Sixties British working-class films.

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  1. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I don't know why, but I had to urges to watch some of those gritty British working class films from the 60s so I got ahold of a bunch to watch this weekend. I like the naturalism of those films. Here's this weekend's list I've got cued up.

    Georgy Girl
    Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
    Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
    This Sporting Life
    A Taste of Honey
    Far from the Madding Crowd
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  2. Ghostworld

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    Saturday Night and Sunday Morning is killing me it's so gritty. It's more noir than anything we Americans ever did. Albert Finney is genius as the original "Clockwork Orange" Alex. Deliciously brutal. Great actress

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  3. rediffusion

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    Don't forget these...

    Billy Liar
    Room at the Top
    Taste of Honey
    Up the Junction (TV)
    Cathy Come Home (TV)
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  4. Mylene

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    The Family Way
    Family Life
    The Homecoming (ultra depressing Harold Pinter play)
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  5. Ghostworld

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    I grabbed a few clips from "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning". Love Albert Finney's accent.

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  6. Ghostworld

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    Added Billy Liar to the collection! A saw A Room at the Top a few weeks ago and was a little disappointed. It felt a little forced. Good, but the hand of the writer and "story" was too obvious.

    Yesterday I finished "Saturday Night" (my favorite), "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" very good, maybe a bit scattered, but still very nice and natural, and "Georgy Girl" which is tons of fun, but a little bit more nutty/swinging 60s style than I had in mind for this weekend. I've learned this school of film is called the "kitchen sink" school, since it was the British new wave that focused on reality and all it's drudgery. I'm sure it must be the time that The Who's "Quadrophenia" came out, because the story in that rock opera fits in perfectly thematically with Kitchen Sink School of filmmaking.

    I'm going to watch "Darling" today, Billy Liar, Far from the Madding Crowd, and maybe "A Taste of Honey."

    Somehow (it was a lazy day) I managed to fit the new space/horror film "Life" into the mix. Bleech. So derivative and devoid of "life" (oddly enough) compared to these old Brit films. You can feel the influence of Truffaut and that lot on them. Love 'em. "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" is definitely a must see masterpiece.

    Aren't there a few "teddy boy" films out there? I seem to remember watching one. Most of these films are being culled from my memories of sitting in front of a 12" B&W TV and watching movies on Channels out of NYC. I vaguely remember "Morgan" being fun, if not real "kitchen sink."
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  7. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Just after watching (pricey DVD)
    Spring And Port Wine (1969).
    Susan George is in it, say no more.
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  8. Malinky

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    I consider `Billy Liar` to one of the greatest films ever made, Billy is trapped in a dead end life, and when a `Free Spirit` enters his life in the form of Julie Christie, he has the chance to get away from the working class factory and pub life that he knows......and let`s face it who would not run off with Julie Christie!
    For me one of the most poignant moments of the film is when he is standing with the elderly Councillor, who he has been making fun of, on the top of the pit workings, and the Councillor surprisingly has an understanding of Billy`s situation, and the Councillor walks back down the hill to the grime and despair of the industrial town and a way of life that was about to disappear forever.......which road will Billy take?
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  9. ralphb

    ralphb "First they came for..."

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  10. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    What's it all about.
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  11. Raunchnroll

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    Up The Junction. Upper middle class young lady moves to London ca. 1967 to get a flat in Battersea and be part of the scene....
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  12. Ghostworld

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    Oh, Susanna! Oh,won't you come to me...

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  13. Ghostworld

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    Right! I think I've might have seen it!

    I'm thinking the "teddy boy" movie I'm thinking of is "A Taste of Honey." That has to be it. From her I want to re-visit later work for those Joseph Losey films like "The Servant." I'm a sucker for British films. The Royal Shakespeare Company is among God's greatest gifts to man.

    I was so impressed with Albert Finney in "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" I'm going to top off the evening with a film that blew me away with its desperation back in the 80s -- John Huston's "Under the Volcano." No film for me ever better captured the absolute horror of alcoholism.
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  14. Ghostworld

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    Can't wait. And I've read he wants to be a screenwriter. How painful will this movie be? :rolleyes: At least I walked away from the factory tried!
  15. guy incognito

    guy incognito Senior Member

    Does she wind up dealing out the rations with some-or-other passions?
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  16. Hexwood

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    Poor Cow
    A Place to Go
    Bronco Bullfrog
    The Whisperers
    The Leather Boys
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  18. JozefK

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    BL is one of my favorites as well (curiously the next Schlesinger/Christie film, Darling, is one of my least favorites)

    This gag is in the novel, but I don't recall it in the film?


    About 25 years ago Richard Lester hosted a TV series looking at British films of the '60s. One episode was devoted to the "Kitchen Sink" era. The series can be found if you look for it.
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  19. Mylene

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    Smashing Time
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  20. Ghostworld

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    It's in the film. He daydreams it. :laugh:
  21. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    All Neat In Black Stockings (1969).
    Surprisingly Susan George is in it.:)
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  22. Mylene

    Mylene Forum Resident

    10 Rillington Place
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  23. beccabear67

    beccabear67 Musical Omnivore

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    Saw Girl With Green Eyes recently on TCM. It's similar to Georgie Girl. Rita Tushingham's first starring role I think.

    The Pleasure Girls had Anneke Wills, another slice of life in the big city sort of thing.

    I wonder if The Deep End with Jane Asher counts? It was a bit surreal.

    Also liked the A Kind Of Loving tv serial.

    I still need to see The Party's Over from 1965...
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  24. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    I seen that in the cinema as a replacement for Fellini's Satyricon(1969)
  25. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Deep End ( another real time view)(1970) think it was shot in 1969, location London/Germany (swimming pool).
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