He is instinctively suspicious of any form of authority and of the establishment. The first market scenes were shot in the centre of Romford Market, Romford, Essex now in the east London Borough of Havering. Also look for Donald Pleasance in an early role as an officious inspector at the market, the kind of bureaucrat you love to hate. The delicate, dark-eyed beauty of Claire Bloom, as Allison's brittle best friend, provides a striking counterpoint to Ure's fragile blonde looks. Jimmy is visited by his childhood nanny, Mrs.
What was shocking about the play was its social setting and the attitudes displayed by the characters, especially Jimmy. Burton, a wooden film actor who just copied Laurence Olivier, shouts his way through the entire film as he always did. The whole story is uninteresting, dated and irrelevant. Yes, the film is in essence a couple of of hours of Burton abusing people, so I didn't find it particularly entertaining. Mary Ure reprises the role of Allyson as she played it in the original stage production of the play. While Jimmy is visiting with Ma Tanner at a local pub, Alison unsuccessfully attempts to tell him about her pregnancy, but cannot get his attention. Burton's portrayal of the young man is something to behold.
Good support from Claire Bloom, Mary Ure and Gary Raymond. I think you probably have to be British to have a full understanding of all the films implications, but dont let this hinder your viewing of a taught, powerful, emotional slice of flawlessly directed humanity. When Jimmy leaves for work, Alison confides to Cliff that she is pregnant. I was surprised to see that Nigel Kneale adapted the story for the screen as this is well away from his comfort zone of science fiction and weirdness. He is venomous, he is tender, he is human.
The look of it is about right- the characters are the right distance from the camera to deliver their lines for maximum impact in other words, the shots aren't cramped with close-ups in an already cramped apartment. Alison visits her doctor where it is revealed that she is pregnant. The part of the doctor was specially created for , the artistic director of the and the man to whom Osborne most owed his success. According to Burton biographer Paul Ferris, Salzman screened the film as a courtesy to Jack Warner, who put up the money for the picture. I was present as my uncle and his family lived in the street and we watched the filming from my uncle's house. 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.
This film is simplistic genius. 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. The use of light in the film is remarkable. He's a lower class youth who's married well beyond his station. As if that were not bad enough, at 33 he was far too old to play Jimmy Porter. Alison comes from an upper class family that Jimmy abhors and he berates Alison for being too reserved and unfeeling.
Class and station are quite a bit more rigid in Europe than they are here. Some of the minor casting is of historical interest. The scenes showing the street outside Jimmy and Alison Porter's flat were filmed in Harvist Road, London N7. Cliff lives with Jimmy and Alison and is close friends with both. At least Haigh would only have been 27 at the time of filming, easily able to pass for 25. Of course it was a startling stage play in London used to the genteel works of Rattigan and Coward. Jimmy's love for Alison is mixed with contempt at her privileged life, as he feels she never had to experience want, pain or suffering.
Saltzman and Richardson persuaded to take on the title role, at a much lower fee than his accustomed Hollywood payoff. After a few minutes, Warner asked sarcastically what language they were speaking. The film is based on 's about a love triangle involving an intelligent but disaffected young man Jimmy Porter , his upper-middle-class, impassive wife Alison , and her snooty best friend Helena Charles. She is frightened of Jimmy's reaction to this news, and has not told him. Surely nobody is that grumpy, cynical and malicious all the time? At times, Richard Burton and Mary Ure come close to capturing the impact of Osborne's play, but it is only at times.
Oh, what a depressing movie! For this, I blame the director Tony Richardson for not restraining him somewhat. 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. It's an adaptation of the famous John Osborne play about an angry young man and the love triangle in which he finds himself involving his wife and her best friend. Alison, now living in her parents' comparatively luxurious home, is having a precarious pregnancy, raising the possibility that Jimmy's wish for her to suffer tragedy might come true. He's a lower class youth who's married well beyond his station.
While Jimmy keeps vigil at Ma Tanner's hospital deathbed, Alison moves out and departs with her kindly father, Colonel Redfern, who has come to collect her. Unknown to Jimmy, Alison is pregnant at the time, and he starts a relationship with her best friend Helena, an actress. They mention that Jimmy is only 25, well Burton looked early 40s due to his alcoholism and chain smoking. When Jimmy pushes Alison while she is at the ironing board she is burned. Gary Raymond, as the couple's stalwart and sweet-natured friend Cliff, and Dame Edith Evans, as the one person Jimmy loves and respects unconditionally, contribute wonderful supporting performances. Jimmy is most comfortable around working-class people such as Cliff and Ma Tanner, an elderly woman who has been a mother figure for him and loaned him the money to open his stall.
Cliff lives with Jimmy and Alison and is close friends with both. Tim Adler wrote that Richardson never found out whether or not his first feature film made a profit. Richard Burton can deliver lines on-screen like no other actor. Their performances feel new and edgy, a move away from the traditional kind of performances that British actresses had been giving up to then while Gary Raymond is an admirable Cliff and a miscast Edith Evans does what she can with Ma Tanner. Some establishing shots were shot in Derby but the market scenes were shot in market; the railway station was Junction. When Jimmy pushes Alison while she is at the ironing board she is burned. It would be an understatement to say that Burton is bombastic; he chews the scenery to bits.