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A Kind Of Loving [DVD] [1962]

Alan Bates , June Ritchie , John Schlesinger    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alan Bates, June Ritchie, Thora Hird, Bert Palmer, Pat Keen
  • Directors: John Schlesinger
  • Writers: Keith Waterhouse, Stan Barstow, Willis Hall
  • Producers: Jack Hanbury, Joseph Janni
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jun 2001
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005B73L
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,034 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Pity poor Vic (Alan Bates): when he begins a relationship with Ingrid (June Ritchie), a typist at the Lancashire factory where he works as a draughtsman; his life comes apart at the seams. Ingrid's gossiping, malicious friends are bad enough, but her mother Mrs Rothwell (the terrifying Thora Hird) is something else. Vic has to marry Ingrid-she's pregnant--and the only place for them to stay is chez Rothwell.

There's a tenderness about A Kind of Loving which you don't find in the more abrasive "kitchen sink" films of the 60s. Vic is not a rebel like Arthur Seton in Saturday Night, Sunday Morning or a macho lunk like Richard Harris' rugby-league player in This Sporting Life. He's a likable, easygoing youngster who soon discovers that real-life love affairs are infinitely messier than he and his mates could ever have imagined. The acute, witty screenplay, adapted by Willis Hall and Keith Waterhouse from Stan Barstow's novel, shows how limited Vic and Ingrid's choices really are. They have no privacy or independence. Bounced into a marriage that neither necessarily wants, their romance quickly sours. Mrs Rothwell is truly the mother-in-law from Hell--a busybody and a tyrant. Look out for the Queen Victoria-like expression on her face when a drunken Vic throws up in her front room. Debut-feature director John Schlesinger captures the humour and the pathos in the young lovers' plight without ever making fun of them. --Geoffrey Macnab

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John Schlesinger's screen adaptation of Stan Barstow's 'kitchen-sink' novel tells a gritty story of love in an industrial Lancashire town. Draftsman Vic Brown (Alan Bates) sleeps with Ingrid (June Ritchie), a young typist who works at the same factory as him, but soon loses interest in her. When she discovers that she is pregnant, Vic finds himself burdened with unwanted family responsibilities and an interfering mother-in-law (Thora Hird). But despite these circumstances, Vic and Ingrid try to find a way of living together, working their way towards 'a kind of loving'.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars British Film Making At Its Best 6 July 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Adapted from a famous Stan Barstow novel the story evolves around Vic Brown's relationship with Ingrid Rothwell, a typist who works at the same place. When Ingrid falls pregnant, Vic is obliged to marry her and his life is turned upside down when he comes up against the mother-in-law from Hell wonderfully portrayed by Thora Hird. This is a fine example of British movie making and is worth seeing for the performances by Alan Bates; June Ritchie and of course, Thora Hird. Controversial at the time since it shows a partially nude June Ritchie which was taboo at the time, it looks dated now. But one cannot deny it was a fine achievement for its time. Good picture and sound make the DVD version a good buy. Shame there are no other features available; a trailer would have been nice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best British film ever! 4 July 2010
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This repackaged version of John Schlesinger's seminal masterpiece A Kind of Loving, is still sadly not the definitive restoration so sorely needed for this the very finest of British films. The print appears to be the same as that previously released by Momentum, and comes as a very grainy version with much of the original detail lost. As a result, Schlesinger's masterful attention to detail and the exquisite beauty of Denys N. Coop's black & white photography is still compromised in this edition. Additionally, this may also be a slightly shorter version than the previous release. Let's hope the likes of US restorer Criterion might get hold of it, and do what they did for their Region 1 Billy Liar double disc restoration, which is one of the best DVD restoration and extras packages on the market.

That said, very little can spike the director's genius and the utterly perfect script from legends Keith Waterhouse & Willis Hall. Of all the northern film dramas of the period, A Kind of Loving is the one that tells it how it really was. The awkward and touching innocence of Alan Bates' Vic and June Ritchie's Brenda, was socially par for the course in pre Beatles Britain - which was still in a kind of frozen post war shock.

This is a film that was rightfully shot in black & white, and in that monochrome spirit, Schlesinger so skilfully reminds us that cold rainy streets and packed buses with steamed up windows can still be the stuff of romance. Vic's tender joy at having hooked Brenda into a date on Saturday night is truly palpable, and identifies in all of us that special romantic rush that blots out all our worldly worries.

