Whys & wherefores 1.The memorable "them was rotten days". Expected T-less Cockney cant (ma-er = matter, aw-er = water, seh-up = setup) & reaped Looneyish 'doc' for unisex appellative. 2.Glacial non-aestheticism which, re-alloyed but distinctive, filters through Threads to backdrop visuals in Ramleh shindigs. If art is haptic, here the command is nonparticipatory Thou shalt not touch & To each their apportioned shoes.
Beer, bar, work and sex. In whatever order, this is the average working man song in late 50's England. Albert Finney is angry about the future that awaits him but what can he do? He throws rocks against houses, shoots at his old neighbour and sleeps with a married woman. Beer,bar, work and sex. Strongly recommended.
Albert Finney gives a knockout performance in this gritty human drama. The stark black and white cinematography gives this film a realistic quality that draws us closer to these characters and the world they live. There is a certain acidic optimism in this film that screams out for the individual but still falls in line with the herd. Profoundly entertaining.
Industry and individuality and never the twain shall meet. I'm partial to disaffected youth narratives, particularly the way you can be unsure if they're rebelling against the older generation or simply joining the procession to their ranks. The locations sell his despair, scenes so crisp they seem lifted from a photography collection. There is little that doesn't feel modern about it.
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.