SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING: DVD
Arthur Seaton (Albert Finney) is a rebellious young factory worker in Nottingham, who lives for his wild, carefree nights at the pub. Through women - the married Brenda (Rachel Roberts) and the lovely Doreen (Shirley Ann Field) - beer and practical jokes he vents his frustrations against the establishments of work and marriage - until his reckless ways lead him to a night that changes his life - and his convictions.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
This transfer still has an opening card from the British Board of Film Censors, saying it has been passed for exhibition "when no child under 16 is present". Apart from the fact that no child under 16 would find the film and its grim subject matter of much interest, my point is that it is now released rated PG - parental guidance recommended. A far cry from 1960 mores .... And it is in that context that the film should be viewed. I saw it first on its theatrical release in London (I was just 16) and I recall it having made a deep impact on me - mostly its mood of working class despair. It's in black and white, or rather a grimy English factory grey, but Albert Finney is superbly colourful as Arthur, a defiant and raging young bull of a man, suffocating in a remorseless, working class purgatory.
Check born filmmaker Karel Reisz won the BAFTA (Best British Film) for this, (and was again nominated for Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment, and of course, The French Lieutenant's Woman). Finney won the Most Promising Newcomer Award, and Rachel Roberts was named Best Actress. In the US, Finney won the Best Actor Award from the National Board of Review. But John Dankworth should have won awards for his fabulous jazz-driven score, which is both unexpected and a major contributor to the film's mood.
Every character is defined and real, every detail authentic, in this classic example of great British cinema.
Published June 18, 2009
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SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING: DVD (PG)
CAST: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker, Norman Rossington, Bryan Pringle,
PRODUCER: Tony Richardson
DIRECTOR: Karel Reisz
SCRIPT: Allan Sillitoe (novel by Sillitoe)
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Freddie Francis
EDITOR: Seth Holt
MUSIC: John Dankworth
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ted Marshall
RUNNING TIME: 89 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: Trailer [English, French, Spanish subtitles]
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Shock
DVD RELEASE: January 31, 2009
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