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Prostitute (Blu-ray + DVD)
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Tony Garnett, one of British television's most controversial and celebrated figures, is responsible for producing some of the most politically radical UK drama, and is associated with some of the most ground-breaking work with director Ken Loach.
His directorial debut, Prostitute, is the tale of two women - Sandra (Eleanor Forsythe), an ambitious but naïve Birmingham working girl who moves to London with the hopes of securing wealthier patrons, and Louise (Kate Crutchley) her social worker friend who is fighting to change the antiquated and hypocritical prostitution laws. As both women try to reach their goals, a cold dose of reality dashes their hopes, and the built-in biases against women in society are unmasked.
- Dual Format Edition: Includes both the Blu-ray and the DVD of the film and extras
- Fully illustrated booklet including comprehensive contextualising notes and essays from academics and film historians
- Dolby Digital mono audio (320 kbps)
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While there's a definite story, to a large extent this is offered in a style akin to a documentary. Moreover, some of the characters are interested in the sociological issues involved with prostitution, especially criminological concerns - and this results in, at times, complex discussions within the terrain of sociology (such as the distinction between functionalism and phenomenology). While such discussions are interesting, they do somewhat detract from the overall pace of the film. As such, it's quite slow going. And the general lack of a musical score does result in a somewhat amateurish production.
This is not a film involving titillation. Yes, there's nudity and some sex scenes. Yet these scenes are not intended to be raunchy. Rather, they're offered as a realistic portrayal of life. I recommend this film to anyone interested in a depiction of prostitution some 35 years ago. The acting is good - so much so that one can imaging that this is a real documentary. The production is somewhat low quality, and appears rather dated.
The BFI DVD edition is quite deluxe, and comes with a detailed booklet that explores the various production aspects of the film. At about £8 this is a bargain.
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