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That Kind of Girl (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray)

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  • Actors: Margaret-Rose Keil, David Weston, Linda Marlowe, Peter Burton
  • Directors: Gerry O'Hara
  • Format: CD+DVD, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: BFI Flipside
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct. 2011
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005R17ZC8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,644 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

BFI Flipside presents

THAT KIND OF GIRL (DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by Gerry O'Hara

THE FLIPSIDE : rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions.

In 1960s London, a beautiful au pair wrestles with the affections of three different men. But fun and freedom turn to shame and despair when she realises that she has put the health of her lovers at risk. This finely-tuned cautionary tale from Gerry O'Hara is shot against a backdrop of smoky jazz clubs and 'Ban the Bomb' marches.

Special Features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • The People at No. 19 (J B Holmes, 1948, 18 mins): an intense melodrama which explores the themes of That Kind of Girl
  • No Place to Hide (Derrick Knight, 1959, 9 mins): a snapshot of the 'Ban the Bomb' march from Aldermaston to London
  • A Sunday in September (James Hill, 1961, 28 mins): a compelling documentary about nuclear disarmament, with Vanessa Redgrave, Doris Lessing and John Osborne
  • Robert Hartford-Davis interview (1968, 13 mins): That Kind of Girl's producer discusses the film and his career
  • Extensive illustrated booklet featuring essays from novelist Cathi Unsworth and director Gerry O'Hara

UK | 1963 | black and white | English language, with optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles | 77 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)

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The film itself takes on the kind of Saturday Night Sunday Morning approach whereby we're introduced to 60s Britain where there's a new feeling of freedom coupled with optimism in the early stages, turning slightly sour later on as people realise the consequences of their hedonistic actions. That Kind of Girl is really good as sex educational material actually because promiscuity is rewarded with sexually transmitted disease and all sorts of associated troubles. The acting varies from pretty good to a bit wooden whilst the dialogue is quite enjoyable and the story captivating enough, so while it's not quite in the same league as the aforementioned SNSM, it does make for a pretty entertaining kitchen sink drama that snapshots 60s Britain quite nicely.

BFI have done an amazing job with this transfer - captured accurately at 1.33:1 the B&W is striking in contrast and detail, it actually makes the film more enjoyable to watch. This is Criterion level stuff really. There's only so much to be done with a monoaural soundtrack from this period but it's presented well enough without hiss. There are a number of short films making up the extras, combined with a beautiful and informative booklet to give a great package to an obscure and worthwhile film.
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This is a film very unusual for the 60s about venereal disease and how it affects the people in the storyline A good movie London in the 60s well filmed and good acting throughout Recommended
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These BFI Flipside releases are mightily addictive. The films are usually pretty entertaining but it's the overall package that makes them so desirable. This is a perfect example - the main feature is 60s 'issue' movie, the issue being venereal disease. The swinging lifestyle of a blond Austrian nanny is brought to an abrupt halt by the unwelcome appearance of syphillus. Cue a parade of stern doctors and hatchet faced old nurses spelling out the dangers in 20 ft letters. I'm not a medical man but it all seems a bit hyperbolic (blind babies?, insanity?!). The movies appeal is in the glimpses of 60s Britain, the clubs, burlesque shows, CND marches ect. An entertaining effort, dated in a good way. Extras are, as ever, well themed to tie in with the main feature. There's a brilliantly shot doc on a huge peace protest in London on a soaking wet Sunday in 1961. A Harry Enfield like melodrama on the VD panic (the mother is hilariously oblivious to the problem, the naughty woman looks like Helena Bonhom Carter stepped in a time machine). A short film on another nuclear protest, more a dry info piece this one, rounds out the package. If you like history this is all fascinating - makes you realise that in the early 60s Nagasaki and Hiroshima was less than 20 years previous - today we'd be talking early 1990s - no wonder people were so freaked out and up for protesting. Two small complaints to BFI regarding these brilliant releases - any chance of some contemporary input - a small feature, interview or commentary? The booklets are great but I want to hear from the people involved. My other grumble - please bring back the blu ray only releases, these dual format editions are a waste of time and just not as aesthetically pleasing. Recommended in any case.
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Now I know that everyone is entitled to their opinion but the other reviews for this film bare no resemblance to what I watched last night. That Kind of Girl is full of puritanical bias and presumes that it is quite all right to instruct others how to live their lives. When it isn't trying to kid itself that we could have stopped nuclear arms by simply poking the genie back in to its bottle and making everyone cross their hearts and promise not to touch it ever again. It waves its finger in disapproval at sex before marriage, as if what two people decide to do in privacy has anything to do with anyone else. The acting is awful and why the BFI released it, is beyond me. One reviewer compared it to Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, to my mind the comparison is simply this; Saturday is awfully good whereas this is just awful. The Blu Ray cost me £2 second hand, I was robbed. There are no redeeming features among the extras either, which is unusual for the BFI.
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An interesting film though the subject matter is dated. The extras are excellent and well worth the purchase.
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