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A Touch Of Love [DVD]
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British drama based on the novel 'The Millstone' by Margaret Drabble. When philosophy student, Rosamund (Sandy Dennis), has a one-night-stand with gay television presenter, George (Ian McKellen), she falls pregnant. She subsequently decides to bring up the baby on her own, refusing to involve the father. However, when her daughter becomes seriously ill, Rosamund is forced to act quickly to save her.
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Great performances from Sandy Dennis, Eleanor Bron, John Standing, Michael Coles, Rachel Kempson, Margaret Tyzack, Maurice Denham and a small, yet essential part by a very young Ian McKellen.
"Milton Subotsky says the film was not a box office success but since the filmmakers sold it to the distributors for more than its cost, they made a profit on it. Max Rosenberg of Amicus Productions had made a reputation with horror films but wanted to branch into other areas. He optioned the novel for ₤1,000. He later said it was in his opinion the best movie that Amicus produced." quotes from Wikipedia.
Seemingly not a lot to recommend this film, but it touched my life 45 years ago and has remained as fresh and as relevant as it did in 1969. A greatly overlooked British drama. Well worth watching. I have never missed seeing Lawrence of Arabia 1962 or Zulu 1964, but my life would have been the poorer if I had not seen this film.
Ros (Sandy Dennis) is an academic virgin doing her thesis at some unnamed London university. One night she makes love to a campy television presenter played by Ian McKellen and falls pregnant. After much thought and deliberation she decides to keep the baby and not tell the father about it.
Luckily her rather cold parents have left London for Africa, so she has the run of their large mansion flat off Baker Street and she invites her friend, Lydia, played by Eleanor Bron, to move in. This adds some life to the proceedings. Lydia even rents a TV to bring some light into their gloomy flat. This also gives Ros a chance to catch brief glimpses of the father of her child, who she temporarily becomes mildly obsessed with.
'A Touch Of Love' is really about a young woman who grapples with the problems of having a child out of wedlock at a time when this was socially difficult. It's sensitively made and sometimes quite lifeless. There are many nice shots of London, mostly around Marylebone and the film is quite atmospheric because of it. This is the sort of drama that in the 70s would have been a rather good one-off TV play. The sort that are sadly no longer made. Middle Class, well spoken Londoners are now forbidden territory for TV or cinematic dramas in 'Classless Britain'.
Made in 1969, but don't expect 'Swinging London'. Ros, played rather well and understatedly by Sandy Dennis, who affects a very good English accent, is what back then would have been considered a 'square'. No Rolling Stones singles in Ros's record collection or Saturday afternoons along the King's Road.Read more ›
The Optimum DVD (via Great Britain) is a nice looking wide screen (1.85) transfer.
However, the plot is a bit thin, wears out largely in the end, and I guess that for the time (so without the "historical value"), it must have been a bit boring.
The real interest for me here was Sir Ian: His first appearance in a movie ever. 28, looking barely 25, and already extremely talented (as well as fabulously handsome), he plays the most interesting character of the movie. Too bad 60s prudishness prevented the makers from really getting at the character: it's hinted that he's gay, but never stated, etc. Unfortunate, as the character could have been developed much more and made the movie in turn less boring.
All in all, a very interesting movie if you like the 60s and if you're interested in Ian McKellen's career.