (1940) on Blu-ray

by Maryann O'Connor 18 November 2013

The BFI have released Thorold Dickinson’s Gaslight (1940) as part of their season, Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film. Gaslight begins with a murder and the ransacking of an elderly lady’s house in Victorian Pimlico Square

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In Review: Red River (1948) on Blu-ray

by Rob Keeling 22 October 2013

Howard Hawks’ classic Western, Red River, focuses on world-weary cowboy Tom Dunson (John Wayne) and his young adopted son Matt Garth (Montgomery Clift). After 14 hard years, Dunson has built up a considerable cattle empire in southern Texas. However, with the impoverished post-Civil War South not proving a suitable market for his beef, he is […]

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Inside Issue 10: A Sneak Preview

by Helen Cox 30 May 2013

Issue 10 is now available to order.  As our magazines sell out within weeks of going on sale we recommend ordering to avoid disappointment. Our theme this issue is Time in Film and consequently you’ll be able to read up on how plausible film time travel techniques actually are, the role of stopped clocks in […]

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O Reels, Where Art Thou: The Magnificent Ambersons

by Martyn Conterio 6 March 2013

Does the original cut of Orson Welles’ second feature, The Magnificent Ambersons, somewhere, somehow, exist? The movie is treated today as a lost treasure and model example of studio barbarism. The director, it could well be argued, is equally to blame for the tragic fate of his movie, as he seemed unwilling to put up […]

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Issue 9: Now Available For Order

by Helen Cox 6 March 2013

What would happen if King Kong went on a dating show? Now you know thanks to our talented cover artist Dan Havardi.

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Issue 7: Our Horror Special – order yours today!

by Helen Cox 23 October 2012

What do Linnea Quigley, Bette Davis and killer telephones have in common? All three appear in our spooky horror special which is out at the very end of October. Other treats for readers include an exclusive interview with Richard Bates Jnr on his new psychological horror: Excision, an exposé on the role of distributors in […]

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Issue 6.1 Is Here!

by Helen Cox 22 October 2012

The second digital edition of the year is here! Our front cover is illustrated by Rory Mitchell and inspired by the unforgettable body horror: Videodrome. New Empress Magazine’s Minema  titles are a mini-digi-dose of film commentary, interviews and flashbacks. Inside this issue our writers have examined the way brands, TV, music and other elements of […]

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In Review: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

by Maryann O'Connor 7 June 2012

It has been said that Charles Dickens wrote his magazine serials purely to inspire some sympathy amongst his wealthier Victorian counterparts for the less fortunate of society, to impart upon them the surprising notion that poor people were actually human. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby became one of these magazine serials in 1839. […]

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