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The clear light of night
on 14 March 2015
First of all the easy bit. Watching on 100' projection the blu ray picture is immaculate. It is, to my surprise, a widescreen movie with just the slightest of black bars either side. The dvd supplied is also immaculate although not as pin sharp as the blu ray as you would expect. I kept the mono soundtrack on stereo which is just mono through two speakers.
So the viewing experience was cinematic. I was totally engrossed as I believe people were when originally viewed at 'the pictures.' For this is still powerful cinema but for different reasons. The story centres on one young man's struggle with a new found freedom. The kind of freedom that independent wealth affords. £14 a week he was on which I equate to taking home about £300 a week these days, living with parents. He worked-out how to get ahead financially.
His battle with 'the bosses' parallels his anxiety about women. An anxiety brought to a head when his already married girl-friend tells him she's pregnant. It is 1959. Water off a duck's back these days but then...then the scorns and derision impregnate the one thing that keeps you part of a community: pride. And community was all there was.
As a film fan I really enjoyed the pacing of the piece. Good use of background sounds to help keep you engaged. From snogging on the couch, a dog barking in the alley, a car passing in the distance. Then cut to the hussle and bussle and racket of the factory floor. This I missed on small television viewing.
I could also enjoy reading the titles of books on shelves and reading the many posters that are so well framed in scenes. Even old world safety notices could be read as part of the scene, part of the era. An era, as our hero says, that has seen the back of real poverty of the 1930s and 1940s and is on the cusp of a new age (unknown to him) of rampant materialism. Free love, making your own music and eventually owning your own films. Without letting them grind you down. Great stuff.