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Nicholas Hytner United Kingdom, 2006

S.J.B.'s rating of the film The History Boys

Thought nicely of it the first time round, but now having read the play and seen the film tens of times, I find every second is so perfectly executed; every moment of histrionics, of nuance, of restraint is achingly calculated. The understated cinematography may seem uninteresting to some, but gives the film's haughty intellect room to breathe and grow. So, so good. Pass it on.