A daring comedy considering was made during WW2, but at times tonally inconsistent . Funniest quote: “what he did to Shakespeare, we are now doing to Poland”
Great performance by Albert Finney as the angry young rebel, bored with his working class factory job, he lives for the excitement of the weekends, and doesn’t want to end up like his father in front of the TV. Considered one of the earliest and best kitchen sink dramas to come out of the British New Wave of social realism films in the 50s and 60s.
Could be David Cronenberg's most important, visionary, and ambitious work. A cult film that is disturbing and visually grotesque, so not for the faint of heart.
Thought-provoking, not least because the film is a window into the future: Freely available information, avatar names, the limits of satisfaction and entertainment, the effects on your surroundings and on the mind of watching violence, sex or torture, and whether entertainment is at the expense of something more worthwhile. Does viewing kill our brain…
So many versions available on YouTube so I decided to go with the official dvd from the library. The score fits well for a thriller and particularly the chase ending stayed with me. I liked the cinematic approach to storytelling, pulling coat up over face, handcuffs, portraits on the walls, and so on. An impressive trick is when the family look up and we see the lodger (worm 's eye view) restlessly walking alone in his upstairs room. Thematically the same old from Hitchcock, this time in silent.