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4.0 out of 5 stars The Whol' World's In A State Of Chassis- Thank Goodness This Film Isn't!
This early talkie from master Alfred Hitchcock demonstrates his skill as a director and senstivity regarding actors and source materials. For the most part, this faithful adaptation of the Sean O'Casey play is plagued by problems such as a grainy picture and poor quality sound- but you must remember this film was made way back in 1929!
The occasionally melodramatic...
Published on 14 Feb 2011 by B. Brecht Jr.

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3.0 out of 5 stars ..."the whole world is in a state o' chassis..."
"Juno and the Paycock" is one of Hitchcock's earliest films , but it does not really bear any of his characteristic trademarks.It is a straightforward drama and a fairly faithful adaptation of Sean O'Casey's classic play , set during the Irish Civil War in the 1920's. For most of it's duration , watching "Juno" is like watching a theatre performance , with most of the...
Published on 11 April 2006 by L. Davidson


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Whol' World's In A State Of Chassis- Thank Goodness This Film Isn't!, 14 Feb 2011
This early talkie from master Alfred Hitchcock demonstrates his skill as a director and senstivity regarding actors and source materials. For the most part, this faithful adaptation of the Sean O'Casey play is plagued by problems such as a grainy picture and poor quality sound- but you must remember this film was made way back in 1929!
The occasionally melodramatic acting does not hinder the storytelling in any way and frequently adds comedic overtones to the whole piece. The biggest downside to the acting is that the inexperience of many cast members sometimes comes through, with several actors looking nervous in front of the camera.
Overall, this is a solid but entertaining adaptation and deserves to be better known. The DVD has no extras, which for the price I paid, were sorely needed to explain this fascinating film.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ..."the whole world is in a state o' chassis...", 11 April 2006
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L. Davidson (Belfast, N.Ireland) - See all my reviews
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"Juno and the Paycock" is one of Hitchcock's earliest films , but it does not really bear any of his characteristic trademarks.It is a straightforward drama and a fairly faithful adaptation of Sean O'Casey's classic play , set during the Irish Civil War in the 1920's. For most of it's duration , watching "Juno" is like watching a theatre performance , with most of the action taking place in the one room and the actors mostly static. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as the acting itself is surprisingly good and the tragi-comic story is an entertaining one. Juno is the genial matriarch of a dysfunctional working class family that consists of her drunken husband, "Captain" (forever skiving off to the pub with his mate Joxer) and her two children Johnny and Mary ,who meet with tragedy as the film progresses.

The film is a strong critique of the traditional patriarchal family and the sexual balance of power within it , with women portrayed as long-suffering, hard working and responsible and men as selfish, lazy and immature. In that sense it is a radical, proto-feminist one. O'Casey also pours scorn on the violent Irish Republicanism that is the backdrop to the film and the reason for the Civil War. The disturbed, one-armed Johnny , aflame with love for the abstract concept of "Ireland" ,appears to be O'Casey's symbol for the incongruity and pointlessness of any proletarian adherence to bourgeois nationalism. The acting and storyline may be good , but sadly the quality of the actual film is poor. The sound is fuzzy at times and the dialogue hard to make out ,while the picture is washed-out looking and grainy. Maybe someone could spend the time digitally remastering it in some way ,as it is still a good film with a genuinely authentic feel to it ,due to it being made only a few years after the traumatic events of the Irish Civil War.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 July 2014
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wonderful play
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Juno!, 16 Dec 2013
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great to get this as had problems locating a copy. Needed it for my daughter who is sitting an exam on this piece of drama. Will order again. Many thanks. CC
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1.0 out of 5 stars Thinking of buying tis - forget it!, 4 July 2007
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As I am in the throes of producing this play, I thought I'd give the film a look. Bad idea! Being from the 1930's one could expect the poor sound and grainy pictures, but the whole production is so amateur. The lead charcater is so badly played and the script spattered with unnecessary additions I could hardly bear to watch. these are obviously stage actors overacting but up close and in your face. I now have to forget I ever saw this and go back to O'Casey whose marvellous play has been so ill-served by this film.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I should have read the reviews first..., 30 Mar 2006
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An old fashioned black and white film made in 1930, an early Hitchcock so is probably a classic. The film is largely based in the living room of a very poor Irish family amidst the sectarian troubles. The characters are great and the whole thing would be a good study for students. However, I personally found the entertainment value limited, taking me from laughing at the wry wit and extreme characters through a fairly gripping plot to an ever darkening conclusion. Knowing I'm a 'happy ending' type, I should have been more careful to evaluate it before adding it to my rental list.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars boring film, 2 Mar 2012
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The only thing that may made this film somewhat known is the fact that it was directed by Hitchcock. Otherwise, no one would bother to watch this boring film.
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