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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Edna Sweetlove's rating of the film Sapphire

    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.

  2. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film Sapphire

    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

  3. Roscoe's rating of the film Sapphire

    Tame now, but it must have been a shock in 1959.

  4. StellaWasaDiver's rating of the film Sapphire

    A clumsy address of racism that manages a few poignant lines, such as the fact that racism can go both ways (shocking!).

  5. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Sapphire

    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.

  6. Cromm Crúaich's rating of the film Sapphire

  7. T.J. Royal's rating of the film Sapphire

    Thought this was absolutely excellent.

  8. Richmond Hill's rating of the film Sapphire

    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.