One of the finest British films ever made, this benchmark of “kitchen-sink realism” follows the self-defeating professional and romantic pursuits of a miner turned rugby player eking out an existence in drab Yorkshire, played by an astonishing Richard Harris.
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The similarities between this film and RAGING BULL, (content, structure, style), have been noted frequently. As impressive as Scorsese's film is, it's more one to admire at a distance. Anderson's masterpiece creates real flesh and blood people, with soul. RICHARD HARRIS, at his best, can play the sensitive brute better than anyone, including Brando or De Niro while RACHEL ROBERTS has the power of a Bergman actress.
A “Raging Bull” before “Raging Bull,” and while not as amazing a film as that (because c’mon, it’s “Raging Bull”) it is pretty damn great in it’s own right, and the best showcase of British social realism I’ve yet seen.
Importante filme que marca el inicio de una gran década británica. Anderson retrata a un personaje ambiguo. Una mezcla de Brando con La Motta, apasionado y hosco, sentimental y violento. Machin, el minero que por un "golpe de suerte" (y esto es literal) se volvió famoso. En paralelo, usará su misma agresividad para enamorar a una mujer que convive con un fantasma. Esa escena de sexo/violación es como el amor/odio.