peteg's blog - noise - movies - 2022 06 28 SaturdayNightAndSundayMorning

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

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At the Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) meteorite crater, waiting out the interminable rain. A Karel Reisz jag from Who'll Stop the Rain. Albert Finney leads as a self aware, self destructive industrial prisoner of the English generation after World War II. Shackled to a lathe in Nottingham during the day, living with his parents still, he's eventually saved by the love of a good woman (Shirley Anne Field) but it is unclear the restlessness will ever leave him. Fun, both in itself and as a time capsule: it opens in a bar with a drinking contest backed by a proto-Beatles band doing its thing.

Bosley Crowther loved it at the time. Peter Bradshaw, briefly, in 2002.