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5.0 out of 5 stars "What Do All These Athiests Know About Hell" - Pinky Brown, 16 Oct 2006
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This review is from: Brighton Rock [DVD] [1947] (DVD)
`Brighton Rock' is essentially a tale of a teenage gangster, Pinkie Brown, and his attempts to silence a potential witness, Rose, to a crime. John Boulting (Thunder Rock, 1942; I'm All Right Jack, 1959) directed it in 1947 and was producer by his twin brother Roy. The screenplay was adapted from the Graham Greene novel of the same name by Terence Rattigan. There are significant differences at the ending of the film in relation to the novel (the book is more brutal) but I think that it takes nothing away from the film or the book. Due to BBFC rules at the time some changes had to made to the intended ending (the record scene) of the film because they wanted it to have a happy ending, which I think in retrospect made it better. The only feature really missing is the strength of character development one could only expect from a novel. However saying all that, the adaptation is excellent.

`Brighton Rock' featured two brilliant performances from Richard Attenborough (In Which We Serve, 1942; A Matter Of Life And Death, 1946) as Pinkie and Carol Marsh as Rose. Richard's performance is a career highlight for him, which could be regarded as the emergence of the `angry young man' in British cinema, but it was Carol's performance that I really loved. Her performance of innocence is something we so rarely see in modern cinema that it is remarkably refreshing to watch. One thing worth pointing out though is that Rose in the novel was not quite as pretty and we see more of her family life and the possible reason for her attachment to Pinkie. Carol Marsh never made many other significant films that I feel it's a bit of a shame because I think we've missed something there. I place her performance alongside Dorothy Malone's bit part in `The Big Sleep' (1946) who we also never saw enough of sadly.

Cinematography on `Brighton Rock' was by Gilbert Taylor who would later work on films such as `Repulsion' (Polanski, 1965) `Dr Strangelove' (Kubrick, 1964) and the much loved `Star Wars' (Lucas, 1977). Other films adapted from Graham Greene novels worth watching are `This Gun For Hire' (Tuttle, 1942) which has a similar theme and the excellent `The Third Man' (Reed, 1949). I loved this film and I loved the novel and I recommend both to you.

`Brighton Rock' is ranked No.15 in the BFI Top 100 British Films.
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Initial post: 15 Jan 2009 22:23:55 GMT
mike4642 says:
I totally agree that both Richatd Attenborough and the Carol Marsh role of Rose are exquisite. In reading the book I detested Pinkie in watching the movie I felt sorry in some ways for him and actually wanted him to get away in the end.
Carol performance was wonderful and I do agree she should have gone onto to greater things sadly she didnt but we always have this performance to cherish.
Wonderful British movie made before I was born, how I wished I could have known those hard times (in some ways) alas life was much simpler then.

Posted on 15 Jan 2009 22:24:21 GMT
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Posted on 17 Nov 2012 21:35:00 GMT
thankyou for the book references which we'll explore. Seen the films but need the books.
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