Surely one of the more memorable screen debuts in British cinema history. Albert Finney is mesmerising as cantankerous factory worker Arthur Seaton in this fearless kitchen sink drama of 1960. Commentating on everything from adultery to abortion at a time when such things were considered taboo, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning offers an entertaining and profound insight into working class Britain. Flawless.
The protagonist is likable, even though he’s really kind of an asshole. As I understand it, this is pretty much the template for the “angry young man” pictures of the British New Wave. Solid, but not my favorite from this particular film movement.
This is the greatest achievement in British Cinema. The message, not just dealing with socio class issues of segregation but actually playing a Marxist devils advocate and dealing with young men who want to "The Man" must suffer a mans consequence in this life. The greatest Cinematographer in British Film history Freddie Francis BSC, captures the industrialism of the north so cinematically. Its Magical, True & Pure
When I was heavily into the mod culture, this was one of the name-checked films along with Billy Liar, Loneliness of The Long Distance Runner, & other kitchen sink dramas featuring the young defiant & dissatisfied youth of Britain. I wonder how accurate these portrayed the slice of life during those times. I must say they there's a certain charm, and I can see Morrissey's fascination.
Finney gives a superb central performance in this authentic look at the typical life of a working man, looking forward to the weekend, and looking forward to avoiding the mistakes of others while making all new ones of your own.
Sillitoe's own screenplay of his debut novel is excellent but somehow lacks something that the richer texture of a novel possesses to dramatise Arthur's psychological change. The film has less impact, even though it's faultness and Finney is compelling.