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Friday, 8 April 2016

10 other British 1960s flicks

We are familiar here at The Projector with the popular British films of the 1960s we grew up on - titles like A TASTE OF HONEY, VICTIM, TERM OF TRIALA KIND OF LOVING, THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER, THE SERVANT, BILLY LIAR, DARLINGTHE SYSTEM, THE KNACK, NOTHING BUT THE BESTTHE GIRL WITH GREEN EYES, I WAS HAPPY HERE, MORGAN, SMASHING TIME …. and the very downbeat FOUR IN THE MORNING; that early-mid '60s heyday of Tony Richardson, John Schlesinger, Losey, Clive Donner, Desmond Davis, Richard Lester and early Michael Winner, plus Basil Dearden. Here though are 10 more, lesser-known, titles which took me a while to track down but proved well worth-while and which we recommend, if you ever come across them. All are reviewed fully at British label ...

  • SATURDAY NIGHT OUT - engrossing little 1964 drama about guys and gals on a Saturday night out, it plays out very nicely, young Francesca Annis and LEATHER BOY Colin Campbell leads.
  • THE PLEASURE GIRLS - an earlier TAKE THREE GIRLS as we join Francesca Annis Ian McShane and flatmates in their South Ken pad in 1965, along with that gay boy (Tony Tanner) downstairs (who is not ashamed or tragic).
  • THE LEATHER BOYS - boy marries brassy Rita Tushingham and regrets it and the gay leather scene comes to the fore - in Sidney J Furie's engrossing 1964 drama, with Dudley Sutton. Furie also did the engrossing court trial of THE BOYS in '62. 
  • A PLACE TO GO - a snappy Dearden from 1963 about moving those old communities into the new tower blocks, Mike Sarne (aargh!) and Rita Tush again and stalwart Bernard Lee.
  • WEST 11 - an early Michael Winner, also '63, Alfred Lynch and Diana Dors among the Notting Hill bedsit people and drifters ...
  • THE L-SHAPED ROOM  - Bryan Forbes' study of pregnant French girl (Leslie Caron) in 1962 Notting Hill bedsit land - sympathetic gay and lesbian characters too ....
  • TWO LEFT FEET - Roy Baker's early ('63) coming of age saga with young Michael Crawford and David Hemmings to the fore. 
  • THE WILD AND THE WILLING. The 1962 university set with youngsters Ian McShane, John Hurt, Samantha Eggar, plus lots of familiar faces.
  • THE WORLD TEN TIMES OVER - the seedy world of Soho nightclub 'hostesses', a time capsule from 1963, with those early '60s iconic ladies Sylvia Syms and June Ritchie.
  • BITTER HARVEST - Janet Munro is the naive Welsh girl who goes to the bad in the wild West End of 1963 and ends up another tragedy, with young John Stride. Its hilariously awful but enjoyable. 
  • THE SMALL WORLD OF SAMMY LEE- Anthony Newley shines in Ken Hughes' 1963   drama, as the compere of a seedy strip club tries to stay one step ahead of the bookies to whom he owes money. 
That era of course had some amusing British comedies too:  (see Comedy label):
PLEASE TURN OVER, MAKE MINE MINK, TWICE ROUND THE DAFFODILS, LADIES WHO DO.
The British early '60s and '70s had those crime movies we also covered a while back: 
THE VERY EDGE, VILLAIN, ALL COPPERS ARE, THE SQUEEZE.
And there was a lot of Trash around in the early '70s Brit movies too, as per our previous reports - Trash label. 
DORIAN GRAYGOODBYE GEMINIMUMSY, NANNY, SONNY & GIRLY; UNMAN WITTERING & ZIGO; SAY HELLO TO YESTERDAYBABY LOVEPERCY; PERCY’S PROGRESSLOOT, and those grotesquely unfunny CONFESSIONS OF and ADVENTURES OF  bottom-of-the-barrel items.

2 comments:

  1. A very interesting list that takes me back to my misspent youth going to The Palace and The City (out local fleapits cum art-houses). I suppose we must keep an eye out for them turning up on Talking Pictures where, of course, A PLACE TO GO already has. But what have you got against Mike Sarne, that pleasing on the eye pop star and director of the ultra camp MYRA BRECKINRIDGE?

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