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Woman In A Dressing Gown [DVD] [1957]

Yvonne Mitchell , Anthony Quayle , J. Lee Thompson    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Yvonne Mitchell, Anthony Quayle, Sylvia Syms
  • Directors: J. Lee Thompson
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006C1ELTW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,998 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Anthony Quayle and Sylvia Syms star in this 1950s British drama about marital strife. Fed up with his wife Amy (Yvonne Mitchell)'s frumpy appearance and bad housekeeping skills, long-married Jim Preston (Quayle) begins an affair with co-worker Georgie (Sylvia Syms), who threatens to break it off unless Jim divorces his wife. Shocked and distressed by Jim's request, Amy quickly vows to change her slovenly ways, setting out to win back the man she loves, whatever it takes.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Woman in a Dressing Gown is a 1957 British film directed by J. Lee Thompson (Ice Cold In Alex, Cape Fear, The Guns Of Navarone) and stars Sylvia Syms (Ice Cold In Alex, No Trees In The Street) Anthony Quale (Ice Cold In Alex, The Guns Of Navarone) and Yvonne Mitchell who won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 7th Berlin International Film Festival for her role as Amy. A powerful and progressive drama of a marriage in crisis, Woman In A Dressing Gown is an early slice of social realism. A married, middle-aged woman is shocked to discover that her husband, who she thought was content in their marriage, has become infatuated with a beautiful younger woman and is planning to leave his family for her. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Berlin International Film Festival, Golden Globes, ...Woman in a Dressing Gown

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super drama! 17 Aug 2012
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"Woman in a Dressing Gown" has been given a superb DVD release by StudioCanal - a perfect, sharp and crystal clear image with excellent audio for the film itself, and some excellent extras including interviews with the producer and most fascinatingly Sylvia Syms, who shares her memories of making the film with us and her thoughts about her character and those of Jim (Anthony Quayle) and Amy (Yvonne Mitchell).

The film itself was quite daring in its day with the depiction of a working class man escaping the dissatisfaction with his home life through a romantic affair with a younger woman at work. Yvonne Mitchell is outstanding and painfully believable as Amy, the good natured but thoroughly disorganised wife whose life is one of continual domestic chaos. The family flat is a complete tip but she is completely oblivious to the mess surrounding her, totally willing but incapable of focusing on anything in order to achieve any end result. As Jim, Anthony Quayle gives a sympathetic portrayal of a man who still loves his wife but is finding her increasingly impossible to live with, and so has begun an affair with Georgie, a woman the complete opposite. Sylvia Syms completes the triangle, beautiful to look at and determined in her own way to have Jim for herself.

The film is really a character study of the three main protagonists and a very interesting one at that. I found I had mixed emotions for all of them, especially Amy, whose disorganisation seemed at times to be over exaggerated. My sympathies wavered all the time! The situation of the three main characters would today seem quite old-hat but not so in 1957 I suspect.

This is a terrific film, thoroughly engrossing - do yourself a treat - and buy it!!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film 29 July 2012
This is one of the best films involving social realism in working class relationships and won many award when released. It was recently given 5 stars by the Guardian and the Telegraph plus the subject of a favourable piece on the BBC's 'front row' programme. Ahead of it's time and a gripping drama with a fantastic cast, Anthony Quale, Yvonne Mitchell and Sylvia Sims, a great Director J. Lee Thompson and from the pen of the much loved radical writer Ted Willis. One of his finest.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent vehicle for Yvonne Mitchell 10 Jan 2013
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This is a terrific movie from the UK, directed by the great J. Lee Thompson. It has a sensitive performance from Yvonne Mitchell. Sylvia Syms, at the start of her career, also gave a terrific performance. Ms Syms was one of the most beautiful British actress in films of the 1950's. Anthony Quayle is usually associated with war movies but here he is a man trapped in married life and in a dead end job. The film also features solid supporting performances from Andrew Ray and Carole Lesley. It is a gem of a movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars 10 Dec 2012
Agree with all the comments ..Yvonne Mitchell gives one of the truly great cinematic performances ever
Kitchens don't get messier than this
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 8 Dec 2012
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Brilliant film.

