Although married and pregnant Rose has always been Mother’s favorite, it is younger sister Iris whose life is shaken up by Mother’s death. Read More »
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Britain’s top pop artiste, Tom Pickle, travels to Bombay, India, circa 1960s to learn to play the sitar Read More »
Amidst the pub sing-songs and bombsites and with slums giving way to high-rise flats Read More »
An awkward young Irish farm girl Kate Brady moves to Dublin and shares a room with funny Read More »
Two young women from England’s northern counties; the plain Brenda and the flamboyant Yvonne, arrive in London to find fame and fortune. Read More »
Reggie and Dot are a young South London couple who get married before they really get to know each other. Read More »
The Trap (1966) Sidney Hayers, Rita Tushingham, Oliver Reed, Rex Sevenoaks, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Western
A fur trapper takes a mute girl as his unwilling wife to live with him in his remote cabin in the woods.
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Black and white, gay and straight, mothers and daughters, class, and coming of age. Jo is working class, in her teens, living with her drunk and libidinous mother in northern England. When mom marries impulsively, Jo is out on the streets; she and Geoffrey, a gay co worker who’s adrift himself, find a room together. Then Jo finds herself pregnant after a one night stand with Jimmy, a Black sailor. Geoffrey takes over the preparations for the baby’s birth, and becomes, in effect, the child’s father. The three of them seem to have things sorted out when Jo’s mother reappears on the scene, assertive and domineering. Which “family” will emerge?
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The Knack… and How to Get It (1965) Richard Lester, Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks, Michael Crawford, Comedy
In England, the times are a changing: it’s mods and rockers. On the day Nancy gets off the London train, cases in hand, looking for the YWCA, Colin has had enough of missing out on the sexual revolution. He begs his smooth (and misogynistic) pal Tolen to teach him ‘the knack’ – how to score with women. Serendipitously, Colin and his new lodger Tom meet up with Nancy while Colin’s buying a bed larger than Tolen’s. The three hit it off, but their simple fun ends when Tolen meets Nancy. Colin is jealous but impotent, and Tolen both attracts and repels her. She swoons, wonders what happened, and cries ‘rape.’ Impish serendipity rubs against unsettling ambiguity; Tolen bolts.
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The Bed Sitting Room (1969) Richard Lester, Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Set in post-nuclear-holocaust England, where a handful of bizarre characters struggle on with their lives in the ruins, amongst endless heaps of ash, piles of broken crockery and brick, muddy plains, and heaps of dentures and old boots. Patriotically singing “God Save Mrs. Etheyl Shroake, Long Live Mrs. Etheyl Shroake”, they wander through this surrealistic landscape, forever being warned by the police to “keep moving”, and prone to the occasional mutation into a parrot, cupboard, or even, yes, a bed sitting room with “No Wogs” scrawled in the grime on it’s windows. In particular, this story revolves around the odd “love story” of a girl who lives with her parents in one compartment of a London Underground train, the commuter in the next compartment, and the doctor they meet after returning above ground in search of a nurse for the heavily pregnant girl.
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