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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.
|Kate Winslet, Charlie Kaufman and Director Michel Gondry on the set of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind|
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman talks to Jim White. Kaufman has produced the most original canon of work in modern cinema with pictures like Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind all stamped with his trademark eye for the surreal and ear for comic dialogue. Now comes Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, with Kate Winslet starring as a woman who tries a new medical procedure to have every memory of her lover erased from her brain.
Laurel and Hardy
75 years ago cinema's original fat boys slim got themselves into another fine mess when they made the transition from silent movies to talkies with the film Unaccustomed As We Are. To mark the anniversary Back Row brought together Laurel and Hardy fans Martin Kelner and Paul Vaughan to dip into a new collection being released on DVD.
Laurel & Hardy: The Collection is available from 3 May 2004. The complete DVD box set is priced £199.99 and individual volumes will be on sale at £15.99 each. We have some single volumes to give away. To enter just click here and tell us which Laurel and Hardy movie features the plot where the boys have to deliver a piano to a house at the top of a huge flight of stairs.
Robert Altman's new movie The Company follows in the footsteps of The Red Shoes with Moira Shearer and The Turning Point with Shirley MacLaine showing the lives of a troupe of ballet dancers. Back Row asked choreographer Arlene Phillips, broadcaster Mark Baldwin and former dancer Angela Rippon to dust off their tap shoes and pick out their favourite dance movies.
Bank Holiday Blockbusters
Film critic Nigel Floyd tells Back Row about a clash of blockbusters on the box on Bank Holiday Monday.
Please note that audio for this edition of Back Row will not be available on this website until after the programme's transmission on Radio 4 on Saturday 01 May 2004 at 5.30pm.
In the multi-plex
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
In the art house
On DVD and video
Kill Bill Vol. 1
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