RELEASES!! The woman in Black (2012), Shame (2011) | BASIC CLASSICS! NICHOLAS RAY: Bigger than life (1956)

February 15, 2012

At last,  we can enjoy two British releases this weekend. One hand, there is a horror film about enchanted houses, with spirits and ghosts, a victorian touch and (this is important) no blood. On the the other hand, the controversial movie “Shame” arrives Spanish cinemas with a big marketing campaign.

RELEASES! THE WOMAN IN BLACK: Daniel Radcliff (yes! Harry Potter) is the main character in this film produced by Hammer Films, the most important British horror producer, the creators of the great gothic horror films on seventies or the extraordinary Christopher Lee’s success performing Dracula. Hammer was a lot of years disappear but they have returned since two years ago.

The woman in black [La mujer de negro]-2012 Directed by James Watkins

Screenplay: Jane Goldman (Novel by Susan Hill)

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet meter, Shaun Dooley and Liz

Genre: Horror | Drama

Length: 95 min.

Synopsis: A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

Trailer (VOSE):


Official site:



RELEASES! SHAME: It is story about a sex addict, starring Michael Fassbender, that I could see last year in Festival de San Sebastian, and I did not like too much. It is not a bad filming but its screenplay is a little bit stupid, with a musical overdose and a Fassbender saturation. I recommend it because is British and also because everybody is going to talk about it. A controversial film (because is about sex). We are not going to change ever.


Shame [Shame]-2011 Directed by Steve McQueen

Screenplay: Steve McQueen & Abi Morgan

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan , James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie

Genre: Drama | Erotic

Length: 99 min.

Synopsis: In New York City, Brandon’s carefully cultivated private life — which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction — is disrupted when his sister Sissy arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay.

Trailer (VOSE):


Variety has wrotten:



BASIC CLASSICS! Nicholas Ray’s BIGGER THAN LIFE. Ray’s tribute is still on Filmoteca’s screen. This weekend we can see an American way of life attack with a story about drugs  called “Bigger than life”. Starring James Mason and Walter Matthau, it is very bizarre because the drug that produces James Mason’s hallucinations is ¡cortisone! A very common medicine nowadays but not so usual in 50s.

Cine Doré (Filmoteca Española), Santa Isabel 3 [Metro: Antón Martín]
On Saturday, 18th.  19:30 h. Sala 1. VOSE. Price: 2’5 €. (2 € reduced)

Bigger than life [Más poderoso que la vida]-1956 Directed by Nicholas Ray

Screenplay: Cyril Hume & Richard Maibaum

Cast: A seriously ill schoolteacher becomes dependent on a “miracle” drug that begins to affect his sanity.

Genre: Drama

Length: 95 min.

Synopsis: A seriously ill schoolteacher becomes dependent on a “miracle” drug that begins to affect his sanity.

Original Trailer (VOSE) with an introduction by James Mason:


The Newyorker has written:



  1. The Woman in black looks great! Recently, I have been revisiting the Hammer Classics. Altough I am a huge fan of classic gothic horror, I am not very fond of Hammer films. I rather prefer the Universal, The Roger Corman-Poe series and the classic silent German chillers. The only films of Hammer that I have really liked were The Phantom of the Opera (altough is not my favourite version), The Devil Rides Out (with the great Christopher Lee in a very unusual role, as an aristocrat expert in occultism who uses his knowledges to figth against a cult of evil Satanistics) and Taste the blood of Dracula, with has an interesting twist on the original story of the king of the vampires. Even so, these films are good to practise your English.

    The Michael Fassbinder film has been very polemical, and not only because its cinematic qualities or the provocative storie.

    The Nicholas Ray film of this week, I haven’t watched it.

    Have a nice day.

  2. Well, we´ve seen it on stage and it was quite spooky, at least in London where I saw it first.
    I have seen el intocable, and have enjoyed it but it is nothing memorable

  3. Good evening:
    The British Film Institute has an interesting place in YouTube. I´ll put a link which is connected with Dickens and movies. I could not see it completely because my computer is an old lady and it works very slowly but it is another opportunity to watch something else about Dickens.

  4. Thank you very much for posting it. I am a huge fan of silents films . Altough the whole thing doesn’t seem to work properly.

  5. Gosh thanks, mar!!!
    Shame, interests me in so much as Carey mullighan is in it and she went to Woldingham as I did!! But honestly don´t you find sex boring? I know it sounds horrible, but I´m interested in stories in the mind not in the penis!!

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