Monthly Archives: April 2013

The (other damning) letters

In The Letter (1940), the discovery of an illicit letter unravels Leslie’s claim that she killed a man in self-defence. Unlike the dramatised account of Maugham, there appeared to be no such climatic pieces of evidence in the trial of

The (other damning) letters

In The Letter (1940), the discovery of an illicit letter unravels Leslie’s claim that she killed a man in self-defence. Unlike the dramatised account of Maugham, there appeared to be no such climatic pieces of evidence in the trial of

film screening : The Letter

Starring the enigmatic Bette Davis, this 1940 adaptation of Somerset Maugham’s short story based on a real case in 1910s Malaya is a psychological exploration of colonial Malaya. Join us at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium for the screening of

film screening : The Letter

Starring the enigmatic Bette Davis, this 1940 adaptation of Somerset Maugham’s short story based on a real case in 1910s Malaya is a psychological exploration of colonial Malaya. Join us at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium for the screening of

Gossip Galore

The Letter (1940) was based on the murder of a William Steward by Mrs Ethel Proudlock. It was a sensational case which crossed both racial boundaries (the presence of natives in the trial was said to have caused great unease

Gossip Galore

The Letter (1940) was based on the murder of a William Steward by Mrs Ethel Proudlock. It was a sensational case which crossed both racial boundaries (the presence of natives in the trial was said to have caused great unease

The Letter (1929)

Adapting any literary source to the screen naturally demands considerable revision and compression…The two films considered here remain the definitive cinematic versions of The Letter, although in different ways. The 1929 version suffers from two limitations: the nascent use of

The Letter (1929)

Adapting any literary source to the screen naturally demands considerable revision and compression…The two films considered here remain the definitive cinematic versions of The Letter, although in different ways. The 1929 version suffers from two limitations: the nascent use of

Four accounts of a shooting

The Letter (1940) was based on the murder of a William Steward by Mrs Ethel Proudlock. It was a sensational case which crossed both racial boundaries (the presence of natives in the trial was said to have caused great unease

Four accounts of a shooting

The Letter (1940) was based on the murder of a William Steward by Mrs Ethel Proudlock. It was a sensational case which crossed both racial boundaries (the presence of natives in the trial was said to have caused great unease

In search of ‘Chindak’

In Tiger Fangs, the Malay natives insist to a young British planter that they are not hunting man-eating tigers, but chindak, or were-tigers which are humans who have the ability to morph into tiger-form. Though initially as cynical  about an

In search of ‘Chindak’

In Tiger Fangs, the Malay natives insist to a young British planter that they are not hunting man-eating tigers, but chindak, or were-tigers which are humans who have the ability to morph into tiger-form. Though initially as cynical  about an

Buck-ing the trend

Frank Buck joins America’s war efforts in Tiger Fangs (1943), a PRC film directed by Sam Newfield, which starred  J. Farrell MacDonald and June Duprez as Buck’s compatriots who uncover a plot by the cunning Nazis to undermine the rubber

Buck-ing the trend

Frank Buck joins America’s war efforts in Tiger Fangs (1943), a PRC film directed by Sam Newfield, which starred  J. Farrell MacDonald and June Duprez as Buck’s compatriots who uncover a plot by the cunning Nazis to undermine the rubber