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This review is from: Alfie [DVD]  (DVD)
Out on DVD for the first time is this movie which not only became one of the best in Michael Caine's stolid career, but also made waves as a solid English comedy-drama of the new wave of the Sixties.
Released in 1966 and directed by the evergreen Lewis Gilbert, "Alfie" follows the exploits of a young cockney man-about-town getting about, and finding his way through more girls than a six-pack!
Whilst many would declare this to be plain od fashioned sexism, i do not. Although it is true to say that a lot of what Alfie says and does in his relationships was plainly sexist by any standards, this only served to show the shallowness in his character whilst trying to find the answer of what it's really all about. A shallowness that came abruptly up on its heals when one relationship in particular goes badly wrong. This is a real taste of Sixties England, when women really did still come second best to men , and it was quite normal for the guys to get their way whenever they liked. It was a mans' world despite the Sixties Pap, and between them Gilbert and Caine captured it exactly.
Caine's performance in particular was cool, well thought out and extremely professional, and i have forever been at a loss as to why it didn't earn for him an Oscar.
If you like dramas and have never seen this movie before, then try it, you won't be disappointed. If however, like most of us you have seen it before this new release onto DVD will do you proud, just as it does for the film itself.
But who, i hear you ask, is singing the title song. True, it's not Dionne Warwick or Cilla Black. It's actually Millicent Martin who makes a breif appearance at the beginning and end of the film. Typical movie biznis, the girl who actually sand the number in the film doesn't even get remembered for it!
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Initial post: 27 Aug 2012 20:40:41 BDT
Gullible Traveller says:
Good gracious! The title song, which only features on the US edition of the film, is sung by Cher. This is a much inferior version of Cilla's original recording, but the song was only inspired by the film so was not included on the UK print of the film. Because it was included on the end credits of the US film Bacharach and David's wonderful song received a well-deserved Oscar nomination.
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