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Beryl Reid's finest hour,
This review is from: The Killing Of Sister George [DVD] (DVD)
This is a film which is very much a product of its time (1968)and yet also seems more innovative and contemporary than most of today's movies. Beryl Reid's portrayal of an alcoholic soap star whose career and personal life are falling apart is flawless and she is more than ably supported by her co-stars Susannah York and Coral Browne.
This film is memorable on so many levels. Along with vividly recapturing 1960's 'Swinging' London, it also gives a rare and fascinating insight into the lesbian scene, as the scenes were filmed in the famous Gateways Club. However, the most striking aspect of this film is the harrowing and moving portrayal by Reid and York of two women in a disintegrating relationship.
Beryl Reid manages to strike the right balance between tragedy and comedy, managing to be fearless and outrageously funny in one scene, whilst seeming broken and pathetic in the next.
One trivia fact: this film was made with the proceeds from Robert Aldrich's previous film, 'The Dirty Dozen'. This may seem an unlikely successor, but remember that Aldrich also directed the wonderful 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?'
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Initial post: 24 Nov 2012 18:43:45 GMT
I agree fully with this review and that is wthout seeing it for many a year but I remember it and the Gateways club like it was yesterday. This is for my collection can't wait to watch it again.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2014 18:51:36 BDT
I bought this film in 2014, Beryl Reid was my late mothers cousin
so their is a family connection, like my mother and myself we love cats, so did beryl. Yes a great performer.
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