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Akademia pana Kleksa (1984)

One of the finest productions for children to come from Poland. A total classic. Wonderful songs!

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L'Albero degli zoccoli (1978)

An outstandingly beautiful, and truthful, film about man's best moral qualities. It is perhaps worth mentioning, however, that the peasant kindness that figures so prominently in this film did not extend to non-human species, and the (real-life) butchering of the pig whilst still alive was unbearably hideous. (N.B. Get the Arrow blu-ray [Region B locked] if possible. The Criterion release got the colour balance wrong - see review on 'dvdbeaver' site for more details.)

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André Valente (2004)

A masterpiece. Great direction, naturalistic acting, and a culture in every way superior to Anglophone countries.

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Angyali üdvözlet (1984)

A beautiful, captivating, gently melancholic philosophical masterpiece.

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Ártún (2014)

Writer/director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson joins the ranks of those select few filmmakers who are prepared to tell the truth about boys on the cusp of puberty.

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Barnens ö (1980)

Absolutely stunning coming-of-age movie taking a realistic look inside the thoughts of an introverted and intelligent 10-year-old boy as he approaches the onset of puberty - an event he fears because he thinks it will turn him into a selfish, sex-obsessed 'pig' like the adults around him, and distract him from the big philosophical questions, including the question of his own unique identity and the significance of his individual life. The film boasts an amazing soundtrack courtesy of Jean-Michel Jarre. An absolute must-see.

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The Big Show (1923)

The sheer inventiveness and joie de vivre of this film, matched with some of the finest comic acting you'll ever see from the likes of the great Mickey Daniels and his peers, make this an absolute masterpiece from Hal Roach's studios.

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Le blé en herbe (1954)

A masterpiece. Pierre-Michel Beck is utterly wonderful.

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The Box of Delights (1984)

Based on the 1935 novel by John Masefield, this is one of the finest ever adaptations of a children's novel for British television. There is a great deal to like in this thoroughly English story: suspicious foreigners, kidnapped choirboys, "the wolves are running", servants who know how to make a posset, Master Kay bonding with Herne the Hunter in a primordial English forest, a strange fusion of the Pagan and the Christian, not to mention Patrick Troughton (surely one of England's finest ever actors) adding gravitas to the proceedings, and Robert Stephens hamming it up beautifully as the evil Abner Brown. Devin Stanfield is wonderful as Kay Parker. Devin has a charm that is hard to describe, a sort of slight hesitancy in his gestures - perhaps something to do with his being on the cusp of puberty. Troughton was later to say of the young Devin that he believed that he was the boy whom Masefield himself would have chosen to play the role of Kay - and I think Troughton was right.

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Burning Secret (1988)

Well, just to add my voice to the chorus of praise... This movie is essentially about a boy (Edmund, played by David Eberts) whose heart is broken by a man. All the actors (Klaus Maria Brandauer, Faye Dunaway, Ian Richardson) are completely wonderful, but David Eberts' performance is particularly outstanding. Add to this a gorgeous soundtrack, and an equally gorgeous setting and mise-en-scène, and you have the definitive version of Stefan Zweig's short story.

There was a German film (Brennendes Geheimnis, 1933) made of Zweig's story a very long time ago - and it was very good, and well worth watching. However, Andrew Birkin's film is so unutterably PERFECT in every respect that it is really impossible to imagine it ever being bettered. A masterpiece.

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The Butcher Boy (1997)

What a tremendous movie. The whole film is riveting from beginning to end. Eamonn Owens is brilliant as the psychotic Francie, the very personable Alan Boyle plays his best friend Joe beautifully, and I even felt quite sorry for Phillip Nugent, played by Andrew Fullerton. Highly recommended.

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Bylo nás pet (1994)

A complete and utter delight. Wonderful boy actors, and a masterpiece of Czech television. Unmissable.

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Children of the Stones (1977)

As kids' mystery/sci-fi series go, it truly doesn't get much better than this. Unmissable.

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Cider with Rosie (1971)

Still the best adaptation of "Cider With Rosie" to date, in my opinion, though the '98 version is worth viewing as well.

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La Danza de la realidad (2013)

One of my favourite films of the 21st century so far.

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David Copperfield (1999)

In my view, the best film production of David Copperfield to date. Maggie Smith is the perfect Betsey Trotwood!

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Der Untergang (2004)

A riveting masterpiece.

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The Devil Outside (2018)

Absolutely riveting. I love Marcus! I love how Robert's dad seems constantly bewildered. The Christian group needs a good dose of Nietzsche. The acting is superb all round, and Noah Carson is perfect as the introverted Robert. This is an intense, psychological film which doesn't tie everything up neatly at the end.

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Dobro pozhalovat, ili postoronnim vkhod vospreshchyon (1964)

An utterly brilliant satire on Soviet bureaucracy, produced during the period of 'the Thaw' (roughly 1954-66) in the USSR. In the opening scene kids at a Summer camp are allowed to swim - but only in an area the size of a postage stamp and surrounded by netting, in order to avoid association with the local boys, who are alleged to harbour diseases. For breaking the rule of not associating with the local boys, Kostya (Vitya Kosykh) is expelled from the camp, but in fact remains on the grounds, with the other kids conspiring to keep his presence a secret.

Of course, kids in the west are now subject to far greater rules and strictures 'for their own safety' than was ever the case in the old USSR; making this satire as fresh and relevant as ever. A masterpiece of Soviet cinema. Very highly recommended.

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Dva Fyodora (1958)

A very beautiful and moving story with characters that seem absolutely real - one feels one knows them - and amazing acting from the principal actors. It doesn't get much better than this - a classic of Soviet cinema.

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