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Look Back in Anger 1959 123movies

Look Back in Anger 1959 123movies

The story that peels bare the raging emotions of today's angry young generation!Sep. 15, 195998 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Jimmy Porter is a loud, obnoxious man, rude and verbally abusive to his wife, Alison. Alison comes from an upper class family that Jimmy abhors and he berates Alison for being too reserved and unfeeling. Jimmy is college educated but works with a partner, Cliff Lewis, as a street vendor operating a candy stall. Cliff lives with Jimmy and Alison and is close friends with both. When Jimmy pushes Alison while she is at the ironing board she is burned. Alison visits her doctor where it is revealed that she is pregnant. She asks him if it is too late to do something about it but the doctor immediately tells her never to mention such an idea. When Jimmy leaves for work, Alison confides to Cliff that she is pregnant. She is frightened of Jimmy’s reaction to this news, and has not told him. Jimmy is visited by his childhood nanny, Mrs. Tanner, whom Jimmy loves and calls “Mom.” Alison tries to tell Jimmy of the pregnancy but is frustrated when Jimmy insults her for being cool towards Mrs. Tanner.. Alison tells Jimmy that her actress friend, Helena Charles, is coming to stay at the flat. Jimmy hates Helena. In his anger, he curses Alison for her cool demeanor, and wishes that she would have a child and that the child would die so she could feel anguish to break her cool demeanor. Helena arrives, and when she has had enough of Jimmy’s bitterness toward Alison, she convinces Alison she should allow her to call Alison’s father, Colonel Redfern, to take her to the family home and leave Jimmy. Jimmy then gets word that his nanny has had a stroke. Jimmy begs Alison to come with him to see her but Alison goes with Helena to church. Jimmy visits his nanny in the hospital and is convinced she is dying. Before Jimmy returns, Alison’s father arrives and leaves with Alison. Helena stays in the flat. Jimmy returns and Helena tells Jimmy that Alison is going to have a baby. Jimmy says he does not care. When he calls Helena an evil-minded virgin, she slaps him. Then they kiss and make love, locking Cliff from the flat. Jimmy and Helena live for a while in the flat, apparently happy, with Cliff, while Alison stays at her family’s home waiting to give birth. Cliff begins to feel out of place, having been close to Alison but not Helena. At the candy stall, Cliff tells Jimmy that he has decided to leave. He wants something better. Jimmy has decided to get out of the candy business, too. Cliff says good-bye to Jimmy at the train station and Jimmy tells him he is worth more to him than a dozen Helenas. Jimmy and Helena enter a train station pub where they find Alison seated at a table alone. Jimmy leaves and Alison tells Helena she lost her child in pregnancy. Helena feels that she has to leave Jimmy. Helena returns to the flat and tells Jimmy she is leaving him because she cannot stand the torment of their lives. Jimmy returns to the train station and finds Alison waiting to return home. They talk of the lost child and Alison tells him she can never have children. Jimmy and Alison reconcile.
Plot: A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values.
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No Worlds To Conquer
Rebellious youth has always been a good subject for movie makers and Look Back in Anger for the United Kingdom became what The Wild One and The Blackboard Jungle were on this side of the Atlantic.

Though like Marlon Brando, Richard Burton should have been way too old to portray a rebellious youth, he certainly overcomes it with a bravura performance. Burton saw the play on the London stage and went to author John Osbourne and told him he wanted to do the screen version.

For the screen version the producers had the good sense to hire Osbourne to write all the additional scenes needed for a film. The play as presented on stage takes place entirely within the apartment of married couple Richard Burton and Mary Ure. He’s a lower class youth who’s married well beyond his station. Class and station are quite a bit more rigid in Europe than they are here. He’s got a dead end job with a peddler’s license in an open air market.

In generations gone by the character of Jimmy Porter would have been off for adventure in some faraway place with a strange sounding name that the United Kingdom had as a part of its empire&commonwealth. But the empire is no more and British society as a whole was adjusting to it in the post World War II years. So all Mr. Burton can do is play his raging trumpet and take out his frustrations on all around him.

Mary Ure repeated her role from both the Drury Lane and Broadway productions and she and Burton are joined by a good ensemble with Claire Bloom, Edith Evans, Gary Raymond in the main feature parts. Also look for Donald Pleasance in an early role as an officious inspector at the market, the kind of bureaucrat you love to hate.

Although the UK is still around minus the empire, Look Back In Anger is a fascinating look back to post World War II Great Britain.

Review By: bkoganbing Rating: 8 Date: 2006-05-28
Dilutes the Power of Osborne’s Play
John Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger”, first performed at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 1956, is often cited as marking a theatrical revolution. The British theatre of the early fifties, dominated by playwrights like Noel Coward and Terence Rattigan, was widely regarded as genteel, well-mannered and middle-class. Osborne’s play can be seen as a deliberate reaction against those values. Its plot is conventional enough. It centres around the stormy marriage of a young couple, Jimmy and Alison Porter, who separate after a series of quarrels. Unknown to Jimmy, Alison is pregnant at the time, and he starts a relationship with her best friend Helena, an actress. Six months later Alison, having lost her baby, returns, and Helena ends her affair with Jimmy so as to allow the couple to be reunited.

