Films: Alberto Cavalcanti

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

  • 1947
  • UK
  • 1h 48min
  • Directed by: Alberto Cavalcanti
  • Cast: Derek Bond, Cedric Hardwicke, Mary Merrall

This Ealing noir adaptation of Dickens' classic follows the travails of young Nicholas as he struggles to make his way through a brutal world.

They Made Me a Fugitive

  • 4 stars
  • 1947
  • UK
  • 1h 40min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Alberto Cavalcanti
  • Written by: Noel Langley, Jackson Budd (novel)
  • Cast: Trevor Howard, Sally Gray

An ex-RAF officer turned petty crook (Howard) is framed by a malicious spiv in this British noir classic.

Dead of Night

  • 5 stars
  • 1945
  • UK
  • 1h 43min
  • Directed by: Alberto Cavalcanti/Charles Crichton/Basil Dearden
  • Cast: Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave, Roland Culver

An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. His fellow guests encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales.

Went The Day Well?

  • 1942
  • UK
  • 1h 32min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Alberto Cavalcanti
  • Written by: Graham Greene (story), John Dighton, Angus MacPhail, Diana Morgan
  • Cast: Leslie Banks, Mervyn Johns, Basil Sydney, CV France, Valerie Taylor, Thora Hird, David Farrar

The original intention might have been to make a propaganda thriller to warn the British public about German infiltrators, but superior filmmaking qualities mean that Went the Day Well? has stood the test of time. A German paratroop regiment invade a remote UK village, but the locals fight back with uncompromising…

Rien que les heures

  • 4 stars
  • 1926
  • France
  • 40min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Alberto Cavalcanti
  • Cast: Philippe HĂ©riat, Blanche Bernis, Nina Chousvalowa, Clifford McLaglen

Brazilian filmmaker Cavalcanti's Paris-set documentary was the first of the highly influential 'City Symphony' films made in Europe during the 1920s.