High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
A Taste of Honey
Focuses on a working class girl who is struggling to create a life for herself with her gay co-worker after becoming pregnant from a one-night stand with a black sailor.
This has improved with age since 1961 (my age, not the film's). I love the way it melds theatrical conventions with realism.
This would have ruffled a few of the moral brigades feathers back in the day.
A 17 year old school girl impregnated by a black man who shacks up with a young homosexual. The phone calls to the censor would have been electric.
A memorable film with outstanding performances especially in my opinion from Dora Bryan who plays the thoughtless and neglectful mother who runs off with a younger man.
Bryan if I remember correctly was an outstanding comedy actress won the 1961 BAFTA for the role of Helen.
I'm reading elsewhere that although daring at the time the film is now outdated. Don't believe a word. It's a wonderfully crafted and scripted film that still holds relevancy today and is a terrific example of 1960's British cinema at its best.
A constrained piece of seminal brilliance, suspected as much, after seeing Look Back in Anger, Tony Richardson expressionistic tendencies and eye for claustrophobic dramatics continues to be awe-inspiring stuff to watch. His idiosyncratic charm is sporadic here however, when he is expressionistically evocative (i.e. the way he relates his characters to Manchester’s landscapes) he straddles between aestheticizing poverty—e.g. “dirty” children playing in dirty canals which sometimes look purposefully composed to be “beautiful” scenes—and his actual intent: reaffirming their state of poverty. Whilst tackling taboo subjects, during a time period that was not yet ready or aware of hybridity, multiculturalism and other social interests; following the interracial relationship between a black sea cook and a white schoolgirl, the prospect of an…
Scavenger Hunt 14
Film #20/Task #16: "A film from the British kitchen sink realism movement"
A unique and very wonderful movie about the life of a young woman living in working class London in the 60s. It feels way ahead of its time in the way it frankly addresses issues like interracial relationships, sexuality, abortion, and abusive family relationships at a time when such issues were strickly forbidden. It's a frank portrayal of Jo's life, as she deals with her strained relationship with her mother and her asshole stepdad, her relationship with Jimmy and his departure, and living on her own and meeting her roommate Geoffry. But more than that, it's charming and funny and the whole cast is so…
film #16 of scavenger hunt 14 (2016)
task #16: a film from the british kitchen sink realism movement
rita tushingham was so lovely. i initially wasn't very excited at the prospect of diving into a movement whose protagonists are principally "angry young men," but as it turns out this was one of the first titles i saw and it exceeded my expectations wonderfully.
Between the 1950's and 1960's in the United Kingdom, a societal shift occurred as post-war austerity gave way to the onset of modern commercialism, and along with it people began talking, thinking and doing in a different way. A Taste of Honey, the film adaptation of Shelagh Delaney's critically acclaimed play, was one of the defining examples of what became known as 'kitchen sink realism' which depicted modern Britain of the age as it was, warts and all. Polite Dirk Bogarde comedies about foppish middle class doctors or cheeky Carry On farces still abounded, but pictures like Tony Richardson's got under the skin of the melting pot of changing attitudes that defined a generation. Delaney's play, and subsequent script, is…
It doesn't reach the heights of the best of its movement, but it's got a real vision and it's executed well. A pleasure to watch.
can't believe i sat through an hour & forty minutes of some white girl exoticizing her nameless black boyfriend.
This British New Wave drama from director Tony Richardson is deceptively modest – it traffics in flat realism and matter-of-fact playing, but it has much to say about how we grow up, and how quickly we’re often forced to do so. The subject is a young woman’s coming of age, discovering her independence, identity, and sexuality – from the mad rush of teen romance to the crushing disappointment of “settling.” Rita Tushingham’s lead performance is a marvel of openness and vulnerability, while Richardson’s striking yet everyday black-and-white photography paints in brush strokes of candid honesty, colored by occasional glimmers of hope.
Delaney's play fairly oozes compassion for the marginalized, but the film still feels almost antediluvian—partly because Rita Tushingham is orders of magnitude more charismatic than Paul Danquah (who barely had an acting career apart from this role), but mostly because the second half's helper-at-the-nest view of homosexuality creates the impression that being gay doesn't involve sexual attraction to one's own gender so much as simpering, platonic devotion to the opposite gender. Scarcely an improvement. Richardson does an admirable job of avoiding staginess, both visually and in the performances, and it's refreshing to see a British kitchen-sink melodrama minus the angry young men who generally dominated that genre. Only Tushingham and Dora Bryan's beaten-down vivacity has really survived, though.
Jo (Rita Tushingham) is a teenager in Manchester, England, who seems to spend her time clowning around in school and following her mother Helen (Dora Bryan) from one working class apartment to another, always one step ahead of paying the rent. While her self-absorbed mother is away at the beach with her latest boyfriend, a man ten years younger (but this time it's serious), she spends a night with a black sailor named Jimmy (Paul Danquah) who steams away a day or so later, vows he will return, but leaves her expecting a child. When her mother decides to marry, Jo forms her own family with another outcast, a homosexual named Geoffrey (Murray Melvin), and they try to give each…
This, Genevieve, and anything where Liam Neeson beats the Christ out of Eastern European scum are my mother's favourite movies. Definitely a relic, but hamstrung more by its stage roots than by its age.
A cornerstone of the British New Wave and its kitchen-sink realism, Tony Richardson's adaptation of Shelagh Delaney's revolutionary stageplay is most interesting for putting a female twist on the "angry young man" drama. At the time, it was a boundary-pushing, taboo-breaking experiment in social realism with its frank depiction of dysfunctional family dynamics, teenage sexuality and pregnancy, and the difficult realities faced by homosexuals in a repressive environment. Not all of it has dated very well, and I was particularly irked by the intrusive musical score, which seems to have been imported from another movie. Rita Tushingham, Murray Melvin, and Dora Bryan are all fantastic, though. Full review of Criterion's new Blu-ray posted at The QNetwork.
me: escapes through the window so i can avoid life's responsibilities
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
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