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Room at the Top
     

Room at the Top

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Director: Jack Clayton, Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears

Cast: Jack Clayton, Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears

 
A surprise worldwide success and Oscar winner when released in 1959, this budget DVD edition of The Room at the Top shows that the trenchant drama has retained all of its power over the decades. The widescreen source print used is in relatively good shape but the digital transfer isn't exactly top drawer, displaying a lot of image breakup and pixilation. This

Overview

A surprise worldwide success and Oscar winner when released in 1959, this budget DVD edition of The Room at the Top shows that the trenchant drama has retained all of its power over the decades. The widescreen source print used is in relatively good shape but the digital transfer isn't exactly top drawer, displaying a lot of image breakup and pixilation. This is a shame because Freddie Francis' camera work here is beautiful and deserves a near-perfect presentation (Francis also shot The Elephant Man, The Straight Story, and the remake of Cape Fear). The transfer is still better than previous video versions and the Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio track is clean and well balanced. As extras the DVD features trailers for a plethora of VCI Home Video releases and star biographies.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Room at the Top is somewhat tame by current standards, but in 1959 it caused the British Board of Film Censors to loosen their standards and allow the film's unusually frank dialogue. The British public was unaccustomed to films in which characters might admit that they enjoyed sex, and, as such, Room at the Top represented a breakthrough, even though it's a minor part of the film. Newfound frankness notwithstanding, the story is conventionally moralistic in its disapproval of its protagonist, who opts for the comfort of money over the ideals of love, honor, and compassion. The lead performances are first-rate. Simone Signoret won a Best Actress Oscar, though the film lost Best Picture to Ben-Hur. Also receiving an Oscar was screenwriter Neil Paterson, who adapted the John Braine source novel.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/1999
UPC:
0089859821929
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
NR
Source:
Vci Video
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:58:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurence Harvey Joe Lampton
Simone Signoret Alice Aisgill
Heather Sears Susan Brown
Donald Wolfit Mr. Brown
Donald Houston Charlie Soames
Ambrosine Phillpotts Mrs. Brown
Hermione Baddeley Elspeth
Raymond Huntley Mr. Hoylake
John Westbrook Jack Wales
Allan Cuthbertson George Aisgill
Mary Peach June Samson
Thelma Ruby Miss Breith
Anne Leon Janet
Wendy Craig Joan
Avril Elgar Miss Gilchrist
Beatrice Varley Aunt
Miriam Karlin Gertrude
Richard Pasco Teddy
April Olrich Mavis
Everley Gregg Mayoress
Basil Dignam Priest
Paul Whitsun-Jones Man at Bar
Yvonne Buckingham Girl at Window
Doreen Dawn High-stepping Girl
Michael Atkinson Actor
Derek Benfield Actor
Richard Caldicot Actor
Isla Cameron Actor
Anthony Elgar Actor
May Hallatt Actor
Jack Hedley Actor
Ian Hendry Cyril
Ruth Kettlewell Thespians member
Delena Kidd Eva
Wilfred Lawson Uncle Nat
Harry Moore Actor
Derren Nesbitt Actor
Anthony Newlands Actor
Bob Palmer Actor
Sheila Raynor Actor
Prunella Scales Actor
Julian Somers Actor
John Welsh Mayor
Brian Worth Actor
Ann Gunning Actor
Katherine Page Actor
Kenneth Waller Actor
Edward Palmer Actor
Stephen Jack Darnley

Technical Credits
Jack Clayton Director
Ralph W. Brinton Art Director
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Peter Handford Sound/Sound Designer
Ralph Kemplen Editor
Mario Nascimbene Score Composer
Neil Paterson Screenwriter
Tony Sforzini Makeup
James Ware Production Manager
James Woolf Producer
John Woolf Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Search
1. Main Titles [2:17]
2. The New Accountant [4:16]
3. Meeting The Thespians [6:54]
4. A Day At The Races [3:51]
5. Cocktails With Alice [6:12]
6. A Call From Joe [1:22]
7. Alice Has Domestic Problems [3:32]
8. Movie Date With Susan Brown [3:47]
9. Blackmail [4:00]
10. Sparrow Hill [3:37]
11. A Trip Home [6:55]
12. Susan Takes A Trip [1:16]
13. Lover's Nest [4:32]
14. "You've Getting Keen On Alice" [5:13]
15. "Good-bye Alice'|00:03:31|}
16. Reunion With Susan [5:59]
17. "Joe,Be Gentle With Me" [4:32]
18. "I Love You,Alice" [2:42]
19. Cottage At The Shore [8:40]
20. Complications [4:08]
21. An Offer From Brown [5:51]
22. The Bride-To-Be [2:48]
23. Only Loving Friends [5:17]
24. Tragedy [4:35]
25. Penance [7:56]
26. Wedding Bells [3:13]

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Room at the Top 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is, quite simply, the finest film ever made about the English class system, particularly in the post- WWII period. It also presents Simone Signoret with her perfect role: sexy, loving, vulnerable, and scathingly direct. The defense of her early years, posing as an artist's model in France, is magnificent. It's a film that repays each successive viewing. When I purchased my first video recorder, it was to have a copy of this film for the rest of my life.