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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Night And Sunday Morning [1960], 18 Jan 2006
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Rebecca Wright (Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Saturday Night And Sunday Morning [DVD] [1960] (DVD)
Karel Reisz's 1960 classic follows a dissatisfied factory worker Arthur Seaton (Albert Finney) through a difficult time in his life. It is the difficult transition from being an 'Angry Young Man' to a man who accepts the world around him. In his attempt to find satisfaction from his monotonous factory job, Arthur becomes involved with a married woman, Brenda (Rachel Roberts). The film follows their relationship in light of the rules and moral codes present in the late 50's and early 60's, it deals with issues of extra-marital sex and pregnancy. At the time this film was controversial and received a great deal of censorship before it was allowed to be released. The issues may seem dated today but were revolutionary at the time of its release.
The film explores deep concepts such as fatalism and leaves you feeling that life isn't yours to change. This very British film is a good example of 'British New Wave' or 'Brit Grit' cinema, sometimes referred to as 'kitchen sink' drama. However I feel that it is more than this; it is the mother of phrases such as "Don't let the bastards grind you down" and "What I want is a good time. All the rest is propaganda;" phrases that underpin the ethos of the film and make its star, Albert Finney' more than just a rebellious lout. His words sum up the feelings of disillusionment and disquiet of the time and make the film a must see for anyone with an interest in good old working-class British Cinema. The 1997 film 'Nil By Mouth' (Oldman) provides a modern outlook on similar themes. Both films are bleak with intentionally unsatisfactory endings. Definitely worth a look for the thoughtful.
Special Features
Something I did find disapppointing about the DVD itself is its lack of special features. It includes:
1.66 Wide Screen
English
Region 2
But there is nothing in terms of interview with the director or even any special footage of the making of the film. Still the film itself is worth a watch, even without the contextual stuff.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part of the New Wave British Cinema, 26 April 2003
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E. A. Redfearn "eredfearn2" (Middlesbrough) - See all my reviews
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It was this film which made Albert Finney a household name. He plays Arthur Seaton, a bored young man who works a tedious job in a bicycle factory in Nottingham. Drifting into an affair with a workmate's wife (Rachel Roberts) she becomes pregnant, and he struggles with responsibilities which he doesnt want. He then meets the lovely and shy Doreen (Shirley Anne Field) and embarks on an affair with her as well. At the end, he begins to realise that he has to grow up and face his responsibilities at last. Overall, this is a fine adult film which needs to be seen by a new generation of film buffs in order to understand the social climate which existed as the 1950s drew to a close. Many wonderful actors grace this film, Hylda Baker; Norman Rossington; and others. Although it seems rather dated now, the fine acting by all those concerned make this film what it is; a tribute to the working classes and their struggle to improve their quality of life during the austerity years after World War 2. Needs to be seen on DVD of course, which I understand is due to be released shortly. A tribute also to the New Wave British Cinema which emerged during the mid 1950s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saturday night & Sunday morning., 26 Jun 2005
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Paul Stanford "Palibacsi" (READING, BERKSHIRE United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Saturday Night And Sunday Morning [DVD] [1960] (DVD)
This film will really give the viewer a true taste of the time. It's slightly grubby outlook is truly of the period and portrays the working class exactly as they really were. The pubs & clubs, the boys and girls on a Saturday night, looking to put 40 hours of dirty, boring factory work behind them and hoping for a good time are very true and honest. The violence that is shown was always a feature of a night out in these times. A masterpiece of British Cinema not to be missed.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True and thourough, 31 Oct 2003
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This film was made as it was. The factory and working life,living conditions and social life is just as there had been a camera strapped to the back of anyone who went throgh these times. The film is well directed and put in great context. great to see the streets that sadly arnt there anymore, but there is a lot that are . So it can be used historicaly or just as a good alround film with many laughs and a few tears
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful performances by all in a British classic, 17 Aug 2008
A Brilliant film and about as British as they come. Filmed entirely on location in the midlands (Nottingham) at the beginning of the 1960s it documents the life of Arthur Seaton (Finney) and the pure drudgery of the working week where all there is to live for is the weekends; a time to get down the pub and binge drink and, at every opportunity, get to bed his friend's middle aged wife, Brenda. Powerful performances by all the cast, especially Finney who plays the part of Arthur with incredible vitality. It demonstrates how even 40 years ago there were individuals who were unashamedly amoral and against authority of any kind. This film is a classic and a piece of social history.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic overlook on the sixties, 26 Dec 2003
This review is from: Saturday Night And Sunday Morning [DVD] [1960] (DVD)
Black and white film for sure, but it will teach you more about the beginning of the sixties in England than any boring history book.
