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Look Back in Anger [DVD]

3.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Siobhan Redmond, Gerard Horan, Edward Jewesbury
  • Directors: Judi Dench, David Jones
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005VCO31Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,174 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Judi Dench directs Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson in the Renaissance Theatre Company's highly acclaimed presentation of John Osborne's landmark play a work which brought in the generation of 'Angry Young Men', revolutionising theatre and having such a profound effect on Drama that it is still felt to this day.

A story of disparate characters locked into the raw misery of a self-destructive marriage driven towards crisis point, Look Back in Anger features astonishing performances from both its celebrated leads. Branagh's turn as the mercurial central character, a disappointed working-class graduate railing furiously against bourgeois respectability, was hailed by Osborne as 'the best Jimmy Porter ever', while Thompson brings enormous sympathy and depth to the role of the long-suffering Alison the seeming embodiment of all that Jimmy abhors.
 

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"Branagh gives a blistering performance" -- Financial Times

"Shocking enough to have the audience gasping and wincing" -- Daily Mail

"… Branagh’s superb central performance" -- The Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 23 Feb. 2005
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Seeing this broadcast in 1989 was a life-changing experience for me, comparable to seeing Bill Hicks for the first time a couple of years later. Kenneth Branagh's performance as the immortal Jimmy Porter has such power that the screen absolutely blazes even when he is silent. The rest of the cast feed from that intensity.
Despite it's divisive and controversial reputation, this is one of the most elegantly constructed dramas of the 20th century; tension is built and released expertly and there is a clever series of repetitions (of images and moods, tone and atmosphere) which makes the whole experience similar to hearing a piece of music.
I've seen the play several times since in the theatre and perhaps that is where it belongs and works best, but the intensity of this film cannot be denied.
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Great performances and a demanding (but wonderful) script. A great piece of stage film directed by Damn Judi Dench with an unforseen twist in the tale.
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More true to the original play but lacks a bit of Kenneth Haigh's original deep seated anger
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An ok production which doesn't pack a punch like the original play when first produced.
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