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A great 8 days in Canterbury
By: Steve Crook
On Tuesday I had a bit of a lazy day, well I was meant to be on holiday! I lazed around and took a few short walks around Canterbury.
That evening they showed Rynox followed by His Lordship. Not such a big crowd for those, no surprise there, but those who were there seemed to enjoy them.
I say that it's "no surprise" that there weren't as many people there to see the Quota Quickies as there were for the better known films - but it's a shame. They are (nearly) all worth watching whenever you get the chance. They were made on a small budget and quite quickly. But within those constraints they managed some good work. Most tend to have average thriller, mystery or romance stories but you can often see Micky trying out various techniques. The ones that worked well were sometimes done again (but done better) in the later films. The ones that didn't work so well are still interesting experiments. It's not often you are given the chance to see a Master learning his craft.
Rynox is an average mystery/thriller. It is mainly of interest because it is the earliest film currently available.
His Lordship has a lot more going for it. A musical romance. But how many romantic musicals have a heroine called Lenina and comes complete with comedy Bolsheviks and a chorus line of housemaids?
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