When I was a little girl, the trilogy about Sissi, the unfortunate Austrian empress, was shown pretty much every Christmas season. I would always watch it. I remember my fascination…

WARNING: THE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS I am a stickler for accuracy. That’s especially true when it comes to movies taken from or inspired by my favourite books, such as Pride…

I always thought that, out of all Jane Austen’s works, Northanger Abbey was the easiest to adapt in a movie. It is the most faced-paced, light-hearted, and features a Gothic…

My life, when it is written, will read better than it lived. Henry Fitz-Empress, first Plantagenet, a king at twenty-one, the ablest soldier of an able time. He led men…

Many people consider Gypsy the best musical ever made. I’m not sure about that, but it is definitely one of the most tragic. Loosely based upon the life of burlesque…

On 30 January 1889, the dead bodies of Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria and his lover, Baroness Maria Vetsera, were discovered in the Imperial hunting lodge at Mayerling. The official…

Movie Review: Moulin Rouge (1952)

Baz Luhrmann’s dazzling musical extravaganza, Moulin Rouge, is one of my all-time favourite movies. But I recently discovered another film of the same name, shot ion 1952, that brings the…

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art–Not in lone splendour hung aloft the nightAnd watching, with eternal lids apart,Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,The moving waters at their priestlike…