Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not! - Iconic for Finney's debut as the poster boy for a country of angry young men. It's a landmark film & still encapsulates a certain charm & romance for the bygone era, although its biting slice-of-life narrative lacks punch today. With the likes of Morrissey & Alex Turner drawing inspiration from the film it's very hard not to be swept up in the working class melodrama.
Avec l'écrivain Alan Sillitoe au scénario, Albert Finney débutant devant la caméra, Freddie Francis devant l'objectif, Tony Richardson comme producteur et Karel Reisz pour son premier long métrage, un résultat incontournable de probité et d'efficacité, fleuron du "Free Cinéma britannique", un mouvement cinématographique novateur, contestataire à contre-courant des productions anglaises de l'époque. www.cinefiches.com
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.
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.
Probably 3 1/2 but I'm rounding up. Similar to Room at the Top in the sense its a film about another young bastard caught up between two women and being bad to them. No culture clashes in this one. Just lower middle class folks living it up & creating drama for themselves. A bit overlong and too on the nose at times especially at the start. Other than that, its a solid film & again great DP work by Freddie Francis.