Friday, January 31, 2014

Jason goes to Noir City--Day 6

I actually skipped day 5 (Tuesday) to attend the media launch of Cinequest. Great stuff coming up there in March! But I was back in Noir City on Wednesday for a double bill of British Noir. Which means, no subtitles!

IT ALWAYS RAINS ON SUNDAY (1947): At least, it sure is rainy in this movie. In post-war East End London, Rose Sandigate (Googie Withers) lives an unexciting but stable life with her husband George (Edward Chapman.) Tommy Swan (John McCallum) is a small-time hood who has just escaped, and happens to be her old lover. So he shows up looking for sanctuary, and she's not exactly fond of the idea. A solid drama, with lots of side stories and an interesting look at the small-time criminals making their way in post-war England.

BRIGHTON ROCK (1947): Another story of crooks in post-war England, but this one stars Richard Attenborough as the wonderfully dangerous Pinkie Brown. He runs a protection racket in town. When a rival comes to town--under cover as a newspaper man handing out cards good for ten pounds to anyone who identifies him--he and his gang conspire to A) have him murdered and B) make sure he has an airtight alibi. But a complication forces him to woo a naive barmaid Rose (Carol Marsh) who is blind to his psychotic ways. An absolutely brilliant, career-starting performance by Attenborough in one of the greatest British films ever made.

Total Running Time: 184 minutes
My Total Minutes: 348,721
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