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Shooting the Past (1999)

A US property developer realises that he has a battle on his hands when he tries to renovate a London building containing a vast photographic collection and discovers that the library ... See full summary »

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Stephen Poliakoff
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4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lindsay Duncan ... Marilyn Truman
Timothy Spall ... Oswald Bates
Liam Cunningham ... Christopher Anderson
Billie Whitelaw ... Veronica
Emilia Fox ... Spig
Arj Barker ... Garnett
Blake Ritson ... Nick
Sheila Dunne Sheila Dunne ... Molly (as Sheila Dunn)
Jean Channon Jean Channon ... Dinner Lady
Jennifer House Jennifer House ... Dinner Lady
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... Doctor (as Geoffery Beevers)
Lesley McGuire ... Nurse (as Leslie McGuire)
Andy Serkis ... Styeman
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A US property developer realises that he has a battle on his hands when he tries to renovate a London building containing a vast photographic collection and discovers that the library employees will resort to anything to thwart him. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Trivia

The fictional photographic collection is based on (and the pictures seen are taken from) the BBC Hulton Picture Library (which began as the photographic archive of the famous Picture Post magazine). This collection is now part of Getty Images. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two different versions were released: a UK version consisting of one 70-minute episode and one 152-minute episode and an overseas version consisting of three 75-minute episodes. See more »

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If you love film, you'll love this film!
4 February 2000 | by thisisnowhereSee all my reviews

This production is a work of profound beauty and intelligence. The dynamics of this film take you on a wonderful journey from the edge of your seat to the back of your mind. The actors fully inhabit their roles with all the humour and tragedy that involves, as the story unfolds. The success of the actors was to convey so much with such minimal, yet superb, dialogue.

The action unfolds in the almost wordless present (more usually suited to "action genre"), yet the film's major theme can only be resolved by the characters understanding of a broader present context that reaches back to the past and forward to their future. The characters dilemma is specific to the plot yet generalises to us all.

The subtlety and scope of this production grows with each viewing, as does the admiration for the casting, acting, directing, editing and musical scoring. If any of the components were less than exceptional, then it wouldn't be THIS film. If your looking for a film with timeless grace and immediate relevance, this will always be it.

....I cannot think of any other films quite like it, and think it draws more from theater, classical painting, photography, and great literature. However I would liken it most to a very visual feature length piece of music with superb production value - perhaps Roger Waters's "Amused to Death".


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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1999 (USA) See more »

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TalkBack Productions See more »
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Color

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1.33 : 1
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