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|Listen to Jim White reveal his own celluloid highs and lows in a slideshow |
|Jim White attended Manchester Grammar School and read English at the University of Bristol, though maintains most of his education came on the terraces at Old Trafford. |
A founding member of staff at the Independent in 1986, he moved across to the Guardian ten years later, where his contributions have won the sports columnist of the year. A regular on Saturday Review and Front Row, he can also be frequently heard on Radio 5, where he was awarded a Sony Gold award for a documentary about the demise of Wembley Stadium.
Cinema has been a lifelong passion since his dad took him to see Lawrence of Arabia when he was a child and he returned twice a day every day for the next week to see the film over and again. After a youth largely spent oscillating between the football pitch and the local flea pit (his first date was at, bizarrely, 101 Dalmatians: it was all that was on) these days his favourite movies depend on his mood. The Godfather Part Two if in need of an epic, High Society for an uplift of the soul, This Is Spinal Tap when jokes are required. Though his children have shown him that there is not a lot wrong with Toy Story.
|Russell Crowe in Master and Commander|
Peter Weir's new film Master and Commander does not disappoint in recreating the world of Patrick O'Brian's hugely popular historic novels set during the Napoleonic Wars. O'Brian's leading men Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend Dr. Stephen Maturin are brought to life by Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany who talk to Back Row about the swashbuckling adventure.
German Film Festival
Sönke Wortmann's family drama The Miracle of Bern opens the German Film Festival in London this week. It caused a sensation when it opened in Germany - even Chancellor Gerhard Schröder admitted to shedding a tear. London-based German film critic Katja Hofmann joins Back Row to talk about the movie's impact in her homeland.
Art House Cinema
We had a huge response to our appeal last week for shops, outside of the big cities, that offer a healthy choice of art house and foreign language films to rent on DVD and video. We hear from our listeners on the issue and talk to Michael Brook from the British Film Institute about which websites provide the best service for the art house film lover.
See the BFI's guide to online video rental for details of the websites mentioned
The opening scene in Colin Farrell's new movie Intermission is so powerful and unexpected that this is a movie you will not want to be late for. Adam Smith takes a look at other great introductory sequences in cinema history.
In the multi-plex
Master and Commander: The Far Side of The World
In the art house
On DVD and video
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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