I have waited for years for tis to be on DVD.

An Outstanding british film, I wish there more in this genre available, like, The Bofors Gun, laughter in the Dark etc...
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great antidote to a frivolous age 3 Aug 2012
This is one of the great films of that interregnal, hard-to-define and somewhat elusive period that followed the traditional stiff-upper-lip cinema of the post-war period, but came before the new wave films of the so-called "swinging 60s", with all its connotations of female emancipation and free love (all bogus hypocritical rubbish in hindsight, of course, but let's not go there for now). It's rather like "A Kind of Loving" (made five years later, in 1962) in that it dealt with the grubby realities of life, and was thus part of the genre known as the "Kitchen Sink" drama.
The plot is simplicity itself. Jim Preston (Anthony Quayle) is the middle-aged husband of the dowdy Amy (played by Yvonne Mitchell, a now-forgotten but truly wonderful actress) who, fed up with his monotonous life, has an affair with Georgie Harlow (Sylvia Sims) and prepares to leave home for her. Amy does her best to get Jim to stay, trying to make herself glamorous in order to attract him back to the family home (she spends money she can't afford on a hairdo that is ruined by the rain), but all to no avail - he is determined to go...

It's the kind of film that it would be impossible to make now - anyone attempting to deal with the drab verities in such an unsparing way would be unable to resist lapsing into comedic parody and send-up. But it is a film, shot in grainy black-and-white, that has an unsparing honesty about it, rather like "A Kind of Loving", and it is absolutely heart-wrenching to watch. Your heart goes out to the despairing Amy as she does her sad best to try and make Jim stay, especially as he stays not because of her, but because he realises that he, too, in his way, is as drab and flattened by life as she is, and that the glamorous Georgie will not stay with him for the long-haul.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Film Finally on DVD 23 Aug 2012
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I first saw this film when I was about 10 years old in the mid 1960s and it was shown on a local television channel in Hawaii. Even at that tender age, I was captivated by this film and I have never forgotten it. Having searched for a copy of it all these years, it's wonderful that it's finally been released on DVD. I love the script for this film and the performances are excellent. Yvonne Mitchell is terrific as the housewife in crisis, and it is probably her finest film performance. Anthony Quayle and the beautiful Sylvia Syms are equally expert in their roles. I don't know if this film is considered one of the earliest kitchen sink dramas, but regardless, it is a great film that is funny and poignant and insightful.
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Published 2 days ago by MRS V R SNELLING
5.0 out of 5 stars Drama in the Kitchen
The working class social realism of the British kitchen sink dramas have become much sought after additions to my film collection. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aitken
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 2 months ago by patricia tuffnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great viewing
A fantastic old black & white film. I copied it years ago from tv and bought the dvd now. Great viewing.
Published 3 months ago by annette
A real little gem of a film from the 50's covering social realist topics from a strongly female point of view. Well worth the watch
Published 4 months ago by john strongman
5.0 out of 5 stars About time too.
At last . At last . At last. This film is on a proper DVD. I bought a rough and ready DVD of this from ebay some years ago. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. G. J. Fake
4.0 out of 5 stars A golden oldie
A great movie to curl up and have a good weep. It's a classic! It's my favourite oldie goldie would have given 5 stars , but it's not for everyone.
Published 7 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD WATCH
lots of good dialoge, action and great acting . I would recommend i should be viewed by anyone likeing drama
Published 8 months ago by ian garwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Comb your hair, fix your make-up
In 1964 Burt Bacharach won the Grammy Award for his song "Wives and Lovers", the lyrics of which began: "Hey, little girl, comb your hair, fix your make-up. Read more
Published 11 months ago by R. J. Blower
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last
This is in my opinion what was great about british kitchen sink drama's films of the fifties and sixties. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. K. C. Lee
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