Alfie is a young man from the working classes of London. He is confident, charming, totally self-centered and very successful with the ladies; using them for his immediate pleasure without emotional involvement and leaving a trail of emotional devastation. His callousness toward these women contrasts with the delusion that he causes no harm; he is just teaching life’s lessons. —IMDb
Lewis Gilbert CBE (born 6 March 1920 in London) is an English film director, producer and screenwriter.
He was the son of music hall performers, and spent his early years travelling with his parents, and watching the shows from the side of the stage. He first performed on-stage at the age of 5, when asked to drive a trick car around the stage. This pleased the audience, so this became the end of his parents’ act. When travelling on trains, his parents frequently hid him in the luggage rack, to avoid paying a fare for him. His father contracted tuberculosis when he was a young man. He died aged 34, when Gilbert was seven. As a child actor in films in the 1920s and 1930s, he was the breadwinner for his family, his mother was a film extra, and he had an erratic formal education. At age 17, Gilbert had a small uncredited role in The Divorce of Lady X (1938) opposite Laurence Olivier.
He began shooting documentary films for the Royal Air Force during the Second… read more
A good movie that doesn't glorify the lifestyle of its lead character and ends on a more somber and cautionary note. The use of direct address was a great device and was necessary given some of the choices the character makes. The anamorphic lenses used gave a nice wide scope to every shot allowing the locations and production design to shine.
Michael Caine, a pretty rude boy who cannot be loved by just one woman. Much better than the remake with Jude Law, however I think we can't put both on the same jar because this Alfie is much less smooth and more real, more faithful to the truth. A lovely film with a decent creative work by Lewis Gilbert who made a film about shifting love with simple and not pretentious shots - Shyer wanted to do that and failed.
Alfie shocked spectators in 1966, but most were caught in the current of cinematic gut-busts to take particular notice of its nuanced breakthroughs. What still shocks today is how hard-hitting and… read review
British filmmaker Lewis Gilbert (“The Spy Who Loved Me” & “Educating Rita”) films the Bill Naughton adaptation of his own novel and play of the same name as a highly successful comedy drama that… read review