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An education in world cinema

posted 12 Jul 2010, 05:31 by David Rintoul   [ updated 12 Jul 2010, 05:47 ]

When I was a student in the mid-1980s, it was worth taking a punt on a 50p cinema ticket.

These were the days before Orange Wednesday two-for-one offers – hell, these were the days before mobile phones – so a further reduction on the concession price every Wednesday afternoon at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh was to be embraced.

I fancied myself as a bit of a film buff back then, a fan of Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. Foreign movies, however, were things I’d only caught late at night on occasional BBC Two seasons (now I’m really showing my age), and I didn’t know much about the world beyond English-language cinema other than strange German Expressionist silent masterpieces like Metropolis and sexy French flicks like Diva.