A Kind of Loving is a seminal British classic that deserves the full uncut restoration treatment with supporting documentaries and commentaries. Studio Canal please take note for the forthcoming Blu-Ray version which I'm sure will soon be on the cards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early 60s spot on. 22 April 2006
By Glasgow
Believe me, this might as well be an early 60s documentary. Just the way it was for plenty of Vic's and Ingrid's, including staying with the mother in law. Incidently, Thora Hird wasn't the worst. A sort of semi-staid Britain just before the Beatles exploded on the scene. Great acting all round. From the script to the decor, clothing and shortage of cars on the road, it's just the way it was. No features or trailer, who cares. If you want to time travel back to early 60s UK and be a fly on the wall in almost any home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite film 8 Dec 2009
Sorry to harp on. At a time when we produced the best films....Aln Bates is one of the greatest actors of his time. This film is beautifully set. It is honest with a wonderful script. A reflection of the times. The awkwardeness of the times shines through. Belivable and showing a message still relevant today. Watch and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ruddy good 10 Dec 2009
The Manchester accents can make the dialogue elusive at times, but this is a superior production from all important points of view: script, direction, acting. The location shooting is absolutely wonderful - never a shadow on the bitumen. The story is as straight forward as a half-pint of lager. but it is handled with such conviction and honesty by all concerned, nothing seems the least bit stale. A worthy addition to any DVD collection of fine cinema.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece in monochrome 21 July 2011
By John A. Stedman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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John Schlesinger has the ability to portray life as it was, not through a rose tinted window. His documentaries are second to none in my view and this drama reflects the world as it was at the tinme. It is the detail that he captures that is astonishing. Things that you had long forgotten and often missing in films of this genre. Being made in black and white somehow adds to the starkness of the reality - the grimy scenes of a Northern England industrial city on a wet winter's morning with a hint of sun being reflected in the puddles and the condensation of breath in the air. The tobacco kiosk, dimly lit in a pedestrian passageway, with just the glow of a warm incandescant lamp through the serving window, itself lined with tubes of fruit sweets and mints priced from 3d. The beams of the projector in a cinema, dancing in the thick cigarette smoke. The open platform double deck bus home on a cold evening, again the dim glow of the lightbulbs on the lower deck, condensation running down the windows, and the whine of the gearbox underneath. Fabulous film with a simple and realistic story. 100% enjoyment of the kind that's not made anymore. Don't even hesitate on this one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I agree...... 18 Sep 2010
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I had seen many of the others, A Taste of Honey, This Sporting Life, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, mostly on tv, but not this one, so I ordered the DVD. I have flicked through some of the other reviews again, and they describe the film very well.

When I saw the first shots leading to the wedding scene I sat up in my seat, very impressed indeed. The high standard of acting and filming and story development, with all it's ambiguities, was maintained throughout. And I agree, the story is still very relevant.

I can't see any reason not to describe this as a masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A kind of loving.
I wanted this dvd as I grew up with June Ritchie and went to the Childrens Theatre, in Stretford, Manchester where she started her acting career. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Silver Surfer
4.0 out of 5 stars Another oldie that needs a re-watch
Again saw this film years ago when it was made and it was so like real life at that time. Another bit of nostalgia for me. Thoroughly enjoyed
Published 3 months ago by christine quinney
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable look at the past.
Well-filmed and generally convincing, although the idea of the young bride falling down the stairs and therefore miscarrying was a touch melodramatic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ieuan Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb
I can't say how many times I have watched this film. It is absolutely faultless both in production and editing. There is no flaw at all, which must be an accolade. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sandford
4.0 out of 5 stars Fab old film
This is a lovely little film that everyone should see. It is highly recommended and a must see film from back in the day
Published 5 months ago by Leese
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kind of Loving
Again total nostalgia. I was 22 years old in the Sixties - I remember it well!
Would recommend to lovers of the Sixties flms - my favourite era.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs L M Glenville
5.0 out of 5 stars Another British gem
Anyone who has read my previous reviews on British films will know that I have a love affair with anything set "Oop North", This is probably because that's where I live. Read more
Published 8 months ago by QM1
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I've watched the film so many times and each time it's as fresh as ever. I've just treated myself to a Kindle copy of the book to re-read on holiday. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pammie
4.0 out of 5 stars A look at the 60s
This is very much British working class realism from the 60s. Alan Bates is charismatic and works well in this role.He doesn't have a hope against the mother-in-law from hell. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sandra Nilsson
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice British film to watch
I like movies from the 1960s and I also had read this book some years before, but I don't remember seeing this movie before getting this DVD. Read more
Published 12 months ago by john
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