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Look Back in Anger
     

Look Back in Anger

Director: Tony Richardson

Cast: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Mary Ure

 

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Archetypal British "angry young man" Jimmy Porter (Richard Burton) is a college-educated bloke who can't seem to get any better job than working in a candy store. Jimmy's relationship with his wife Alison (Mary Ure) alternates between hugs and kisses when he's feeling good and verbal abuse when he's down on himself, which is often. Alison's best friend Helena Charles

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Archetypal British "angry young man" Jimmy Porter (Richard Burton) is a college-educated bloke who can't seem to get any better job than working in a candy store. Jimmy's relationship with his wife Alison (Mary Ure) alternates between hugs and kisses when he's feeling good and verbal abuse when he's down on himself, which is often. Alison's best friend Helena Charles (Claire Bloom) advises Alison to escape her injurious marriage. Left with no one for a punching bag, Jimmy romances Helena. Having suffered a miscarriage, Alison returns, and Helena walks out of Jimmy's life. In keeping with its depiction of the dead-end existence of most of England's working poor in the late 1950s, nothing is truly resolved in Look Back in Anger. Playwright John Osborne (at that time married to Mary Ure) uses Jimmy Porter as a spokesman for Osborne's own spleen-venting harangues against the British government and class system. Not only did Look Back in Anger spawn a new genre of British social-protest films, but it also inspired two remakes, both filmed for television.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Three years after its incendiary run on the London stage, director Tony Richardson's film version of John Osborne's play Look Back in Anger (1959) became one of the precursors to the British "kitchen sink" dramas of the 1960s. Enhancing the aim to show British life as it really was through the hopeless existence of enraged working class stiff Jimmy Porter and his put-upon, better-born wife Allison, Richardson unstintingly reveals the grunginess of their industrial city residential milieu with its drab row houses and unkempt children. Shot in stark black and white to match the dreariness of their lives, Richardson's close-ups intensify the already fraught emotions of Richard Burton's quintessential "angry young man" as he vents Porter's frustrations in Osborne's sharp, incisive dialogue. Mary Ure's Allison and Claire Bloom's neighbor-turned-mistress Helena are as emotionally caught as Jimmy, despite their different attempts at resistance. Richardson's first feature for his and Osborne's newly formed Woodfall Films, the critically praised Look Back in Anger became an international success, leading the way, along with Room at the Top (1959) to the British "New Wave" of gritty, socially engaged realism.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2001
UPC:
0883904129189
Original Release:
1958
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Burton Jimmy Porter
Claire Bloom Helena Charles
Mary Ure Alison Porter
Edith Evans Mrs. Tanner
Gary Raymond Cliff Lewis
Donald Pleasence Hurst
Glen Byam Shaw Col. Redfern
George Devine Doctor
Walter Hudd Actor
Ann Dickins Girl A.S.M.
Bernice Swanson Sally
Michael Balfour Actor
Nigel Davenport Actor
John D'earth Actor
Jordan Lawrence Actor
Alfred Lynch Actor
Maureen Swanson Actor
Toke Townley Actor
Stanley van Beers Actor
Phyllis Neilson-Terry Mrs. Redfern

Technical Credits
Tony Richardson Director
John Addison Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard Best Editor
Peter Glazier Art Director
Nigel Kneale Screenwriter
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
John Osborne Screenwriter
Jocelyn Rickards Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Saltzman Producer

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