A young man, inching his way up from working-class traditions via a white-collar job, finds himself trapped by the frightening reality of his girlfriend’s pregnancy and is forced into marrying her and moving in with his mother-in-law due to a housing shortage in their Northern England town.
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Very real and down-to-earth vision of working class Britain from the 60's. A tender romance buds between two young people, talks of marriage ensue and then something unexpected happens, changing their lives forever. Now they must cope with it. It is all handled very well and is very grounded. Filmed very solidly and acted extremely well for the time. A very solid romance with all the complicated nuances of the era.
Despite the dated social commentary (it feels like a safe sex propaganda film made by Rosselini) the intense closeups of Alan Bates anchor the film while Schlesinger make his character's working class alienation seem almost noir.
Neorealist melodrama. A rather bitter look at life and love. Gorgeous black and white photography. Strong performances across the board. Great NY Times review from 1962: http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9B04E7DA1F38E63ABC4A53DFB6678389679EDE
Thank god for dependable birth control. Beautiful cinematography. Excellent, melancholic script. Captures the social mores and conventions right on the cusp of the sexual revolution. Too many marriages like this happened throughout the ages and perpetuated lives of quiet desperation. Love his mother's short speech to him at the end.
Watchable. A languid pace and unremarkable story. Being 55 years removed from this film, I'm not sure how I was *supposed* to see it, but all I got out of it was that society *needs* easy access to birth control, free of stigma; and a sex-positive perspective on the choices of consenting adults. The 2 main characters probably still would've been an abusive mess together in 2017, but not such an utter disaster.
It's an age-old movie problem, a man (always a man) can't settle down but doesn't know what he wants so he makes a series of bad decisions and the people who care about him end up paying the price.
This version of the problem has its moments, but it's a bit baggy, dated and desperately in need of subtitles.