Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

DVD - 2002
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A rambunctious (and contentious) young man stuck in a factory job is having an affair with the wife of a co-worker. Frustrated by his economic confines, he drinks up much of his paycheck on the weekends. He also meets a young girl his own age and his affections begin to shift toward her.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment, [2002]
ISBN: 9780792851981
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE SATUR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (Not rated)(89 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Laser optical
Notes: Widescreen (letterbox format)
Screenplay adapted by Alan Sillitoe from his novel
Videodisc release of the 1960 motion picture
Contains the original theatrical trailer


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Dec 17, 2014

Albert Finney plays Arthur Seaton, a selfish, unsympathetic lout in one of the more famous “angry young men” films to emerge from 1960’s England. Fed up with the pointless working class existence he’s inherited from his “dead from the neck up” parents, Arthur rebels via a series of equally pointless drinking binges, adulterous affairs and juvenile practical jokes; “I’m out for a good time...” he confesses to the camera at one point, “...all the rest is propaganda”. And when it comes time to take responsibility for a personal crisis he helped precipitate he proves to be a man of his word. Shot in dreary shades of grey and white which serve to highlight the endless tedium of Arthur’s reality, Karel Reisz’s rather depressing film presents an exaggerated urban landscape of crushing conformity and muted desperation where a trip to an amusement park is rife with angst and a futile rant against suburban sprawl provides a grim irony. It’s all terribly dated of course, and obviously tailored to a generation of future hippies, but the performances are pretty near flawless and Seaton’s vitriolic musings occasionally hit home.


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