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The Wind of Change plus bonus of The Traitors makes great deal...,
This review is from: Wind Of Change/The Traitors [DVD] (DVD)This latest Odeon release is a winner all round. The 2 films both British "B" pictures are as different as you could get but both are of their time and good examples of the black & white supporting feature that we expected to see at the local cinema back in the 1960s.
The Wind of Change directed by Vernon Sewell is a fast moving kitchen sink style drama and has a good role in it for the often seen in small parts Hilda Fenemore but here she has a more substantial part as the mother of a thug played by Johnny Briggs. Her husband is played by Donald Pleasence and he keeps rabbits in the back yard and their daughter is played by 1960s face Ann Lynn. There are some musical scenes in the cafe and the whole film is a fascinating period piece in some respects and yet the theme is just as relevant today.
The Traitors which is directed by Robert Tronson is all about spies and is a slower moving production but equally as watchable. The picture quality is a little darker. The well known face of Patrick Allen and his even more recognisable voice make this a film to both listen to and watch.
The booklet notes are by Steve Chibnall and there are a couple of film stills printed inside the liner too. This is a worthy addition to The Best of British Collection and one which I think you will enjoy.
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Initial post: 9 Apr 2010 15:57:35 BDT
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R. Howard says:
I was never aware of this film,untill I did a search on play.com of new releases.
A Lot of people know about the films of post-war Britain that tackled the subject of cultural/ethnic minorities in British films;for example Sapphire, Flame in the Streets,Jemima and Johnny.
What is very intrigueing about The Wind of Change is there is no morality of Political Correctioness in how people relate to each other; this gives the film a very realistic quality.
We know from our history these are some of the views of what some White people thought about Black people (the era of the empire windrush and aftermath).
What seems sad about this film is the views of some white charecters seem not to be challegened as much as they should;especially Donald Plesence and Johnny Briggs charectors.
Johnny Briggs acting in this film is incredible and if he had carried on in this way in leading british (Youth Films) he could have been a teen idol as Cliff Richard was.
After seeing this film I would say it is one of the most important films next to Flame in the Streets in how Black people were treated in this society in the aftermath of the post war empire windrush era;and a very true reflection of race relations in the early British 1960's.
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