Basil Dearden’s bold, direct police procedural, starring Nigel Patrick as the detective in charge of the investigation, is a devastating look at the way bigotry crosses class divides, and a snapshot of late-fifties England’s increasingly interracial culture.
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Interesting to see how late 50s "liberal" views on racialism didn't go so far as to preclude a character called Henry Big Cigar, hand-waving black dancing in a really groovy nightclub and mixed-race lilly-skins being unable to resist the beat of the bongos. Extraordinary. BONGO BONGO THEY DO IT IN THE CONGO.
Very interesting police procedural film that allows us to visit the London (thank you Pinewood!) of the late 50's. Not the best neighborhoods but the more cinematographical ones: Jazz-clubs, seedy boarding houses or gloomy backyards. Basil Dearden also handles the theme of everyday racism and cleverly reminds us that there are a lot of shades between black and white. Highly recommended.
More sugar-pilled drama from Dearden & Relph. If the racial themes don't quite appear as window dressing to an otheriwse routine police drama, they could have been injected with a little more bite and snap. Nevertheless a suitably grungy view of post-war London.
Un apasionante filme policial que halla sus bondades en su juego detectivesco en donde una larga lista de sospechosos van desfilando. Si bien "Sapphire" termina con un culpable al descubierto, de hecho Dearden parece apuntar a un culpable más general. Su película apunta a un carácter social y coyuntural sobre el racismo, algo que no necesariamente llega del "color mayoritario". La víctima como incitador de prejuicios