Albert Finney is splendid and all the other actors are great.
It was just before the Beatles and the Stones and you can almost imagine Pete Townshend starting to write a song saying : "hope I die before I get old ! ".
One of the best british films .
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexamined, somewhat empty life, 26 Sep 2005
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Robert Morris (Dallas, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Saturday Night And Sunday Morning [DVD] [1960] (DVD)
Throughout the 1950s, a group of young British writers were referred to as "angry young men" because, in their novels and plays, they excoriated what they perceived to be the dominant materialistic values of their society following World War Two. They included playwrights John Osborne and Kingsley Amis and novelists John Braine, John Wain, and Alan Silitoe. This film is based on Silitoe's novel (same title) in which he focuses on Arthur Seaton (brilliantly portrayed by Albert Finney) who endures working in a factory all week so that he can afford to drink and chase women on Saturday evening. He lives (if that's the word) day-to-day, insisting "All I want is a good time. The rest is propaganda." Arthur is intelligent enough to know how to indulge his vices but lacks the wisdom to understand that he is drinking and wenching away what few prospects he has to improve his situation. It is unclear (at least to me) whether or not Arthur really wishes to do so. While continuing an affair with Brenda (Rachel Roberts), the bored and restless wife of his foreman/supervisor Jack (Bryan Pringle), Albert also becomes involved with Doreen Gretton (Shirley Ann Field) whose own ambitions seem limited to getting married and starting a family. Revealing to me is the fact that neither Arthur nor Brenda seems especially concerned about, much less rebellious against the limits imposed on them within their class-based industrial society.

Suffocation is one of the recurring themes in James Joyce's novels and short stories. I was reminded of that recently as I again observed Arthur's self-indulgent hedonism, indifference to the feelings of others, and callous betrayal of what little he has going for him. Sooner than he realizes, there will be only quiet evenings at home on Saturday. As for his Sundays, perhaps (just perhaps) they will include a moment when he wonders where his youth went as he wearily looks ahead to another dreary week in the local factory. Yes, "the sun also rises...." And then, what will its harsh light reveal?
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The star of 'new wave British Cinema' - a classic, 6 Oct 2003
This review is from: Saturday Night And Sunday Morning [DVD] [1960] (DVD)
Saturday Night & Sunday Morning was a film i came across when studying film at college. I enjoyed the films that our teacher put on, but this film was a cut above the rest. Made in 1960 by an unknown Polish director Karel Reisz this film thrust one of the finest actors this nation has ever produced onto the silver screen in Manchester born Albert Finney. Finney, who plays the part of Nottingham factory worker Arthur Seayton, is epitome of the 60's youth rebelion culture in his attitude to life. Never will you hear better lines from Arthur whose 'out for a good time...the rest is propaganda'.
I've played this film to all my mates (19-20 years-old) and they all were in stitches laughing at the chat-up lines Finney comes out with through his character Arthur.
I urge anybody whose a film lover to buy this. Saturday Night & Sunday Morning is not your Hollywood blockbuster film it's a well written British film that made me laugh and laugh. An essential part of British cinema that has to be included in any film collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is this REALLY nearly 100?, 20 Sep 2013
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Fantastic film. Saw it at the cinema when it came out. But is this dvd really 100? It's a great film but you'd have to be nuts to pay this for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars home entertainment, 1 July 2013
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DUNCAN ARMOUR (East Kilbride,Scotland,United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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to me this is one of the best british movies ever produced exemplifying our home film industry at its best
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