What was shocking about the play was its social setting and the attitudes displayed by the characters, especially Jimmy. He is from a working-class family and, although he has a university degree, has turned his back on the sort of well-paid white-collar job that such an educational background would normally have led to in the fifties, working as a trader in the local market, running a sweet stall with his friend Cliff. He and Alison, with Cliff as a lodger, live in a dingy bed-sit in a large Midlands town. Alison herself is from the wealthy upper middle classes (her father is a retired Indian Army officer) and her family resent her marriage to Jimmy.

It was in the late fifties that the term “Angry Young Man” was coined by the critics to describe not only writers such as Osborne, Kingsley Amis and John Braine, but also their characters such as Jimmy Porter and Amis’s Lucky Jim, characters who were seen as the mouthpieces of their creators. Jimmy is, to borrow the title of a famous film of the period, a rebel without a cause. He is instinctively suspicious of any form of authority and of the establishment. He is hostile to religion and to the growing conservatism of fifties Britain. He dislikes Alison’s family, especially her mother, because he sees them as part of the traditional British ruling class. He does not, however, himself really subscribe to any alternative system of values such as Communism or Socialism. A frequent theme of his complaints is that there are no longer any good causes to fight for; he envies his parents’ generation who could fight the anti-fascist battles of the thirties and forties. (His father was a veteran of the Spanish Civil War).

Jimmy’s relationship with Alison is a complex one, perhaps best expressed by the cliché that they can neither live with one another nor without one another. On the one hand, the differences in their personalities and their social backgrounds is the cause of constant friction between them. On the other, they have a deep emotional need for one another, shown by their game of “bears and squirrels”. To an outsider such as Helena this is mere sentimental whimsy; to them, it is a way of expressing their mutual love.

The British cinema was undergoing a similar revolution in the late fifties to that which was happening in the theatre, with an increasing emphasis on films about working-class life in what became known as “kitchen sink realism”. It was, therefore, perhaps inevitable that “Look Back” would be filmed. It is, however, not a very cinematic play. Apart from its plot, it is traditional in another respect, in that it observes two of the three classical unities, those of place and action. The film-makers clearly felt that this structure would not work in the cinema, because they took pains to “open it up”. The action moves out of Jimmy’s flat- there are scenes set in a jazz club, in the market where Jimmy works and in a theatre where Helena is appearing. Characters, such as Mrs Tanner, who are only referred to in the play actually appear in person in the film. The writers have added a sub-plot, not found in the play, about Jimmy’s struggles with an unpleasant market inspector and his attempts to prevent an Indian trader from falling victim to racist discrimination by the other stallholders.

At 115 minutes the film is already shorter than the normal running-time of a stage production of this play, and the insertion of these extra scenes meant that even more of the original text had to be sacrificed. Those who know the play from the theatre, therefore, will find the film version very truncated. Many of Jimmy’s lengthy speeches, in particular, have been cut, and the centrality of the relationship between himself and Alison is diluted by the introduction of new characters and new sub-plots. Although “opening up” works when some stage plays are transferred to the screen, in my view this is not one of them. In my opinion the film would have worked better as a piece of “filmed theatre”, sticking closer to Osborne’s original text.

One reviewer compares this film to “A Streetcar Named Desire”, which can be seen as a piece of American “kitchen sink”. There are certainly similarities between the two plays, both of which have at their centre an angry, outspoken working-class young man (Stanley/Jimmy), a milder friend (Mitch/Cliff) and two more genteel, middle-class women (Blanche and Stella/Alison and Helena). Both plays, when performed well in the theatre, can also provide a powerful emotional experience. The famous Marlon Brando/Vivien Leigh version of “Streetcar”, however, is a better film than “Look Back” because it succeeds in preserving the power of that experience in the cinema. At times, Richard Burton and Mary Ure come close to capturing the impact of Osborne’s play, but it is only at times. At other times that impact seems weakened. 7/10

Review By: JamesHitchcock Rating: 7 Date: 2006-07-14

Other Information:

Original Title Look Back in Anger
Release Date 1959-09-15
Release Year 1959

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 38 min (98 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated Approved
Genre Drama
Director Tony Richardson
Writer John Osborne, Nigel Kneale
Actors Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Mary Ure
Country United Kingdom
Awards Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film 1 win & 6 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory N/A
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm

Look Back in Anger 1959 123movies
Look Back in Anger 1959 123movies
Look Back in Anger 1959 123movies
Look Back in Anger 1959 123movies
Look Back in Anger 1959 123movies
Look Back in Anger 1959 123movies
Original title Look Back in Anger
TMDb Rating 6.7 51 votes

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